Saint Dimitrios The Myrrh-Yielder – 2

Saint Dimitrios The Myrrh-Yielder – 2

James W. Lillie Another point of interest is that the church of Saint Dimitrios, for 60 years (1430-1490) remained as part of the local Church, when almost all the other churches in Thessaloniki had been turned into mosques after the fall of the city to the Turks in 1430. This...

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Saint Dimitrios The Myrrh-Yielder – 1

Saint Dimitrios The Myrrh-Yielder – 1

James W. Lillie Saint Dimitrios is the protector and patron saint of Thessaloniki, a saint from whose relics myrrh flows and also a Great Martyr. There are actually conflicting accounts in the sources, but the overwhelming view is that he was born and bred in Thessaloniki. As a young man,...

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The Saints Reveal the Truly Free Person

The Saints Reveal the Truly Free Person

Archimandrite Theofilos Lemontzis, D. Th.   An important place in Biblical and Patristic thought is accorded to the battle against the fear of death and Satan and to the achievement of freedom, in Christ, from all forms of self-interest and necessity. ‘I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid...

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The Repercussions of the Decisions of the Seventh Ecumenical Synod in the West

The Repercussions of the Decisions of the Seventh Ecumenical Synod in the West

Panteleimon Levakos, Theologian   The second month of the Church’s year is linked to the celebration of the Seventh Ecumenical Synod. This was a synod which was accompanied by one of the most violent interventions by the State in the internal affairs of the Church. The iconoclast dispute was the...

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Christ is the Source and Origin for Forgiveness and Entry into Paradise

Christ is the Source and Origin for Forgiveness and Entry into Paradise

Someone once went to Elder Iosif the Cave-Dweller- may we have his blessing- a man who came from his home town. When he got there, the Elder asked him about all the old people there. You know, the way you do if somebody comes from home. How’s so-and so? How’s...

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Avarice, the Grave Sickness of the Soul

Avarice, the Grave Sickness of the Soul

Fotis Kondoglou   ‘Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near’ (Lk. 12, 33) ‘Avarice is the root of all evils’ (I Tim. 6, 10) Of all the sicknesses that befall the human soul, the most...

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Sermon on the Apostolic Reading for the 6th Sunday of Luke (Galatians 2: 16-20)

Sermon on the Apostolic Reading for the 6th Sunday of Luke (Galatians 2: 16-20)

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me” (verse 20) What we hear today in the Apostolic Reading, is an address by the Apostle Paul to the Galatian Christians. Galatia was a Province of the Roman Empire located in the center...

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Do you Judge with Love or Misanthropy?

Do you Judge with Love or Misanthropy?

Saint John Chrysostom   From Homily XIII on the Gospel of Saint Matthew If you forgive your neighbours, before you free them of any burden, you release yourself from your sins, without any effort. And if you examine the sins of others with charity and leniency, by this judgement you...

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Orthodox Theology and the Judgment of History (3)

Orthodox Theology and the Judgment of History (3)

Georgios P. Pavlos, Professor of Physics and Philosophy, DUTH   For head of the Orthodox Church is neither a man, nor an angel, not even any other creature of God, but the very God-Man, the historical Christ, the Son of the Virgin, Perfect God and perfect Man, Son of God...

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Evangelist Luke, “the Beloved Physician”

Evangelist Luke, “the Beloved Physician”

Archbishop Lazar Puhalo   It has become a commonplace of for critics to suggest doubts about the authorship of Luke’s Gospel and the Book of Acts. Such doubts are, however, clearly unfounded. The evidence is conclusive that both treatises were written by a physician, and Luke was “the beloved physician”...

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Orthodox Theology and the Judgment of History (2)

Orthodox Theology and the Judgment of History (2)

Georgios P. Pavlos, Professor of Physics and Philosophy, DUTH   The initial gift of deification, offered by the Living God to His cosmos and His beings, is so powerful that, at the end, created cosmos gave birth to Panaghia, the Mother of God, through Whom the Living, Uncreated Hypostatic God...

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On earth and heaven

On earth and heaven

Saint Ambrose of Milan   With Christ’s blood, everything was pacified, on earth and in heaven. The heavens were sanctified, the devil expelled. Now he’s where the people are whom he deceived. ‘Your will be done’ means; ‘May peace come to earth as it exists in heaven’. Source: pemptousia.com  ...

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