Sermon on the Apostolic Reading for the 7th Sunday of Matthew (Romans 15: 1-7)

Sermon on the Apostolic Reading for the 7th Sunday of Matthew (Romans 15: 1-7)

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   One of the most serious issues affecting society on all levels is the complete breakdown of relationships between people. This can be seen even within the same family, where spouses are estranged because of disagreements, and there is alienation between children and parents. What is...

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Sermon on the Apostolic Reading for the 6th Sunday of Matthew (Romans 12: 6-14)

Sermon on the Apostolic Reading for the 6th Sunday of Matthew (Romans 12: 6-14)

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   The words that come to us from St. Paul, in today’s reading from the Letter to the Romans, serve as a guide for our daily lives. He encourages us to make good use of the gifts that God has given us, and shows us how...

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Sermon on the Apostolic reading for the 5th Sunday of Matthew (Romans 10: 1-10)

Sermon on the Apostolic reading for the 5th Sunday of Matthew (Romans 10: 1-10)

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   In our reading from the Letter to the Romans, St. Paul lays before us two basic truths, which are of particular interest for us today. The first, is that we should desire and seek the salvation of our people with all of our hearts. Not...

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Sermon on the Apostolic Reading for Palm Sunday (Philippians 4:4-9)

Sermon on the Apostolic Reading for Palm Sunday (Philippians 4:4-9)

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios In his Letter to the Philippians, the great Apostle to the Nations, St.Paul urges us to always be joyful. He stresses it repeatedly, that the Christian should always have joy. Along with this, he also tells us the ways a Christian can manage to do so,...

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Sermon on the Apostolic Reading of the Sunday of Orthodoxy (Hebrews 11, 24-26 & 32-40)

Sermon on the Apostolic Reading of the Sunday of Orthodoxy (Hebrews 11, 24-26 & 32-40)

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   The meaning of today’s great Feast of Orthodoxy is summarized in a hymn sung the Matins, at the Praises: “A day of jubilee and full of joy has been revealed today. Through the cheerfulness of the true doctrines, the Church of Christ shines brightly, adorned...

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Sermon on the Apostolic Reading for the Sunday of forgiveness (Romans 13:11-14:4)

Sermon on the Apostolic Reading for the Sunday of forgiveness (Romans 13:11-14:4)

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   In the days that idolatry prevailed, there were annual public festivals in the beginning of March. These festivals were full of revelry, with wild dances and rich foods. Such idolatrous feasts seemed to linger into the Christian era, continuing until the 7th Century. Sadly, many...

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Respect for Others as a Restriction of Freedom

Respect for Others as a Restriction of Freedom

Ioannis Karavidopoulos, Professor of the School of Theology of the University of Thessaloniki   Saint Paul’s 1st Epistle to the Corinthians is the richest in terms of the number of issues he addresses. Among the many subjects the Corinthians asked him about was that of eating or not eating food...

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Sermon on the Apostolic reading for the Sunday of the prodigal son (1st Corinthians 6:12-20)

Sermon on the Apostolic reading for the Sunday of the prodigal son (1st Corinthians 6:12-20)

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   In the parable of the “Prodigal Son,” which we heard from the Holy Gospel (Luke 15:11-32), we saw a situation where a man embraces “prodigal living.” He was a free man who became a slave, and grazed with the “pigs” of his fleshly passions. This...

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Sermon on the Apostolic Reading for the 12th Sunday of Luke (2nd Corinthians 4:6-15)

Sermon on the Apostolic Reading for the 12th Sunday of Luke (2nd Corinthians 4:6-15)

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   In today’s reading, among the other things St. Paul the Apostle is talking about, references the sorrows and persecutions he was suffering (but never was defeated by). The matter of tribulation is a very important one for us all. Who doesn’t face sorrows in their...

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Sermon on the Apostolic Reading – 14th Sunday of Luke (Ephesians 6:10-17)

Sermon on the Apostolic Reading – 14th Sunday of Luke (Ephesians 6:10-17)

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   In this Apostolic reading from St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, we see an inspiring description of the suit of armor a Christian needs for warfare. Of course, the kind of example that St. Paul is presenting is a spiritual one, aimed at effectiveness in...

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