Pemptousia and OCN have entered a strategic partnership to bring Orthodoxy Worldwide. Greek philosophers from Ionia considered held that there were four elements or essences (ousies) in nature: earth, water, fire and air. Aristotle added ether to this foursome, which would make it the fifth (pempto) essence, pemptousia, or quintessence. The incarnation of God the Word found fertile ground in man’s proclivity to beauty, to goodness, to truth and to the eternal. Orthodoxy has not functioned as some religion or sect. It was not the movement of the human spirit towards God but the revelation of the true God, Jesus Christ, to man. A basic precept of Orthodoxy is that of the person – the personhood of God and of man. Orthodoxy is not a religious philosophy or way of thinking but revelation and life standing on the foundations of divine experience; it is the transcendence of the created and the intimacy of the Uncreated. Orthodox theology is drawn to genuine beauty; it is the theology of the One “fairer than the sons of men”. So in "Pemptousia", we just want to declare this "fifth essence", the divine beaut in our life. Please note, not all Pemptousia articles have bylines. If the author is known, he or she is listed in the article above.
Saint Nicodemus the Hagiorite
He was born in the time of Constantine the Great and came from Persia. After being instructed in the faith by a Christian called Avaros, he abandoned the religion of his fathers and everything to do with his relatives. He went to the town of Nisibis, which was on the border between the Roman and Persian nations. There he entered a monastery and, once he’d been baptized, he donned the monastic habit and devoted himself to the ascetic struggle in its many forms.
But because, with the assistance of an evil demon, the monks in that monastery were envious of him, he left and went to the Monastery of Saint Sergius and Bacchus in the city called Theodosion, where he imitated the virtuous life of the Abbot, Archimandrite Ourvil, who was said not to have eaten cooked food for sixty years, nor did he sleep in a bed, and, in fact, never even sat. The Abbot gave his approval for Dometios to be ordained deacon. But when the latter realized that the Abbot had every intention of promoting him to the office of priest, he left. He went up onto a mountain where he endured the burning heat of the summer and the freezing cold of the winter, with all the miseries which the changes of weather wrought. Later he went into a man-made cave.
After he’d been there for quite a long time, he benefited those who came to him with miracles and cures, which he performed in the name of the Lord. He also turned the infidels and Greek pagans from idol worship to the Christian faith. When Julian the Apostate learned of this, when he went to Persia, he ordered that the saint be stoned. When the people he sent there to do this arrived, they found him singing the third hour, with two disciples. With a hail of stones, these blackguards crushed the athlete of Christ and his disciples, and in this way all three of them gained crowns of victory. Their feast is celebrated in the church dedicated to them which is located beyond Justinianae.
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OCN has partnered with Pemptousia. A Contemporary post-modern man does not understand what man is. Through its presence in the internet world, Pemptousia, with its spirit of respect for beauty that characterizes it, wishes to contribute to the presentation of a better meaning of life for man, to the search for the ontological dimension of man, and to the awareness of the unfathomable mystery of man who is always in Christ in the process of becoming, of man who is in the image of divine beauty. And the beauty of man springs from the beauty of the Triune God. In the end, “beauty will save the world”.