I Await the Resurrection of the Dead (part 2)

I Await the Resurrection of the Dead (part 2)

Holy Monastery of St John the Vaptist, Kareas Attikis   The resurrection of the dead, then, will certainly take place. The angel’s trumpet will definitely sound (Rev. 11, 15-18). What is important for us, however, is that we should have accomplished something in our life on earth towards the sanctification...

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I Await the Resurrection of the Dead (part 1)

I Await the Resurrection of the Dead (part 1)

Holy Monastery of St John the Vaptist, Kareas Attikis   It’s the event that each and every one of us can be absolutely sure of: sooner or later death will come to us. Yet, for most people, the end of life remains greatly undesirable and is to be firmly resisted....

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Christ’s Passion Overcomes Death

Christ’s Passion Overcomes Death

Archimandrite Ephraim, Abbot of the Vatopaidi Monastery   When Christians talk about death, they don’t do so with pessimism, they aren’t resigned to it, they don’t think it natural. They see it principally as an enemy which must be defeated through Christ. ‘The last enemy to be destroyed is death,...

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In Honour and Memory of Archimandrite Placide (Deseille) Simonopetritis

In Honour and Memory of Archimandrite Placide (Deseille) Simonopetritis

On 11 January, the funeral was held for Archimandrite Placide Deseille at the Holy Monastery of Saint Anthony the Great in Saint Laurent en Royans, France, a dependency of the Holy Monastery of Simonos Petras on the Holy Mountain, where Père Placide had been tonsured as an Orthodox monk. He...

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Transplants and brain death

Transplants and brain death

George Mantzarides, Professor Emeritus of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Transplants have become part of everyday life in modern society. The positive and negative positions which have been expressed on them in ecclesiastical and theological circles have usually been of a fragmentary nature. The Orthodox Church...

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Father Gavrilo Vučković, the ‘Elder of Facebook’, has died

Father Gavrilo Vučković, the ‘Elder of Facebook’, has died

Dr. Petros Panayiotopoulos   On the afternoon of Great Wednesday, a great missionary figure of our time, Archimandrite Gavrilo Vučković, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Lepavina, in Croatia, rendered his soul to the Lord, at the age of 73. The funeral service was conducted on Monday of Bright Week,...

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In the Middle East, death is defeated on the Cross

In the Middle East, death is defeated on the Cross

Dimitrios Athanasiou   In recent years, particularly after the uprising among the Arab peoples, with the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ after 2011, Christians in the Middle East have been subjected to continuous persecution from Islamist organizations in countries in the region.About three years ago, on 29 June 2014, the Islamist organization...

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LIVE Q & A with Fr. Gregory – What happens to the Soul After Death

LIVE Q & A with Fr. Gregory – What happens to the Soul After Death

Every other week Fr. Gregory goes LIVE on OCN Facebook and has a worldwide audience of questions and answers with viewers and supporters like you. ABOUT FR. GREGORY JOYCE Fr. Gregory Joyce is the Rector of St. Vladimir’s Church, part of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. Fr. Gregory served...

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Preparing for the Unexpected in Life

Preparing for the Unexpected in Life

Have you or someone you know experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death? In her book, Naming the Child: Hope-Filled Reflections on Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Death, Matushka Jenny Schroedel speaks with Fr. Chris about grief and loss concerning the death of a baby. Her book, Naming the Child: Hope-Filled...

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Surviving Miscarriage and Trusting the Process

Surviving Miscarriage and Trusting the Process

Joe and I started trying to get pregnant in April. But I did not expect to conceive so quickly. Having received chemotherapy to treat my multiple sclerosis, as well as radiation to manage a thyroid condition that developed in the midst of it all, I was anticipating a long journey of failed attempts...

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