The spiritual leader of the Orthodox world, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch BARTHOLOMEW, His Eminence Ierotheos, Metropolitan of Nafpaktos and Ayios Vlasios, His Eminence Ieronymos, Metropolitan of Larissa, Elder Efraim, Abbot of the Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopaidi on the Holy Mountain, Archimandrite Zacharias of the Holy Monastery of Saint John the Baptist, Essex, George Mantzaridis, Professor emeritus, A. U. Th., and Professor Symeon Paskhalidis, A. U. Th. will explore the theological content of the feast and will focus on the therapeutic nature of Orthodoxy for people today, through the salutary work of the Orthodox Church. Taking part in the discussion which will follow will be clergy and laity from various parts of the world.
View LIVE Simultaneous English translation on 3/21 at 1pm EST via Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) Facebook.
The Romanian translation via BASILICA News Agency,DOXOLOGIA.RO, TRINITAS TV and Radio TRINITAS and Parintele Vasile Ioana.
Pemptousia and OCN have entered a strategic partnership to bring Orthodoxy Worldwide. Greek philosophers from Ionia considered held that there were four elements or essences (ousies) in nature: earth, water, fire and air. Aristotle added ether to this foursome, which would make it the fifth (pempto) essence, pemptousia, or quintessence. The incarnation of God the Word found fertile ground in man’s proclivity to beauty, to goodness, to truth and to the eternal. Orthodoxy has not functioned as some religion or sect. It was not the movement of the human spirit towards God but the revelation of the true God, Jesus Christ, to man. A basic precept of Orthodoxy is that of the person – the personhood of God and of man. Orthodoxy is not a religious philosophy or way of thinking but revelation and life standing on the foundations of divine experience; it is the transcendence of the created and the intimacy of the Uncreated. Orthodox theology is drawn to genuine beauty; it is the theology of the One “fairer than the sons of men”. So in "Pemptousia", we just want to declare this "fifth essence", the divine beaut in our life. Please note, not all Pemptousia articles have bylines. If the author is known, he or she is listed in the article above.
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