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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The Rendition of Easter

The Rendition of Easter

Archimandrite Daniel G. Aerakis   The Resurrection continues. This is shown by the feast of the Rendition of Easter. The same messages from the night of the Resurrection are also heard at the Rendition of Easter, which is celebrated one day before the Feast of the Ascension. Every great feast...

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‘And after beating them harshly, they put them in prison’

‘And after beating them harshly, they put them in prison’

Protopresbyter Themistoklis Mourtzanos   ‘And after beating them harshly, they put them in prison and told the jailer to guard them well’. From the outset, Christianity has been associated with mistrust. It’s not just that belief in Christ engenders a way of life which is not pleasing to the world,...

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Sunday of the Blind Man

Sunday of the Blind Man

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   Today’s Gospel reading describes the healing of a man born blind, and speaks about the Light of life, the Heavenly Light, Christ. God’s revelation occurs in stages as in last week’s Gospel. Both the blind man and the Samaritan woman initially consider Christ to be an...

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‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he should be born blind?’

‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he should be born blind?’

Hierodeacon Rafael Ch. Misiaoulis   Christ has risen! He has risen indeed! The sixth Sunday after Easter and we hear in church the Gospel reading concerning the Lord’s healing of the man who had been blind since birth. The healing of the blind man was a stinging rebuke to the...

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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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