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Saint Athanasios the Athonite

Saint Athanasios the Athonite

† Dionysios, Metropolitan of Servia and Kozani   The highest peak on the Holy Mountain is that of Athos, which is why the whole of the peninsula is named after it. The whole peninsula is full of monasteries and sketes. It’s dedicated to God and, in particular, to His Most...
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Spiritual Paternity

Spiritual Paternity

Protopresbyter Vasileios Kalliakmanis, Professor of the Theological School, A.U.Th.   1. Introduction These days, when we talk about a spiritual father, we usually mean a priest who’s a confessor. But in Church tradition, the sense of spiritual paternity is much broader. Only God is the Father [1]. Christ, Who is...
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Monastic Conversations with Father Zacharias

Monastic Conversations with Father Zacharias

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   Question: Why have they included marriage in the Sacraments of the Church, and not monasticism? Answer: Fr Sophrony said to me once: ‘Imagine that they do not accept monasticism as a sacrament of the Church, and marriage is one of the sacraments!’ Both of them should...
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The Two Paths to Deification

The Two Paths to Deification

Georgios Koios   For Christians there are two paths which lead to union with God, deification. One is monasticism. This is the difficult path. That of virginity, a pure life, perfect submission to His will. A life of humility, fasting, prayer and love for all the world, unlimited trust in...
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Three New Saints in the Orthodox Church

Three New Saints in the Orthodox Church

Official Communique from the First Day of the Proceedings of the Holy and Sacred Synod (9 March 2020) On Monday, 9 March 2020, the Holy and Sacred Synod convened under the chairmanship of His All-Holiness to carry out the tasks of its three-day sitting. After the reading of the minutes...
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An Orthodox English Saint

An Orthodox English Saint

W. J. Lillie   Pall Mall Gazette. 24 July 1885. p. 6. Great interest has, it is said, been caused at Folkestone and the neighborhood by the discovery in the parish church of what are believed to be the remains of St. Eanswith, patron saint of the church and the...
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Theological and Scientific Theories of Knowledge

Theological and Scientific Theories of Knowledge

George Mantzarides, Professor Emeritus of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   Orthodox Christian theology has always distinguished between two kinds of knowledge: the secular and the divine. Secular knowledge functions on the level of created matter and is unable to approach the uncreated, that is the...
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Elder Nektarios Marmarinos

Elder Nektarios Marmarinos

On the occasion of the demise of the late Elder Nektarios Marmarinos, Pemptousia is publishing an extract from the book by Fr. Dimitrios Kavvadias ‘Elders and Women’s Monasticism’, in which, among much else, he refers to the late Elder Nektarios, the founder of the Holy Monastery of Saint Patapios in...
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Blessed Kyrillos the New (†1833) – 11 July

Blessed Kyrillos the New (†1833) – 11 July

Elder Moses the Athonite †   Blessed Kyrillos was born in Marpissa, on the island of Paros in 1748 and his family name was Papadopoulos. As a young man, he went to the Holy Mountain and enrolled as a student in the Vatopaidan Athoniada School. He had Blessed Athanasios, also...
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The Fall of Constantinople, 566 years ago (May 29th, 1453-2019)

The Fall of Constantinople, 566 years ago (May 29th, 1453-2019)

Konstantinos Holevas, Political Scientist   Five hundred and sixty six years have gone by since that accursed day, 29 May 1453. When the cry “The City has fallen” rang out and the Reigning City, the City of Saints, Emperors and legends passed into the occupation of the Ottoman dynasty. Thus...
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Elder Aimilianos Simonopetritis Has Departed This Life (part 3)

Elder Aimilianos Simonopetritis Has Departed This Life (part 3)

Hieromonk Serapion of Simonopetra Monastery †   On the morning of 9 May 2019, Archimandrite Elder Aimilianos, former Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Simonos Petras on the Holy Mountain fell asleep in the Lord at the Holy Convent of the Annunciation of the Mother of God, Ormylia, Halkidiki. Biographical...
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Elder Aimilianos Simonopetritis Has Departed This Life (part 2)

Elder Aimilianos Simonopetritis Has Departed This Life (part 2)

On the morning of 9 May 2019, Archimandrite Elder Aimilianos, former Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Simonos Petras on the Holy Mountain fell asleep in the Lord at the Holy Convent of the Annunciation of the Mother of God, Ormylia, Halkidiki. Biographical details by Hieromonk Serapion Simonopetritis (†2019). You...
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