Pemptousia and OCN have entered a strategic partnership to bring Orthodoxy Worldwide. Greek philosophers from Ionia considered held that there were four elements or essences (ousies) in nature: earth, water, fire and air. Aristotle added ether to this foursome, which would make it the fifth (pempto) essence, pemptousia, or quintessence. The incarnation of God the Word found fertile ground in man’s proclivity to beauty, to goodness, to truth and to the eternal. Orthodoxy has not functioned as some religion or sect. It was not the movement of the human spirit towards God but the revelation of the true God, Jesus Christ, to man. A basic precept of Orthodoxy is that of the person – the personhood of God and of man. Orthodoxy is not a religious philosophy or way of thinking but revelation and life standing on the foundations of divine experience; it is the transcendence of the created and the intimacy of the Uncreated. Orthodox theology is drawn to genuine beauty; it is the theology of the One “fairer than the sons of men”. So in "Pemptousia", we just want to declare this "fifth essence", the divine beaut in our life. Please note, not all Pemptousia articles have bylines. If the author is known, he or she is listed in the article above.
Hieromonk Makarios Simonopetrites
We knew nothing about this New Martyr Saint until January 3 1950, when he revealed the location of his burial, at the ancient Monastery of the Annunciation, in Pendelis, in Nea Makri, Attica. Since 1965, the Saint has appeared often to nuns in the monastery or to pilgrims, either in their sleep or directly before them, surrounded by a brilliant light and exuding a most sweet fragrance. He tells them details, which are remarkably consistent in all the different accounts, about his life and the conditions of his martyrdom.
Saint Efraim became a monk at the age of fourteen, in a monastery which was flourishing at that time. After thirty years of living the ascetic life, he was arrested by the Turks, who slaughtered all the other monks and razed the monastery to the ground. From 14 September 1425 until 25 April 1426, he was subjected a great many tortures. In the end, the barbarians hanged him upside down from a mulberry tree. They nailed his feet and his head to the tree and then set fire to his body.
After this manifestation, the Saint continuously revealed that he was with the living God, appearing often to people and curing many who were sick. He appears in the form of a gaunt-looking ascetic or in his priestly vestments and states his identity, saying: ‘I’m called Efraim’. For some he heals incurable illnesses, for others he bolsters their wavering faith. Some he saves from danger, such as fire, or he comforts those who are troubled by bitterness and sorrow by showing them the tortures he himself endured for the love of Christ.
In 1982, Saint Efraim appeared to a believer together with Saint Raphael the New Martyr from Mytilini, who also revealed himself in modern times under similar circumstances [9 April]. It would appear that, in this way, the Lord wishes to show prophetically that today, as He did yesterday, He rejoices in His saints and, through them, pours out His grace, in order to bolster the Church and comfort the faithful.
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OCN has partnered with Pemptousia. A Contemporary post-modern man does not understand what man is. Through its presence in the internet world, Pemptousia, with its spirit of respect for beauty that characterizes it, wishes to contribute to the presentation of a better meaning of life for man, to the search for the ontological dimension of man, and to the awareness of the unfathomable mystery of man who is always in Christ in the process of becoming, of man who is in the image of divine beauty. And the beauty of man springs from the beauty of the Triune God. In the end, “beauty will save the world”.