Homily on the Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing women

Homily on the Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing women

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   When reading the Holy Gospels, one of the most striking things we see is that after the Lord’s Resurrection, His Disciples were not the first to see Him. Instead, it was the women who had anointed Jesus’ dead body with myrrh, who would receive the...

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The Myrrh-Bearing Women arrive at the empty Tomb

The Myrrh-Bearing Women arrive at the empty Tomb

Athanasios Moustakis, D. Th.   According to the Jewish custom which was observed at the time of Christ, a dead body was to be anointed with precious myrrh, so that it would be prepared to be given over to the decay of death. Christ’s body was no exception to this...

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Father Isaak had a Snake for Company!

Father Isaak had a Snake for Company!

This story was told by Archimandrite Gavriil (1886-1983), former Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Dionysiou. Back in the late 1970s, early ’80s, I was making a visit to the Holy Mountain, which is easy from Thessaloniki, where we live. In those days, the ship’s first stop was the boat-house...

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The only unerring star

The only unerring star

Saint Maximos the Greek   You should know that the only unerring star that leads you to practice the holy virtues is fear, divine and always pure, through which each one of us is removed far from evil. Always steer strictly by it as you sail straight for the heavenly,...

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Interceding for Us (Miracles of Saint Joseph the Hesychast)

Interceding for Us (Miracles of Saint Joseph the Hesychast)

Elder Ephraim of Arizona †   When I was abroad in 1987 I saw Geronda again in my sleep after finishing my vigil. He looked very happy and much younger than he was when he passed away. He said to me: “My child, know that when you are obedient, you...

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Blessed are they who have not Seen

Blessed are they who have not Seen

Archimandrite Varnavas Lambropoulos   Some joke that Thomas Sunday is the name-day of unbelievers. Certainly, unbelief is hardly a virtue to rejoice over, nor should we congratulate those who have it. Even though some hymns consider Thomas’ unbelief to be ‘good’, it’s still a flaw. This is how Saint John...

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Saint Memnon the Μiracle Maker

Saint Memnon the Μiracle Maker

Saint Memnon the Μiracle Maker is not mentioned by any chronicler. By local tradition, this Saint was one of the “three hundred” Palestinian refugees who arrived in Cyprus during their expulsion from there by the Saracens. After arriving in Cyprus, Saint Memnon became a hermit at the site known as...

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Thomas Sunday

Thomas Sunday

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   In the Gospel, it states that the disciples ‘were assembled for fear of the Jews’. One could envisage that fear was not the only motivation that gathered them together. Perhaps they would have been less vulnerable if they had remained dispersed. Probably they gathered together because...

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The Doubt of St. Thomas

The Doubt of St. Thomas

Saint John Chrysostom   John 20:24-25 But Thomas, (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and...

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The Time, Location and Purpose of Christ’s Descent into Hades, according to Biblical and Patristic Tradition

The Time, Location and Purpose of Christ’s Descent into Hades, according to Biblical and Patristic Tradition

Alexandros Christodoulou, Theologian   The time of the descent. As regards the time of the descent, we can see that Christ’s divine soul descended into Hades immediately after His exclamation on the Cross ‘It is finished’, when His soul was separated from His all-pure body. He remained there three days,...

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The Dogma of Christ’s Descent into Hades

The Dogma of Christ’s Descent into Hades

Alexandros Christodoulou, Theologian   The descent in the Orthodox dogmatic system There is evidence for the Orthodox dogma of Christ’s descent into Hades both in Holy Scripture and Sacred Tradition, though it is vague and general. Holy Scripture does not define in strictly dogmatic terms the details of the Redeemer’s...

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The Song of Saint George

The Song of Saint George

Saint George is one of the most beloved saints of the Eastern Church. In particular, the people of Cappadocia, his homeland, had recourse to him for help and assistance from very early on and his honour and fame spread throughout the world. The achievements of the saint didn’t remain only...

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