Apostles Stachys, Amplias, Urbanus, Apelles, Narcissus and Aristobulus

Apostles Stachys, Amplias, Urbanus, Apelles, Narcissus and Aristobulus

George Poulos   In recent years there has been a rash of new religions erupt­ing on the community skin, a kind of social disease to which the seasoned Christian is immune, but which afflicts the well-intentioned but more impressionable young. The merchants of these new reli­gions, which can be better...

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Feast of Great Martyr Demetrios, The Myrrh-Streamer

Feast of Great Martyr Demetrios, The Myrrh-Streamer

Saint Demetrios suffered in Thessalonica during the reign of Galerius Maximian (c. 306). He belonged to one of the most distinguished families of the province of Macedonia and was widely admired not only because of his noble ancestry and grace of bearing, but also for virtue, wisdom and goodness of...

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The Church Celebrates, the Holy Mountain Rejoices and the Orthodox Commonwealth Glorifies

The Church Celebrates, the Holy Mountain Rejoices and the Orthodox Commonwealth Glorifies

Stelios Koukos   Four Athonite Elders are inscribed in the rolls of the saints. The Church celebrates, the Holy Mountain rejoices and the Orthodox commonwealth glorifies. Today hesychasts, cave-dwellers, those living in kellia and sketes are permeated with the brightness of sanctity. The coenobitic monasteries on Athos now have their...

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Blessed Gerasimos the Younger, from Kefallonia

Blessed Gerasimos the Younger, from Kefallonia

Our blessed father Yerasimos was born in 1509, in the village of Trikala, near Corinth in the Peloponnese. His God-fearing parents, Dimitrios and Kali came from the prominent Notaras family and, from a young age, he was taught his letters, at which he excelled. While still a young man, he...

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Saint Romanos the Melodious – The Nightingale of the Church

Saint Romanos the Melodious – The Nightingale of the Church

Back in the old days, he was a child raised in the Church, the right hand of the priests. He attended to all the jobs that were to be done and was always the first to get to the services. He knew the psalms and prayers by heart, and served...

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Saint Kyriakos the Anachorite

Saint Kyriakos the Anachorite

† Dionysios, Metropolitan of Servia and Kozani   Today the Church honours and celebrates the sacred memory of Blessed Kyriakos the Anchorite, who was born in Corinth in 408. His father was called Ioannis and was a priest, while his mother was Evdoxia. The then bishop of Corinth, Petros, who...

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The Cook in Paradise

The Cook in Paradise

Protopresbyter Vasileios Kalliakmanis   The lack of simplicity, sincerity and authenticity in relations between people leads to social hypocrisy, meretricious morality and formality and, at the same time, provokes adverse reactions among younger people. The problem is worse when there’s no simplicity even among so-called spiritual people. “When spiritual people...

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Saint Hermione, the daughter of Saint Philip the Deacon

Saint Hermione, the daughter of Saint Philip the Deacon

Saint Hermione, one of the four daughters of the Deacon Philip, who, according to the evidence in Acts (21, 8-9) were virgins and prophetesses, Hermioneand Eftyhis went to Ephesus to meet Saint John the Theologian. But because the beloved apostle had already been taken up into the heavens, they followed...

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God is more Powerful than Anything

God is more Powerful than Anything

Have you ever been afraid of the weather? Maybe a hurricane was supposed to come, or a tornado, or even just a bad thunderstorm. Bad weather can make us wonder what is going to happen! In today’s Gospel reading, we hear the story about our Lord’s disciples, who were traveling...

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A sailor distinguished for his purity: The Holy New Martyr Triandafyllos

A sailor distinguished for his purity: The Holy New Martyr Triandafyllos

Martyred in Constantinople on 8 August, 1680. The saint came from Zagora in Magnisia. He worked as a sailor on ships and was distinguished for the purity of his life and the modesty of his morals. He also kept the flame of his love for Christ burning in his heart....

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