The Creative Word of God

The Creative Word of God

Archimandrite Peter, Abbot of Monastery of St John the Baptist, Essex UK   The word of God has four meanings: 1. In the bosom of the Trinity, the Only-begotten Son of the Father is called the Word of God because He was the One Who delivered to us the revelation...

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The Triune God is our Saviour

The Triune God is our Saviour

Hierodeacon Rafael Misiaoulis, Theologian   Jesus taught in the synagogues on the Sabbath. The reason behind His choice of day was that the Sabbath was a day without work, dedicated to the worship of God. All tasks were completely forbidden. Even the distance you could walk was strictly regulated. So...

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Conversation with Archimandrite Zacharias Weeping. The Swiftness of the Spirit

Conversation with Archimandrite Zacharias Weeping. The Swiftness of the Spirit

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   Weeping Question: Could we say that in the monastery everything happens purely because God is guiding the hearts of the other people? Answer: Everything will work out for salvation for those who love God (Rom. 8:28), for those who have the desire to repent and weep before...

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The fear of God

The fear of God

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   In the petition which we address to God, “For this Holy House” (which we heard about in the previous Homily), the following words are also said: “and for those who enter it with faith, reverence, and fear of God, let us pray to the Lord.”...

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How Did You Hear about God?

How Did You Hear about God?

The Apostles Teach Us Did your parents tell you stories from the Bible? Did your godparent tell you something? Did you listen to our priest? Does your church school class talk about God? Maybe you learned about the Lord from all of these! Saint Paul tells us today in the...

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The Word of God (Luke 8, 5-15)

The Word of God (Luke 8, 5-15)

Metropolitan Ioïl (Frangkakos) of Edessa, Pella, and Almopia   ‘The seed is the Word of God’. The Lord often spoke in similes and parables. One of the most important of the parables is that of the sower. A farmer sowed his seed in a field and it fell on four...

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Conversations with Father Zacharias – Envy

Conversations with Father Zacharias – Envy

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   Question: Is pride the cause of jealousy? Archim. Zacharias: There may be many causes, but above all it is lack of trust in God Who gives all things to all men. In the Parable of the Prodigal Son, the Father says to his elder son: ‘Why...

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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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Joys and Sorrows are from God

Joys and Sorrows are from God

Saint Theophan the Recluse   On earth, there are more sorrows than joys. And just as the latter are sent by God, so the former are allowed by Him. For a variety of reasons. On occasion so that we bestir ourselves from spiritual hibernation. On another so that we can...

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The Kingdom of God

The Kingdom of God

Fr. Andreas Agathokleous   There are ecclesiastical terms which, I think, are difficult today for people to understand. One such is ‘The Kingdom of God’. It seems to refer to dominion, authority, and dominance. This is why, when we say ‘May the Kingdom of God come to pass on earth’...

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