Miracles of Saint Diomidis

Miracles of Saint Diomidis

Saint Neofytos Recluse   When his enemies became aware of his presence, they followed him, because they wanted to find out who it was who’d come to Trifyllios, where he’d come from and where he was staying. Five hundred Hagarenes were on his heels. The first miracle The young...

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‘Do not turn away your face’ (sung by Matthaios Tsamkiranis)

‘Do not turn away your face’ (sung by Matthaios Tsamkiranis)

In Great Lent, the Orthodox Church, through its long, penitential services, seeks the mystical experience and approach of the Passion and the Resurrection. With this in mind, the hymns of this period are of an appropriate content, and present the events of our salvation to us the faithful. The joyful...

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Nobuyuki-Gheoghe Nukina: “How I became Orthodox” – Orthodoxy in Japan

Nobuyuki-Gheoghe Nukina: “How I became Orthodox” – Orthodoxy in Japan

Watch now  Nobuyuki-Gheoghe Nukina, Japanese karate fighter, at the first part of his interview to Pemptousia, speaks on how he became Orthodox and talks about Orthodoxy in Japan. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is a 501(c)3 and an official agency of the Assembly of...

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Sermon on the Apostolic Reading of the Sunday of Orthodoxy (Hebrews 11, 24-26 & 32-40)

Sermon on the Apostolic Reading of the Sunday of Orthodoxy (Hebrews 11, 24-26 & 32-40)

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   The meaning of today’s great Feast of Orthodoxy is summarized in a hymn sung the Matins, at the Praises: “A day of jubilee and full of joy has been revealed today. Through the cheerfulness of the true doctrines, the Church of Christ shines brightly, adorned...

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Τhe Τriumph of Orthodoxy

Τhe Τriumph of Orthodoxy

Saint Luke the Doctor   Discourse on the First Sunday of Lent On the first Sunday of Great Lent, our Holy Church celebrates the triumph of Orthodoxy, of the correct faith, which trampled down all heresies and has been established for ever. This is why this Sunday is called the...

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The Meaning of Christian Asceticism (1)

The Meaning of Christian Asceticism (1)

Metropolitan Symeon of Nea Smyrni   As Christians, we’re always striving. The Christian life is a continual, ceaseless struggle. But the period of Great Lent, as a time of preparation for the celebration of Easter, the greatest feast, requires a more intense effort, more fervent zeal and a more methodical...

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‘To you victorious leader of triumphant hosts’, ancient melody, 4th plagial tone (former Protopsaltis Archon Leonidas Asteris)

‘To you victorious leader of triumphant hosts’, ancient melody, 4th plagial tone (former Protopsaltis Archon Leonidas Asteris)

The Akathistos Hymn occupies an important in the reverential period of Great Lent and is one of the most popular and well-known hymns, both in terms of its melody and poetry. Its inclusion in the Triodio can be explained by the fact that the content is linked to the joyful...

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The way to peace

The way to peace

Saint Nicodemus the Hagiorite   The way to acquire peace is as follows: forget entirely your fall and the sin and give yourself over to the thought of God’s great and ineffable goodness and the fact that He is willing and desires to forgive every sin, however serious, inviting sinners...

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The Question of Evil (2)

The Question of Evil (2)

Fr. Dumitru Stăniloae   . And often enough it’s the tares that win out in the end. The higher we rise above the ordinary sins of most people, the...

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Tasted and sweetened

Tasted and sweetened

Saint John the Sinaite   Acquisition of divine love makes us angels, immortal, incorruptible. The pure flame of love extinguishes all other desire for earthly longings. You get the impression that those who love God aren’t interested in anything else, not even nourishment, since they’ve tasted God and been sweetened...

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Sermon on the Apostolic Reading for the Sunday of forgiveness (Romans 13:11-14:4)

Sermon on the Apostolic Reading for the Sunday of forgiveness (Romans 13:11-14:4)

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   In the days that idolatry prevailed, there were annual public festivals in the beginning of March. These festivals were full of revelry, with wild dances and rich foods. Such idolatrous feasts seemed to linger into the Christian era, continuing until the 7th Century. Sadly, many...

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Cheese Fare Sunday

Cheese Fare Sunday

Metropolitan Panteleimon of Antinoes   Today, is Cheese-fare Sunday, which sees the closing of the period of Triodion. Tomorrow, with God’s blessing and help, we embark upon the forty day Fast of Great Lent. Great Lent is a time of spiritual struggle for Orthodox Christians. The aim of this struggle...

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