‘Where the Shade of your Grace Falls, Archangel’ (choir of fathers from Vatopaidi)

‘Where the Shade of your Grace Falls, Archangel’ (choir of fathers from Vatopaidi)

The monastic life has been called the angelic state, as being the pre-eminent way of imitating and following the life of the angels. Monastics are always striving to live as citizens of heaven. They consider themselves no more than temporary visitors on earth and their constant desire is to be...

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The Need for Spiritual Study in the Age of the Internet and Information

The Need for Spiritual Study in the Age of the Internet and Information

Archimandrite Theofilos Lemontzis, D. Th.   Our era has one particular feature where it differs from previous ages: people are more interested in information than in knowledge. The growth of the Internet has meant that we’re bombarded on a daily basis with information and news and aren’t interested to the...

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What is the Church?

What is the Church?

Panteleïmon Tomazos   What is the Church? How do we define it? The Church and life are hard to define, because what’s defined is confined. The Church can be described only through the language of images, such as a vine, the body of Christ or the flock of rational sheep....

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The Rich Man and Lazarus

The Rich Man and Lazarus

Monk Agapios   Gospel Reading for the 5th Sunday of Luke From the Kyriakodromion of Monk Agapios, 17th century*. The Lord said, ‘There was a rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named...

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Sermon on the Apostolic reading for the 5th Sunday of Luke – Ephesians 2: 4-10

Sermon on the Apostolic reading for the 5th Sunday of Luke – Ephesians 2: 4-10

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   The Apostle Paul, in this present passage from his Epistle to the Christians of Ephesus in Asia Minor, presents us with the great love of God for humanity: “God is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us “(verse 4)....

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Galatians 6, 11-18 – St. John Chrysostom’s Commentary (Part 2)

Galatians 6, 11-18 – St. John Chrysostom’s Commentary (Part 2)

Saint John Chrysostom   Ver. 15, 16. Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation. Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule, to the Israel of God Do you see the power of the Cross, to what a height it’s raised him? Not only...

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Galatians 6, 11-18 – St. John Chrysostom’s Commentary (Part 1)

Galatians 6, 11-18 – St. John Chrysostom’s Commentary (Part 1)

Saint John Chrysostom   Ver. 11, 12. See what large letters I use as I write to you with my own hand. Those who want to impress people by means of the flesh are trying to compel you to be circumcised Feel the pain that possesses his blessed soul. Just...

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The Outwardly Pious

The Outwardly Pious

Kostas E. Tsiropoulos   Religion is a response to a deep longing of ours: the yearning for immortality. It’s a raft which supports us in our fear, enables us to pass through the dread rapids of chaos and to reach the harbour of faith and hope. It redeems us from...

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A savior on a daily basis

A savior on a daily basis

Saint John of Kronstadt   Sin wears away at people every day, so they need a savior on a daily basis. This Savior is Jesus Christ. If you call upon Him in living and unshakable faith, He will save you. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox...

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Hell and Heaven

Hell and Heaven

Panteleïmon Tomazos   The position of Orthodox Dogmatic teaching is that heaven and hell are not two limited places where the righteous are rewarded and the unrighteous punished after death, nor that hell is a region of concrete instruments of torture. Heaven and hell are states and forms of relationship...

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Knowledge of God is Achieved through Love for Him

Knowledge of God is Achieved through Love for Him

Christoforos Papadopoulos, Theologian   It’s been said that good is to be identified with God, and that therefore knowledge of it is tantamount to knowledge of God. And because God’s a person, not an idea, knowledge of Him is realized through personal communication with Him. The more we love God...

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British testimony concerning the miracle of Our Lady in 1940

British testimony concerning the miracle of Our Lady in 1940

Supernatural Assistance (Michael Palairet, British Ambassador to Greece at the time of the war, in 1940) No. 306 From the British Embassy, Athens December 9, 1940. Dear Sir, In my letter No. 293 of 23 November, I mentioned the widely-held belief that the Greek Army enjoys the protection of Our...

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