Deicide is the equivalent of Patricide

Deicide is the equivalent of Patricide

1. According to the Biblical concept, ‘patricide’ is essentially the same as the sin of Adam and Eve. Their effort to become gods through the forbidden fruit and not through the alignment of their will and their actions to the commandment and will of God is the first attempt to...

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Christ’s Person as the Foundation of Church Life

Christ’s Person as the Foundation of Church Life

Archbishop Jovan of Ochrid speaks for the significance of Christ’s Person for Church life. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK  The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United States of America originally commissioned by SCOBA to create...

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Guide and Redeemer

Guide and Redeemer

‘Behold the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world (Jn. 1, 29) Yesterday, my beloved friends, the Twelve Days of Christmas came to an end. They last from Christmas to Epiphany, with the exception of the eve of Epiphany. After the Twelve Days, the first feast...

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New Year’s Message for 2017 from His Eminence Metropolitan Amvrosios of Korea

New Year’s Message for 2017 from His Eminence Metropolitan Amvrosios of Korea

Metropolitan Ambrosios of Korea Crisis! Crisis of many natures—political, social, family, youth, environmental, economic! Crisis of institutions and values. Wars, refugees, famine, poverty, unemployment, terrorism, and the ongoing ecological destruction of our planet: This is the image of humanity in a global scale. How will we exit this deep crisis...

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The Holy Oblation

The Holy Oblation

This is the main prayer of the Divine Liturgy, at which the blessing of the Precious Gifts and their sacramental transformation into the Body and Blood of Christ takes place. In other words, it’s the most sacred point of the service of the Divine Liturgy. It begins with the words...

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The Bridge of Diamond

The Bridge of Diamond

Metropolitan Kallistos Ware of Diokleia ‘Thou hast brought us into being out of nothing’ (The Liturgy of St John Chrysostom). How are we to understand God’s relation to the world he has created? What is meant by this phrase ‘out of nothing’, ex nihilo? Why, indeed did God create at...

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A dignified triad

A dignified triad

Ilias Voulgarakis Wednesday, 24 December 2137, the secondary three-man Committee for the Protection of Nature of the International Academy of Sciences was continuing its session. The three esteemed scientific chiefs, who, coincidentally, constituted an informal representation of the three largest races on earth, since one was white, another yellow and...

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Traditional Greek Christmas Cookies

Traditional Greek Christmas Cookies

The most famous Christmas cookies in Greece are the traditional melomakarona and kourabiedes. Here we present the recipes for the most tasty way of cooking them, as a treat for friends and relatives. Happy cooking! Melomakarona (Christmas honey cookies) Ingredients: 1½ cups of oil 1½ cups of cooking fat 1...

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Elder Germanos Stavrovouniotis (1906-1982)

Elder Germanos Stavrovouniotis (1906-1982)

Elder Germanos was born in the village of Avgorou in the Famagusta region of Cyprus in 1906, to God-fearing parents, Nikolaos and Margarita Hatzigeorgis. When, as a child, he read the life of Saint Ioannis the Hut-Dweller, he was moved to take the decision to follow the monastic way of...

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Elder Ephraim from Simonos Petra: The Experience of Orthodox Church

Elder Ephraim from Simonos Petra: The Experience of Orthodox Church

Elder Ephraim from Simonos Petra’s Monastery, Mt Athos, Greece, speaks about the Experience of Orthodox Church today.   Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK  The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United States of America originally commissioned...

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Sunday before the Nativity

Sunday before the Nativity

Metropolitan Varnavas of Neapolis and Stavroupolis THE REALLY GOOD NEWS When people are out of sorts, the last thing they usually want to hear is bad news. On the contrary, they want some good news, to give them a lift, to give them the courage to get on with life....

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On Worship where it is Due

On Worship where it is Due

James W. Lillie In the text by Saint Nil Sorskij which we published recently on the passions of avarice, anger, sorrow and sloth, we read: “In order to defeat the spirit of ingratitude and blasphemy we say: ‘Get behind me, Satan. I worship my Lord and God and I serve...

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