Elder Iosif Vatopaidinos, a Man of Abounding Paternal Love (4)

Elder Iosif Vatopaidinos, a Man of Abounding Paternal Love (4)

Chrysostomos Papadakis, Archimandrite of the Ecumenical Throne   4. The slanders We have left to the end any reference to his cross. At various times people came to him asking for spiritual guidance. But these people had wicked thoughts, either from their passions, which had taken over their soul or...

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Elder Iosif Vatopaidinos, a Man of Abounding Paternal Love (3)

Elder Iosif Vatopaidinos, a Man of Abounding Paternal Love (3)

Chrysostomos Papadakis, Archimandrite of the Ecumenical Throne   2. His zeal The Elder was a phenomenon as regards his conscious zeal, as the reader will easily recognize. It was imprinted on all areas of his activities and service, as also in his internal diligence. He demonstrated his unremitting zeal as...

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Elder Iosif Vatopaidinos, a Man of Abounding Paternal Love (2)

Elder Iosif Vatopaidinos, a Man of Abounding Paternal Love (2)

Chrysostomos Papadakis, Archimandrite of the Ecumenical Throne   1. The call through a divine vision In his fifteenth year, while he was on a hill at Paphos, floundering in the dark void because of a sense of the pointlessness of it all- he’d watched a documentary with scenes from World...

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Elder Iosif Vatopaidinos, a Man of Abounding Paternal Love

Elder Iosif Vatopaidinos, a Man of Abounding Paternal Love

Chrysostomos Papadakis, Archimandrite of the Ecumenical Throne   At the presentation of the book on Elder Iosif Vatopaidinos, at the Athens Concert Hall, 19 April 2018. Nine years have passed since the demise of our blessed Elder, Iosif Vatopaidinos. Throughout this time, many devout souls were hoping earnestly to see...

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God is Accessible Via our Neighbour

God is Accessible Via our Neighbour

Dimitris Ioannou   The whole of the thought of the Athonite Elder (Aimilianos Simonopetritis) can be summed up in the teaching that ‘we reach God via our neighbour’. This is the central theme of his work. But what is it that gives our communication with other people authenticity and validity?...

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Archimandrite Agathangelos Mikhaïlidis-Xenofontinos (1908-1991)

Archimandrite Agathangelos Mikhaïlidis-Xenofontinos (1908-1991)

Elder Moses the Athonite Athanasios Mikhailidis, as he was known in the world, was born in 1908, in Cappadocia, in the village of Moutalaski, to Victoria and Michael Mikhailidis. The village that Blessed Savvas the Sanctified was from. As he himself said, his childhood was marked by great poverty, loss...

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The Three Saints of Pain and Hope

The Three Saints of Pain and Hope

Dr. Nikolaos Koios, Content Coach of Pemptousia   It’s a profound conviction of the Orthodox Church that every epoch has its own saints and there’s not a single age without them. In every era, the saints are proof and demonstration of the grace of Christ, the love of the Father...

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Elder Iakovos Tsalikis Canonized

Elder Iakovos Tsalikis Canonized

It has been announced that today, 27 November 2017, the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate has canonized the late Elder Iakovos Tsalikis. The petition for his canonization was submitted by the Holy Metropolis of Khalkida and 22 November has been appointed as his feast day. Father IakovosTsalikis...

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He won’t abandon you

He won’t abandon you

Elder Iakovos Tsalikis   Be very patient and don’t worry, because you’re a sensitive person, which is why you have health problems. Make your heart a rugged rock so that you can endure. God won’t abandon you; He’ll strengthen and bless you. I’m glad you’re thinking about your soul and...

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Elder Elpidios of the New Skete, Holy Mount Athos

Elder Elpidios of the New Skete, Holy Mount Athos

The ever memorable Elder Elpidios was the twin brother of the Holy Martyr Philoumenos, who was recently slaughtered in Palestine by Jews. His holy remains are conserved imperishable in Jerusalem, exhibiting obvious signs of piety: a supernatural fragrance and the performance of miracles. The blessed divine passion was blazing in...

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