Hymns from the Service of Saint Nikiforos the Leper

Hymns from the Service of Saint Nikiforos the Leper

Advice from the Holy Mountain is that in these difficult times we should pray to Saint Nikiforos the Leper, a saint who was canonized as recently as 2012. His Life is available on the web, at sites such as, for example https://orthodoxwiki.org/Nicephorus_the_Leper or https://www.oca.org/saints/lives/2016/01/04/205506-saint-nikephoros-the-leper. We at Pemptousia have therefore decided to provide a...

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Visions of Geronda Joseph (Miracles of Saint Joseph the Hesychast)

Visions of Geronda Joseph (Miracles of Saint Joseph the Hesychast)

Gero-Arsenios was always agreeable and gave out blessings very easily. One time, however, he strangely became so strict and unyielding that he upset one of the fathers. Afterwards, when he was asked why he had been so harsh with him, he answered: “Yesterday Geronda came and told me: Be careful,...

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Ladder of Divine Ascent

Ladder of Divine Ascent

http://radio.myocn.net/podcast/HOT/HOT_2013/HOT_130412.mp3 On Harmony of Thunder, for the Sunday of St. John Climacus, we hear a reflection from Fr. David Smith on the Ladder of Divine Ascent. Why would you work to assure your salvation?  The Ladder of Divine Ascent Kindle Edition

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Saint Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessaloniki

Saint Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessaloniki

George Mantzarides, Professor Emeritus of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   The progression from the first Sunday in Lent, which is dedicated to Orthodoxy, to the second Sunday, which is dedicated to Saint Gregory Palamas is of double significance: on the one hand it extends the...

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Three New Saints in the Orthodox Church

Three New Saints in the Orthodox Church

Official Communique from the First Day of the Proceedings of the Holy and Sacred Synod (9 March 2020) On Monday, 9 March 2020, the Holy and Sacred Synod convened under the chairmanship of His All-Holiness to carry out the tasks of its three-day sitting. After the reading of the minutes...

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An Orthodox English Saint

An Orthodox English Saint

W. J. Lillie   Pall Mall Gazette. 24 July 1885. p. 6. Great interest has, it is said, been caused at Folkestone and the neighborhood by the discovery in the parish church of what are believed to be the remains of St. Eanswith, patron saint of the church and the...

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Saints Cosmas and Damian

Saints Cosmas and Damian

In times of great fear, need and uncertainty throughout history we have found ourselves going to visit our priests and doctors. It makes sense to look at the history of the church to learn about how people dealt with these issues and those who stood out as paragons of virtue. ...

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St. Philothei of Athens 1522-1589

St. Philothei of Athens 1522-1589

St. Philothei lived in the Turkish-occupied, sixteenth-century Athens. Her spiritual and social work was groundbreaking, especially for a woman of that era. It was accomplished within the Church and dedicated to the service of the Greek people as a continuation and consequence of Orthodoxy and Romanity. On 19 February 1589,...

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St. Valentine: The Most Famous Saint You Never Knew

St. Valentine: The Most Famous Saint You Never Knew

No one is likely to forget: St. Valentine’s Day Even in our very secularized culture, there’s one saint’s day no one is likely to forget: St. Valentine’s Day. But how much do you really know about the saint behind the day? If you’re like most of us, the answer is...

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Saint Haralambos, a Model of Humility

Saint Haralambos, a Model of Humility

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   As of today, we enter the period of the Triodio, a time of more intense prayer, during which the Church, through its Scriptural readings and devout hymns strengthens us for our spiritual struggles and for the acquisition of the virtues of humility, obedience, love and...

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