What they give up

What they give up

Saint Symeon the New Theologian   People who are ambitious, sensual or avaricious can’t bear the threat, the mockery or the contempt of other people; the denial of their pleasures; or financial losses. And so they abandon the things that are heavenly and imperishable for the sake of those which...

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Life and Time according to Basil the Great (1)

Life and Time according to Basil the Great (1)

George Mantzarides, Professor Emeritus of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   Basil the Great experienced the relationship between time and life and presented it in the most penetrating manner in his written works. His teaching on the subject, which had a profound effect on later theology...

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We should condemn ourselves

We should condemn ourselves

Saint Theophan the Recluse   The first step towards pride is vanity, that is the conviction that I’m somebody. The next step is conceit, that is the feeling not only that I’m somebody, but I’m important as regards God and other people. From vanity and conceit arise a host of...

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A Little Light and the Darkness will become Heaven

A Little Light and the Darkness will become Heaven

Protopresbyter Themistoklis Mourtzanos   Our secularized age aims at involving us in the pleasures of consumerism. It has even turned religion into a consumer item. This is why the latter has been restricted in its functions to customs, symbols and metaphysics. Society doesn’t understand, and doesn’t want to understand, that...

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From the Post-Modern Persona to the Person

From the Post-Modern Persona to the Person

Archimandrite Ephraim, Abbot of the Vatopaidi Monastery   The theology of the person, as this is revealed in the hesychast ascetic tradition, is the most significant counter-argument to post-modern individualism and relativism. The ascetics of introversion and of conscious tranquillity (hesychia) is not a psychological proposition but the authentic and...

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What do they reject?

What do they reject?

Elder Efraim Vatopaidinos   Monastics leave the world because they reject its unwholesome spirit. But in leaving the world, they don’t abandon the human person. Proof of this is that people come and find them, they come and attach themselves to them, they come and want some sort of communication,...

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‘Our Thirst and Christ’s Baptism’

‘Our Thirst and Christ’s Baptism’

Protopresbyter Haralambos Papadopoulos   What does the service of the Blessing of the Waters on the day of the feast of the Theophany really have to say to us people today? What does this ancient Christian feast mean for us? Does it answer any deeper existential question we may have?...

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Synaxis of the Honourable Forerunner

Synaxis of the Honourable Forerunner

Archimandrite Ananias Koustenis   On 7 January, the Church celebrates the Synaxis of the Honourable Forerunner and Baptist, John. It is the oldest feast of our Church for John the Baptist and it came from God. God enlightened the Fathers of the Church and they appointed the day after Epiphany...

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Meditation on the Epiphany [2]

Meditation on the Epiphany [2]

Fr. Lev Gillet   The day after Christmas is consecrated to the ‘synaxis of the Blessed Virgin Mary: all believers are invited to assemble in honour of her who made the Incarnation humanly possible. In the same way, the day after Epiphany (January 7) is consecrated to the ‘synaxis’ of...

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Meditation on the Epiphany [1]

Meditation on the Epiphany [1]

Fr. Lev Gillet* Epiphany was the first public manifestation of Christ. At the time of His birth, our Lord was revealed to a few privileged people. Today, all those who surround John, that is to say his own disciples and the crowd that has come to the banks of the...

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Live streaming of the Christmas Vigil from Mount Athos

Live streaming of the Christmas Vigil from Mount Athos

Pemptousia will commence live broadcasts from the Catholicos (main cathedral) of the Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopedi of the Holy All-night Vigil on the eve of the Christmas Feast (based on the Julian calendar). The broadcast will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 6 and continue into Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, commencing at...

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The Service of the Great Hours on the Eve of Theophany

The Service of the Great Hours on the Eve of Theophany

Georgios Zaravelas   In completing the Twelve Days of Christmas, that is the festal cycle of the Epiphany of the Incarnate Son and Word of God, Jesus Christ, we come to the feast of Theophany, at which we recall the Baptism of Christ, at the age of thirty, by Saint...

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