The Reception of the Lord: the feast of freedom

The Reception of the Lord: the feast of freedom

George Mantzarides, Professor Emeritus of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   In one of the hymns at the Vespers of the Reception of the Lord, the words ‘Now, Lord, you let your servant depart in peace’ which were addressed to God by the righteous Symeon when...

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Feast of the Three Hierarchs: the obligations of parents and educators

Feast of the Three Hierarchs: the obligations of parents and educators

Sophia Kafkopoulou   Today, 30 January, we celebrate the three hierarchs. There are lots of hierarch saints whom we honour throughout the year in the Church, but this is a feast of three together, although they also each have their own day on which we commemorate them. They’re Basil the...

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Who Takes You to Church?

Who Takes You to Church?

Do you go with your parents or your grandparents? Do you sometimes go with a friend or with your Godmother or Godfather? Today is one of the 12 great feasts of our Church. We celebrate the day that Mary and Joseph brought the 40-day-old baby Jesus into the holy Temple....

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Theophany or Epiphany – 2

Theophany or Epiphany – 2

Saint John Chrysostom Which baptism was performed, in His case? Not that of the Jews, nor ours, nor John’s. Why? You yourselves, from your own view of baptism, can see that He wasn’t baptized for any sins, nor because He needed the Holy Spirit; therefore, as we’ve shown, this baptism...

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Theophany or Epiphany – 1

Theophany or Epiphany – 1

Saint John Chrysostom We shall now say something about the present feast. Many people celebrate feast days and know what they’re called, but don’t know why they were established. So everyone knows that the feast today is called Theophany, but don’t know what Theophany is, and whether it is one...

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Sermon on the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

Sermon on the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   On the 21st of November, the Church celebrates a special Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, her going to the Temple of Jerusalem. As we know from Holy Tradition, her parents Sts. Joachim and Anna were elderly and beyond child bearing years. After many prayers,...

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The Divine Liturgy of Saint James the Brother of Our Lord, the Day After

The Divine Liturgy of Saint James the Brother of Our Lord, the Day After

Hieromonk Eleftherios Balakos   Yesterday was the feast-day of Saint James, the Brother of Our Lord. On that day, some bishops and priests make a point of celebrating the Divine Liturgy that bears his name. I shan’t get involved with the question of how authentic or pseudonymous it is, to...

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Sermon on the feast day of the protection of the all Holy Theotokos (Feast day October 1st 2019)

Sermon on the feast day of the protection of the all Holy Theotokos (Feast day October 1st 2019)

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   The feast of the Holy Protection of the All Holy Theotokos is known throughout the Orthodox world.  It is celebrated on October 1st (October 14th on the Old Calendar), and in the Church of Greece on October 28th, to commemorate the protection of Greece during...

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The Dormition of the Mother of God: a liturgical approach

The Dormition of the Mother of God: a liturgical approach

Ioannis Foundoulis   The feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God is celebrated on August 15 by the Christian world and is the greatest of those established by the Church in honour of the Mother of the Lord. It may be the oldest of all. The first evidence...

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Pentecost…Then what?

Pentecost…Then what?

Eleftherios Balakos   “I shall be with you till the end of the world” (Matth. 28, 20). With these words, Christ bids farewell to His disciples at the Ascension, on the Mount of Olives. His last act is a departure and, at the same time, a pledge. This seems to...

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