On Almsgiving

On Almsgiving

Abba Dorotheos   According to Saint Basil, there are three things which incline us towards doing good, as I’ve mentioned to you before. We may do so because we fear damnation, in which case we’re in the position of a servant. Perhaps we wish to gain a reward, which puts...

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The two poles of the spiritual life (Memory of Saint John the Charitable)

The two poles of the spiritual life (Memory of Saint John the Charitable)

Today our Church celebrates the memory of Saint John the Charitable , Patriarch of Alexandria. Saint John came from Cyprus, and was the son of rich and devout parents. Even though he was brought up in comfort, he concentrated his mind and attention on his devotions. Seeing that his pure...

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Αn Unknown Modern Hero – 2

Αn Unknown Modern Hero – 2

Petros Panayiotopoulos   Four years ago, I had the pleasure to meet him and directly delight in his innocent kindness and simplicity. People from Sofia know him as Elder Dobri Dobrev from the village Baylovo. He is a 96 year old elder who could often be seen standing in front...

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An unknown modern hero -1

An unknown modern hero -1

Petros Panayiotopoulos   Mr. Dobri Dobrev is a 98 year old man who lost his hearing in the second world war. He walks 10 kilometers from his village in his homemade clothes to the city of Sofya, where he spends the day begging for money. Though a well known fixture...

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‘A flaming fire is extinguished by water: so charity from the heart atones for sins’

‘A flaming fire is extinguished by water: so charity from the heart atones for sins’

Protopresbyter Stefanos Anagnostopoulos   Interpreting the phrase ‘I was hungry and you gave me food’, the Fathers of the Church say that some people have been saved without performing any works of charity. First and foremost was the robber who was crucified on the right of Christ, although there were...

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Charity is a heart burning for the whole of creation

Charity is a heart burning for the whole of creation

Protopresbyter Stefanos Anagnostopoulos   . So if you have something to say, if you’re a good speaker, if you know how to present things and...

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The value of charity, its practical application and its spiritual dimension

The value of charity, its practical application and its spiritual dimension

Protopresbyter Stefanos Anagnostopoulos   The miracle of the resurrection of Tabitha by the Apostle Peter is told in Acts, 9, 36-41. She lived in Joppa, was a Christian and ‘was devoted to good works and acts of charity’. With her practical love, she had won the hearts of all the...

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Maryland Philoptochos Chapter Raises Money by Baking Christmas Bread.

Maryland Philoptochos Chapter Raises Money by Baking Christmas Bread.

A 35-year tradition continues at the Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Parkville, MD. Members of the St. Demetrios Ladies Philoptochos Society, who are mostly women in their 70s or 80s, gathered recently to make traditional round loaves of Greek Christmas bread, known as Christopsomo, literally translated as “Christ’s bread.”...

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Chicago Area Parish Donates Festival Funds to Good Cause

Chicago Area Parish Donates Festival Funds to Good Cause

CHICAGO, IL: St George Greek Orthodox Church, located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood in Chicago, delivered two major contributions to two Lincoln Park neighborhood non-profit organizations yesterday. Parish Priest Father Chrysanthos Kerkeres, Parish Council President James Metropolis, and Chairperson of this year’s Lincoln Park Greek Fest Mary Diamantakos visited and...

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Philoptochos Holds Webinar Training for Social Services

Philoptochos Holds Webinar Training for Social Services

The women of Philoptochos are often called for a variety of requests.  Parish families are often in great need but embarrassed to ask for financial help. Hospitals call the church when they have Greek-speaking patients. It may seem everyone has a GOFUNDME account. With great resources comes greater responsibilities. Is...

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