They show the way

They show the way

Saint Paisios the Athonite   Those people who give everything to God and give themselves completely to Him, are sheltered under God’s great vault and are protected by His divine providence. They then become children of God and can help unfortunate people more, through God, with their prayers and, again...

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An accident waiting to happen

An accident waiting to happen

Saint Basil the Great   Hypocrites retain their hatred in the depths of their hearts, showing superficial love, in the same way as a reef which is covered with a little water, but is an accident waiting to happen for those who aren’t careful. Hypocrisy is the result of envy...

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Alexander Schmorell, the New Martyr

Alexander Schmorell, the New Martyr

Yannis Zervos   Alexander Schmorell was the co-founder – along with his friend Hans Scholl – of the anti-Nazi resistance group the ‘White Rose’, which tried to stir up the conscience of the Germans against the regime by distributing leaflets through the post. We were made aware of his canonization...

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A brief life of Saint Paisios

A brief life of Saint Paisios

George Mantzaridis, Professor Emeritus, Theological School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   On July 25, 1924, the future Elder Paisios (Eznepidis) was born to pious parents in the town of Farasa, Cappadocia of Asia Minor. The family’s spiritual father, the priest-monk Arsenios (the now canonized St. Arsenios of Cappadocia), baptized the...

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Blessed Kyrillos the New (†1833) – 11 July

Blessed Kyrillos the New (†1833) – 11 July

Elder Moses the Athonite †   Blessed Kyrillos was born in Marpissa, on the island of Paros in 1748 and his family name was Papadopoulos. As a young man, he went to the Holy Mountain and enrolled as a student in the Vatopaidan Athoniada School. He had Blessed Athanasios, also...

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How does the Holy Trinity create a person?

How does the Holy Trinity create a person?

Dr. Nikolaos Koios, Content Coach of Pemptousia   It’s been noted by theological scholarship on more than one occasion that, in Orthodoxy, dogma and ethos, theory and practice, faith and life are indissolubly bound together. Every invitation to spiritual struggle has a powerful dogmatic foundation and vice versa: the spiritual...

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Root out

Root out

Saint John Chrysostom   When people want to root out some passion which has wormed its way into their hearts and become established there over time, it isn’t enough to give advice for one or two days in order to correct this passion. We have to talk lots of times...

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Sermon on the Apostolic Reading (Tit. 3: 8-15) of the Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Fourth Ecumenical Council

Sermon on the Apostolic Reading (Tit. 3: 8-15) of the Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Fourth Ecumenical Council

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   Today we celebrate the “Synaxis of All the Saints of Pisidia, Side and Antalya, along with the “Holy Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council of Chalkidon. This common celebration was approved by the Holy Synod of our Ecumenical Patriarchate for two reasons: Firstly, because among...

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Byzantine Iconography οn Mt Athos

Byzantine Iconography οn Mt Athos

Dr. Constantine Cavarnos   The Protaton, the Monastery of Vatopedi and the Cretan School The Holy Mountain has been the great centre of Orthodox art since the fall of Constantinople. But art flourished on Mount Athos much earlier than that, as is shown by some icons and miniatures that have...

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Metropolitan Nikolaos of Mesogaia: “Material Desires”

Metropolitan Nikolaos of Mesogaia: “Material Desires”

Watch now  Metropolitan Nikolaos of Mesogaia and Lavreotiki speaks about Material Desires and the Hidden Need of Contemporary People. 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 Canonical Bishops of the United States of America . It is...

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Nothing so powerful as charity

Nothing so powerful as charity

Saint John Chrysostom   Despite the fact that virginity, fasting and sleeping on the ground demand greater efforts, there’s nothing so powerful and so capable of extinguishing the fire of our sins as charity. It’s superior to all else and places those who live it close to the King of...

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The practical expression of Love towards the Lord

The practical expression of Love towards the Lord

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi   (On the feast day of Saint Paul of Thebes and John Kalyvitis) Our Church honours the two great saints, Paul of Thebes and John Kalyvitis. Their life stories are a little strange but quite fitting for us, monks. The former was among the first people...

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