They need a shock

They need a shock

Abbess Christonymfi, Monastery of Our Lady the Queen of All, Keratea   People today don’t understand, don’t repent, won’t come to their senses. The devil needs to butt them with his horns. Source: pemptousia.com

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Legitimate Exercise

Legitimate Exercise

Elder Iosif  Vatopaidinos   Whatever movement you make, starting with its conception and following through to the implementation, you have to examine all the time what God will take from it. Because that’s all that’ll remain; all the rest will be done away with. This is why we’re always telling...

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In a strange manner

In a strange manner

Elder Efraim Vatopaidinos   Abbas Pimen had a wonderful saying: ‘Bind yourself to a man who fears God and you will have fear of God’. Who is it who really fears God? People who are without passions, are virtuous, sanctified, and constantly repenting. And how beneficial it is for us...

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The Exaltation of the Son of Man

The Exaltation of the Son of Man

Hierodeacon Rafael Misiaoulis, Theologian   ‘And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up’. On the Sunday before the Exaltation of the Precious Cross, the Gospel reading is concerned, in the most realistic way, with eternal life. It contains a...

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Sermon on the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy and Life-giving Cross

Sermon on the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy and Life-giving Cross

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   On September 14, the whole of the Orthodox world rejoices as we celebrate the Exaltation of the Holy Cross: “Behold, through the cross joy has come to the world!” (Paschal prayer) Three historical events contributed to the establishment of this holiday: 1st.  The discovery of the wood...

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Christ’s Discussion with Nicodemus – Sunday before the Elevation of the Cross

Christ’s Discussion with Nicodemus – Sunday before the Elevation of the Cross

Archimandrite Ioïl Yiannakopoulos   The Work of Redemption As were the Jews when they gazed upon the bronze serpent, so we, too, are cured when we see Christ crucified. Let’s investigate what this cross of Christ’s is, what its benefits are and what it teaches us. A) The cross. In...

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…so must the Son of Man be lifted up (John, 3, 14-16)

…so must the Son of Man be lifted up (John, 3, 14-16)

Archimandrite Ioïl Yiannakopoulos   After His dialogue with Nicodemus, Christ embarks on a monologue on His own work of redemption, under three headings: revelation, redemption and judgement. In the Gospel of Saint John (3, 11), the Lord says: ‘In all truth, I say to you, we speak of what we...

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The Cook in Paradise

The Cook in Paradise

Protopresbyter Vasileios Kalliakmanis   The lack of simplicity, sincerity and authenticity in relations between people leads to social hypocrisy, meretricious morality and formality and, at the same time, provokes adverse reactions among younger people. The problem is worse when there’s no simplicity even among so-called spiritual people. “When spiritual people...

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It provoked a schism

It provoked a schism

Elder Tadej Vitovničk   Humanity was united, but sin caused a breach among us and we no longer have this unity. This is why the Lord became human: in order to reconnect what had been broken asunder by sin. The angels in the Kingdom of God think alike and agree...

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How to pray

How to pray

Saint Cassian the Roman   If we were to ask some prominent citizen, not to save our life but simply to do us some small favor, would we not fix our gaze and our heart on him? Would we not literally ‘hang upon’ the expression of his face, with great...

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Homily on the Birth of the Theotokos

Homily on the Birth of the Theotokos

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   “Your birth, Oh Theotokos, brought joy to the whole world, for from you dawned the sun of righteousness, Christ our God.  Freeing us from the curse, He gave us His blessings.  Abolishing death, He granted us eternal life.” Apolytikion (the Dismissal hymn) of the Nativity of the...

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‘For when the Lord of the Vineyard Comes, what will he do to those Laborers?

‘For when the Lord of the Vineyard Comes, what will he do to those Laborers?

Hierodeacon Rafael Misiaoulis, Theologian   Christ used the image of the vineyard rather than that of any other tree or plant, because he was preparing the faithful to understand that wine, the fruit of the vine, would be given at the Last Supper, so that it would be exactly the...

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