Metropolitan Alexios: My Life on Mount Athos

Metropolitan Alexios: My Life on Mount Athos

His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta explains why he thinks of Mount Athos as his family. He remembers when he first went to Mount Athos, at the age of 16, when he went to the school of Athonias, and when he stayed in the Monastery of Vatopedi. He describes his...

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Klaus Kenneth: The Real Life and Meaningful Happiness, Part 2

Klaus Kenneth: The Real Life and Meaningful Happiness, Part 2

In this part, author Klaus Kenneth stresses the value of concentration during prayer. He also states that by prayer, people enter into eternity and the old, sinful and passionate man dies and is reborn a new man. In this way, the human being is released from ego, from slavery to...

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Klaus Kenneth: The Real Life and Meaningful Happiness, Part 1

Klaus Kenneth: The Real Life and Meaningful Happiness, Part 1

Author Klaus Kenneth explains why pursuing hedonism leads to an artificial life, and how people today believe that material things are the only things to be proud of in life. But soon will come a day when people realize how phony these things are. When they make this realization, they...

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Saint Porfyrios Kavsokalyvitis: a modern-day Patro-Kosmas Aitolos

Saint Porfyrios Kavsokalyvitis: a modern-day Patro-Kosmas Aitolos

Professor Fr. Vasilios Kalliakmanis of the Theological School of the University of Thessaloniki answers the question ‘Are there any people like Patro-Kosmas today? The talk was given at a conference to mark the 300th anniversary of the birth of Saint Kosmas Aitolos in 1714. “I think lots of things are...

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Spirituality and Singing in Mount Athos

Spirituality and Singing in Mount Athos

Watch and listen as Hieromonk Thomas from the brotherhood of “Thomades” at Small St. Anne’s Skete on Mount Athos, shares stories from his first days as a monk. Hear about the music traditions of Mount Athos. Stand next to the monks as they chant. English subtitles are provided throughout. Published on...

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Celtic Monasticism, Part 1

Celtic Monasticism, Part 1

By Hieromonk Ambrose Prayer of St. Columban of Iona “Kindle in our hearts, O God, The flame of that love which never ceases, That it may burn in us, giving light to others. May we shine forever in Thy holy temple, Set on fire with Thy eternal light, Even Thy...

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Metropolitan Savas: Orthodoxy in a New Media Age

Metropolitan Savas: Orthodoxy in a New Media Age

‘Discovering Orthodox Christianity’ is a series of talks, shows, and presentations designed to introduce and explain the basic teaching of Orthodox Christianity. Sponsored by the ‘Leadership 100 Endowment Fund’, the series covers a wide range of topics with the goal of educating the viewer in simple, easy to understand terms....

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Humbleness is the key to keep the Grace

Humbleness is the key to keep the Grace

By Fr. Raphael Noica (of Essex) Fr. Raphael: Monasticism is like living something from the age that shall come, in which, as the Savior says: “They neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the Angels of God in heaven” (Matthew 22:30). We are not like the...

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On Humility and the Humble Outlook – 3

On Humility and the Humble Outlook – 3

By Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi With a variety of definitions, our Fathers lead us to humility, but the meaning is almost the same: the comprehensive labour of love that supports all the other virtues. We shall now note some of the sayings of the Fathers which refer to the qualities...

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Metropolitan Nikolaos of Mesogaia: Material Desires and Hidden Need

Metropolitan Nikolaos of Mesogaia: Material Desires and Hidden Need

We understand deprivation when we’ve got nothing to eat. We’re not aware of any lack when we don’t have God in our lives. It’s terrible. It’s terrible. As if there’s no need for God! But the need for God’s greater than the need for air. It’s greater than the need...

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Prophet Elijah, the Gift of God

Prophet Elijah, the Gift of God

By Savva Alexandrou Saint Gregory Palamas, speaking in general about the prophets, as also the Fathers of the Church, notes: “God raised up the Prophets and the Fathers unto our guidance and He showed signs and wonders to us through them, so that He could correctly lead us up to...

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On Humility and the Humble Outlook – 2

On Humility and the Humble Outlook – 2

By Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi Read Part 1 here. Βlessed and favoured people who are humble are meek, calm, serene, attached to virtue, opposed to evil, untroubled by any circumstance or threat. They live in the bosom of the faith, like infants in the maternal embrace of grace. They never...

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