The Sign of the Cross in the Old Testament

The Sign of the Cross in the Old Testament

Theodore Rokas   In his first epistle to the Corinthians, Saint Paul mentions that ‘the Jews seek a sign’ (1 Cor. 1, 22), that is they wanted a supernatural sign, such as resurrection of the dead, or healing of the demonically possessed, which would make them believe in the preaching...

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Millennialists and the Precious Cross of the Lord

Millennialists and the Precious Cross of the Lord

Protopresbyter Vasileios Georgopoulos, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Theology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   For all Christians, the Lord’s precious Cross is a manifestation of God’s unfailing love for His creation, (Jn. 3, 14-15; 12, 32-33; Col. 1, 20). It is the boast of Christ’s ordeal (Gal. 6, 4) and the invincible...

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Sermon on the Apostolic Reading for the Sunday after the Elevation of the Precious Cross (Galatians 2:16-20)

Sermon on the Apostolic Reading for the Sunday after the Elevation of the Precious Cross (Galatians 2:16-20)

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   Today, on this Sunday after the Elevation of the Holy Cross, we are once again reminded of the blessings that our Lord’s sacrifice on the Cross has given us. The Lord was crucified on Golgotha, and it was there that He took upon Himself the...

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The Meaning of Basil at the Elevation of the Cross

The Meaning of Basil at the Elevation of the Cross

When I was a child, I would frequently visit my grandmother (Yiayia) and grandfather (Papou) who lived in a small town east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They had a large yard with a view of the Monongahela River. The climate created the perfect conditions to grow a beautiful garden every summer....

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How to Really Enjoy Helping Others

How to Really Enjoy Helping Others

Have you ever done something nice for somebody…but you didn’t want to do it? Maybe you shared a treat with a brother or sister, or played with somebody you didn’t want to play with, or helped somebody you didn’t want to help. But then, did you complain about it? When...

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The Cross as a Means of Sanctification and Transformation of the World

The Cross as a Means of Sanctification and Transformation of the World

Fr. Dumitru Stăniloae Through the Cross, Christ sanctified His body- the link with the world. He rejected the temptations sent to Him by the world, that is to taste the pleasures, to satisfy His needs unrestrained or to avoid pain and death. If we, in the same way, ward off...

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The Cross and the Resurrection

The Cross and the Resurrection

Protopresbyter Vasileios Kalliakmanis a) The Cross leads to the Resurrection, Great Friday bears fruit on the bright Sunday of Easter. Sorrow, listlessness and despair make way for the joy and peace of the Resurrection. Without the Cross, the Resurrection is inconceivable and without the Resurrection the Cross has no point....

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The Cross and the Crucified Lord

The Cross and the Crucified Lord

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   Our Orthodox faith, my beloved friends, is called ‘symbolic’, because it’s expressed in symbols. In other words, it’s expressed in simple signs, though these actually have profound significance and meaning. One of these signs, the most important and most sacred, is the Cross. We shouldn’t...

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The Precious Cross as Herald of the Lord’s Resurrection

The Precious Cross as Herald of the Lord’s Resurrection

Hierodeacon Rafael Misiaoulis, Theologian   What is the Precious Cross for Orthodox Christians? The Cross is the symbol of sacrifice, the ransom for the salvation of our soul, the guarantee of eternal life. However, apart from being a symbol of sacrifice, triumph and victory, it’s also a symbol of pain...

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Taking up our own Cross (Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross)

Taking up our own Cross (Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross)

Pavlos Mouktaroudis   In today’s Gospel, Christ wants to talk to us about the mystery of His passion and the cross. How, through the cross and death, He made human nature, which He had assumed, a sharer in eternal life. For this reason His death on the cross became a...

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