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The Holy Monastery of Chilandari (or Chelandari)

Monk Chariton of Karoulia   The monastery was founded at the end of the 10th century. In 1198 an imperial edict of Alexios III granted it to the Serbian…

Apr 27, 2017

The Theology of Gender – 7. The Place of Women in Byzantine Society

Sofia Matzarioti-Kostara   Byzantine society was a dynamic union of different cultural elements based on Greek civilization and the Christian faith….

Apr 26, 2017

The Great Gain

Archimandrite Theofilos Lemontzis, D. Th.   Forgiveness is the effort and exercise of a love that is, in the end, transformed into joy and leads to…

Apr 26, 2017

Recrucifying the Risen Christ

Protopresbyter Christos Aiyidis   Once again, the divine drama has come to an end and the Lord’s Resurrection has become the start of a new life,…

Apr 25, 2017

‘Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing’ (Luke 23, 24)

Archimandrite Theofilos Lemontzis, D. Th.   Jesus again sets the Law of the Old Testament in its true interpretational framework and at the same time…

Apr 24, 2017

The Doubt of St. Thomas

Saint John Chrysostom   John 20:24-25 But Thomas, (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples…

Apr 23, 2017

The Resurrection: an affront to reason

Archimandrite Epiphanios Ekonomou   It’s hardly surprising that the message of the Resurrection of Christ has raised a whole host of doubts and…

Apr 22, 2017

An eye for an eye (Levit. 24, 20-21). Is Mosaic law retaliatory?

Archimandrite Theofilos Lemontzis, D. Th.   Supporters of rough justice often quote Mosaic Law, which is concerned with retaliation, with ‘an eye…

Apr 21, 2017

The Theology of Gender – 6. The New Eve

Sofia Matzarioti-Kostara   The honor and respect of Christianity to women is demonstrated especially in the person of the Theotokos. She is the human…

Apr 21, 2017

Father Gavrilo Vučković, the ‘Elder of Facebook’, has died

Dr. Petros Panayiotopoulos   On the afternoon of Great Wednesday, a great missionary figure of our time, Archimandrite Gavrilo Vučković, Abbot of…

Apr 20, 2017

A Brief Comment on the Icon of the Resurrection

Athanasios Moustakis   We shall try here to point out the main features of the Orthodox icon which is entitled “The Descent into Hell”. The first…

Apr 19, 2017

The Cross and the Resurrection

Protopresbyter Vasileios Kalliakmanis   a) The Cross leads to the Resurrection, Great Friday bears fruit on the bright Sunday of Easter. Sorrow, listlessness…

Apr 18, 2017