The Tax-collector and the Pharisee and the Lenten Triodion

The Tax-collector and the Pharisee and the Lenten Triodion

Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou   There is more to Lent than fasting, and there is more to fasting than food. This principle lies at the heart of the Lenten Triodion, the main hymnbook of Lent. Lent is without doubt the richest and most distinctive season of the ecclesiastical year. The Lenten...

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The Greatest Failure of Modernism

The Greatest Failure of Modernism

Archimandrite Theofilos Lemontzis, D. Th.   George Orwell’s dictum, expressed in his novel Animal Farm, that ‘All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others’ is both proverbial and perennially true. In this allegorical and political novella, the animals on a farm decide to revolt against their boss, a...

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Thrash the enemy

Thrash the enemy

Saint Theophan the Recluse   When you turn to the Lord, don’t look at what’s happening within you. Keep your attention fixed on Him and beg for help. If a mind is paying full attention to the Lord, there’s no room for nasty thoughts. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE...

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Change is Not Coming. It Has Already Arrived.

Change is Not Coming. It Has Already Arrived.

It was the end of a particularly balmy summer’s day, yet the 250 or so delegates of the Melbourne Conference showed no signs of tiredness or boredom. Throughout the day’s proceedings, and particularly during Archbishop Makarios’ addresses, they remained with their gaze transfixed upon the Archbishop’s countenance as he emphasized...

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The Feast of Christ’s Reception as Fulfillment of the Ritual of Mosaic Law

The Feast of Christ’s Reception as Fulfillment of the Ritual of Mosaic Law

Theodore Rokas   The recent feast, the Reception of the Lord, is the feast which is celebrated exactly forty days after that of His Nativity. The name of the feast in Greek comes from a verb meaning ‘to go out and meet or welcome someone’ [Hence the depiction of Symeon...

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The Importance of the Sacred Canons of Ecclesiastical and Canon Law in the Life of the Church

The Importance of the Sacred Canons of Ecclesiastical and Canon Law in the Life of the Church

Vasilios Grillas, Theologian   In Christian terminology, the word ‘canon’ is technical and has three meanings: a) it decides the authentic and genuine books of Holy Scripture (The Canon of Scripture); b) it determines the order in which Church hymns are sung (The Resurrection Canon, for example); and c) it...

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The Old Testament, Ancient Greek Culture and Christianity

The Old Testament, Ancient Greek Culture and Christianity

Ippokratis Tavlarios, Theologian   In recent years we’ve seen a resurgence of neo-pagan propaganda against Christianity. This polemic derides the historical progress of the Church and presents it as an organ of barbarity. Christianity is accused of having violently extinguished ancient Greek culture. Another charge levelled against it is that...

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The Reception of the Lord: the feast of freedom

The Reception of the Lord: the feast of freedom

George Mantzarides, Professor Emeritus of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   In one of the hymns at the Vespers of the Reception of the Lord, the words ‘Now, Lord, you let your servant depart in peace’ which were addressed to God by the righteous Symeon when...

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Saint Porfyrios Revealed the Rescue of Greek Sailors in Mexico!

Saint Porfyrios Revealed the Rescue of Greek Sailors in Mexico!

Abbess Styliani Holy Monastery of the Pantokrator-Tao †   One morning, a woman dressed in black and weeping bitterly came to our monastery ‘Why did my parish priest send you here? What can you do for me?’ She was crying the...

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Jonathan Jackson: The new album ‘Ultraviolet Empire’ and all professional plans for 2020

Jonathan Jackson: The new album ‘Ultraviolet Empire’ and all professional plans for 2020

Watch now  Jonathan Jackson, at the second part of his recent interview to Pemptousia talks about his new music album ‘Ultraviolet Empire’ and his professional plans for 2020. Watch the first part of the interview here Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is...

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National Missions & Evangelism Conference in Columbus, Ohio

National Missions & Evangelism Conference in Columbus, Ohio

A National Conference on Missions & Evangelism is being held February 3rd to 5th, 2020 in Columbus, OH at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral – an event made possible by a grant from Leadership 100. The conference theme is: “Leading Change Toward a Healthier Parish” and features presentations by Fr....

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Feast of the Three Hierarchs: the obligations of parents and educators

Feast of the Three Hierarchs: the obligations of parents and educators

Sophia Kafkopoulou   Today, 30 January, we celebrate the three hierarchs. There are lots of hierarch saints whom we honour throughout the year in the Church, but this is a feast of three together, although they also each have their own day on which we commemorate them. They’re Basil the...

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