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The New Martyr Athanasios from Limnos

He was born on the island of Limnos, and, as a young man, went to the Holy Mountain, where he was placed under obedience to an Elder of the Great Lavra….

Jan 18, 2018

New Martyr George of Ioannina (+1838)

George was born in 1808 in the village Tsourchli in what is now Grevena Prefecture, Greece, the son of a poor farmer Constantine and his wife Vasilo. Orphaned…

Jan 17, 2018

The Mystery of the Church and the Phenomenon of Heresies

Protopresbyter Vasileios Georgopoulos   The phenomenon of heresies has been present from the first steps of the Church towards preaching the Gospel…

Jan 16, 2018

The Spiritual Father

Saint Anthimos of Chios   1 January 1946 “Behold, I and the children God has given me”. I didn’t want to have children in the world by the flesh…

Jan 16, 2018

He doesn’t have the right

Elder Cleopa Ilie   Satan has neither the power nor permission to lord it over us, to deceive us and bend our will towards sin. He simply brings us…

Jan 15, 2018

Divine and Human Love in the Song of Songs

† Elder Placide Deseille, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Saint Anthony the Great in France   Reading the Song in the light of Church tradition and…

Jan 14, 2018

The Song of Songs as Divine Revelation (2)

† Elder Placide Deseille, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Saint Anthony the Great in France   Christ’s love for each of us is absolutely unshakeable…

Jan 13, 2018

No easy way

† Archimandrite Georgios Kapsanis, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Gregoriou   There’s no such thing as a Christian without a cross and struggle….

Jan 12, 2018

‘And from Earth to Heaven’, 30 years at Vatopaidi: the Desk Diary for 2018

By God’s Grace, 30 years have now passed since the Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopaidi returned to the coenobitic way of life. For many of Pemptousia’s…

Jan 11, 2018

The Song of Songs and Divine Love

† Elder Placide Deseille, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Saint Anthony the Great in France   In memory of Papa-Efraim Katounakiotis The Song of…

Jan 10, 2018

Père Placide Deseille has gone to his rest in the Lord

At one o’clock, midday, on 7 January (2018), the day when the Orthodox Church honours the Synaxis of the Honourable Forerunner, Archimandrite Placide…

Jan 10, 2018

Meditation on the Epiphany [2]

Fr. Lev Gillet   The day after Christmas is consecrated to the ‘synaxis of the Blessed Virgin Mary: all believers are invited to assemble in honour…

Jan 09, 2018