Absent for good reason

Absent for good reason

Lord, I heard Your celebrant today praying for our brothers and sisters ‘who are absent for good reason’. And they stuck in my mind. I want to find them, to discover them and then send up fervent supplications for them. Who are they, Lord? Who are they who are far...

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The Sanctity and Miracles of Blessed Paisios the Athonite

The Sanctity and Miracles of Blessed Paisios the Athonite

Saint Paisios died on the feast of the Holy Apostles Saints Peter and Paul according to the Old Calendar, which is certainly no coincidence. Since his death in 1994, word of his name and his reputation have grown globally. St. Paisios is all over the world. In this video a...

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True Fasting Means Loosing the Bonds of Injustice

True Fasting Means Loosing the Bonds of Injustice

It is a great blessing to be provided ecclesiastical occasions in which we can delve deeper into our Orthodoxy Christian spirituality.  This time of the year we experience the Nativity Fast, and not only the fast but the pure starting ground it provides us for spiritual work.  “Fasting isn’t an...

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Interview With Metropolitan Nikolaos on The Global Financial Crisis

Interview With Metropolitan Nikolaos on The Global Financial Crisis

The global financial crisis has come to affect everyone around the globe in one way or another.  The following article addresses some thoughts from Metropolitan Nikolaos of Mesogea and Lavreotiki.  The information comes from an interview Metropolitan Nikolaos did with Pemptousia about the economic crisis and how it relates to the...

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Monk Anatolios Kavsokalyvitis (1862-1938)

Monk Anatolios Kavsokalyvitis (1862-1938)

Monk Anatolios Kavsokalyvitis (1862-1938), who displayed happiness “like a child.” When we look to the Holy Mountain of Mount Athos in Greece, we often hope to have our minds and hearts graced with even a touch of the great wisdom that the monastic life produces. Yet, often times the most...

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Hesychasm and Missions

Hesychasm and Missions

Pemptousia recently interviewed Elder Elisaios, Abbot of Holy Monastery of Simonos Petras. Here is one idea derived from the engaging interview, which can be found at the link below. When places like Madagascar come to mind, the first things we think of are the endless beaches and jungles. The very...

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One Desires, Another Gives

One Desires, Another Gives

Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.  ― Theodore Roosevelt In...

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Keeping Contemporary Conveniences at Bay

Keeping Contemporary Conveniences at Bay

In this interview Nikolaos Koios, Editor-in Chief of Pemptousia, and Elder Elisaios, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Simonos Petras, Mt Athos, Greece, discuss the concern of modern conveniences on Mt. Athos.  They aren’t necessarily talking about wifi or Google, but automobiles and electricity.  “We are careful how we use...

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The Mystery of the Eucharist and Life with God

The Mystery of the Eucharist and Life with God

Is bread a worthy offering to Christ towards the Eucharist?  Watch this short video of Fr Alexander Rentel, Assistant Professor of Canon Law and Practical Theology at St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, as he explain show we enter into the mystery of a life with God, through the Holy Eucharist.  

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Are You Prepared?

Are You Prepared?

As we prepare for Sunday’s Liturgy here is a quote from St. Augustine of Hippo to remind us of the importance of forgiveness. Before you come to Holy Communion, pay attention to what you say: ‘Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors’. Do you forgive? You’ll be forgiven....

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St. Gregory Palamas on the Dormition

St. Gregory Palamas on the Dormition

Are you celebrating the Great Feast of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary? Read some excerpts from St. Gregory Palamas on the Mother of God which reveal why we all love her so much. May we have her prayers and intercessions. With her ascension, the Mother of God joined the...

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The Transfiguration of Our Lord on Mt. Tabor

The Transfiguration of Our Lord on Mt. Tabor

It’s so relaxing to take a family vacation during the summer. We slow down, turn off the alarms and allow the day to go on without us. Yes, this is what vacations are all about. You probably even lost track of the days of the week, puzzled if it was...

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