Saturday of the Souls

Saturday of the Souls

Archbishop Timotheos (Papoutsakis) of Crete (†)   We’ll say a few words here about the profound meaning of the Saturdays of the Souls. Obviously, these days are dedicated to the dead, to the souls, to the world of the spirits. People aren’t just the body we see living, moving, working,...

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Non-Gender and One-Gender in the Gnostic Gospels (3)

Non-Gender and One-Gender in the Gnostic Gospels (3)

Archimandrite Theofilos Lemontzis, D. Th.   Whereas gender theories claim that the problem lies in the human body and its sex, which may need to be corrected, Patristic theology insists that God did not make any mistake and that evil lies in our own actions. What is bad is not...

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In Praise of those who have Love in their Hearts – Part II

In Praise of those who have Love in their Hearts – Part II

Saint Symeon the New Theologian   Holy Love may we then be pardoned through you and may we enter into the enjoyment of the good things of our Master, since no-one will taste their sweetness except through you. Those who don’t love you as they ought and are not, as...

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In Praise of those who have Love in their Hearts – Part I

In Praise of those who have Love in their Hearts – Part I

Saint Symeon the New Theologian   Let us therefore follow one and the same path, Christ’s commandments, which elevate us to heaven and to God. Even though the word shows us many paths and many ways for people to reach the kingdom of heaven, these paths are not, in fact,...

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We’re swallowed up

We’re swallowed up

Elder Tadej Vitovničk   Our life depends on the kind of thoughts we cultivate. If our thoughts are peaceful and calm, if they’re meek and kind, then our life will be, too. If our attention is on our living conditions, then we’re consumed by a whirlwind of thoughts and we...

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Sunday before Pentecost

Sunday before Pentecost

Metropolitan Anthony Bloom †   In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost We have heard in the Acts of the Apostles how, as the Feast of Pentecost was approaching, Paul the Apostle had started on his journey to Jerusalem to be there together with all...

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Ss. Constantine and Helen

Ss. Constantine and Helen

James W. Lillie   At Eastertide, at some undetermined place and year, the Emperor Constantine I made his Oration to the Assembly of the Saints, either in Latin (Oratio ad sanctorum coetum) or Greek (Λόγος τῷ τῶν ἁγίων συλλόγῳ). It is a lengthy and not terribly interesting text, but given...

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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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We ask why

We ask why

Metropolitan Athanasios of Lemessos   Even though the saints sinned, they had the strength to arise, simply and robustly. If they sinned, they repented, from the depth of their heart until the day they died, but weren’t depressed and despondent. We, on the other hand, if we have a sin,...

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The presbyters from Nicomedia martyrised at sea, under Valens

The presbyters from Nicomedia martyrised at sea, under Valens

The Emperor Valens , leaving Constantinople, again set out towards Antioch; but on his arrival at Nicomedia, a city of Bithynia, his progress was arrested by the following circumstances. Eudoxius the bishop of the Arian church who has been in possession of the seat of the Constantinopolitan church for nineteen...

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Sermon on Ascension Day

Sermon on Ascension Day

Archpriest Andrew Phillips   In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. So we have come to the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord. Thus we have come to the last day of Christ’s physical presence on Earth. This marks the fulfilment...

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Non-Gender and One-Gender in the Gnostic Gospels (2)

Non-Gender and One-Gender in the Gnostic Gospels (2)

Archimandrite Theofilos Lemontzis, D. Th.   The Fathers of our Church, such as Saint Epifanios of Cyprus, Saint Irenaeus of Lyon, Saint Hippolytus of Rome, Clement the Alexandrian et al., refused to accept the above anthropological and soteriological model, as projected by the Gnostics, because it was diametrically opposed to...

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