Sermon on the Apostolic Reading for the Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearers (Acts 6: 1-7)

Sermon on the Apostolic Reading for the Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearers (Acts 6: 1-7)

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   Today’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles describes the philanthropy of the first Church of Jerusalem. With the election of the seven Deacons, the Holy Apostles demonstrated their care for the poor and the sick. Despite the daily persecution, they never lost sight of...

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Elder Ieronymos Simonopetritis, the Tireless Spiritual Guide

Elder Ieronymos Simonopetritis, the Tireless Spiritual Guide

Alexandros Christodoulou, Theologian   His courtesy, perfect obedience and respect for the monastery and its overseers continued throughout his long life. His great progress in the monastery, the felicitous conclusion of all the tasks assigned to him and, particularly, his modesty, gentleness and virtue in general made him, on the...

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Why were the Myrrh-Bearers the first to hear that Christ had risen?

Why were the Myrrh-Bearers the first to hear that Christ had risen?

Metropolitan Avgoustinos (Kantiotis) of Florina († 2010)   And he said to them: ‘Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here…’ (Mark 16,6). When Christ was born, the first to hear of it weren’t the great, the powerful and...

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Elder Aimilianos Simonopetritis Has Departed This Life (part 2)

Elder Aimilianos Simonopetritis Has Departed This Life (part 2)

On the morning of 9 May 2019, Archimandrite Elder Aimilianos, former Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Simonos Petras on the Holy Mountain fell asleep in the Lord at the Holy Convent of the Annunciation of the Mother of God, Ormylia, Halkidiki. Biographical details by Hieromonk Serapion Simonopetritis (†2019). You...

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Elder Ieronymos Simonopetritis: The First Years of his Service

Elder Ieronymos Simonopetritis: The First Years of his Service

Alexandros Christodoulou, Theologian   Elder Ieronymos as a monk on the Holy Mountain (1888-1920) Young Ioannis arrived on the Holy Mountain, made the sign of the cross and thanked Our Lady. Here his love for the Mother of God grew, to such an extent that, to his dying day, he...

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Elder Aimilianos Simonopetritis Has Departed This Life

Elder Aimilianos Simonopetritis Has Departed This Life

This morning, 9 May 2019, Archimandrite Elder Aimilianos, former Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Simonos Petras on the Holy Mountain fell asleep in the Lord at the Holy Convent of the Annunciation of the Mother of God, Ormylia, Halkidiki. Biographical details by Hieromonk Serapion Simonopetritis (†2019). You have made...

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Saint John The Theologian, Apostle and Evangelist

Saint John The Theologian, Apostle and Evangelist

Saint Nicholas Velimirovich   John was a son of Zebedee, a fisherman, and Salome, the daughter of Joseph, the Betrothed of Our Most Holy Lady, the Mother of God. When the Lord Jesus called him, John immediately left his father and their nets and, together with his brother, James, followed...

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Elder Ieronymos Simonopetritis (1871-1957)

Elder Ieronymos Simonopetritis (1871-1957)

Alexandros Christodoulou, Theologian   Childhood Years (1871-1888) Elder Ieronymos was born in the village of Reïz-Dere in the Krini region of Asia Minor in 1871 to poor but devout parents, Nikolaos and Maria Diakoyiorgis. The village was wholly Christian and lay five kilometres to the north-east of Alatsata and two...

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Eternal riches, cost free

Eternal riches, cost free

Saint Nectarios of Pentapolis   Uncharitable people are unhappy because their heart has never felt the joy of doing good works and or giving alms. They haven’t understood that real enjoyment lies in loving your neighbor. They haven’t realized that, in giving to others, you pile up eternal riches, cost...

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The Good Unbelief of Thomas

The Good Unbelief of Thomas

Elder Moses the Athonite †   In one of its hymns, our Church calls the unbelief of Thomas “good”. Understandably one would wonder – is there good and bad unbelief? There seems to be, because humans are not purely good or evil. In one who has a clean conscience, good...

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After the Resurrection (3)

After the Resurrection (3)

Archimandrite Elisaios, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Simonos Petras   ‘When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight’. So we’ve seen...

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After the Resurrection (2)

After the Resurrection (2)

Archimandrite Elisaios, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Simonos Petras   Let us, then, have a look at this mystery and understand it from a single appearance of Christ after His resurrection: to two of His disciples who were on the road to Emmaus, a small town some 10 miles...

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