Jesus Really is “With Us Always”

Jesus Really is “With Us Always”

I am with you always, Forever Have you ever had to say goodbye to somebody…and you didn’t want to say goodbye? Jesus’s disciples did. After Jesus rose from the dead, He told His disciples they had a mission. He told them to go and teach the whole world what they had learned...

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Interceding for Us (Miracles of Saint Joseph the Hesychast)

Interceding for Us (Miracles of Saint Joseph the Hesychast)

Elder Ephraim of Arizona †   When I was abroad in 1987 I saw Geronda again in my sleep after finishing my vigil. He looked very happy and much younger than he was when he passed away. He said to me: “My child, know that when you are obedient, you...

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Saint Memnon the Μiracle Maker

Saint Memnon the Μiracle Maker

Saint Memnon the Μiracle Maker is not mentioned by any chronicler. By local tradition, this Saint was one of the “three hundred” Palestinian refugees who arrived in Cyprus during their expulsion from there by the Saracens. After arriving in Cyprus, Saint Memnon became a hermit at the site known as...

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The Song of Saint George

The Song of Saint George

Saint George is one of the most beloved saints of the Eastern Church. In particular, the people of Cappadocia, his homeland, had recourse to him for help and assistance from very early on and his honour and fame spread throughout the world. The achievements of the saint didn’t remain only...

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How the Saints Write

How the Saints Write

Protopresbyter Vasileios Kalliakmanis   a) These days, there are many theologians, clergymen and lay people who compose and publish texts. Some, however, who aren’t aware of the gravity of what they’re writing, follow the secular practice of competitive journalism. With smugness and pride, they count the number of hits their...

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Who Knows Everything?

Who Knows Everything?

Our Lord Knew the Future Have you ever wished you could know the future? Who you’d meet, where you’d live, where you’d work? Or maybe you just wondered who would win a ballgame. Wouldn’t it be great? And if you knew the future, would you do anything differently today? We...

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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

Answers to questions surrounding the Christian faith. Email us yours at: info@myocn.net Question: Why would you work to assure your salvation? Answer: 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...

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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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