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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Saint Dimitrios The Myrrh-Yielder – 2

Saint Dimitrios The Myrrh-Yielder – 2

James W. Lillie Another point of interest is that the church of Saint Dimitrios, for 60 years (1430-1490) remained as part of the local Church, when almost all the other churches in Thessaloniki had been turned into mosques after the fall of the city to the Turks in 1430. This...

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Saint Dimitrios The Myrrh-Yielder – 1

Saint Dimitrios The Myrrh-Yielder – 1

James W. Lillie Saint Dimitrios is the protector and patron saint of Thessaloniki, a saint from whose relics myrrh flows and also a Great Martyr. There are actually conflicting accounts in the sources, but the overwhelming view is that he was born and bred in Thessaloniki. As a young man,...

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The Divine Eucharist according to Saint Nikodimos (2)

The Divine Eucharist according to Saint Nikodimos (2)

Metropolitan Christoforos, former Archbishop of the Czech and Slovak Republics   B. The second issue which concerns the writer is centered on frequent communion. The Divine Eucharist is a subject which is also to be found in his other writings, such as the ‘Mystic Struggle’. In contrast to ‘On Frequent...

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How Did You Hear about God?

How Did You Hear about God?

The Apostles Teach Us Did your parents tell you stories from the Bible? Did your godparent tell you something? Did you listen to our priest? Does your church school class talk about God? Maybe you learned about the Lord from all of these! Saint Paul tells us today in the...

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The Divine Eucharist according to Saint Nikodimos (1)

The Divine Eucharist according to Saint Nikodimos (1)

Metropolitan Christoforos, former Archbishop of the Czech and Slovak Republics   The name of Saint Nikodimos is closely associated with the Kollyvades movement on Athos in the late 18th century. The representatives of this movement insisted on a renaissance of the Patristic understanding of Orthodox theology and spirituality. This was...

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Saint Luke the Evangelist

Saint Luke the Evangelist

Lambros Skontzos, Theologian   The four Evangelists, Matthew, Mark , Luke and John enjoy particular honor in our Church, because they were tasked with writing the four Gospels, which are the four pillars on which are Christian faith is supported, together with the other books of the New Testament and...

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Saint Paraskevi from Epivates, the Patron Saint of the Balkans

Saint Paraskevi from Epivates, the Patron Saint of the Balkans

Blessed Paraskevi. The fragrant blossom of the desert “God is marvellous in His saints” are the words of the Prophet of God (Ps. 67, 35). He’s wonderful in the whole of creation, in all the other creatures, magnificent in people, as His most accomplished creation, but most wonderful and best...

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The Holy Hieromartyr Dionysios the Areopagite

The Holy Hieromartyr Dionysios the Areopagite

Georgios D. Papadimitrakopoulos   The holy hieromartyr Dionysios was a member of the Court of Areios Pagos, and was more prominent than anyone else because of his wealth, fame, prudence and wisdom. He embraced faith in Christ when he heard Saint Paul preach on the rock of the Areios Pagos...

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Can You Be Rich and Poor at the Same Time?

Can You Be Rich and Poor at the Same Time?

Do you know how you could make other people rich? They’re opposites, aren’t they? Well, in today’s epistle reading, Saint Paul tells how he was rich and poor, all at the same time. Saint Paul tells us of all the awful things that happened to him, as he traveled around,...

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