Is this possible?

Is this possible?

Elder Sophrony of Essex   The path of the Christian is like this, in general terms. Initially, we’re attracted to God with the gift of grace, and once we’ve been thus attracted, then there begins a long period of trial. Our freedom is tested, as is our trust in God,...

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He doesn’t have the right

He doesn’t have the right

Elder Cleopa Ilie   Satan has neither the power nor permission to lord it over us, to deceive us and bend our will towards sin. He simply brings us into temptation through a variety of ploys, fantasies and recollections, with our feelings, the weaknesses of our nature, with pleasures and...

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Divine and Human Love in the Song of Songs

Divine and Human Love in the Song of Songs

† Elder Placide Deseille, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Saint Anthony the Great in France   Reading the Song in the light of Church tradition and the experience of the holy Fathers we can tell ourselves: ‘It’s absolutely clear that our Lord Jesus loves us who are members of...

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The Song of Songs as Divine Revelation (2)

The Song of Songs as Divine Revelation (2)

† Elder Placide Deseille, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Saint Anthony the Great in France   Christ’s love for each of us is absolutely unshakeable and unblemished. Our familiarity with Him can’t be lost unless we knowingly cease to take account of His will and no longer communicate with...

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The Song of Songs and Divine Love

The Song of Songs and Divine Love

† Elder Placide Deseille, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Saint Anthony the Great in France   In memory of Papa-Efraim Katounakiotis The Song of Songs is the jewel of the Old Testament and, together with the Gospel of Saint John the Theologian, constitutes the centre of divine Revelation. It...

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Meditation on the Epiphany [2]

Meditation on the Epiphany [2]

Fr. Lev Gillet   The day after Christmas is consecrated to the ‘synaxis of the Blessed Virgin Mary: all believers are invited to assemble in honour of her who made the Incarnation humanly possible. In the same way, the day after Epiphany (January 7) is consecrated to the ‘synaxis’ of...

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Meditation on the Epiphany [1]

Meditation on the Epiphany [1]

Fr. Lev Gillet* Epiphany was the first public manifestation of Christ. At the time of His birth, our Lord was revealed to a few privileged people. Today, all those who surround John, that is to say his own disciples and the crowd that has come to the banks of the...

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It feels the betrayal

It feels the betrayal

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi   Breaking the commandment brought about the fall, which is our separation from God and everything to do with Him. God accepted our repentance, return and submission to Him once He’d repaired our relationship through His own love and holiness. According to the Fathers, the most...

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It doesn’t go away

It doesn’t go away

Saint Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia   Some Christians, either through their own fault or that of others, become trapped in the sickness of guilt. Secular people become trapped in a worse sickness: that of pride. If you’re close to Christ, religious guilt disappears with repentance and confession. But the pride of...

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Christ and the Social Problem

Christ and the Social Problem

† Archimandrite Georgios Kapsanis, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Gregoriou   The more that people are cleansed of the passions, the greater their capacity for real communion with God and other people. Those who take a romantic and external view of the human person transfer wickedness from the person...

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