The Church Celebrates, the Holy Mountain Rejoices and the Orthodox Commonwealth Glorifies

The Church Celebrates, the Holy Mountain Rejoices and the Orthodox Commonwealth Glorifies

Stelios Koukos   Four Athonite Elders are inscribed in the rolls of the saints. The Church celebrates, the Holy Mountain rejoices and the Orthodox commonwealth glorifies. Today hesychasts, cave-dwellers, those living in kellia and sketes are permeated with the brightness of sanctity. The coenobitic monasteries on Athos now have their...

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Saint Romanos the Melodious – The Nightingale of the Church

Saint Romanos the Melodious – The Nightingale of the Church

Back in the old days, he was a child raised in the Church, the right hand of the priests. He attended to all the jobs that were to be done and was always the first to get to the services. He knew the psalms and prayers by heart, and served...

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What Do You Do on the Sabbath?

What Do You Do on the Sabbath?

How many times have you asked your parents, “What day is it?” or “What are we doing tomorrow?” When we go to church every single Sunday, sometimes it makes it easier to keep our days straight! In today’s Gospel reading, we hear how our Lord went into the synagogue (like...

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Equality between women and men in the Church

Equality between women and men in the Church

Protopresbyter Vasileios Kalliakmanis   Let’s examine how women have been treated in Orthodox theology. It’s well known that Saint Paul proclaimed: ‘There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus’ . In saying...

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How the Orthodox Church Approaches Transplants

How the Orthodox Church Approaches Transplants

George Mantzarides, Professor Emeritus of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   The Orthodox Approach It is natural that the theological approach to contemporary problems should be measured against perfection, which is the measure of Christ. But this measure, which Christians should always have before them, should...

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How are we to be understood and recognized as the ‘Image of God’?

How are we to be understood and recognized as the ‘Image of God’?

George Mantzarides, Professor Emeritus of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   Any donation of body tissue or an organ is a kind of self-sacrifice. Despite this, it would be untheological to consider such an action to be in imitation of the sacrifice of Christ. Christ offers...

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The Concept of Death for the Church and for Science

The Concept of Death for the Church and for Science

George Mantzarides, Professor Emeritus of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   The definition of death in the Church and in science The definition of death is at its most crucial in heart transplants. The Church sees our death as a mystery of separation, or of the...

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Reservations regarding Transplants

Reservations regarding Transplants

George Mantzarides, Professor Emeritus of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   The negative arguments against transplants The negative arguments against transplants mainly invoke the sanctity of the human body and the spiritual dimension that these basic organs have in Old Testament anthropology, which is retained in...

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The Church pays medical science the honor due to it

The Church pays medical science the honor due to it

George Mantzarides, Professor Emeritus of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   Despite this, we can’t ignore the value of medical science, which comes as a gift from God to comfort us in the sickness of our spiritual and bodily condition. Christ Himself came into the world...

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What Is the Problem in Orthodoxy?

What Is the Problem in Orthodoxy?

Watch now and join the conversation.  Look at how it works in most parishes. What are your thoughts?  Watch now as our partners at Pan Orthodox United, Voices of America (OVA) speak with Fr. Chad Hatfield President of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. ABOUT PAN ORTHODOX UNITED Pan Orthodox United works with...

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