Saint John Chrysostom: The Sunday of the Blind Man

Saint John Chrysostom: The Sunday of the Blind Man

Saint John Chrysostom   And as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, Master, who sinned, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? 1. ‘And as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind...

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‘Do not fear’ (Matt. 28, 10)

‘Do not fear’ (Matt. 28, 10)

Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana   ‘Do not fear’, said the angel of the Lord to the myrrh-bearing women, who were overcome with ‘fear and amazement’ at the sight of the empty tomb. ‘For I know you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here. He has risen, as he...

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Ss. Constantine and Helen

Ss. Constantine and Helen

James W. Lillie   At Eastertide, at some undetermined place and year, the Emperor Constantine I made his Oration to the Assembly of the Saints, either in Latin (Oratio ad sanctorum coetum) or Greek (Λόγος τῷ τῶν ἁγίων συλλόγῳ). It is a lengthy and not terribly interesting text, but given...

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Saint Païsios: The Humility of a Priest who Performed Miracles

Saint Païsios: The Humility of a Priest who Performed Miracles

In Jordan there was a very simple priest who performed miracles. He’d read prayers over people and animals that were sick in some way and they’d recover. Muslims went to him as well, if they had a health problem, and he’d cure them. Before he served the Liturgy, he’d drink...

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A Day in the Life of a Family in a Pandemic

A Day in the Life of a Family in a Pandemic

Pemptousia, Orthodoxia News Agency stress need to unite our voices, strengthen presence of Orthodox world amid pandemic. The editors and staff of both the online magazine Pemptousia, which focuses on Orthodoxy, scholarly research and culture, as well as the Orthodoxia News Agency have become aware of the crucial need for all...

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Sunday of the Samaritan woman (John 4:5-42)

Sunday of the Samaritan woman (John 4:5-42)

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   This Gospel reading is exceptional, loaded with great and sublime truths which the Lord condescended to impart to a dissolute woman, a heretic who had led a reckless life and hailed from Samaria, an abomination for the Jews. The reconciliatory way that Christ relates with this...

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The “Water of Life”

The “Water of Life”

Varnavas, Metropolitan of Neapolis and Stavroupolis   In this dialogue, Christ reveals the truly divine provenance of His word. It is a discourse that can, indeed, be adapted to human measures of understanding,  but it also clearly transcends the criteria with which people judge things. It is a discourse which...

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New Martyr Vukasin of Klepci

New Martyr Vukasin of Klepci

Our father among the saints, Vukašin Mandrapa of Klepci, was a Serbian Orthodox Christian from Herzegovina who was martyred by fascists during World War II for refusing to acknowledge the local nazi leader Ante Pavelic. Little is known about the life of Saint Vukasin. What is known about him is...

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The Other Dimension to Life in the Congo

The Other Dimension to Life in the Congo

Archimandrite Kosmas Thasitis   As we make our way through the period of the Resurrection, when everything is bathed in the True Light and is fragrant with eternity, here in the depths of Africa, despite all the difficulties, we sense the joy of the Resurrection and feel boundless serenity in...

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Miracle, Hope and Love

Miracle, Hope and Love

Protopresbyter Themistoklis Mourtzanos   And Peter said to him, ‘Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; get up and make your pallet.’ And immediately he rose. And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord. Why do people seek miracles in their lives in order...

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Midpentecost

Midpentecost

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   ‘I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely’. During Great Lent, to a certain degree, we taste of Christ’s death. In the middle of this period, the Church institutes the Veneration of the Precious Cross, to quicken...

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When I was illustrating the book I felt awe, as if I were holding holy relics (2)

When I was illustrating the book I felt awe, as if I were holding holy relics (2)

Christos Gousidis   The whole of the life and works of Saint Porfyrios were a special oasis of spiritual coolness and refreshment for those people who met him. The same is true now, as well, for those who have become acquainted with him through the books which present his words,...

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