The 40 Martyrs of Sebaste: Confession through martyrdom

The 40 Martyrs of Sebaste: Confession through martyrdom

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi   A troparion of the liturgical Service in honour of the Forty Martyrs says: ‘Suffering with bravery at present, we are rejoicing at what we are anticipating, said the martyrs’. There was evident readiness from the very beginning to employ the confessionary approach to Christianity. What...

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The Question of Evil (1)

The Question of Evil (1)

Fr. Dumitru Stăniloae   The question of evil has been addressed hardly at all in the Orthodox Church. In comparison with other Christian dogmas, the answer is still expressed in a form that, of course, reveals the truth, but rather nebulously developed. Evil has its origins and draws its strength...

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Hymns after Psalm 50 in the Triodio, by Dimosthenis Païkopoulos (Open to me the gates of repentance – The multitude of my past iniquities)

Hymns after Psalm 50 in the Triodio, by Dimosthenis Païkopoulos (Open to me the gates of repentance – The multitude of my past iniquities)

The period of the Triodio and Great Lent is very important for the spiritual life of the Church. This is because it prepares us properly for our participation in the greatest feast of the Church, the Lord’s Resurrection. The content of the hymns and the melodic accompaniment with which they...

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They don’t get up again

They don’t get up again

Saint Andronik of the Monastery of Glinsk   Spend your life wisely, live purely, repent, pray not to be surprised by sudden death and God’s dread anger. Many people have lain down to sleep and not risen again. We, too, lie down and don’t know if we’ll wake the next...

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Respect for Others as a Restriction of Freedom

Respect for Others as a Restriction of Freedom

Ioannis Karavidopoulos, Professor of the School of Theology of the University of Thessaloniki   Saint Paul’s 1st Epistle to the Corinthians is the richest in terms of the number of issues he addresses. Among the many subjects the Corinthians asked him about was that of eating or not eating food...

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God’s Mercy

God’s Mercy

Metropolitan Ioïl (Frangkakos) of Edessa, Pella, and Almopia   ‘As you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me’. In the parables used by the Lord, He repeats the phrase ‘the kingdom of heaven is like… (Matth. 22,2) that is, He compares...

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Love as a Feeling and as an Uncreated Gift of the Holy Trinity (Meat-fare Sunday)

Love as a Feeling and as an Uncreated Gift of the Holy Trinity (Meat-fare Sunday)

Vasileios Touloumtsis   It’s an unshakeable and irrefutable truth that every day of our earthly life is- apart from anything else- another step that brings us ever closer to our biological death. Despite the fact that this is the most certain event which will occur to each and every one...

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Some Thoughts on the Period of the Triodio

Some Thoughts on the Period of the Triodio

Archimandrite Theodosios Martzoukhos   …Here is Paradise and Hell’s here, too (Greek folk song) … as the shepherd separates the goats from the sheep (the Gospel) There are many people, both in older times and now, who reject the metaphysical version of the continuation of our lives in a state...

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The Case of ‘Fools for Christ’

The Case of ‘Fools for Christ’

Fr. Andreas Agathokleous   Among the many saints- that is, the people who loved Christ, ‘with all their heart’ and expressed their love through self-denial and shouldering their cross- there are those we know as ‘fools for Christ’. Usually monastics, they present themselves to the world as mad, opposed to...

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The Holy New- Virgin Martyr Kyranna, Patron Saint of Ossa, Langada

The Holy New- Virgin Martyr Kyranna, Patron Saint of Ossa, Langada

Saint Kyranna was born in Avissoka, Thessaloniki, now known as Ossa in the region of Langada. Her external beauty was commensurate to the internal beauty of her soul in that she was endowed with the virtues of modesty as well as prudence. And thus she lived, close to her parents....

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What is our Apostasy Today?

What is our Apostasy Today?

Metropolitan Panteleimon of Veria, Naousa and Kampania   ‘And the younger of them said to his father: “Father, give me my share of the inheritance’”. One of the best-known and most popular Gospel readings is the parable of the Prodigal Son. Although it’s known as the ‘parable of the prodigal’,...

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Christianity is Radical

Christianity is Radical

George Mantzarides, Professor Emeritus of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   Christianity is radical. Where it isn’t radical, it isn’t authentic. The radicalism of Christianity affects everything that links it to the world. This is due to the fact that the roots of Christianity don’t come...

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