Repentance, as I learned it from contemporary Saints and Elders

Repentance, as I learned it from contemporary Saints and Elders

Andreas Christoforou   I was fortunate enough to know personally quite a few of the contemporary Saints and Elders at the time when I was exploring the way of the spiritual life. What, in practice, is the path to being cured of our sins and passions, so that we ask...

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The Theology of Gender – 4. Woman in the New Creation. The Early Church

The Theology of Gender – 4. Woman in the New Creation. The Early Church

Sofia Matzarioti-Kostara   The destiny of humanity changed radically after Christ’s Incarnation, and a living model of human behavior was initiated by the second Adam, the perfect Man, who is Jesus Christ. Nevertheless, Christ’s teaching did not come as a secular revolution. This is what His contemporary Jews did not...

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Finding the Deep Heart during Great Lent

Finding the Deep Heart during Great Lent

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   The grace of God has gathered us together today at the heart of Great Lent in order to express to the Lord our longing for His salvation, for the acquisition of the spirit of wisdom and for understanding of His commandments. Holy Scripture, however, warns us:...

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Faith and humility are the ‘being’ of the Church

Faith and humility are the ‘being’ of the Church

Metropolitan Amfilhije (Radović) of Montenegro and the Littoral   The same is true for the preeminent agents of heavenly paternity in the Church, that is the bishop, the priest and the spiritual father. God gave them and left in them in the world to be witnesses to His own eternal...

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Analogia, a new Academic Journal for Theological Studies

Analogia, a new Academic Journal for Theological Studies

Fr. Nikolaos Loudovikos, Professor at the University Ecclesiastical Academy of Thessaloniki and Senior Editor of “Analogia”, presents “Analogia” the new journal on Orthodox Theology in a discussion with Fr. Christopher Metropoulos, President of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and member of the Advisory Board of “Analogia”....

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The Theology of Gender – 3. The Fall

The Theology of Gender – 3. The Fall

Sofia Matzarioti-Kostara   The story of the fall is clear. Eve was deceived by the serpent and first transgressed God’s commandment by eating the fruit of the forbidden tree. Then she went on and gave to the man who also ate. The punishment is an unavoidable consequence of the act...

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The Epistle Reading for the 4th Sunday in Lent

The Epistle Reading for the 4th Sunday in Lent

In today’s Epistle, Saint Paul calls hope ‘a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul’. A ship without an anchor runs the risk of being dashed against the rocks along a coast. When people without hope are faced with the adversities of life, they’ve got nothing to lean on. What...

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Gluten-free Lenten Tapas

Gluten-free Lenten Tapas

James W. Lillie   If you want to make a special ascetic effort for Lent, you could always eat what the Prodigal Son wanted to. When he was away being prodigal, I mean. I’m not suggesting you go out and slaughter a fatted calf to help you through fifth week....

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Only violence against our false self brings us freedom

Only violence against our false self brings us freedom

Metropolitan Amfilhije (Radović) of Montenegro and the Littoral   All of this (see Coercion and violence are the basic characteristics of the patricidal society, also by Bishop Amfilohije) is inevitable, because necessity and violence beget only violence and enslavement. This is clear from the waves of organized terrorism today, which...

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The Theology of Gender – 2. Eve The Helper

The Theology of Gender – 2. Eve The Helper

Sofia Matzarioti-Kostara   The word “helper” itself presupposes an action for which Adam needs help. The only work that the text refers to is to protect and cultivate Paradise. The first interpreters of the sacred text understood that labor in Paradise was not handy work, but spiritual effort, meaning a...

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The message of our salvation

The message of our salvation

Today is a bright and joyful day for the human race. The Archangel Gabriel brings the message of our salvation to the Virgin Mary. God comes to be born in the flesh, to dwell in a human body, to expunge the curse, to bridge the gap that separated God from...

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‘Hail, life-bearing Cross’

‘Hail, life-bearing Cross’

Rafael Ch. Misiaoulis   The Church boasts of the Precious Cross and experiences its message at every point of its worship. At every service, throughout the whole of the Church’s life, the presence of the Tree of Life is palpable. The Precious Cross is highlighted as a source of power...

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