The Unceasing Endeavour for Real Life

The Unceasing Endeavour for Real Life

Georgios N. Manolis, Theologian   The spiritual life, concerning which there has been much discussion, is simply what we do, in conjunction with God’s Grace, in order to achieve the aim of our existence, which is glorification. The spiritual life is a dynamic course of action. It begins with baptism,...

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Sin Is a Form of Love (Part 2)

Sin Is a Form of Love (Part 2)

Ilias Voulgarakis   Everything starts with the meaning that each person gives to sin. If it is the breaking of a commandment, then people enter a legalistic relationship with God, in which, in the end, Hell is the natural concomitant for the transgressor. But if sin is a feature in...

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Sin Is a Form of Love (Part 1)

Sin Is a Form of Love (Part 1)

Ilias Voulgarakis   Love is the reason why things exist and the criterion for their behaviour. As regards the criterion for behaviour, we would recall the teaching of Saint Paul in his famous hymn to love (I Cor. 13, 1-13). But love as a criterion for behaviour is not concerned...

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Avoid them

Avoid them

Saint Iakovos Tsalikis   If we’re not spiritually strong and another person’s behaviour bothers us, let’s not condemn them. Better to avoid them and to have no truck or dealings with them. And if they’re heretics, then we should avoid them entirely and have nothing to do with them. Because...

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Animosity

Animosity

Monk Arsenios of the Skete of Koutloumousiou, the Holy Mountain   According to Saint John of the Ladder, pride means: ‘Denial of God, an invention of the demons’. To put it more simply, pride was discovered and invented by the devil. Lucifer refused to render veneration and worship to his...

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Analysis of I Timothy, 9-15

Analysis of I Timothy, 9-15

Ioannis Karavidopoulos, Professor of the School of Thelogy of the University of Thessaloniki   The Epistle reading for the Sunday of Zacchaeus is taken from the first Epistle of Saint Paul to Timothy and contains advice from the Apostle to his disciple and collaborator Timothy, whom he left in charge...

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The Icon of Our Lady of Consolation

The Icon of Our Lady of Consolation

As you go up the staircase to the right of the central door of the main church of the Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopaidi, there’s a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Consolation. It was here that the wonder-working icon of Our Lady, a wall-painting from the 14th century...

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The Dismissal Hymn for Our Lady of Consolation (the Daniilei Brotherhood)

The Dismissal Hymn for Our Lady of Consolation (the Daniilei Brotherhood)

Listen Now.  The Dismissal Hymn for Our Lady of Consolation, in the slow melody. A live recording from the Service of Our Lady of Consolation at the Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopaidi. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is a 501(c)3 and an...

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Saint Maximus the Greek

Saint Maximus the Greek

Georgios Martzelos     St Maximos the Greek was one of the most distinguished monks and theologians of the 16th century, famed for his missionary activities and reforming achievements in the Russia of his time. He was born in Arta in around 1470 of respected and prosperous parents, and his...

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Is this possible?

Is this possible?

Elder Sophrony of Essex   The path of the Christian is like this, in general terms. Initially, we’re attracted to God with the gift of grace, and once we’ve been thus attracted, then there begins a long period of trial. Our freedom is tested, as is our trust in God,...

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In Honour and Memory of Archimandrite Placide (Deseille) Simonopetritis

In Honour and Memory of Archimandrite Placide (Deseille) Simonopetritis

On 11 January, the funeral was held for Archimandrite Placide Deseille at the Holy Monastery of Saint Anthony the Great in Saint Laurent en Royans, France, a dependency of the Holy Monastery of Simonos Petras on the Holy Mountain, where Père Placide had been tonsured as an Orthodox monk. He...

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The New Martyr Athanasios from Limnos

The New Martyr Athanasios from Limnos

He was born on the island of Limnos, and, as a young man, went to the Holy Mountain, where he was placed under obedience to an Elder of the Great Lavra. During the Greek revolution, he was taken prisoner, carried off to Egypt and enslaved to a Muslim potentate, who...

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