The Purifying Prayer

The Purifying Prayer

Every prayer of the Church assists with the purification of the heart. But especially the Jesus Prayer: ‘Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on me, sinner that I am’. This prayer, which has been passed down over the centuries on the Holy Mountain has the following advantage: since it’s only a...

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The Monastic Life: The way of perfection

The Monastic Life: The way of perfection

By Prof. Georgios Mantzaridis With the advent of monasticism, a special way of life appeared in the Church, which however did not  proclaim a new morality. The Church does not have one set of moral rules for the laity and another  for monks, nor does it divide the faithful into classes...

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Conclusions of the 1st International Conference on Digital Media and Orthodox Pastoral Care

Conclusions of the 1st International Conference on Digital Media and Orthodox Pastoral Care

‘Behold, what is so good or so pleasant as for brothers to dwell in the same place?’. It is indeed a blessing from God when siblings meet each other in Christ, in the same place, and have the opportunity to talk, to work together, to communicate and hold conversations about...

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The Church of Life-Giving Spring in Istanbul

The Church of Life-Giving Spring in Istanbul

The Monastery of the Mother of God at the Spring (full name in Greek: Μονὴ τῆς Θεοτòκου τῆς Πηγῆς Turkish name: Balıklı Meryem Ana Rum Manastiri) or simply Zoödochos Pege (“Life-giving Spring”), is an Eastern Orthodox sanctuary in Istanbul. The present church, built in 1835, bears the same dedication as...

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The Duty of the Bishop to Reprimand the Faithful

The Duty of the Bishop to Reprimand the Faithful

By Athanasios Moustakis The duty of the bishop to reprimand the faithful is a delicate and difficult point in pastoral theology and requires careful handling and a measure of restraint. Since, more or less, we’re all not properly informed, we’ve lost contact with Church matters and, alas, act correspondingly. Despite this,...

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Athonite Obediences

Athonite Obediences

In Athonite coenobitic monasteries, the obediences are changed between the first and seventh days of the year. They usually last a year or more. This custom comes from the holy fathers, because it’s been passed down from Saint Basil the Great, the organizer of the coenobitic life in Pontos and...

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The Celebration of the Resurrection at the Vatopedi Monastery

The Celebration of the Resurrection at the Vatopedi Monastery

Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen! Most people will never be able to journey to Mount Athos to experience Pascha there. But if you watch this video, you can see and hear a few moments from the sequence of the Resurrection and Vespers of Love as they are celebrated...

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The Resurrection: an affront to reason

The Resurrection: an affront to reason

By Archimandrite Epiphanios Ekonomou It’s hardly surprising that the message of the Resurrection of Christ has raised a whole host of doubts and questions. Objections were registered immediately after the occurrence of the supernatural event on which the whole structure of the Christian Church is founded. For the Jews of Biblical...

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The Style and Ethos of Athonite Singing

The Style and Ethos of Athonite Singing

By Fr. Iakovos the Athonite Once, when I was talking to an Elder who’d been on the Holy Mountain for many years (more than twice the number I had), he mentioned the following in the course of conversation: ‘the late Father E… would always sing this doxastiko [a special hymn,...

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Metropolitan Athanasios of Lemessos: Christmas’ Deeper Meaning (Part I)

Metropolitan Athanasios of Lemessos: Christmas’ Deeper Meaning (Part I)

Every time we stand before the Lord either in prayer or in celebration in Church of an event from the life of Christ, or we are in any other way experiencing the presence of the Lord, two basic things happen, which are attested by the Church and the experience of...

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Metropolitan Kallistos Ware: My Acquaintance with Elder Sophrony

Metropolitan Kallistos Ware: My Acquaintance with Elder Sophrony

Metropolitan Kallistos says that Elder Sophrony wanted his monastery to stay loyal to the tradition of Orthodoxy, but at the same time be open to the spirit of the world. He explains how monks in Essex Monastery practiced hospitality, and why Elder Sophrony wanted his monks be well-educated, so they...

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Metropolitan Alexios: My Life on Mount Athos

Metropolitan Alexios: My Life on Mount Athos

His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta explains why he thinks of Mount Athos as his family. He remembers when he first went to Mount Athos, at the age of 16, when he went to the school of Athonias, and when he stayed in the Monastery of Vatopedi. He describes his...

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