The Period Between Birth and Death

The Period Between Birth and Death

Metropolitan of Toronto Sotirios   NEW YEAR’S ENCYCLICAL We were born and we will one day pass on from this life. This is certain. On this earth, there is no immortality. Immortality and the endless age exists only to life after death. At that point, we will live eternally, whether...

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The Mystery of Time (Mark 1, 1-8)

The Mystery of Time (Mark 1, 1-8)

Archimandrite Nikanor Karayannis   ‘The beginning of the Gospel of Christ’… The word ‘beginning’ in today’s Gospel reading is enough in itself to evoke the start of the new year, the threshold of which we reached a few daysago with the feast of Christmas. The Christian notion of time In...

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New year’s message from Metropolitan Ambrosios of Korea

New year’s message from Metropolitan Ambrosios of Korea

My beloved, We now enter another New Year, which is a precious gift from God to the world, and we wish and hope it will be a peaceful one. In particular, those who have suffered recently and are still suffering from local wars and terrorist attacks have only one desire:...

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New Year’s Message for 2017 from His Eminence Metropolitan Amvrosios of Korea

New Year’s Message for 2017 from His Eminence Metropolitan Amvrosios of Korea

Metropolitan Ambrosios of Korea Crisis! Crisis of many natures—political, social, family, youth, environmental, economic! Crisis of institutions and values. Wars, refugees, famine, poverty, unemployment, terrorism, and the ongoing ecological destruction of our planet: This is the image of humanity in a global scale. How will we exit this deep crisis...

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New Year Resolutions and Time as an Opportunity

New Year Resolutions and Time as an Opportunity

In the Western world there’s a continuing tradition of making resolutions at the turn of each year. In a sense, people want to commit to resolutions that’ll help them become ‘better’. We can see two aspects to this attractive custom: 1) the intention and the opportunity for people to keep...

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Vasilopita (Saint Basil Pie)

Vasilopita (Saint Basil Pie)

The Vasilopita (VasilOpita) is the main custom in Greece for New year. It’s one which we encounter throughout Greece, though naturally with local variations. These are mostly to do with the ingredients of the cake. In some places it’s a cake, though there are also parts where it’s a savory...

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The Relevance and Gift of Time

The Relevance and Gift of Time

    Time has been granted to us as a gift from God, so we have to make us of it the best way we can. Ο Χρόνος ως καιρός Η εκπομπή αυτή κάνει μια προσπάθεια για να δείξει οτι ο χρόνος μας έχει δοθεί ως δώρο και ως ευκαιρία...

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Daily Devotion: Happy New Year

Daily Devotion: Happy New Year

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1 Good morning Prayer Team! Today we mark two events in the life of the church. First today is the beginning of the Ecclesiastical Year. While the first day of the calendar year is January 1, the first day...

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Patriarchal Message for the New Ecclesiastical Year and the Day for the Protection of the Natural Environment

Patriarchal Message for the New Ecclesiastical Year and the Day for the Protection of the Natural Environment

+ BARTHOLOMEW By God’s Mercy Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch To the Plenitude of the Church Grace, Peace and Mercy From the Creator, Sustainer and Governor of All Creation Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ   “All of creation is renewed by the Holy Spirit, returning to...

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Conversations with Abba Isaac: For the Health of Body and Soul

Conversations with Abba Isaac: For the Health of Body and Soul

For the past week a disturbing phenomenon has been taking place.  The usually quiet and relatively uncrowded gym of which I am a member has been full of people and excited chatter! When I heard one of the regulars whisper to another about how all these “New Year resolution types”...

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