A Sign and a Miracle (Matth. 9, 1-8)

A Sign and a Miracle (Matth. 9, 1-8)

Metropolitan Ioïl (Frangkakos) of Edessa, Pella, and Almopia   ‘They Brought a Paralytic to Him’ Today, our Lord performs a sign and a miracle in the Gospel reading. The miracle is that He forgave the sins of the paralytic and the sign is that He also cured him in the...

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Elder Moses the Athonite   We’ve said before that God is not wrathful, bent on punishment and revenge. If He were, He would be bad. But there’s no trace of badness in the divinity. Every trial is an education from God and is a form of the spiritual struggle we...

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Holy and Glorious Martyr Kyriaki – 7 July

Holy and Glorious Martyr Kyriaki – 7 July

During the reign of the Emperor Diocletian, a devout and wealthy Christian couple, Dorotheos and Evsevia, being childless, asked God to give them a child, and promised to dedicate any such offspring to Him. Their prayer was heard and, one Sunday, they had a daughter, whom they named Kyriaki, for...

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God’s precognition

God’s precognition

Saint Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia   Here’s a mystery: in His omnipotence and His omniscience, He knows everything, including what’s going to happen in the future, but He’s not the cause of any evil. God has precognition, but doesn’t preordain. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian...

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Saint Athanasios the Athonite

Saint Athanasios the Athonite

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi   According to his biography, St Athanasios hailed from the east, from Trapezounta. After concluding his education- as a teacher of literature- while still very young he was touched by the Divine Grace. He forsaken the world and espoused monasticism under the guidance of his uncle...

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Do you pray with faith?

Do you pray with faith?

Elder Yermanos Stavrovouniotis   Do you pray with faith? You’re heard! Do you repent with faith? You’re granted mercy! Do you confess with faith? You’re forgiven. Are you patient with faith? You’re sanctified! Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is a 501(c)3 and an...

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On Egotism

On Egotism

Elder Ephraim of Arizona   Today we shall speak about the great spiritual sickness known as egotism. Egotism is an absurd passion and is literally a scourge of the human race; we all suffer from this great sickness. Egotism makes fools and a spectacle of those who suffer from it....

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The Son and Word of God, the Saviour of the Human Race

The Son and Word of God, the Saviour of the Human Race

Rafael Ch. Misiaoulis, Theologian   Most of the miracles performed by Jesus were the result of a request by people who needed the miracle, and only occurred after He had previously examined their faith. There were, however, miracles which he Himself wished to perform. We heard of one such today....

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Non-Gender and One-Gender in the Gnostic Gospels (5)

Non-Gender and One-Gender in the Gnostic Gospels (5)

Archimandrite Theofilos Lemontzis, D. Th.   The above prohibitions should not be confused with instances where certain saintly women disguised themselves in order to enter men’s monasteries. What distinguishes these women from the followers of Efstathios is the reason behind their actions. Their motive was not to denigrate their sex...

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Saint Peter the Apostle: A Great Personality – IΙ

Saint Peter the Apostle: A Great Personality – IΙ

Apostolos Glavinas, Professor   Information about the story of Peter after the Resurrection is scant and we have no real sketch of the course of his life and no fixed point to use for satisfactory dates. In the history of the Early Church, Peter again played a leading role in...

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Saint Peter the Apostle: A Great Personality – I

Saint Peter the Apostle: A Great Personality – I

Apostolos Glavinas, Professor   Peter was born in Bethsaida, close to Lake Gennesaret, where, along with his brother Andrew, who also became an Apostle, they plied the trade of fisherman, together with two other Apostles, James and John, the sons of Zebedee. In all the Gospel records he is first...

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Conclusions of the 2nd International Conference on Digital Media and Orthodox Pastoral Care In Kolymbari, Crete

Conclusions of the 2nd International Conference on Digital Media and Orthodox Pastoral Care In Kolymbari, Crete

Dr. Nikolaos Koios, Content Coach of Pemptousia   ‘The voice of the Lord is upon many waters… the Lord is upon many waters… the Lord will bless His people in peace (Ps. 28, 3, 11). The extreme western point of the azure waters of the Cretan Sea, under the protection...

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