The Christian Faith as a Source of Spiritual Power

The Christian Faith as a Source of Spiritual Power

Mina Boulekou, Author-Poetress- Columnist   How can devout Christians preserve their faith when they’re being attacked and tested on a daily basis in these harsh times? Faith in our Triune God is what will sustain us in all the difficulties we encounter in our lives. No matter how uncertain and...

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Repentance: Sacrament and Experience

Repentance: Sacrament and Experience

Christos Klavas   ‘Indeed, Good One, it’s in your power to work miracles and there’s no greater miracle than for someone to love sinners in their fall. It’s easy to love saints. They deserve it’. (Saint Silouan the Athonite †1938) The period of holy and great Lent is the time...

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The Search

The Search

Mina Boulekou, Author-Poetress- Columnist Whether You go,  I will follow You with all my heart,  with all my consciousness. from East to West  like a fiery arrow in the ethereal sky veils. And yet I will stand in the earth spheres like a feather  in the blowing wind opening the...

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Depending on the zeal

Depending on the zeal

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi   Those who follow the path of Christ’s commandments are reborn spiritually and are transfigured. It’s not the same for everyone to the same extent, but depends on their zeal. They’re crucified with Jesus Christ and divine Grace makes them resemble Him Whom they love. Herein...

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Thoughts on Great Lent

Thoughts on Great Lent

Metropolitan Ioïl (Frangkakos) of Edessa, Pella, and Almopia   In this period, we have two fasts, as we all know. There are about seven weeks of strict fasting, eight if you include the Cheese-fare weekwhich precedes. For a lot of people this is an enjoyable and desirable time, for others...

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Sunday of Cheese-fare: Forgiving and Fasting’

Sunday of Cheese-fare: Forgiving and Fasting’

Protopresbyter Nikolaos Patsalos   The time of preparation for the Fast ends with the Sunday of Cheese-fare and so we pass into great and blessed Lent, which is full of mixed experiences and feelings transmitted to us in a mystical way by its penitential services. Today’s Gospel reading brings us...

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I Condemn Hypocrisy

I Condemn Hypocrisy

Sermon preached by Elder Meliton (Hatzi), Metropolitan of Chalcedon (1913-1989) in the Cathedral Church of Athens Cheese-fare Sunday, 8 March, 1970   My friends, There was nothing the Lord castigated so much as hypocrisy. And rightly so, since He saw in it the greatest deceptive danger, which is the satanic...

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Return to Paradise (Cheese-Fare Sunday)

Return to Paradise (Cheese-Fare Sunday)

Metropolitan Anthony Bloom   In the person of the old Adam, the human race fell, when it sinned against love; and God’s dread judgement will be a crisis (i.e. judgement) for human love. Humankind was called to total unity of the whole of our lives with God, through love, but...

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Practical repentance and its fruits

Practical repentance and its fruits

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi   Christ is the living truth. “I am the way, and the truth and the life” (John 14, 6). Therefore, He is life without beginning, unlimited (ἀπεριόριστος), unbound (ἀδέσμευτος), co-eternal with the Father, inseparable and undivided from him. “Praise be to God and Father of our...

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My Neighbour, my Salvation

My Neighbour, my Salvation

Archimandrite Ieronymos Nikolopoulos   One of the greatest problems of Orthodox spirituality in recent years has been the distortion applied to Orthodox eschatology, that is the prophetic discourse concerning the last times. It’s common for spiritually inexperienced people, without any real knowledge of what Orthodoxy means or what its magnificent...

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Saint Neilos of Sinai

Saint Neilos of Sinai

Saint Neilos was born into a wealthy and illustrious family and was probably a pupil of St. John Chrysostom from as early as when the latter was preaching in Antioch. His birth and personal attributes were such that he was raised to the rank of prefect of the capital. The...

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Dealing with Sickness

Dealing with Sickness

Saint Neofytos Recluse   So you should reflect on your sins and say ‘Glory to You, Lord, for You’re punishing me justly’. Recollect that, before, you’d forgotten God and say: ‘Glory to You, Lord, that you’ve given me cause and reason to remember You frequently’. Think about the fact that,...

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