Father Gavriil Tsafos (1944-2018), the Elder of Joy

Father Gavriil Tsafos (1944-2018), the Elder of Joy

On Wednesday, 1 August, at the beginning of the fast for Our Most Holy Lady, whom he loved so much, Archimandrite Gavriil Tsafos, the parish priest of the pilgrimage church of Saint Andreas, in Leukosias Street in the Archdiocese of Athens, fell asleep in the Lord. Father Gavriil (baptized Yeoryios)...

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The globalized and the universal person: on the sacred memory of Saint Païsios

The globalized and the universal person: on the sacred memory of Saint Païsios

George Mantzarides, Professor Emeritus of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   July 12, the Feast of Saint Païsios People weren’t made to stay where they are. They were made to become what they aren’t. Our majesty isn’t to be found in the present or the past,...

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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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