Dimitirios Magouris: ‘Open to me the gates of repentance’

Dimitirios Magouris: ‘Open to me the gates of repentance’

Listen now      The pre-cleansing period of the Triodio will bring us to the gates of Great Lent. It’s a period of intense liturgical activity and spiritual watchfulness, as demonstrated by the poetic discourse of these days. The hymns which follow the reading of Psalm 50 have a special...

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St. Philothei of Athens 1522-1589

St. Philothei of Athens 1522-1589

St. Philothei lived in the Turkish-occupied, sixteenth-century Athens. Her spiritual and social work was groundbreaking, especially for a woman of that era. It was accomplished within the Church and dedicated to the service of the Greek people as a continuation and consequence of Orthodoxy and Romanity. On 19 February 1589,...

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Open Call for Posters – 3rd International Conference on Digital Media and Orthodox Pastoral Care DMOPC20

Open Call for Posters – 3rd International Conference on Digital Media and Orthodox Pastoral Care DMOPC20

OPEN CALL FOR POSTERS 3RD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON DIGITAL MEDIA AND ORTHODOX PASTORAL CARE ‘DMOPC20’ 7-9 MAY 2020, ORTHODOX ACADEMY OF CRETE, KOLYMBARI The third international ‘Living Water’ conference on Orthodox Pastoral Care and the Digital Media which will take place in May 2020 at Kolymbari, Crete, will focus on...

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God’s Great Love for Us

God’s Great Love for Us

Metropolitan Ioïl (Frangkakos) of Edessa, Pella, and Almopia   ‘But he became angry and did not wish to enter’. The parable of the Prodigal Son, which is read today in church, has been called a pearl among the parables, and the Gospel within the Gospel. Some commentators have called it...

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Sunday of the Prodigal Son

Sunday of the Prodigal Son

Metropolitan Anthony Bloom †   19 February 1984 In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. Time and again I have occasion to preach on the Parable of the Prodigal Son, on the story of the Publican and the Pharisee, and every time I notice how...

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The Unique Value of Every Life

The Unique Value of Every Life

Archimandrite Iakovos Kanakis   There are some things that require no explanations, no analyses and no arguments; the truth is so blindingly obvious that only expediency and guilty feelings would be reasons for seeing them otherwise. What is under discussion here is the deliberate termination of pregnancy, and it really...

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Sacredness and Political Correctness

Sacredness and Political Correctness

Protopresbyter Themistoklis Mourtzanos   ‘… and how from infancy you have known the sacred letters, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus’. One of the most beautiful phrases used by Saint Paul for the word of God is the ‘sacred letters’. The notion...

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Infant Baptism: Orthodox Answers to Protestant Claims

Infant Baptism: Orthodox Answers to Protestant Claims

Protopresbyter Vasileios Georgopoulos, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Theology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   Although Professor Georgopoulos refers specifically to Greek Protestants, the latter belong to world-wide Protestant denominations and so the article is of general interest. On what grounds do the Protestants reject infant baptism? They themselves claim that...

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The times are thirsting…

The times are thirsting…

Elder Gavriil Tsafos †   Our times, our world need monasteries. We need saintly and dedicated monks and nuns. Our times are thirsting for beauty. Thirsting for Christ. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is a 501(c)3 and an official agency of the Assembly of...

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Complacency and Humility

Complacency and Humility

Ioannis Karavidopoulos, Professor Emeritus of New Testament Hermeneutics, A. U. Th.   two characteristic types of people are presented in the Gospel reading, both of them praying in the temple. They were at opposite poles of society as it was...

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Saint Haralambos, a Model of Humility

Saint Haralambos, a Model of Humility

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   As of today, we enter the period of the Triodio, a time of more intense prayer, during which the Church, through its Scriptural readings and devout hymns strengthens us for our spiritual struggles and for the acquisition of the virtues of humility, obedience, love and...

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The Tax-collector and the Pharisee and the Lenten Triodion

The Tax-collector and the Pharisee and the Lenten Triodion

Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou   There is more to Lent than fasting, and there is more to fasting than food. This principle lies at the heart of the Lenten Triodion, the main hymnbook of Lent. Lent is without doubt the richest and most distinctive season of the ecclesiastical year. The Lenten...

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