Saint Paul’s Chains

Saint Paul’s Chains

Archimandrite Varnavas Lambropoulos   What is the greatest glory of Saint Paul the Apostle? What was the greatest of God’s gifts to him? Why should we call him blessed and envy him? Saint John Chrysostom answers: ‘I call Paul blessed not so much because he was caught up into Paradise...

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The Holy Victorious Martyr Marina – 17 July

The Holy Victorious Martyr Marina – 17 July

Saint Nicodemus the Hagiorite   Saint Marina was from a village in Pisidia, the daughter and only child of a certain Aidesios, a pagan priest, and lived in the reign of Emperor Claudius II. When she was twelve, her mother died and she was given into the charge of another...

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The Fourth Ecumenical Synod

The Fourth Ecumenical Synod

Metropolitan Ierotheos of Nafpaktos and Ayios Vlasios   The 3rd Ecumenical Synod dealt with the heresy of Nestorios, the Patriarch of Constantinople. It condemned him and defined the faith as regards the theanthropic Christ and Our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God. This was after an agreement, known as...

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Non-Gender and One-Gender in the Gnostic Gospels (6)

Non-Gender and One-Gender in the Gnostic Gospels (6)

Archimandrite Theofilos Lemontzis, D. Th.   In its efforts to restrict the practice of self-mutilation, the Church adopted strict canons. According to the Apostolic Canons, a eunuch who had performed self-mutilation would be debarred from holy orders; for he is a self-murderer and an enemy of God’s creation (Canon 22)....

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Saint Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain

Saint Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain

Georgios Martzelos Saint Nicodemus the Hagiorite was one of the greatest figures on Mount Athos in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He was born on Naxos in 1749, and his baptismal name was Nikolaos. He received his elementary education on his native island, going on to the Evangelical...

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Saint Olga: from Βarbarism to Ηoliness – 11th of July

Saint Olga: from Βarbarism to Ηoliness – 11th of July

Protopresbyter Vasileios Kalliakmanis   Many saints, before the final decision to embrace the Christian faith, had shown toughness, misanthropy and sin. So find application the Biblical words: “where sin increased, grace increased all the more” (Rom. 5,20). Where the size of sin seemed scary, the grace of God appeared much...

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The globalized and the universal person: on the sacred memory of Saint Païsios

The globalized and the universal person: on the sacred memory of Saint Païsios

George Mantzarides, Professor Emeritus of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   July 12, the Feast of Saint Païsios People weren’t made to stay where they are. They were made to become what they aren’t. Our majesty isn’t to be found in the present or the past,...

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The New Blessed Martyr Nektarios (Skete of Saint Ann) from Vryoulla in Asia Minor

The New Blessed Martyr Nektarios (Skete of Saint Ann) from Vryoulla in Asia Minor

He was born in Vryoulla or Vourla in Asia Minor. As a seventeen-year-old, he and six other Christians were deceived and converted to Islam. When he appeared before his mother in Turkish clothing, she threw him out, saying: “I gave birth to a Christian, not a Turk”. He left, greatly...

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How the Orthodox Belief Has Changed My Life

How the Orthodox Belief Has Changed My Life

An Exclusive Interview with Hank Hanegraaff, at the first part of his exclusive interview at Pemptousia. Watch now  as Hank Hanegraaff shares in the first part of his exclusive interview at Pemptousia, speaks about how the Orthodox belief changed his life. Source: pemptousia.com ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network...

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A Sign and a Miracle (Matth. 9, 1-8)

A Sign and a Miracle (Matth. 9, 1-8)

Metropolitan Ioïl (Frangkakos) of Edessa, Pella, and Almopia   ‘They Brought a Paralytic to Him’ Today, our Lord performs a sign and a miracle in the Gospel reading. The miracle is that He forgave the sins of the paralytic and the sign is that He also cured him in the...

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Elder Moses the Athonite   We’ve said before that God is not wrathful, bent on punishment and revenge. If He were, He would be bad. But there’s no trace of badness in the divinity. Every trial is an education from God and is a form of the spiritual struggle we...

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Holy and Glorious Martyr Kyriaki – 7 July

Holy and Glorious Martyr Kyriaki – 7 July

During the reign of the Emperor Diocletian, a devout and wealthy Christian couple, Dorotheos and Evsevia, being childless, asked God to give them a child, and promised to dedicate any such offspring to Him. Their prayer was heard and, one Sunday, they had a daughter, whom they named Kyriaki, for...

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