Interview with Archimandrite Zacharias (part 2) – Prayer and the Divine Liturgy

Interview with Archimandrite Zacharias (part 2) – Prayer and the Divine Liturgy

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   Question: Saint Sophrony says that the Christian should have unceasing inspiration in his life. What does this inspiration consist of? Answer: ‘Those who are led by the Holy Spirit never cease going downwards, condemning themselves as unworthy of God,’ says Father Sophrony (cf. ‘On Prayer’, p....

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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 . Christ, Who is...

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Interview with Archimandrite Zacharias (part 1) – The Experience of the Holy Spirit

Interview with Archimandrite Zacharias (part 1) – The Experience of the Holy Spirit

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   Question: Saint Silouan and Saint Sophrony speak repeatedly about the Holy Spirit. How do we experience the Holy Spirit according to their teaching? Answer: Everything begins from our faith in Christ and accepting His word. When we make His commandments the unique law of our life,...

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It rages inside us

It rages inside us

Saint John of Kronstadt   All the passions are fire in the soul, a huge fire that rages within us. We have to extinguish them with the water of love, which is so powerful it can put out any internal fire of wickedness and the passions. But woe to us,...

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Sunday of All Saints (part 2)

Sunday of All Saints (part 2)

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   Read the first part here Today, one week after Pentecost, again we celebrate a feast, commemorating all the Saints that were well pleasing to the Lord in this life and partook of His imperishable life. Last Sunday we celebrated the coming of the Comforter and the...

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Hieromartyr Methodios Bishop of Patara (June 20)

Hieromartyr Methodios Bishop of Patara (June 20)

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   On June 20th, the Church honors the memory of St. Methodios, Bishop of Patara in Lycia, also known as the birthplace of St. Nicholas of Myra. St. Methodios rose to prominence before St. Nicholas, during the last great persecution of Christians by the Roman emperors....

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Variations in the Spiritual Life (Teachings from Athos)

Variations in the Spiritual Life (Teachings from Athos)

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi   Even though we’re in the season of winter, we had a fine day yesterday, with lots of sunshine. We felt the weather had taken a turn for the better, and then today it changed again and we’ve got turbulence. We can’t get out to do...

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We Put Fantasies in the Place of God

We Put Fantasies in the Place of God

Protopresbyter Nikolaos Loudovikos   Fr. Nikolaos is the Chair of the Department of Theology and Pastoral Studies and a Professor of Dogmatics and Philosophy at the University Ecclesiastical Academy of Thessaloniki, a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies in Cambridge, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the...

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Good training

Good training

Saint Nectarios of Pentapolis   Forbearance is a virtue of a generous and noble soul. It’s founded on love for your neighbor. It’s magnanimity, high-mindedness and is a friend of meekness. Forbearance is testimony to a soul well trained and expresses itself as sympathy, philanthropy, modesty and justice. Source: pemptousia.com

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Answering Prayers (Miracles of Saint Joseph the Hesychast)

Answering Prayers (Miracles of Saint Joseph the Hesychast)

Elder Ephraim of Arizona †   Geronda truly shone forth in the monastic and spiritual struggle, and he became a light to those in darkness. This is evident from the deep reverence people have for him. They invoke his prayers and receive great help. Geronda works many signs and miracles....

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Saint Païsios: His Hands were Freed and his Body became Strong!

Saint Païsios: His Hands were Freed and his Body became Strong!

Saint Paisios the Athonite edited by Stelios Koukos   A young man came to see me who’d had lots of problems, bodily and spiritual, for more than four years. He led a sinful life and had shut himself up at home. He didn’t want to see anyone. Two friends of...

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The Lord’s Resurrection

The Lord’s Resurrection

George Mantzarides, Professor Emeritus of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   Saint Sophrony, from Essex, said that the greatest sin these days is that people have sunk into despair and no longer believe in the resurrection. In the pre-Christian era, and later in the world outside...

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