Discourse on the Holy Spirit, that is, on Pentecost

Discourse on the Holy Spirit, that is, on Pentecost

Saint Gregory of Nyssa   David always gives the most joyful meaning to feasts, tuning his dulcet harp to the requirements of the festival. So let this same prophet delight us on the great feast of Pentecost, too, picking out the melody of wisdom on the strings, through the power...

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Excerpt from Homily 41, On Pentecost

Excerpt from Homily 41, On Pentecost

Saint Gregory the Theologian   And He was promised by the mouth of Joel first, who said, ‘And it shall be in the last days that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh (that is, upon all that believe), and upon your sons...

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“Let us celebrate the feast of Pentecost” – Elder Stefanos of the Daniïleï Brotherhood

“Let us celebrate the feast of Pentecost” – Elder Stefanos of the Daniïleï Brotherhood

Listen now  The late Elder Stefanos of the Daniïleï Brotherhood (Katounakia, the Holy Mountain) sings the wonderful hymn from Vespers on the Eve of Pentecost. This hymn encapsulates the ‘majestic and great mystery’, the advent of the Holy Spirit into the world. Tone 1 “Let us celebrate the feast of...

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East and West

East and West

Saint Nicholas Velimirovich   The West is in the throes of turmoil while the East sits in resignation and submission to fate. The West is continually feasting on the Tree of Knowledge and increasingly feels a hunger for knowledge. The East is seated under the Tree of Life but can’t...

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The ‘Fool’ and the Clever Ones

The ‘Fool’ and the Clever Ones

Metropolitan Meletios of Nikopolis †   It often happens that the internal beauty of the life of repentance and the staunch battle against sin and the passions are not immediately obvious. One such instance was the case of the nun Isidora, who lived in a monastery in Egypt and whose...

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Monastic Conversations with Father Zacharias (II)

Monastic Conversations with Father Zacharias (II)

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   Question: How is unity acquired in a community? Answer: We must have all the brethren in our heart, no one should be absent, even those that may wrong us. Unfortunately we do not allow ourselves to be transformed by grace, but we always justify ourselves and...

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Now is the Judgement of this World

Now is the Judgement of this World

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   Now is the Judgement of this World In the last chapters of the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, the Lord Himself warns us in the most intense and frightening way about the catastrophes which will precede His Coming. He foretells that that evil will be uncontrollable...

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Killing the passions

Killing the passions

Elder Moses the Athonite †   Christians who are striving aren’t feather-brained dupes, nor are they naïve, simplistic, superficial, shallow, gloomy, weird or abstracted. If they are, they’re not real Christians. Striving Christians are hopeful, joyful, sincere, honourable, whole and humble. The starting-point for self-improvement isn’t at all self-centred. The...

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The Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Nicaea

The Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Nicaea

Fr. Lev Gillet   The Sunday which follows the Ascension, the sixth Sunday after Easter, is called the Sunday of the Holy Fathers. We commemorate then the bishops who met at the Synod of Nicaea, the earliest of the seven ecumenical Synods in terms of date. Regardless of each synod...

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Judaism under the Cover of Christianity. A Mistaken Movement

Judaism under the Cover of Christianity. A Mistaken Movement

Fr. Andreas Agathokleous   It is well known that Judaism, like Islam, is a religion of the Law. This means that the believer’s salvation depends on the observation of the regulations, ordinances and commandments of the religion. Refusal to observe the Law or deviation from it (wittingly or unwittingly) leads...

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An Ottoman Volunteer Defends Besieged Constantinople (1453)

An Ottoman Volunteer Defends Besieged Constantinople (1453)

Nikos Nikoloudis   At the fall of Constantinople, in 1453, it was not only Greeks pitched against Turks, as is, perhaps, widely believed, but there was also a good number of foreigners involved. Some of these were forced to fight on the side of the Ottomans, such as an attachment...

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The Ascension of Jesus Christ in Glory

The Ascension of Jesus Christ in Glory

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   ‘God is gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.’ The Ascension is the last event in Christ’s earthly life. Of course, Pentecost is the fulfilment of God’s dispensation, which is why is called ‘the last feast’. God the Father was...

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