Saint Dimitrios The Myrrh-Yielder – 1

Saint Dimitrios The Myrrh-Yielder – 1

James W. Lillie Saint Dimitrios is the protector and patron saint of Thessaloniki, a saint from whose relics myrrh flows and also a Great Martyr. There are actually conflicting accounts in the sources, but the overwhelming view is that he was born and bred in Thessaloniki. As a young man,...

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Saint John Chrysostom, Homily 67 on St. John

Saint John Chrysostom, Homily 67 on St. John

Saint John Chrysostom   ‘Anyone who loves their soul will lose it, while anyone who hates their soul in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me’. This present existence is sweet and full of much pleasure. Not to everyone, but to those who...

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Don’t Turn Back

Don’t Turn Back

Protopresbyter Themistoklis Mourtzanos   ‘You’ve ascended the ladder of renunciation; don’t turn back’ (Saint John of the Ladder). How many times, in the course of marriage or family life, are we troubled by the thought that perhaps we married the wrong person. Our mind goes to other loves and we...

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The Divine Eucharist according to Saint Nikodimos (2)

The Divine Eucharist according to Saint Nikodimos (2)

Metropolitan Christoforos, former Archbishop of the Czech and Slovak Republics   B. The second issue which concerns the writer is centered on frequent communion. The Divine Eucharist is a subject which is also to be found in his other writings, such as the ‘Mystic Struggle’. In contrast to ‘On Frequent...

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Limit it

Limit it

Saint John of Kronstadt   Don’t you dare scorn people because they’re sinners. And don’t be vindictive, because that will only worsen their wounds. Far better to advise them in such a way that they can either cease their wickedness or at least try and keep it within bounds. Source:...

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The Divine Eucharist according to Saint Nikodimos (1)

The Divine Eucharist according to Saint Nikodimos (1)

Metropolitan Christoforos, former Archbishop of the Czech and Slovak Republics   The name of Saint Nikodimos is closely associated with the Kollyvades movement on Athos in the late 18th century. The representatives of this movement insisted on a renaissance of the Patristic understanding of Orthodox theology and spirituality. This was...

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Saint Luke the Evangelist

Saint Luke the Evangelist

Lambros Skontzos, Theologian   The four Evangelists, Matthew, Mark , Luke and John enjoy particular honor in our Church, because they were tasked with writing the four Gospels, which are the four pillars on which are Christian faith is supported, together with the other books of the New Testament and...

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Luke the Evangelist, a scientist and artist Saint

Luke the Evangelist, a scientist and artist Saint

W.J.Lillie   Saint Luke the Evangelist came from Antioch the Great in Syria, was a doctor by profession and an excellent artist. At the time of the Emperor Claudius, he was in Thebes, Boeotia, practising medicine. It was here that he met Saint Paul and, after he had come to...

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Obedience as the Path to Freedom (1)

Obedience as the Path to Freedom (1)

Archimandrite Georgios Kapsanis, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Gregoriou †   In the beginning, God made Adam and Eve free. They could accept His love or reject it; they could make good use of the freedom or misuse it. The commandment not to eat of the tree of the...

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He’s very cunning

He’s very cunning

Saint Iakovos Tsalikis   Don’t trust people. Be careful who you have dealings with. Never listen to what people are saying. Then you have temptations. We’re human. The devil has many ploys, machinations and snares. Everything within a marriage should be dealt with through love, meekness and patience. Have faith...

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It’s concealed inside us

It’s concealed inside us

Saint John of Kronstadt   When we have a good thought, it means that within us there’s a good and supreme initial cause, which is leading our soul towards sanctity. It clearly appears from this that every good thing is somehow hidden away within us and that it’s a waste...

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Saint Paraskevi from Epivates, the Patron Saint of the Balkans

Saint Paraskevi from Epivates, the Patron Saint of the Balkans

Blessed Paraskevi. The fragrant blossom of the desert “God is marvellous in His saints” are the words of the Prophet of God (Ps. 67, 35). He’s wonderful in the whole of creation, in all the other creatures, magnificent in people, as His most accomplished creation, but most wonderful and best...

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