St. Philothei of Athens 1522-1589

St. Philothei of Athens 1522-1589

St. Philothei lived in the Turkish-occupied, sixteenth-century Athens. Her spiritual and social work was groundbreaking, especially for a woman of that era. It was accomplished within the Church and dedicated to the service of the Greek people as a continuation and consequence of Orthodoxy and Romanity. On 19 October 1589,...

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A scandal, many sins and a saint!

A scandal, many sins and a saint!

Ioannis Panayiotopoulos, Lecturer at the Theological School, Athens University   One of the most wonderful stories in the Lavsaïko describes...

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The Holy Martyr Tryphon of Apamea

The Holy Martyr Tryphon of Apamea

Saint Tryphon was born in Lampsakos, in Phrygia during the reign of the Emperor Gordian. From a young age, his task was to be a goose-herd. The ignominy of his work, however, did not deprive him of, but actually increased his spiritual knowledge through his exalting humility and his overwhelming...

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The Three Hierarchs and Modern Atheism

The Three Hierarchs and Modern Atheism

Bishop Efthymios of Aheloos   ‘The Impudence of the Heresies is Defeated’ The phenomenon of atheism arose in the West and became a world-wide movement for which Western civilization paid dearly in the 20th century. Atheism began within the Western Church as a reaction on the part of learned men...

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Let Light Shine for the Little Parishioners

Let Light Shine for the Little Parishioners

Have you ever visited a cave, or have you gone for a walk in a very dark place? Maybe it was so dark that you couldn’t see anything or anybody around you. What did you do? Did you turn on a flashlight and look around? When you turn on a...

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The Angel of the Wilderness

The Angel of the Wilderness

Georgios N. Manolis, Theologian   The life and activity of John the Baptist and Forerunner is an enduring testimony in Christ, culminating in his martyrdom for Him. Just as then, when he was active in the wilderness of the Jordan, so today his voice can be heard in the wilderness...

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Saint Daniel the Stylite

Saint Daniel the Stylite

Stylites (the Greek word style means pillar) In the early days of the Byzantine Empire, the love for God made many monks to choose strict and strange types of asceticism. So, some ascetics-saints were standing on a small platform on top of a pillaron for years in an amazing display...

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Saint Spyridon the Wonder-Working Bishop of Trimythous

Saint Spyridon the Wonder-Working Bishop of Trimythous

Saint Nikolaï Velimirović, ‘The Ochrid Prologue’, December   The island of Cyprus was where this outstanding saint was born and also where he served the Church. He was born into a family of ordinary country folk and remained a simple and humble man throughout his life, until his demise. He...

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Saint Anthimos, the Fool for Christ (+1867)

Saint Anthimos, the Fool for Christ (+1867)

Saint Anthimos was from Sofia, Bulgaria, where he was a married, parish-priest. In 1841, after his wife reposed, he went to Mount Athos and was tonsured as a monk at Simonopetra Monastery. He began to act like a fool for Christ in order to hide his spirituality and closeness to...

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Saint Nicholas, the Saint of the Seas

Saint Nicholas, the Saint of the Seas

Alexandros Christodoulou   Saint Nicholas was born at the south-east corner of Asia Minor, in the town of Patara, in the 3rd century (at the time of the persecutions of Diocletian and Maximian) of devout and rich parents, who had been childless for many years. From an early age it...

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