Prayer Presupposes Faith

Prayer Presupposes Faith

By Elder Moses the Athonite Prayer presupposes faith. People who don’t pray are without help, uncertain, blind and alone. They’re earthbound, not knowing how to fly aloft, to burn bright in the sky, to enjoy the necessary celestial support. They’re magnetized, bound, firmly attached to corruptible, earthly things. It’s not...

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Chanting in Mount Athos

Chanting in Mount Athos

Elder Thomas Mikrayannanitis talks about his first monastic steps and about the Athonite Psaltic Tradition (part 2): “There in the skete, where we sang in various kellia, Elder Iosif didn’t know musical technique as well as Papa-Chrysostomos or Panteleïimon Kartsonas. The late Panteleïmon was the Elder of the Daniilaii. He...

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Peace of Heart is Established Little by Little

Peace of Heart is Established Little by Little

By Saint Nicodemus Haghiorite Your constant care should be not to let your heart become agitated or troubled, but to use every effort to keep it peaceful and calm. Seeing your efforts and endeavours, God will send you His grace and will make your soul a city of peace. Then...

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Saint John Chrysostom

Saint John Chrysostom

Saint John Chrysostom – the Golden Mouthed. One of, if not the most, well known and beloved saints of the church, both during his lifetime and in the 1600 years since his repose. As beloved as he was and as brilliant an orator as he was, he was also one...

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Holy Mountain: a universal presence and a heavenward orientation

Holy Mountain: a universal presence and a heavenward orientation

By Metropolitan Nikolaos of Mesogaias and Lavreotikis The spiritual influence of Mount Athos is indisputable and certainly stems from the fact that many men have attained holiness through their secret ascetic struggles there. In recent years many pilgrims have found peace of mind and repose on the Mountain, together with spiritual...

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Holy Nativity Antiochian Orthodox Church in Langley, British Columbia

Holy Nativity Antiochian Orthodox Church in Langley, British Columbia

Have you ever worshiped in a barn? What would you name a church that worships in a barn? My church began in 2002 as readers’ services conducted in a converted sheep barn in Langley, British Columbia just north of the American border. Our congregation had been worshiping at a nearby...

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VIDEO: Archimandrite Zacharias on ‘The spiritual heart’

VIDEO: Archimandrite Zacharias on ‘The spiritual heart’

The heart’s the inner person, it’s the centre of our personality. Where we can encounter God, where we can make our free choice concerning Him, that’s the centre of our personality. And we can’t find our heart by our own efforts. We find our heart, because we have to say...

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People as Liturgical Beings, Part 2

People as Liturgical Beings, Part 2

Read Part 1 here. By Abbot George Kapsanis of Gregoriou People who offer ‘your own from your own, in all things and for all things’ serve God truly and pleasingly. That is, people who recognize that whatever they have is a gift from God. They believe that they’ve got nothing...

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People as Liturgical Beings, Part 1

People as Liturgical Beings, Part 1

By Abbot George Kapsanis of Gregoriou We usually characterize people as rational and independent beings. These attributes are correct enough, but don’t convey human nature in its completeness. Through the liturgical experience, we feel that, more than anything, people are liturgical beings. They were made to serve, to offer themselves...

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The Meaning of Pain in Our Lives

The Meaning of Pain in Our Lives

By Abbot George Kapsanis of Gregoriou Apart from the suffering that it causes, physical, mental or spiritual pain– which entered man’s life by divine sufferance – also has positive effects for man’s earthly life and development. It is easy to philosophise or theologise about pain but it is difficult to have...

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Ground Blessing for St. Nicholas at WTC on Oct. 18 LIVE on Satellite Feed, Antenna TV, and Internet

Ground Blessing for St. Nicholas at WTC on Oct. 18 LIVE on Satellite Feed, Antenna TV, and Internet

NEW YORK – The Ground Blessing ceremony for the Saint Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center, on Saturday October 18, 2014 at 12:00 noon, will be broadcast live through a LIVE SATELLITE FEED (see technical information below), both domestically and internationally and will be carried live through the...

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Ground Blessing of Saint Nicholas National Shrine – Parish Resources

Ground Blessing of Saint Nicholas National Shrine – Parish Resources

On Saturday, October 18th the historic ground blessing for the rebuilding of the new Saint Nicholas National Shrine will take place. To help you promote awareness of this event, we have made available a number of turn-key solutions to use within your respective Metropolises and parishes. BROADCAST OF THE GROUND...

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