Prophet Elijah, the gift of God

Prophet Elijah, the gift of God

Savva Alexandrou   Saint Gregory Palamas, speaking in general about the prophets, as also the Fathers of the Church, notes: “God raised up the Prophets and the Fathers unto our guidance and He showed signs and wonders to us through them, so that He could correctly lead us up to...

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Evangelical Monasticism – Part 2

Evangelical Monasticism – Part 2

Archimandrite Georgios Kapsanis, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Gregoriou †   Only the heart of a person who is continuously being cleansed by repentance from egotism, selfishness and the passions can really love God and other people. Egotism and love are irreconcilable. It’s often the case that egotism believes...

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Holy Martyr Aimilianos (18 July): free man and servant

Holy Martyr Aimilianos (18 July): free man and servant

When Julian the Apostate came to power as emperor (361), he scorned both the good that had been achieved by Saint Constantine the Great and everything he had gained from his own Christian upbringing. He upset public order with his tyranny and railed against God, doing his level best, with...

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Love, unity, strength – Orthodox mission in India

Love, unity, strength – Orthodox mission in India

In India, for a child to have an opportunity for success, they must go to an English Medium School. The need for the school strikes at the heart of serious issues facing India. World leaders are calling for governing officials to take action on the world-wide issues of poverty, illiteracy,...

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Evangelical Monasticism – Part 1

Evangelical Monasticism – Part 1

Archimandrite Georgios Kapsanis, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Gregoriou †   The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is glad tidings , because it brings into the world not only a new teaching, but a new life to replace the old one. The old...

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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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