Sunday of the man born blind

Sunday of the man born blind

Metropolitan Anthony Bloom †   In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. At the end of today’s reading, words stand that we pass by very often. The blind man says to Christ, “And who is the Son of God?” and Christ answers, “You have seen...

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Non-Gender and One-Gender in the Gnostic Gospels

Non-Gender and One-Gender in the Gnostic Gospels

Archimandrite Theofilos Lemontzis, D. Th.   The state of one-genderism is described in the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas, where, in answer to a question from His disciples regarding the way to enter the Kingdom of God and our salvation, Jesus answers: ‘When you make the two one, the inside like...

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Elder Iosif Vatopaidinos, a Man of Abounding Paternal Love (4)

Elder Iosif Vatopaidinos, a Man of Abounding Paternal Love (4)

Chrysostomos Papadakis, Archimandrite of the Ecumenical Throne   4. The slanders We have left to the end any reference to his cross. At various times people came to him asking for spiritual guidance. But these people had wicked thoughts, either from their passions, which had taken over their soul or...

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Elder Iosif Vatopaidinos, a Man of Abounding Paternal Love (3)

Elder Iosif Vatopaidinos, a Man of Abounding Paternal Love (3)

Chrysostomos Papadakis, Archimandrite of the Ecumenical Throne   2. His zeal The Elder was a phenomenon as regards his conscious zeal, as the reader will easily recognize. It was imprinted on all areas of his activities and service, as also in his internal diligence. He demonstrated his unremitting zeal as...

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Elder Iosif Vatopaidinos, a Man of Abounding Paternal Love (2)

Elder Iosif Vatopaidinos, a Man of Abounding Paternal Love (2)

Chrysostomos Papadakis, Archimandrite of the Ecumenical Throne   1. The call through a divine vision In his fifteenth year, while he was on a hill at Paphos, floundering in the dark void because of a sense of the pointlessness of it all- he’d watched a documentary with scenes from World...

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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 Iosif Vatopaidinos, a Man of Abounding Paternal Love

Elder Iosif Vatopaidinos, a Man of Abounding Paternal Love

Chrysostomos Papadakis, Archimandrite of the Ecumenical Throne   At the presentation of the book on Elder Iosif Vatopaidinos, at the Athens Concert Hall, 19 April 2018. Nine years have passed since the demise of our blessed Elder, Iosif Vatopaidinos. Throughout this time, many devout souls were hoping earnestly to see...

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The True Worshippers of God

The True Worshippers of God

Metropolitan Ioïl (Frangkakos) of Edessa, Pella, and Almopia   ‘They will worship the Father in spirit and truth’ There was conflict between the Jews and Samaritans. They weren’t related peoples. Samaria was a region totally foreign to the way of life of Israel. The Samaritans took their name from Mount...

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They aren’t snobbish

They aren’t snobbish

Saint John of Kronstadt   We think of as polite and cultured those people who aren’t conceited and don’t look down on others of their acquaintance who benefit from their generosity. They don’t ignore them, don’t think disparagingly of them, but appreciate them as they did at their first meeting....

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Perils among False Friends

Perils among False Friends

Monk Arsenios of the Skete of Koutloumousiou, the Holy Mountain   In his second epistle to the Corinthians, at chapter 1, verse 26, the Holy Apostle Paul enumerates the dangers facing the Apostles. There were eight such dangers, the last being ‘perils among false brethren’. A short interpretation provided by...

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Christ the King

Christ the King

Metropolitan Anthony Bloom †   In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. In one of his homilies St. John Chrysostom says that anyone endowed with power can rule, only a king can die for his people. And this we see so wonderfully and tragically manifested...

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What it’s like

What it’s like

Saint John of Kronstadt   What is sanctity? Freedom from all sin and an ample measure of virtue. It’s nature resembles the light of the sun and the whiteness of snow, whereas the nature of sin is like darkness, with a lack of light, with stench and corrosion. Source: pemptousia.com...

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