Woe Betide the World if the Mob Rules

Woe Betide the World if the Mob Rules

† Dionysios, Metropolitan of Servia and Kozani   Today the Church honours the memory of those people who took charge of the burial of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and those others who set out to pay Him the final burial honours in accordance with the Jewish customs of the time....

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The Song of Saint George

The Song of Saint George

Saint George is one of the most beloved saints of the Eastern Church. In particular, the people of Cappadocia, his homeland, had recourse to him for help and assistance from very early on and his honour and fame spread throughout the world. The achievements of the saint didn’t remain only...

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The winner of the trophy of love (In memory of the great Martyr, St George, the Trophy bearer)

The winner of the trophy of love (In memory of the great Martyr, St George, the Trophy bearer)

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi   Our Church today celebrates the feast of a martyr. If we try to pay any tribute to the celebrated martyr, we will demean him. This particular Saint is the glory of all martyrs, the boast of the Saints and the prestige of the Heavens and...

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Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women

Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women

Metropolitan Anthony Bloom   FEAST OF THE MYRRH-BEARING WOMEN, ST JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA AND ST NICODEMUS 11th May 1997 In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. We keep today the feast of a number of the followers of Christ of whom we think seldom, because...

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It’s not romanticism

It’s not romanticism

Archimandrite Ephraim, Abbot of the Vatopaidi Monastery   If we really observe Christ’s commandments, then we demonstrate that we love Him, because, as He Himself said, ‘those who love me keep my commandments’. And when the holy Fathers ask, ‘Which commandments?’, they answer ‘All the commandments’. Then we’ll show that...

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Saint Joasaph of Meteora

Saint Joasaph of Meteora

Georgios Martzelos   St Joasaph was the son of the pious ruler of Epirus and Thessaly Symeon Sinisi, who was descended from the royal house of Nemanja and was proclaimed “tsar of the Greeks, the Serbs and the Albanians” under the name of “Symeon Uros Palaeologus”. His mother, Thomaïs, was...

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I Await the Resurrection of the Dead (part 2)

I Await the Resurrection of the Dead (part 2)

Holy Monastery of St John the Vaptist, Kareas Attikis   The resurrection of the dead, then, will certainly take place. The angel’s trumpet will definitely sound (Rev. 11, 15-18). What is important for us, however, is that we should have accomplished something in our life on earth towards the sanctification...

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We don’t reach Infinity by Adding Numbers

We don’t reach Infinity by Adding Numbers

Fr. Dumitru Stăniloae   In Saint John Chrysostom’s homily which we read on the night of the Resurrection, we hear: ‘Let no one grieve at their poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed. Let no one bewail their trespasses, for forgiveness has risen from the grave. Let no one...

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‘The Day of the Resurrection’

‘The Day of the Resurrection’

Greek Byzantine Choir   Listen now ‘The Day of the Resurrection’, the doxastiko at Lauds, Easter Matins, set to music by Iakovos Protopsaltis and recorded at a concert in Ghent which took place on 19/4/2012. Recorded by V. Zakharis, image by I. Panousakis. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX...

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Disbelief and God’s Tolerance of it

Disbelief and God’s Tolerance of it

Protopresbyter Vasileios Kalliakmanis   a) God’s tolerance, as a consequence of the mystery of divine self-emptying, is not limited to the Cross and burial. It continues after the Resurrection. The risen Lord had no wish to impose the glad tidings of the Resurrection on anyone, nor did He oblige people...

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The Doubt of St. Thomas

The Doubt of St. Thomas

John 20:24-25 But Thomas, (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in...

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I Await the Resurrection of the Dead (part 1)

I Await the Resurrection of the Dead (part 1)

Holy Monastery of St John the Vaptist, Kareas Attikis   It’s the event that each and every one of us can be absolutely sure of: sooner or later death will come to us. Yet, for most people, the end of life remains greatly undesirable and is to be firmly resisted....

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