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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Basil the Great Writes to Saint Gregory the Theologian – 2

Basil the Great Writes to Saint Gregory the Theologian – 2

Archimandrite Symeon Krayiopoulos †   It should be noted here that the Niptic Fathers, among whom were Saint Gregory Palamas and Saint Nikodimos the Athonite, used this last passage in Saint Basil in order to establish and interpret the cyclical method of the prayer of the heart. 2) Saint Basil...

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The Three Hierarchs and Modern Atheism

The Three Hierarchs and Modern Atheism

Bishop Efthymios of Aheloos   ‘The Impudence of the Heresies is Defeated’ The phenomenon of atheism arose in the West and became a world-wide movement for which Western civilization paid dearly in the 20th century. Atheism began within the Western Church as a reaction on the part of learned men...

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The Idolization of the Self

The Idolization of the Self

Archimandrite Ieronymos Nikolopoulos   It’s an oft-repeated refrain that, over the last centuries, people have been seduced by philosophical theories, economic projects and social systems, have forgotten God and have claimed independence from Him. Beguiled by promises of earthly happiness and devoted to the pursuit of material goods, we have...

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Basil the Great Writes to Saint Gregory the Theologian – 1

Basil the Great Writes to Saint Gregory the Theologian – 1

Archimandrite Symeon Krayiopoulos †   Saint Basil the Great was the founder and organizer of coenobitic monasticism. His rules, and the reforms introduced by Saint Theodore the Studite, are still in place to this day. Of course, Saint Basil was not involved with monasticism in an amateur fashion. He was...

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Greek Orthodox Education: The Need for an Earnest Introspection

Greek Orthodox Education: The Need for an Earnest Introspection

Metropolitan of  Toronto Sotirios   Our history here in Canada spans over a century. We left our homeland, carrying with us the eternal values and ideals of Hellas. We promised to preserve our Hellenic heritage, along with our Orthodox faith. It is useful to pause for a moment and honestly...

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You wipe it clean

You wipe it clean

Abba Pimen   People need humility and the fear of God more than they need to breathe. Two wrongs don’t make a right, so if somebody does you wrong, return it with good. In this way, your good action expunges their wrongdoing. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN...

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Sin Is a Form of Love: Julian atte Norwich

Sin Is a Form of Love: Julian atte Norwich

James W. Lillie   In continuation of the article* by Professor Ilias Voulgarakis on Sin and Love, it might be worth looking at what the English mystic and recluse “Julian atte Norwich” (ca. 8 November 1342 – ca. 1416) had to say on much the same subject in the Revelations...

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Self-Righteousness and Humility

Self-Righteousness and Humility

Ioannis Karavidopoulos, Professor of the School of Thelogy of the University of Thessaloniki   Today’s Gospel reading (Luke 18, 10-14), presents two types of people who are typical of their kind, a Pharisee and a Publican (Tax-Collector), praying in the Temple. They represent the two opposite poles of society at...

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The Unceasing Endeavour for Real Life

The Unceasing Endeavour for Real Life

Georgios N. Manolis, Theologian   The spiritual life, concerning which there has been much discussion, is simply what we do, in conjunction with God’s Grace, in order to achieve the aim of our existence, which is glorification. The spiritual life is a dynamic course of action. It begins with baptism,...

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Sin Is a Form of Love (Part 2)

Sin Is a Form of Love (Part 2)

Ilias Voulgarakis   Everything starts with the meaning that each person gives to sin. If it is the breaking of a commandment, then people enter a legalistic relationship with God, in which, in the end, Hell is the natural concomitant for the transgressor. But if sin is a feature in...

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Sin Is a Form of Love (Part 1)

Sin Is a Form of Love (Part 1)

Ilias Voulgarakis   Love is the reason why things exist and the criterion for their behaviour. As regards the criterion for behaviour, we would recall the teaching of Saint Paul in his famous hymn to love (I Cor. 13, 1-13). But love as a criterion for behaviour is not concerned...

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