Conversations with Father Zacharias – More on love

Conversations with Father Zacharias – More on love

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   Question: Sometimes it is difficult to accept that our God of love can pronounce such words as ‘outer darkness’ (Matt. 8:12) or ‘the worm that dies not’ (Mark 9:44). Archim. Zacharias: On the one hand He says, ‘Him that cometh to Me I will in no...

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Sunday after the Exaltation: Being and Having

Sunday after the Exaltation: Being and Having

Ioannis Karavidopoulos, Professor Emeritus of New Testament Hermeneutics, A. U. Th.   The real scourge of humankind, particularly nowadays, is the feeling of insecurity and uncertainty which is the concomitant of sin, of our effort to revolt, that is, our desire to become ‘the masters of our fate’ and thereby...

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Conversations with Father Zacharias – The Crucified eros

Conversations with Father Zacharias – The Crucified eros

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   Question: If earthly life without the love of Christ is deprived of all good, how much more is this true in the other world? Living without this love will be ‘the gnashing of teeth’ (Matt. 8:12), ‘the worm that dies not’ (Mark 9:44). Archim. Zacharias: One...

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The Exaltation of the Son of Man

The Exaltation of the Son of Man

Hierodeacon Rafael Misiaoulis, Theologian   ‘And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up’. On the Sunday before the Exaltation of the Precious Cross, the Gospel reading is concerned, in the most realistic way, with eternal life. It contains a...

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Sermon on the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy and Life-giving Cross

Sermon on the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy and Life-giving Cross

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   On September 14, the whole of the Orthodox world rejoices as we celebrate the Exaltation of the Holy Cross: “Behold, through the cross joy has come to the world!” (Paschal prayer) Three historical events contributed to the establishment of this holiday: 1st.  The discovery of the wood...

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Christ’s Discussion with Nicodemus – Sunday before the Elevation of the Cross

Christ’s Discussion with Nicodemus – Sunday before the Elevation of the Cross

Archimandrite Ioïl Yiannakopoulos   The Work of Redemption As were the Jews when they gazed upon the bronze serpent, so we, too, are cured when we see Christ crucified. Let’s investigate what this cross of Christ’s is, what its benefits are and what it teaches us. A) The cross. In...

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…so must the Son of Man be lifted up (John, 3, 14-16)

…so must the Son of Man be lifted up (John, 3, 14-16)

Archimandrite Ioïl Yiannakopoulos   After His dialogue with Nicodemus, Christ embarks on a monologue on His own work of redemption, under three headings: revelation, redemption and judgement. In the Gospel of Saint John (3, 11), the Lord says: ‘In all truth, I say to you, we speak of what we...

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The Liturgical Context of the Veneration of the Cross

The Liturgical Context of the Veneration of the Cross

Georgios Zaravelas, Theologian   On the 3rd Sunday of Lent, and, indeed, throughout 4th week, a time within the reverential climate of the fast which is so beneficial to the soul, the Church displays the Precious Cross of the Lord, for the support of the faithful. The appointment of the...

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‘The Cross brings peace to our life and sweetness to bitter experiences’

‘The Cross brings peace to our life and sweetness to bitter experiences’

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   HOMILY ON THE SUNDAY OF THE VENERATION OF THE HOLY CROSS (22/3/2020) The Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross is today! With a spirit of celebration and surrounded by flowers, the Precious Cross of Christ is placed in the center of the Church. All...

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Sunday After the Elevation of the Holy Cross – The Form of Redemption

Sunday After the Elevation of the Holy Cross – The Form of Redemption

Fr. Patrick H. Reardon   Over the centuries preachers and hymnographers have declared that the shedding of a single drop of Christ’s blood – una stilla, wrote St. Thomas Aquinas – would have sufficed for our Redemption. It is important, I believe, to bear in mind the metaphorical and poetic...

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