Saint Matthew: Tax-Collector, Apostle and Evangelist

Saint Matthew: Tax-Collector, Apostle and Evangelist

Alexandros Christodoulou   In the lists of the Twelve disciples who are recorded in the New Testament, the name Matthew is mentioned. He calls himself this in the list of disciples he quotes in his Gospel (Matth. 10, 3), and also in the narrative of his call to the role...

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He weighs up our impulses

He weighs up our impulses

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi   The devil doesn’t have foresight, nor does he know what people are thinking. He draws conclusions from the impulses of our emotions and then stimulates our members and senses with corresponding, impassioned thoughts. When he sees that our intentions are inclining towards an image conjured...

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On Spiritual Knowledge

On Spiritual Knowledge

Saint Symeon the New Theologian   We recently posted an article on the importance of spiritual reading here http://bit.ly/2F4xYBq. The position of the Church has always been, however, that we need help and guidance if we’re to understand Scripture in depth. Thus, as early as the Apostolic age (Acts 8,...

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We need to decide

We need to decide

Elder Amvrosios Lazaris   We can’t be with Christ and with the evil one. We have to decide. What does the Lord want? Truth, justice and faith. And what’s in our heart to be on our lips. Not the heart to say one thing and the lips another. Source: pemptousia.com...

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The Self-Sacrifice of Love for our Neighbour

The Self-Sacrifice of Love for our Neighbour

Rafael Ch. Misiaoulis, Theologian   Today’s Gospel reading is the well-known parable of the Good Samaritan. The immediate message of the reading is obvious- that we should aid those in distress- but the following commentary puts this teaching into context. Christ is approached by a lawyer, asked a question meant...

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Sermon on the Apostolic reading – 8th Sunday of Luke (2 Corinthians 4: 6-15)

Sermon on the Apostolic reading – 8th Sunday of Luke (2 Corinthians 4: 6-15)

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   The Apostle Paul, in today’s passage from the 2nd Epistle to the Corinthians, illustrates for us the great help that the worker of the Gospel receives from God. Our faith that God has given us is a treasure, and strengthens us in our human weakness....

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Saint Iakovos (Tsalikis): A Miracle to Help a Physicist Unbeliever

Saint Iakovos (Tsalikis): A Miracle to Help a Physicist Unbeliever

(As told by His Eminence Athanasios, Metropolitan of Limassol) A few days before we went there, some people came from a village and asked him to take some relics of Saint David and to perform a paracletic canon for them. As he was leaving there was a woman from Canada....

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Saint Nektarios, unappreciated by people, blessed by God

Saint Nektarios, unappreciated by people, blessed by God

Alexandros Christodoulou, Theologian   Saint Nektarios (9 November) Saint Nektarios was born on 1 October 1846, in Silyvria, Thrace, to poor and devout parents. At his baptism he was given the name Anastasios. He learned his first letters, as well as the Christian teachings, from his mother. In Silyvria he...

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‘Where the Shade of your Grace Falls, Archangel’ (choir of fathers from Vatopaidi)

‘Where the Shade of your Grace Falls, Archangel’ (choir of fathers from Vatopaidi)

The monastic life has been called the angelic state, as being the pre-eminent way of imitating and following the life of the angels. Monastics are always striving to live as citizens of heaven. They consider themselves no more than temporary visitors on earth and their constant desire is to be...

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The Need for Spiritual Study in the Age of the Internet and Information

The Need for Spiritual Study in the Age of the Internet and Information

Archimandrite Theofilos Lemontzis, D. Th.   Our era has one particular feature where it differs from previous ages: people are more interested in information than in knowledge. The growth of the Internet has meant that we’re bombarded on a daily basis with information and news and aren’t interested to the...

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What is the Church?

What is the Church?

Panteleïmon Tomazos   What is the Church? How do we define it? The Church and life are hard to define, because what’s defined is confined. The Church can be described only through the language of images, such as a vine, the body of Christ or the flock of rational sheep....

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The Rich Man and Lazarus

The Rich Man and Lazarus

Monk Agapios   Gospel Reading for the 5th Sunday of Luke From the Kyriakodromion of Monk Agapios, 17th century*. The Lord said, ‘There was a rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named...

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