The Incarnation of God as the Opposite to Today’s Sinfulness

The Incarnation of God as the Opposite to Today’s Sinfulness

Archimandrite Ephraim, Abbot of the Vatopaidi Monastery   Beloved Fathers and brothers, today we celebrate the greatest event of all time and all ages: the birth of Christ, the ‘capital of all feasts’, according Saint John Chrysostom. God enters our life, in time, in history as ‘Jesus Christ the man’...

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The Significance of the Birth of Christ for the Human Race

The Significance of the Birth of Christ for the Human Race

Ioannis Karavidopoulos, Professor Emeritus of New Testament Hermeneutics, A. U. Th.   The Gospel reading for the Sunday before Christmas, taken from the beginning of the Gospel of Saint Matthew, contains Christ’s genealogy ‘after the flesh’, and, thereafter, God’s dispensation regarding the birth of Jesus from the Holy Spirit and...

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And He is the Expectation of Nations

And He is the Expectation of Nations

Fr. Andreas Agathokleous   Below we will present the birth of the God Who became human, as this is shown to be the expectation of all the peoples of the world, from ancient times until today. From the very first moment after the Fall and the exodus from Paradise, the...

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The Incarnation of God, the Good News of the New Testament and the Mother of God

The Incarnation of God, the Good News of the New Testament and the Mother of God

Alexandros Christodoulou With His incarnation, His humanization, God entered the innermost core of our lives in the most obvious way. He entered our circulatory system, our heart, the centre of everything, the centre of the universe. After He’d been expelled from our world, our body and our soul through our...

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The Word became flesh (John 1, 14) A Sermon on the Nativity of Christ

The Word became flesh (John 1, 14) A Sermon on the Nativity of Christ

Saint John of Kronstadt   The Word became flesh; that is, the Son of God, co-eternal with God the Father and with the Holy Spirit, became human — having become incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary. O, wondrous, awesome and salvific mystery! The One Who had no...

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Sunday before the Nativity

Sunday before the Nativity

Metropolitan Varnavas of Neapolis and Stavroupolis   THE REALLY GOOD NEWS When people are out of sorts, the last thing they usually want to hear is bad news. On the contrary, they want some good news, to give them a lift, to give them the courage to get on with...

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What is Christmas without Christ?

What is Christmas without Christ?

http://radio.myocn.net/podcast/TT/TT_2012/TT_121214.mp3 Listen Now  as noted Orthodox scholar Fr. John McGuckin offers a fresh perspective on the chronic problem of celebrating an Orthodox feast amidst powerful secular influences. What is Christmas without Christ?  Hear his surprising interpretation of “Happy Holidays,” a phrase which is often criticized in Christian circles. Fr. John...

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How Does Christmas Work?

How Does Christmas Work?

Listen Now For many people, Christmas comes every year as surely as the sun comes up. It’s like death and taxes – nothing could prevent it…or could it? When you look closely at the real story of Christmas, you will discover what a miracle it was. Fr. Chris Metropulos draws...

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On the Nativity

On the Nativity

Saint Gregory the Theologian   Discourse 38 I. Christ is born, glorify Him. Christ is from heaven, receive Him. Christ is on earth, be lifted up; sing to the Lord, all the earth and, joining both in one, I say: Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad that...

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Doxastiko at Lauds on the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ (plagal tone four) – Thrasyvoulos Stanitsas

Doxastiko at Lauds on the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ (plagal tone four) – Thrasyvoulos Stanitsas

Watch now  The Doxastiko at Lauds on the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ in plagal tone four (Των νομικών διδαγμάτων ) by the late Thrasyvoulos Stanitsas, Archon Protopsaltis of the Great Church of Christ, performed by himself and his choir at the lectern. Recorded...

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