Encomium on the Beheading of the Great Forerunner – 3

Encomium on the Beheading of the Great Forerunner – 3

Saint Theodore the Studite   According to the Gospel, his disciples then came, took away his body and buried it (Matth. 14, 13). Those of you who love history, look at how the burial of this righteous man is depicted and gives the lie to those enemies of the holy...

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Encomium on the Beheading of the Great Forerunner – 2

Encomium on the Beheading of the Great Forerunner – 2

Saint Theodore the Studite   So what did he say to Herod? “You’re not allowed to live with her”. He reminded him of the divine law, as if saying to him: “Look and see what the Law orders you to do. If there are two brothers and one of them...

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Encomium on the Beheading of the Great Forerunner

Encomium on the Beheading of the Great Forerunner

Saint Theodore the Studite   Dear God-fearing Christians, the feast which we have gathered here to celebrate together today is radiant and filled with divine joy. It is rightly called radiant because it shines from the very name of him whom we are honouring today, since he is called the...

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Saint John the Baptist

Saint John the Baptist

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   We shall make a few comments on a passage that Saint Sophrony wrote about Saint John the Baptist. The Lord exalted Saint John the Baptist and bore testimony that he is the greatest among them that are born of women, because he made himself the least...

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Welcoming the Witness to the Light: The Nativity of John the Forerunner

Welcoming the Witness to the Light: The Nativity of John the Forerunner

Roughly six months before we celebrate the nativity of Christ, our Church honors the coming of one of his most precious companions, the Glorious Prophet and Forerunner John the Baptist. John’s conception in itself was miraculous, an event that could have never occurred in the absence of divine intervention. Born...

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The Angel of the Wilderness

The Angel of the Wilderness

Georgios N. Manolis, Theologian   The life and activity of John the Baptist and Forerunner is an enduring testimony in Christ, culminating in his martyrdom for Him. Just as then, when he was active in the wilderness of the Jordan, so today his voice can be heard in the wilderness...

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The Offspring of the Barren Woman

The Offspring of the Barren Woman

Archimandrite Varnavas Lambropoulos   Apart from the Nativity of Christ, our Church celebrates the birthday of only two other people: Our Most Holy Lady, the Mother of God and the Honourable Forerunner, Saint John the Baptist. And it’s natural that the birthday of the latter should be honoured, since the...

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Guide and Redeemer

Guide and Redeemer

‘Behold the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world (Jn. 1, 29) Yesterday, my beloved friends, the Twelve Days of Christmas came to an end. They last from Christmas to Epiphany, with the exception of the eve of Epiphany. After the Twelve Days, the first feast...

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Finding of the Head of John the Baptist

Finding of the Head of John the Baptist

February 24, 2016 Saint Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians 4:6-15 Prokeimenon. Grave Mode. Psalm 63.11,1 The righteous shall rejoice in the Lord. Verse: Oh God, hear my cry. Brethren, it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give...

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Nativity Devotion, January 7: It’s All About HIM!!!

Nativity Devotion, January 7: It’s All About HIM!!!

  The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is He of whom I said, “After me comes a man who ranks before me, for He was before me.”  John 1:29-30 (Gospel from...

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