The Son and Word of God, the Saviour of the Human Race

The Son and Word of God, the Saviour of the Human Race

Rafael Ch. Misiaoulis, Theologian   Most of the miracles performed by Jesus were the result of a request by people who needed the miracle, and only occurred after He had previously examined their faith. There were, however, miracles which he Himself wished to perform. We heard of one such today....

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The Conversion of the First Christians in Thessaloniki

The Conversion of the First Christians in Thessaloniki

Christos Economou   ‘Some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women’. (Acts 17, 4). When Paul preached in the synagogue in Thessaloniki, he was addressing the Jewish inhabitants of the city,...

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Abba Dorotheos – Instruction 2 On Humility

Abba Dorotheos – Instruction 2 On Humility

Abba Dorotheos   One of the Elders said: ‘Above all, we need humility, to be ready to say “Forgive me” whatever is said to us. Because through humility, everything from the enemy and hinderer is destroyed’ . Let us see power of the elder’s words. Why does he say that...

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The Neo-Pagans and Saint Paul

The Neo-Pagans and Saint Paul

Protopresbyter Vasileios Georgopoulos, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Theology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   A basic element among the various neo-pagan groupings is their hostile, dismissive attitude towards the person of the Lord, the Prophets, the Holy Apostles and the Holy Fathers, which is fanatical to the point of egregiousness. It...

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Saint Athanasios the Athonite

Saint Athanasios the Athonite

† Dionysios, Metropolitan of Servia and Kozani   The highest peak on the Holy Mountain is that of Athos, which is why the whole of the peninsula is named after it. The whole peninsula is full of monasteries and sketes. It’s dedicated to God and, in particular, to His Most...

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Saint John the Baptist

Saint John the Baptist

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   We shall make a few comments on a passage that Saint Sophrony wrote about Saint John the Baptist. The Lord exalted Saint John the Baptist and bore testimony that he is the greatest among them that are born of women, because he made himself the least...

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How does the Holy Trinity create a person?

How does the Holy Trinity create a person?

Dr. Nikolaos Koios, Content Coach of Pemptousia   It’s been noted by theological scholarship on more than one occasion that, in Orthodoxy, dogma and ethos, theory and practice, faith and life are indissolubly bound together. Every invitation to spiritual struggle has a powerful dogmatic foundation and vice versa: the spiritual...

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‘We boast in hope, we boast in sorrows’

‘We boast in hope, we boast in sorrows’

Protopresbyter Themistoklis Mourtzanos   ‘We boast in the hope of the glory of God, though not only, but we also boast in our sorrows’ (Rom. 5, 2-3) People enjoy reward* and praise in their life. They feel that their efforts, their successes and their patience have been justified. They feel...

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Online discussion with Elder Ephraim Vatopaidinos and Fr. John Parker, Dean of St Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary

Online discussion with Elder Ephraim Vatopaidinos and Fr. John Parker, Dean of St Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary

Watch the online discussion with Elder Ephraim, Abbot of the Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopaidi and Fr. John Parker, Dean of St Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Pennsylvania. The discussion took place during the online seminary ‘Living Waters-Transmitting the Apostolic Faith to America Today-The Feast of the Holy Apostles’. Source:...

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God’s Saving Mercy

God’s Saving Mercy

Abbot Tryphon We are not compelled to love God, having been created with free will. God does not, nor can He, compel His creatures to love Him. Mutual love requires, by it’s very nature, freedom to either respond in love, or not. Yet when we respond to God’s love with...

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“Our Father”, the Perfect Prayer

“Our Father”, the Perfect Prayer

George Babiniotis, Professor   When the bell rings and everybody tries to avoid saying their prayers (a parody of a prayer, but one which just may be, for some, the last thread connecting their lives with God and therefore the only little window through which they can get into Paradise),...

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The Twelve Apostles: Timid Men who Won the World

The Twelve Apostles: Timid Men who Won the World

An excerpt from a homily by St. John Chrysostom (Hom. 4, 3.4: PG 61, 34-36)   It became clear through unlearned men that the cross was persuasive; in fact, it persuaded the whole world. Their discourse was not of unimportant matters but of God and true religion, of the Gospel...

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