Vigilance – the Wealth of Orthodox Asceticism Conversations with Archim. Zacharias

Vigilance – the Wealth of Orthodox Asceticism Conversations with Archim. Zacharias

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   Question: Can you tell us a few words about negative and positive vigilance? Answer: Negative vigilance is when we resist the attacks of bad thoughts. As soon as they appear, we lift our mind to God saying, ‘Lord, my enemies have come, defend me against them,’ and...

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Monk Nektarios Prodromitis (1808-1903)

Monk Nektarios Prodromitis (1808-1903)

Elder Moses the Athonite   He was born in the town of Husi in Romania in 1808, of God-fearing parents. Even as a child he was a wonderful chanter, with his profound knowledge and really sweet voice. As a young man, influenced by his brother, Monk Alexander, he donned the...

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For a piece of bread (8th Sunday of Matthew)

For a piece of bread (8th Sunday of Matthew)

Metropolitan Meletios of Nikopolis   We hear in today’s Gospel narrative that Christ was in an out-of-the-way place where thousands of people had been listening to His words all day, ignoring their needs and the work in their homes. In the end the holy apostles intervened and told Him: ‘Let...

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The Creation of the World: the Crossroads between Theology and Science [5]

The Creation of the World: the Crossroads between Theology and Science [5]

Dr Petros Panayiotopoulos   The matter of the creation of the world is, in itself, a field where the religious and scientific views of the world meet. Any investigation of this ‘world-shattering event’ would certainly involve pausing to remark on the dynamic which is evolving in the ranks of the...

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“Thank God for everything that happens”

“Thank God for everything that happens”

Elder Aimilianos Simonopetritis † Above all pray without ceasing and thank God for everything that happens to you (Rule of Anthony the Great) Anthony the Great is a realist. His rules or canons aren’t some formula he’s found and thrown to us. Each of them has something unique concerning the...

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The Creation of the World: The Crossroads between Theology and Science [4]

The Creation of the World: The Crossroads between Theology and Science [4]

Dr Petros Panayiotopoulos   Moreover, the truth is that the idea of creation from nothing had begun to gain ground in the mind of the scientific community, a concept that was clearly closer to a religious approach to things. Already a great figure in science in the 20th century, the...

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The Holy Martyr Silouan of the Lavra of Saint Sergius

The Holy Martyr Silouan of the Lavra of Saint Sergius

The Holy Martyr Silouan, the disciple and biographer of Saint Maximos the Confessor, known as ‘the Greek’, of the Holy Monastery of Vatopaidi, was a saintly monk of the Lavra of Saint Sergius. He was imbued with the same spirit as his Elder and teacher and proved to be his...

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The Creation of the World: The Crossroads between Theology and Science [3]

The Creation of the World: The Crossroads between Theology and Science [3]

Dr Petros Panayiotopoulos   Beyond the checking of prevailing theories, which is inherent in the research process, and the required investigation of all alternative proposals, which will provide the answers sought for, it’s difficult to avoid the observation that one point which encourages the need for a recourse to forms...

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Abbot Damascene: Social media and spiritual life

Abbot Damascene: Social media and spiritual life

Watch Now. Abbot Damascene, talks about the worth of social media to the lives of modern Christian, highlighting at the same time their spiritual dangers. Source: pemptousia.com  

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Two extremely tragic cases

Two extremely tragic cases

Georgios Patronos   In the Gospel reading for the 7th Sunday of Matthew (9, 27-35) we have two events. The first is the cure of two blind men and thereafter that of the man who was both mute and possessed. Both cases are extremely tragic, as Saint Matthew presents them,...

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On the need to cut off the passions quickly before the soul becomes used to them

On the need to cut off the passions quickly before the soul becomes used to them

Abba Dorotheos   Set your minds, brethren, to the examination of your affairs and don’t neglect yourselves, because even a little neglect can lead us into great danger. I lately paid a visit to a monk and found him recovering from an illness. As we were talking I learned that...

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Abbot Damascene: My relationship with Father Seraphim Rose

Abbot Damascene: My relationship with Father Seraphim Rose

In the first part of his interview to Pemptousia, archimandrite Damascene, Abbot of St Herman’s of Alaska monastery in California, is talking about his acquaintance with the charismatic Father Seraphim Rose and the influence of his presence on his spiritual Christian life. Source: pemptousia.com  

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