The Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee

The Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee

Monk Agapios From the Kyriakodromion of Monk Agapios The Holy Fathers of the Church have commanded us to sing and read today about the case and parable of the Publican and the Pharisee, in order that we might prepare for the spiritual struggles and warfare of Holy Lent, which is approaching. This...

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The Prodigal Son: Like a dead man even before he died in the body

The Prodigal Son: Like a dead man even before he died in the body

Saint Nicholas Velimirovich   The Prodigal Son lived aimlessly and wasted all the wealth his father gave him. When he’d spent it all, a famine struck the far-off country where he was and he himself began to starve. In this distant country, far removed from God, there’s always a famine,...

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God’s Great Love For Us

God’s Great Love For Us

Metropolitan Ioïl (Frangkakos) of Edessa, Pella, and Almopia   ‘He became angry and did not want to go in’ The parable of the Prodigal Son, which is read in churches today, is held by commentators to be a pearl among the parables, or the ‘Gospel within the Gospel’. Some call...

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Thoughts on the Triodio

Thoughts on the Triodio

Serafeim Manolis   We’re entering the Triodio, the period of contrition in the liturgical year during which hymns are sung which are very deep and powerful. The hymns of the Triodio reveal the dread mysteries and the conditions for eternal life. It’s a genuine and true study of death which...

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Self-Righteousness and Humility

Self-Righteousness and Humility

Ioannis Karavidopoulos, Professor of the School of Thelogy of the University of Thessaloniki   Today’s Gospel reading (Luke 18, 10-14), presents two types of people who are typical of their kind, a Pharisee and a Publican (Tax-Collector), praying in the Temple. They represent the two opposite poles of society at...

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Hymns after Psalm 50 in the Triodio, by Dimosthenis Païkopoulos (Open to me the gates of repentance – The multitude of my past iniquities)

Hymns after Psalm 50 in the Triodio, by Dimosthenis Païkopoulos (Open to me the gates of repentance – The multitude of my past iniquities)

The period of the Triodio and Great Lent is very important for the spiritual life of the Church. This is because it prepares us properly for our participation in the greatest feast of the Church, the Lord’s Resurrection. The content of the hymns and the melodic accompaniment with which they...

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Dimitirios Magouris: ‘Open to me the gates of repentance’

Dimitirios Magouris: ‘Open to me the gates of repentance’

The pre-cleansing period of the Triodio will bring us to the gates of Great Lent. It’s a period of intense liturgical activity and spiritual watchfulness, as demonstrated by the poetic discourse of these days. The hymns which follow the reading of Psalm 50 have a special place among those sung...

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The Tax-collector and the Pharisee and the Lenten Triodion

The Tax-collector and the Pharisee and the Lenten Triodion

Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou   There is more to Lent than fasting, and there is more to fasting than food. This principle lies at the heart of the Lenten Triodion, the main hymnbook of Lent. Lent is without doubt the richest and most distinctive season of the ecclesiastical year. The Lenten...

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Humility and a Reorienting the Heart

Humility and a Reorienting the Heart

  The Gospel of the Pharisee and the Publican is read every year to open the Triodion, the preface period to Great Lent, and it is a highly familiar parable to all Christians as an analysis of the weight of humility versus pride; however, the layers of depth in meaning...

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Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee: Time for a Check-Up

Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee: Time for a Check-Up

Now you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness.  2 Timothy 3:10  (Epistle on the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee)   Good morning Prayer Team! Depending on what kind of car you drive, every 3,000-5,000 miles you...

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