How do YOU get ready for Christmas?

How do YOU get ready for Christmas?

How did people get ready for the very first Christmas? How do YOU get ready for Christmas? Do you buy or make presents? Do you help cook a fancy dinner? Do you decorate the house? We all have ways of getting ready for the great day. But in today’s Gospel...

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Saint Catherine and the Smart Impious

Saint Catherine and the Smart Impious

James W. Lillie   What are we to make of Saint Catherine? We know really very little about her. Even her name is a mystery. According to some, she was originally called Damiani (by a happy coincidence the present Archbishop of Sinai and Abbot of the Monastery of Saint Katherine...

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The life of Saint Arsenios the Cappadocian – 3

The life of Saint Arsenios the Cappadocian – 3

Saint Paisios the Athonite   All the Pharasiotes began their preparations at once, just as Father Arsenios did. First he baptised all the unbaptised children, including the village president’s child, at which time the following event occurred: The child’s parents wanted to give him the grandfather’s name, Christos. Father Arsenios,...

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The Great Martyr Saint Dimitrios

The Great Martyr Saint Dimitrios

Pantelis Paschos, Professor of Theology   In a lyrical psalm , the great poet of our Church, the Prophet David, gives the name ‘myrrh’ to the spirit of unity among those dwelling together under the sanctified protection of the Church. They have common desires, longings, the same fight against the...

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Homily on the Holy Great Martyr and equal to the Apostles Thekla

Homily on the Holy Great Martyr and equal to the Apostles Thekla

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   Our Church commemorates on the 24th of September a prominent saint, one of the great women of the Apostolic age, St. Thekla, the great Champion of the Faith.   She was born in Iconium (today’s Konya) around the year 28 AD, to a pagan family.   The Saint...

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God Gives Us Something to Bring Us Closer

God Gives Us Something to Bring Us Closer

Did you know God gives us Something to Bring us Closer to Him? A long time ago, the “custodian” was a helper in the household who took the kids to school to learn. Or sometimes, the “custodian” was somebody who taught the children in the house, like a tutor. He...

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The Holy Victorious Martyr Marina – 17 July

The Holy Victorious Martyr Marina – 17 July

Saint Nicodemus the Hagiorite   Saint Marina was from a village in Pisidia, the daughter and only child of a certain Aidesios, a pagan priest, and lived in the reign of Emperor Claudius II. When she was twelve, her mother died and she was given into the charge of another...

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Have You Ever Played a Sport on a Team?

Have You Ever Played a Sport on a Team?

Have you ever played on a team? You probably had a coach who told you the plan. For example, if you played baseball, you might have heard your coach tell the team: “You play first base. You cover second. You play right field…” and so on. Your coach had a...

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Saint Athanasios the Athonite

Saint Athanasios the Athonite

† Dionysios, Metropolitan of Servia and Kozani   The highest peak on the Holy Mountain is that of Athos, which is why the whole of the peninsula is named after it. The whole peninsula is full of monasteries and sketes. It’s dedicated to God and, in particular, to His Most...

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Our God Works Wonders

Our God Works Wonders

God Works Wonders If you ever go to Europe, you will probably visit dozens of churches. The most beautiful buildings—in Greece, Germany, France, and other places—are churches! The first one you visit, you say, “Wow! Amazing!” The second one, you say, “Pretty cool!” But the tenth one, you might just...

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