We Put Fabrications in the Place of God

We Put Fabrications in the Place of God

Fr. Nikolaos teaches Theology and Philosophy at the Orthodox Institute, Cambridge and at the Ecclesiastical Academy, Thessaloniki. He is well-acquainted with European thought and is one of the leading theologians in Greece. Interview with Yorgos Kiousis The real problem of our times isn’t atheism, but polytheism, which appears, in fact,...

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A downward slope

A downward slope

Saint Maximos the Confessor   Unawareness of lack of the virtues is a downward slide into impiety. Because those who are accustomed to the pleasures of the flesh and disobedience to God will end up denying Him when the opportunity arises and will prefer the life of the flesh to...

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The Most Holy Spirit

The Most Holy Spirit

Metropolitan Ioïl (Frangkakos) of Edessa, Pella, and Almopia   ‘And He said this about the Spirit’ On the last day of the Feast of the Tabernacles, Christ revealed that He Himself is the source of life. Because people were about to leave to go back home, Christ’s words were ‘provisions’...

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LIVE International Ecological Symposium Toward a Greener Attica

LIVE International Ecological Symposium Toward a Greener Attica

Preserving the Planet and Protecting its People Sponsored by the Ecumenical Patriarchate Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 This international ecological symposium in Athens and the Saronic Islands, Greece is organized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate. It will convene theologians and scientists, political and business leaders, as well as activists and journalists...

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The Lives of the Saints and Us

The Lives of the Saints and Us

Fr. Andreas Agathokleous   The lives of the saints are the ‘Gospel in action’, according to the modern Serbian saint, Justin Popović. Through them, we see their struggles and strivings, their longing and their love, their blessings and grace. We realize that the Word of God is attainable, though applying...

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Encomium on All Saints – Part II

Encomium on All Saints – Part II

Saint John Chrysostom   But let’s not merely listen to what’s been said, that is that there were hot coals below the wounded bodies, but let’s think how we feel when we suddenly come down with a fever. We think that life’s unbearable, we’re upset, we fret, we gripe like...

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Encomium on All Saints – Part I

Encomium on All Saints – Part I

Saint John Chrysostom   Not seven days have passed since we celebrated the holy feast of Pentecost and again we’re overtaken by a chorus of martyrs, or better, serried ranks of martyrs, which are in no way lesser than the ranks of the angels seen by the Patriarch Jacob but...

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St. John Chrysostom – Homily on Pentecost (2)

St. John Chrysostom – Homily on Pentecost (2)

Saint John Chrysostom   This is the same Holy Spirit Who preached by the prophets, Who gave understanding to the Apostles, Who spoke to people. He was given to them by the Lord, and all their adversaries were unable to gainsay or resist Him. As the Lord said: ‘It is...

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The Recently-Revealed New Martyr, Saint Efraim

The Recently-Revealed New Martyr, Saint Efraim

Hieromonk Makarios Simonopetrites   We knew nothing about this New Martyr Saint until January 3 1950, when he revealed the location of his burial, at the ancient Monastery of the Annunciation, in Pendelis, in Nea Makri, Attica. Since 1965, the Saint has appeared often to nuns in the monastery or...

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St. John Chrysostom – Homily on Pentecost (1)

St. John Chrysostom – Homily on Pentecost (1)

Saint John Chrysostom   Let us extol the grace of the Holy Spirit in spiritual hymns, since grace has, on this day, manifested itself to us from heaven. Even though our words are inadequate to express the magnitude of this grace, we shall praise its power and activity insofar as...

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The New Martyr Nannos (Ioannis) the Thessalonian (+1802)

The New Martyr Nannos (Ioannis) the Thessalonian (+1802)

Thanasis Hatzimitakos   The new martyr Nannos/Ioannis belongs to the Macedonian new martyrs. He was martyred in Smyrna in 1802 when he was only 17 years old. He was born in Thessaloniki of Macedonian parents. His father came from the village of Avret-Issar, nowadays old Yinaikokastro in the prefecture of...

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An Ottoman Volunteer Defends Besieged Constantinople (1453)

An Ottoman Volunteer Defends Besieged Constantinople (1453)

Nikos Nikoloudis   At the fall of Constantinople, in 1453, it was not only Greeks pitched against Turks, as is, perhaps, widely believed, but there was also a good number of foreigners involved. Some of these were forced to fight on the side of the Ottomans, such as an attachment...

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