For a piece of bread (8th Sunday of Matthew)

For a piece of bread (8th Sunday of Matthew)

Metropolitan Meletios of Nikopolis   We hear in today’s Gospel narrative that Christ was in an out-of-the-way place where thousands of people had been listening to His words all day, ignoring their needs and the work in their homes. In the end the holy apostles intervened and told Him: ‘Let...

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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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Sunday of the Blind Man

Sunday of the Blind Man

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   Today’s Gospel reading describes the healing of a man born blind, and speaks about the Light of life, the Heavenly Light, Christ. God’s revelation occurs in stages as in last week’s Gospel. Both the blind man and the Samaritan woman initially consider Christ to be an...

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‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he should be born blind?’

‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he should be born blind?’

Hierodeacon Rafael Ch. Misiaoulis   Christ has risen! He has risen indeed! The sixth Sunday after Easter and we hear in church the Gospel reading concerning the Lord’s healing of the man who had been blind since birth. The healing of the blind man was a stinging rebuke to the...

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Tools Help Us See God Clearly

Tools Help Us See God Clearly

Seeing God clearly Seeing God clearly Have you ever gotten your eyes checked, maybe at home or at school? The doctor or nurse might give you a test to see if you can see  something. If you don’t do well on the eye tests, what happens? You might get some...

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Miracle, Hope and Love

Miracle, Hope and Love

Protopresbyter Themistoklis Mourtzanos   And Peter said to him, ‘Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; get up and make your pallet.’ And immediately he rose. And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord. Why do people seek miracles in their lives in order...

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Interceding for Us (Miracles of Saint Joseph the Hesychast)

Interceding for Us (Miracles of Saint Joseph the Hesychast)

Elder Ephraim of Arizona †   When I was abroad in 1987 I saw Geronda again in my sleep after finishing my vigil. He looked very happy and much younger than he was when he passed away. He said to me: “My child, know that when you are obedient, you...

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Greater Things Than These

Greater Things Than These

Philip and Nathaniel and the other disciples saw “greater things than” the miracle in the Gospel today, and our Lord lets us see them too! Have you ever said, “I can’t wait!”? Maybe you couldn’t wait to see a new movie, or maybe you couldn’t wait for somebody to come...

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The Soprano and the Miracle of the Holy Belt

The Soprano and the Miracle of the Holy Belt

Gina Poulou, who is a soprano with the Greek National Opera, has had the most astonishing experience. When the Holy Belt, the relic of the Mother of God, was in Nea Ionia, Athens, in 2017, she reverenced it. A few days before, a small tumor had appeared on her neck...

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Great faith

Great faith

Rafael Ch. Misiaoulis, Theologian   The Lord visited every city and region of Judea, where He cured all manner of diseases and bodily ailments. He preached repentance, bringing back those in error to the knowledge of the truth and confirming His teachings with strange miracles. He did so because people...

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