Sunday of Cheese-fare: Forgiving and Fasting’

Sunday of Cheese-fare: Forgiving and Fasting’

Protopresbyter Nikolaos Patsalos   The time of preparation for the Fast ends with the Sunday of Cheese-fare and so we pass into great and blessed Lent, which is full of mixed experiences and feelings transmitted to us in a mystical way by its penitential services. Today’s Gospel reading brings us...

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The Hardest Forgiveness to Give

The Hardest Forgiveness to Give

Sunday is the Sunday of Forgiveness, the last day before Great Lent begins. Forgiveness is not a difficult concept to understand—we offend another, we ask for forgiveness, someone offends or hurts us, we are called by Jesus to forgive. Forgiveness is dialogical, involving two persons, as the theologian Martin Buber...

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Musings from a Grateful Convert: A Priest’s Impression of Prison

Musings from a Grateful Convert: A Priest’s Impression of Prison

Recently, I had the privilege to interview Father Nikitas Theodosion, a Priest who visited a prison inmate in August of 2017.  The following is the transcript of an excerpt from that interview. Grateful Convert: Today we welcome Father Nikitas Theodosion, who has served for eight years as parish Priest at...

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Fasting and Prayer

Fasting and Prayer

The Great Canon of St. Andrew says, “When the Lord had fasted for forty days in the wilderness, He at last became hungry, showing His human nature. Do not be despondent, my soul, if the enemy attacks you, but let him be beaten off by prayer and fasting.” [Matthew 4:1-11;...

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Should Orthodox Churches Have Armed Guards?

Should Orthodox Churches Have Armed Guards?

Our family discussed this question after attending liturgy one Sunday. The reason? The parish leadership chose to hire an armed security detail in response to the threats of a mentally ill person. A tense feeling was evident as uniformed guards patrolled the church property openly carrying their guns while a...

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When People Don’t Forgive

When People Don’t Forgive

Abbot Tryphon There are people who insist on holding on to resentment, often inventing situations in their minds that never happened, justifying their bad behavior, and putting the blame on others. They see themselves as the abused party, always quick to take offense. Rarely are they able to have healthy...

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The Greatest Form of Knowledge

The Greatest Form of Knowledge

Archimandrite Theofilos Lemontzis, D. Th.   The ability to forgive others depends on how honest we are with ourselves. ‘The greatest form of knowledge to which you can attain’, says Saint Clement the Alexandrian, ‘is to know yourself’. If you know yourself, you know nature, the limits and the possibilities...

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The Great Gain

The Great Gain

Archimandrite Theofilos Lemontzis, D. Th.   Forgiveness is the effort and exercise of a love that is, in the end, transformed into joy and leads to salvation, as Saint Païsios the Athonite notes: ‘There’s no greater joy than that which you feel when you’re hard done by. I wish everybody...

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‘Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing’ (Luke 23, 24)

‘Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing’ (Luke 23, 24)

Archimandrite Theofilos Lemontzis, D. Th.   Jesus again sets the Law of the Old Testament in its true interpretational framework and at the same time urges us to emerge from the shadow of the Law into the Light of the Grace of God, which is love. By transcending the law...

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The temptation of rough justice and the law of forgiveness

The temptation of rough justice and the law of forgiveness

Archimandrite Theofilos Lemontzis, D. Th.   Once people distanced themselves from God, inebriated by the mortal pleasure of Luciferian self-deification, and after Cain, motivated by envy and jealousy, murdered his brother Abel, down this day and age and until the end of the age ‘wickedness has accompanied human nature as...

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