Easter on the Holy Mountain

Easter on the Holy Mountain

K. Leontiev   The asceticism in most of the Greek monasteries on the Holy Mountain throughout Lent, which is unimaginable if you’re unprepared for it, even if you’re a believer, reaches the point where, at times, it’s too terrifying to comprehend. Even on ordinary days, the divine services are, from...

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The Theology of Gender – 12. St. Basil’s Canon 9 on adultery

The Theology of Gender – 12. St. Basil’s Canon 9 on adultery

Sofia Matzarioti-Kostara   Canon 9 of St. Basil ascribes the practice of the Church not to allow the woman to separate from her husband if he commits adultery to the established social custom (συνήθεια). This word is also used by him in other canons in contrast to the word “ἀκρίβεια”...

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‘I am He Who is speaking to you’ – Part 2

‘I am He Who is speaking to you’ – Part 2

Rafael Ch. Misiaoulis   In a homily on the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman, the shepherd of Thessaloniki, Saint Gregory Palamas, mentions that, from the moment that Jesus confessed that He is the Christ, the woman immediately became completely committed to spreading the Gospel, leaving everything behind and bringing many...

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The Struggle for Holiness

The Struggle for Holiness

Fr. Tryphon, Abbot of All-Merciful Savior Monastery   We are powerless to change those bad habits that dominate our lives without help from God. However we may attempt to change behavior, we can not do battle with the passions unless we surrender ourselves in humility to God, for such change...

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‘I am He Who is speaking to you’

‘I am He Who is speaking to you’

Rafael Ch. Misiaoulis   Christ has risen! The fifth Sunday after Easter and the Church presents us with the dialogue between the Lord and a Samaritan woman. This was a dialogue of real substance and a validity that will last throughout the ages, with a great deal to say to...

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Mother’s Day and the Church

Mother’s Day and the Church

Dr. Petros Panayiotopoulos   Mother’s Day today and children all over the world take the opportunity to remember and honour their mother. There are also a good number of cynics who view the adoption of the ‘feast’ as a phenomenon of naked commercialization, while there are others who consider the...

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The Theology of Gender – 11. St. Basil’s canons on the issue of divorce and remarriage

The Theology of Gender – 11. St. Basil’s canons on the issue of divorce and remarriage

Sofia Matzarioti-Kostara   St. Basil’s canons on the issue of divorce and remarriage seem at first sight to treat man and woman differently, making it difficult for modern women to accept them. Nevertheless, careful examination of his general approach reveals his profound appreciation of both genders and his respect for...

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Absence Of Heavenly Fatherhood Makes Us Equivalent to Death

Absence Of Heavenly Fatherhood Makes Us Equivalent to Death

Metropolitan Amfilhije (Radović) of Montenegro and the Littoral   Because without the eternal Father, people’s love and, indeed, they themselves are equivalent to time and therefore to death. Time makes death the content of desire (love) and thus, the content of us people, who are nourished only by it. It’s...

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The Theology of Gender – 10. St Basil’s contribution to the canonical tradition

The Theology of Gender – 10. St Basil’s contribution to the canonical tradition

Sofia Matzarioti-Kostara   In order to evaluate Saint Basil’s contribution to the canonical tradition and spiritual conscience of the Orthodox Church, we have to consider the following presuppositions: First, the canonical writings of Saint Basil are pastoral works that deal primarily with transgressions and aim at restoring the fallen Christian...

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Encomium to the Holy Martyr Pelagia – 3

Encomium to the Holy Martyr Pelagia – 3

Saint John Chrysostom   If we’re to feel pride in the magnitude of our love, let us leave here to go home in the same good order as befits those who have assembled to honour such a martyr. Because, unless we do, then not only have we not benefitted from...

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For the Child: The House Blessing

For the Child: The House Blessing

Jane G. Meyer   It’s early February. The nights are long, but daylight is beginning to lengthen—slowly, steadily. During this part of the year, our parish priests are on the move, and have been, since January, blessing homes from one end of town to the other. And tonight it’s our...

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Encomium to the Holy Martyr Pelagia – 2

Encomium to the Holy Martyr Pelagia – 2

Saint John Chrysostom   Just think what a great thing it would have been for the judge to be sitting on his bench, the executioners at the ready, the torture chambers prepared, the crowd gathered, the soldiers waiting and all of them drunk with pleasure in the hope of seeing...

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