How Saint Ieronymos Disarmed a Potential Murderer

How Saint Ieronymos Disarmed a Potential Murderer

The Elder (Saint Ieronymos Simonopetritis) related a story of something that happened to him at that time (about 1928, when he was still Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Simonos Petras): When I was in Thessaloniki the father of one of my spiritual children was moved by action of the...

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Translation of the Relics of Saint Efraim the New

Translation of the Relics of Saint Efraim the New

Saint Efraim, whose secular name was Konstantinos Morfis, was born in Trikala, on 14 September 1384 in an idyllic place near the River Lithaios. He lost his father at a young age and he and his seven siblings were brought up, with God’s help, by his mother. At the age...

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Sermon at the Vigil for Epiphany

Sermon at the Vigil for Epiphany

Metropolitan Anthony Bloom †   The day of the Theophany is the day when the whole world is being renewed and becomes a partaker of the sanctity of God. But at the same time, it is the day when Christ enters on the way to Calvary. He came to John...

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The Angel of the Wilderness

The Angel of the Wilderness

Georgios N. Manolis, Theologian   The life and activity of John the Baptist and Forerunner is an enduring testimony in Christ, culminating in his martyrdom for Him. Just as then, when he was active in the wilderness of the Jordan, so today his voice can be heard in the wilderness...

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Theophany or Epiphany – 2

Theophany or Epiphany – 2

Saint John Chrysostom Which baptism was performed, in His case? Not that of the Jews, nor ours, nor John’s. Why? You yourselves, from your own view of baptism, can see that He wasn’t baptized for any sins, nor because He needed the Holy Spirit; therefore, as we’ve shown, this baptism...

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Theophany or Epiphany – 1

Theophany or Epiphany – 1

Saint John Chrysostom We shall now say something about the present feast. Many people celebrate feast days and know what they’re called, but don’t know why they were established. So everyone knows that the feast today is called Theophany, but don’t know what Theophany is, and whether it is one...

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The Transfiguration of Time

The Transfiguration of Time

Protopresbyter Vasileios Kalliakmanis   a) In every age, people want to measure, monitor and confer value on time, and, if at all possible, to surpass its limits. This can be seen from the monuments of world civilization, as well as from some of the notions which have been expressed regarding...

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Time and the Church – 2

Time and the Church – 2

George Mantzaridis, Professor Emeritus, Theological School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   The eschatological nature of the Church is revealed especially in the sacrament of the Divine Liturgy. The celebration of this sacrament is the central and pre-eminently eschatological action of the Church. It is its Liturgy (= function). It constitutes...

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Time and the Church – 1

Time and the Church – 1

George Mantzaridis, Professor Emeritus, Theological School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   Christ’s advent brought the kingdom of God into the world. And the realm where the kingdom of God is made manifest is the Church. This retains eternity within history and provides history with the perspective of eternity. The Church...

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Your Highness, we’ve been defeated: Basil the Great

Your Highness, we’ve been defeated: Basil the Great

Stylianos G. Papadopoulos   Until then, Orthodoxy in Cappadocia seemed very much like an islet in the East. Valens let loose the evils of heresy everywhere. The combination of his brutality and cunning brought shocking results. He swept through Orthodoxy and then dug his claws into Caesarea. It’s true to...

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How often should we take Holy Communion?

How often should we take Holy Communion?

Fr. Andreas Agathokleous   Our participation in Holy Communion is a spiritual matter concerning which the opinions expressed have fluctuated over time. From the view that we should commune only infrequently, out of respect for the sacrament and recognition of our own sinfulness, to the attitude that we should take...

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New Year Resolutions and Time as an Opportunity

New Year Resolutions and Time as an Opportunity

Dr. Nikolaos Koios, Content Coach of Pemptousia   In the Western world there’s a continuing tradition of making resolutions at the turn of each year. In a sense, people want to commit to resolutions that’ll help them become ‘better’. We can see two aspects to this attractive custom: 1) the...

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