Sunday of Cheese-fare: Forgiving and Fasting’

Sunday of Cheese-fare: Forgiving and Fasting’

Protopresbyter Nikolaos Patsalos   The time of preparation for the Fast ends with the Sunday of Cheese-fare and so we pass into great and blessed Lent, which is full of mixed experiences and feelings transmitted to us in a mystical way by its penitential services. Today’s Gospel reading brings us...

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I Condemn Hypocrisy

I Condemn Hypocrisy

Sermon preached by Elder Meliton (Hatzi), Metropolitan of Chalcedon (1913-1989) in the Cathedral Church of Athens Cheese-fare Sunday, 8 March, 1970   My friends, There was nothing the Lord castigated so much as hypocrisy. And rightly so, since He saw in it the greatest deceptive danger, which is the satanic...

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Return to Paradise (Cheese-Fare Sunday)

Return to Paradise (Cheese-Fare Sunday)

Metropolitan Anthony Bloom   In the person of the old Adam, the human race fell, when it sinned against love; and God’s dread judgement will be a crisis (i.e. judgement) for human love. Humankind was called to total unity of the whole of our lives with God, through love, but...

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Practical repentance and its fruits

Practical repentance and its fruits

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi   Christ is the living truth. “I am the way, and the truth and the life” (John 14, 6). Therefore, He is life without beginning, unlimited (ἀπεριόριστος), unbound (ἀδέσμευτος), co-eternal with the Father, inseparable and undivided from him. “Praise be to God and Father of our...

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My Neighbour, my Salvation

My Neighbour, my Salvation

Archimandrite Ieronymos Nikolopoulos   One of the greatest problems of Orthodox spirituality in recent years has been the distortion applied to Orthodox eschatology, that is the prophetic discourse concerning the last times. It’s common for spiritually inexperienced people, without any real knowledge of what Orthodoxy means or what its magnificent...

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Christian Persecution at an All Time High

Christian Persecution at an All Time High

  The outlook for Christians in countries around the world is looking worse than ever before according to a new report from Aid to the Church in Need.  According to the report persecution against Christians is at an all time high.  “In 2016, estimates for the number of Christians worldwide...

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Saint Neilos of Sinai

Saint Neilos of Sinai

Saint Neilos was born into a wealthy and illustrious family and was probably a pupil of St. John Chrysostom from as early as when the latter was preaching in Antioch. His birth and personal attributes were such that he was raised to the rank of prefect of the capital. The...

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Dealing with Sickness

Dealing with Sickness

Saint Neofytos Recluse   So you should reflect on your sins and say ‘Glory to You, Lord, for You’re punishing me justly’. Recollect that, before, you’d forgotten God and say: ‘Glory to You, Lord, that you’ve given me cause and reason to remember You frequently’. Think about the fact that,...

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God’s Mercy (Matth. 25, 31-46)

God’s Mercy (Matth. 25, 31-46)

Metropolitan Ioïl (Frangkakos) of Edessa, Pella, and Almopia   Since you did it to one of the least of my brethren, you did it to me’ In the parables which the Lord used, He said the phrase ‘the kingdom of heaven is like this’, that is, He compared the kingdom...

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“The First Time He Came to Save the World; the Second He will Come to Judge it.” (Meat-Fare Sunday) – 2

“The First Time He Came to Save the World; the Second He will Come to Judge it.” (Meat-Fare Sunday) – 2

† Dionysios, Metropolitan of Servia and Kozani   He Himself said: “The Father gave all judgement to the Son”. The same Son Who came to save the world will judge it. And He’ll judge it lightly, so that most will be saved, because God wishes the world to be saved....

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“The First Time He Came to Save the World; the Second He will Come to Judge it.” (Meat-Fare Sunday) – 1

“The First Time He Came to Save the World; the Second He will Come to Judge it.” (Meat-Fare Sunday) – 1

† Dionysios, Metropolitan of Servia and Kozani   Nothing else in life is so certain as that we shall die. The fact that we were born and are in this world leads to the certainty that one day we will be leaving it. Every day we see and understand that...

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What is eternal life and the kingdom of heaven?

What is eternal life and the kingdom of heaven?

Alexandros Christodoulou   Meatfare Sunday Today’s Gospel gives an anthropomorphic description of the fundamental dogma of our faith regarding Christ’s Second Coming on earth and the Judgement. The throne on which Christ will sit depicts the majesty of the judgement, its impartiality, and the separation of people. In fact, everything...

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