Christ the King

Christ the King

Metropolitan Anthony Bloom †   In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. In one of his homilies St. John Chrysostom says that anyone endowed with power can rule, only a king can die for his people. And this we see so wonderfully and tragically manifested...

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We don’t want the Resurrection

We don’t want the Resurrection

Stergios Sakkos   It sounds harsh and may test the credibility of unsuspecting readers to say that we don’t want the Resurrection. If you’re blind, don’t you want your sight? If you’re sick, don’t you want to be cured? And Christ’s Resurrection is exactly this: eyes in the darkness of...

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“Christ’s Little Flock is Impervious to any Propaganda”

“Christ’s Little Flock is Impervious to any Propaganda”

Archbishop Luke of Crimea (the Surgeon)   “I’m aware that many of you have been deeply upset by the sudden rise in anti-religious propaganda and that this saddens you. But don’t worry… Tell me please. You remember the words of Christ from Saint Luke’s Gospel: ‘Do not be afraid, little...

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Our Relationship with God: 7. The mind of Christ

Our Relationship with God: 7. The mind of Christ

Very Rev. Archimandrite Zacharias (Zacharou) The regenerated man has another mind, ‘the mind of Christ’, another understanding, ‘that which is in Christ Jesus’, another heart, in which ‘dwells Christ by faith’. He becomes like unto Christ and fulfills his purpose. Man acquires the ‘mind of Christ’, which means that he...

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‘I do not seek my own will, but that of the father who sent me’

‘I do not seek my own will, but that of the father who sent me’

Metropolitan Amfilhije (Radović) of Montenegro and the Littoral   The relationship is expressed in Christ’s words: ‘I do not seek my own will…’ (Jn. 5, 30). Herein also lies, in actual fact, the meaning behind why we follow the Holy Fathers: it is precisely the humble entrusting of ‘ourselves and...

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Do not touch Me (Jn. 20, 17)

Do not touch Me (Jn. 20, 17)

Archimandrite Antonios Romaios   Given the time and place where Christ spoke these words to her, Saint Mary Magdalene might be viewed as a symbol of those ‘Church’ people who, on a spiritual level, have enjoyed many heart-warming and fruitful encounters with the Lord in His Church, but who, in...

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“If this is how you see Christ, then Holy Week won’t mean a thing to you…”

“If this is how you see Christ, then Holy Week won’t mean a thing to you…”

Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou   Holy Week is the heart of the Christian Orthodox Faith and the centre of the yearly cycle of Christian Feasts. Every year our churches are packed at Holy Week and, come the last three days, they are bursting at the seams with both people who attend...

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Christ’s Person as the Foundation of Church Life

Christ’s Person as the Foundation of Church Life

Archbishop Jovan of Ochrid speaks for the significance of Christ’s Person for Church life. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK  The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United States of America originally commissioned by SCOBA to create...

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The Word became flesh (John 1, 14) A Sermon on the Nativity of Christ

The Word became flesh (John 1, 14) A Sermon on the Nativity of Christ

The Word became flesh; that is, the Son of God, co-eternal with God the Father and with the Holy Spirit, became human — having become incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary. O, wondrous, awesome and salvific mystery! The One Who had no beginning took on a beginning...

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Our Relationship with God: 6. The word of Christ

Our Relationship with God: 6. The word of Christ

Very Rev. Archimandrite Zacharias (Zacharou) Certainly, the Gospel of Christ was not received of man and is not after man. He Himself assures us that ‘without Him’ no good work is able to be completed. This is why He says imperatively to Nicodemus that he must be ‘born again’ from...

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