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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On Forgiveness – Fr. Anthony Tandilyan with Dr. Kyriaki Karidoyanes FitzGerald

On Forgiveness – Fr. Anthony Tandilyan with Dr. Kyriaki Karidoyanes FitzGerald

“How do we work through the good and the pain we have experienced in our lives? Forgiveness is holding the other party blameless”, says Dr. Kyriaki K. FitzGerald. Forgiveness is a process she observes in a conversation with Fr. Anthony Tandilyan. On Forgiveness Sunday on the eve of Great Lent we...

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The Elder of love, forgiveness and discernment

The Elder of love, forgiveness and discernment

Alexandros Christodoulou Elder Iakovos Tsalikis (5/11/1920-21/11/1991) Our age and today’s culture has, unfortunately moved away from the vision and pursuit of sanctity. The Orthodox faith is based on the presence of the saints. Without these, our Church is on the path towards secularization. Naturally, as we know from Scripture, God...

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You Are God’s Field, God’s Building (1 Cor. 3:9)

You Are God’s Field, God’s Building (1 Cor. 3:9)

In the well known movie “Field of Dreams”, there is an ongoing argument between lead actor Kevin Costner as Ray Kinsella and his brother-in-law, Mark, over the family’s finances. Mark implores Ray to sell the farm since Ray is not making it as a novice Iowa farmer. The problem stems...

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The Greatest Example of Forgiveness!

The Greatest Example of Forgiveness!

And when they came to the place which is called The Skull, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right and one on the left.  And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”  Luke 23: 33-34  (From the Eighth Gospel of Holy...

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Prodigal Son

Prodigal Son

Fr. Lazarakis explains the parable of the Prodigal Son. As we prepare for Great Lent we are called to “Come to Ourself” and realize that we are sons and daughters of the most high. No matter how far your have strayed our Father is calling us back to him. Watch...

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Listen to the Daily Reading for Forgiveness

Listen to the Daily Reading for Forgiveness

  March 13, 2016 Saint Paul’s Letter to the Romans 13:11-14; 14:1-4 Prokeimenon. Mode Plagal 4. Psalm 75.11,1 Make your vows to the Lord our God and perform them. Verse: God is known in Judah; his name is great in Israel. Brethren, salvation is nearer to us now than when...

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Hospital for the Sinners

Hospital for the Sinners

  In the Sunday sermon of Zacchaios, Fr. Lazarakis speaks of redemption. Saint John Chrysostom says that “the church is not a museum for the saints but a hospital for sinners.” Like Zacchaios, a thief and traitor, all of the saints were sinners. No one’s sins are so bad that they cannot be overpowered...

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