Pontos will Die when the Sun Rises in the West

Pontos will Die when the Sun Rises in the West

What follows is a story about the uprooting of Greeks from their ancestral homeland in Pontos, the Black Sea coastal region. Greeks began trading here in about 1,000 BC, with the first permanent settlements being established some 200 years later. So this region was as much a part of the...

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Black as the night

Black as the night

Saint Theophan the Recluse   When we’re outside Grace, the encasement around the soul is as black as night, if we surrender to and serve our passions. If we don’t give in entirely to those passions, then it’s as grey as fog. But we’re still living an empty life. Source:...

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Real freedom

Real freedom

Saint Nectarios of Pentapolis   Only the Son of God can free us, because He is Himself true freedom. Only if we follow the Savior are we able to remain free and can cast off the slavery of sin. So, if we wish to be free, we should follow Christ...

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The Divine Liturgy

The Divine Liturgy

† Dionysios, Metropolitan of Servia and Kozani   Every day, a task is performed on earth. It’s the greatest, most important, most sacred task that humans can aspire to. It’s the Divine Liturgy, the continuation of the Last Supper at which Jesus sat with His disciples. People are capable of...

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No-one’s excluded

No-one’s excluded

Saint Ignatius Brianchaninoff   The prayer of repentance has been given to all, without exception. It’s been given to those who are dominated by the passions and to those who fall into in sin in practice. They, too, have the right to cry out to the Lord for their salvation....

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Theological and Scientific Theories of Knowledge [3]

Theological and Scientific Theories of Knowledge [3]

George Mantzarides, Professor Emeritus of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   Our first duty as people is to investigate and know ourselves. And our greatest error lies in the fact that we are usually entirely indifferent to the examination and recognition of ourselves and are concerned...

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Sermon on gratitude

Sermon on gratitude

Metropolitan Anthony Bloom †   17 December 1989 In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. Ten lepers came to the Lord; ten men who were ritually unclean and therefore, ritually rejected by their community, unable to attend the common worship of the Temple, unable to...

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The Heart and God

The Heart and God

Saint Theophan the Recluse   God is everywhere. And when He finds a heart that isn’t opposed to Him, a humble heart, He enters it and fills it with joy. The joy of the heart which has God within it is so great that it attaches itself to Him and...

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Theological and Scientific Theories of Knowledge (2)

Theological and Scientific Theories of Knowledge (2)

George Mantzarides, Professor Emeritus of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   This personal nature of the truth is of prime significance for us. The living truth cannot be objectified, because its objectification would be tantamount to its ossification and necrosis. Knowledge of this truth is an...

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Saint Maria of Olonets: They Saw her Face Shining in Life and after Death

Saint Maria of Olonets: They Saw her Face Shining in Life and after Death

The suffering hermit lay in bed for about three weeks. Each day, after the Liturgy, a hieromonk came with the Precious Gifts so that she could make her communion. On the fifteenth day, her face was transfigured; it shone with a supernatural light and took on the expression of blessed...

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Papa-Fotis, the Fool for Christ: in his Vestments in a House of Ill Repute!

Papa-Fotis, the Fool for Christ: in his Vestments in a House of Ill Repute!

One evening, Papa-Fotis visited one of the houses in town where he sometimes stayed. Before he went to sleep, he told the man of the house: ‘First thing in the morning, you and me have got work to do’. They got up, left Mytilini and went to his little monastery....

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Theological and Scientific Theories of Knowledge

Theological and Scientific Theories of Knowledge

George Mantzarides, Professor Emeritus of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   Orthodox Christian theology has always distinguished between two kinds of knowledge: the secular and the divine. Secular knowledge functions on the level of created matter and is unable to approach the uncreated, that is the...

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