The Church pays medical science the honor due to it

The Church pays medical science the honor due to it

George Mantzarides, Professor Emeritus of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   Despite this, we can’t ignore the value of medical science, which comes as a gift from God to comfort us in the sickness of our spiritual and bodily condition. Christ Himself came into the world...

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On the Light of the Holy Spirit

On the Light of the Holy Spirit

Saint Symeon the New Theologian   Discourse XXXIII. On the Light of the Holy Spirit In the third ode of the canon at Mattins on the Monday of the Holy Spirit, the hymn has Christ saying ‘I shall send you the Spirit of me and of the Father’. We recognize...

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Pentecost…Then what?

Pentecost…Then what?

Eleftherios Balakos   “I shall be with you till the end of the world” (Matth. 28, 20). With these words, Christ bids farewell to His disciples at the Ascension, on the Mount of Olives. His last act is a departure and, at the same time, a pledge. This seems to...

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Τhe Pentecost’s Saturday for Souls

Τhe Pentecost’s Saturday for Souls

Petros Panayiotopoulos, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Theology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   Our holy Church offers us another opportunity to remember and honor our dead people, our beloved persons who passed away, and all her members by whom we are in communion through God’ s love and the grace from...

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Saint Justin Popović, a great monastic figure

Saint Justin Popović, a great monastic figure

Atanasije (Jevtić), former Bishop of Zahumlje and Hercegovina   Saint Justin Popović, (14 June) The holy and God-bearing Father Justin the New, from the Monastery of Ćelije (the Holy Archangels), was born on 25 March 1894, on the morning of the Annunciation, in the town of Vranje in Southern Serbia....

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Are you weak or strong?

Are you weak or strong?

Saint Nicholas Velimirovich   When you place your trust in other people, you’re being weak, but when your place it in God you’re being strong. Cleave to God and all His power will be with you. Confess your weakness before Him and He’ll send you His all-powerful Grace. Source: pemptousia.com...

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Transplants and The Orthodox Christian Church

Transplants and The Orthodox Christian Church

George Mantzarides, Professor Emeritus of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Transplants have become part of everyday life in modern society. The positive and negative positions which have been expressed on them in ecclesiastical and theological circles have usually been of a fragmentary nature. The Orthodox Church...

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Stupid, false and deceptive

Stupid, false and deceptive

Saint John of Kronstadt   Sinners won’t achieve remission of their sins unless they first realize with all their heart that these are senseless, destructive and illusory. Just as they committed the sin and found it pleasant and enjoyable, so now they must repent and confess that it was deceptive...

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Sermon on the Apostolic reading for the Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council (Acts 20: 16-18, 28-36)

Sermon on the Apostolic reading for the Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council (Acts 20: 16-18, 28-36)

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   For this particular reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we see the Apostle Paul imparting his spiritual legacy upon the presbyters of Ephesus in an emotional farewell address at the seaside town of Miletus. Our Church, in its wisdom has chosen this passage as...

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The Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Nicaea

The Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Nicaea

Fr. Lev Gillet The Sunday which follows the Ascension, the sixth Sunday after Easter, is called the Sunday of the Holy Fathers. We commemorate then the bishops who met at the Synod of Nicaea, the earliest of the seven ecumenical Synods in terms of date. Regardless of each synod viewed...

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Lessons in humility

Lessons in humility

Joseph the Hesychast   When the heart is humbled, it’s overshadowed by Divine Grace, which brings contrition, tears, peace and love. When you yourself are humbled, everybody else will seem to you to be saints. But when you’re proud and puffed up, everybody seems bad to you. All of these...

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The ‘Evyenios Voulgaris’ Scholarship Programme for Advanced Studies in Orthodox Spiritual Life and Theology

The ‘Evyenios Voulgaris’ Scholarship Programme for Advanced Studies in Orthodox Spiritual Life and Theology

Scholarship Programme ANNOUNCEMENT             The Saint Maxim the Greek Institute, with the support of the Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopaidi, is introducing the ‘Evyenios Voulgaris’ Scholarship Programme. Evyenios Voulgaris (1716-1806) served as principal of the Athoniada School, which had been established by the Holy Monastery of Vatopaidi. In his...

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