The Outwardly Pious

The Outwardly Pious

Kostas E. Tsiropoulos   Religion is a response to a deep longing of ours: the yearning for immortality. It’s a raft which supports us in our fear, enables us to pass through the dread rapids of chaos and to reach the harbour of faith and hope. It redeems us from...

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Our Participation in the Mystery of the Kingdom of God

Our Participation in the Mystery of the Kingdom of God

Bishop Agathangelos of Fanari   ‘For many are called, but few are chosen’ The Gospel parable for the 14th Sunday of Matthew presents the mystery of the Kingdom of God and our attitude towards the saving challenge of the love of God. A king invited friends and acquaintances to a...

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Can sins be forgiven through vows?

Can sins be forgiven through vows?

Dr. Nikolaos Koios, Content Coach of  Pemptousia   The age we live in is full of contradictions. On the one hand, people are stubbornly indifferent towards their Relationship with God, but on the other, references to superstitions, zodiac charts and para-religious phenomena abound. You’ve got people who consider those who...

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Great Wednesday (Matins for Great Thursday)

Great Wednesday (Matins for Great Thursday)

‘Humbled by Your loving-kindness, You washed the feet of Your disciples, directing them to the path divine’. This sentence encapsulates one of the most prominent scenes of humility in the life of Christ, an extraordinarily strange image for a teacher, a leader, someone with authority over heaven and earth. Christ...

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Indifference to those who are sinning is itself a sin

Indifference to those who are sinning is itself a sin

Christos Karadimos   Should we be indifferent to those who are sinning? Not according to Saint Basil the Great, who bases this opinion on Scripture. According to Saint Basil, the Lord gave explicit instructions, in both the Old and New Testaments, regarding this matter. In Leviticus, the Lord orders: ‘Rebuke...

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Spiritual Insolence and Zealotry: the Extremes that Afflict the Church

Spiritual Insolence and Zealotry: the Extremes that Afflict the Church

Dealing with Church matters ‘Elder, how should we handle difficult Church matters when they arise?’ ‘Avoid extremes. Issues aren’t resolved through extremes. In the old days, you’d see a grocer adding things gradually to the scales with a scoop, so that he’d get it just right and balance them. In...

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The Lord’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

James W. Lillie   In an interview with an Italian TV network, Pope Francis of Rome said recently that the current language of the Lord’s prayer ‘is not a good translation.’… The problem, as he sees it, is that the prayer asks God to ‘lead us not into temptation, but...

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