The Holy Martyr Silouan of the Lavra of Saint Sergius

The Holy Martyr Silouan of the Lavra of Saint Sergius

The Holy Martyr Silouan, the disciple and biographer of Saint Maximos the Confessor, known as ‘the Greek’, of the Holy Monastery of Vatopaidi, was a saintly monk of the Lavra of Saint Sergius. He was imbued with the same spirit as his Elder and teacher and proved to be his...

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Prophet Elijah: Alone against all!

Prophet Elijah: Alone against all!

† Dionysios, Metropolitan of Servia and Kozani   In the ranks of the Old Testament prophets, a special position is occupied by the Prophet Elijah, whose sacred memory the Church honours and celebrates today. In the New Testament, the name of the Prophet Elijah is frequently mentioned by Christ Himself....

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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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Saint Vlasios from Sklavaina Appears to Saint Païsios

Saint Vlasios from Sklavaina Appears to Saint Païsios

(edited by Stelios Koukos) Archimandrite Avgoustinos Katsambiris had repeatedly asked the Elder (Saint Païsios the Athonite) to pray that the newly-revealed Saint Vlasios, from Sklavaina, would appear to him. The archimandrite wanted to know what Saint Vlasios looked like, so that he could paint an icon of him. It was...

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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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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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Sunday of All Saints (part 2)

Sunday of All Saints (part 2)

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   Read the first part here Today, one week after Pentecost, again we celebrate a feast, commemorating all the Saints that were well pleasing to the Lord in this life and partook of His imperishable life. Last Sunday we celebrated the coming of the Comforter and the...

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Hieromartyr Methodios Bishop of Patara (June 20)

Hieromartyr Methodios Bishop of Patara (June 20)

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   On June 20th, the Church honors the memory of St. Methodios, Bishop of Patara in Lycia, also known as the birthplace of St. Nicholas of Myra. St. Methodios rose to prominence before St. Nicholas, during the last great persecution of Christians by the Roman emperors....

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Sunday of All Saints

Sunday of All Saints

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   ‘We went through the fire and water; but Thou broughtest us out into a place of refreshment.’ Pentecost completes the cycle of the great feasts of the Dispensation of the Lord. The Holy Spirit came to seal the salvation of mankind wrought by the Lord Jesus....

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The ‘Fool’ and the Clever Ones

The ‘Fool’ and the Clever Ones

Metropolitan Meletios of Nikopolis †   It often happens that the internal beauty of the life of repentance and the staunch battle against sin and the passions are not immediately obvious. One such instance was the case of the nun Isidora, who lived in a monastery in Egypt and whose...

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