The Aim of Christ’s Redemptive Work

The Aim of Christ’s Redemptive Work

Alexandros Christodoulou, Theologian   In his First Epistle, Saint John the Evangelist tells us that the aim of Christ’s redemptive work was the abolition of the devil’s dominion over human nature: ‘The Son of God appeared so that He might destroy the works of the devil’ (1 Jn. 3, 8)....

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When Christ Appeared to Saint Efraim Katounakiotis

When Christ Appeared to Saint Efraim Katounakiotis

One of the brethren was troubled and went to see the Elder. He begged him: ‘Elder, say a prayer for me to be rid of my sadness’. He put his hands on the man’s head and prayed as he usually did. Then he said to him: ‘Listen, son. In the...

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The Hero’s Journey. Walking the path to Christ Likeness

The Hero’s Journey. Walking the path to Christ Likeness

Orthodox Christian Network Parish Partner Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Washington, DC hosted popular “Orthodoxy Boot Camp” lecture series!  Over 100 participants.  Sponsored by: Saint Sophia Ministry of Outreach and Evangelism & Young Adult League (YAL). Media Sponsor: Orthodox Christian Network. Check out previous series.  Divine Liturgy 101 – Breaking...

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Meeting with the Samaritan Woman (2)

Meeting with the Samaritan Woman (2)

George Mantzaridis, Professor Emeritus, Theological School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   While the Samaritan woman was talking to Christ, she basically didn’t understand what he was saying. He was talking on the level of eternal life. She automatically transferred what she heard to the level of this transitory life. There...

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Meeting with the Samaritan Woman (1)

Meeting with the Samaritan Woman (1)

George Mantzaridis, Professor Emeritus, Theological School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   Any encounter with Christ astonishes people. If you’re not astonished, you should ask yourself whether you actually encountered Christ, if you really felt His presence. This astonishment isn’t inexplicable, nor absurd, but rather it’s understandable and rational. It’s something...

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The Good Unbelief of Thomas

The Good Unbelief of Thomas

Elder Moses the Athonite †   In one of its hymns, our Church calls the unbelief of Thomas “good”. Understandably one would wonder – is there good and bad unbelief? There seems to be, because humans are not purely good or evil. In one who has a clean conscience, good...

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Great Friday. Christ on Golgotha!

Great Friday. Christ on Golgotha!

Saint Nicholas Velimirovich The fourth evil-doer was Pilate, Caesar’s representative in Jerusalem, who in a sense stood for the whole of the pagan world at the trial of Christ. Pilate looked down on the Jews, and the Jews returned the favour. At first he wasn’t of a mind to become...

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Christ’s Behaviour (Matth. 4, 12-17)

Christ’s Behaviour (Matth. 4, 12-17)

Metropolitan Ioïl (Frangkakos) of Edessa, Pella, and Almopia   ‘When he heard that John had been delivered up, he withdrew to Galilee’. The way in which Christ behaved towards people wasn’t always the same. He expressed Himself in a variety of ways. Besides, Christ became incarnate and was made manifest...

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Christ’s Baptism

Christ’s Baptism

Metropolitan of Gortyn and Megalopolis, Ieremias   Today, my Christian brothers and sisters is the third feast of the Lord. The first is the Nativity, the second the Circumcision and the third is His Baptism. Since we’re already tired by the liturgy of Saint Basil the Great, which is longer...

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Jesus Christ The Universal Person

Jesus Christ The Universal Person

George Mantzaridis, Professor Emeritus, Theological School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   Christ, as the true and universal man, is the measure of all things for all people. He is the ultimate measure, universal and timeless, for the whole world. He is the true measure by which we can define or...

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