Homily on the Birth of the Theotokos

Homily on the Birth of the Theotokos

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   “Your birth, Oh Theotokos, brought joy to the whole world, for from you dawned the sun of righteousness, Christ our God.  Freeing us from the curse, He gave us His blessings.  Abolishing death, He granted us eternal life.” Apolytikion (the Dismissal hymn) of the Nativity of the...

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Discourse on the Deposition & Veneration of the Holy Belt of Ever-Virgin Mary – 2

Discourse on the Deposition & Veneration of the Holy Belt of Ever-Virgin Mary – 2

Saint German, Patriarch of Constantinople   And you, All-Pure and All-Good and Most-Merciful Lady, the consolation of Christians, the fervent comfort of those in distress, the immediate refuge of sinners, do not abandon us as orphans, without your divine assistance. For if you do abandon us, where shall we turn?...

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Discourse on the Deposition & Veneration of the Holy Belt of Ever-Virgin Mary-1

Discourse on the Deposition & Veneration of the Holy Belt of Ever-Virgin Mary-1

Saint German, Patriarch of Constantinople   Discourse on the Deposition and Veneration of the Holy and Honourable Belt of Our Most Pure Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary Through the Holy Spirit, David, the Prophet and King, sang, “Glorious things are spoken of you, the City of God”....

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‘At your deathless Dormition’, plagial tone two (Choir of Vatopaidi)

‘At your deathless Dormition’, plagial tone two (Choir of Vatopaidi)

Listen now  The Choir of the Fathers of Vatopaidi sing the Doxastiko at Lauds for the feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God, in plagial tone two. Source: pemptousia.com  

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The Dormition of the Mother of God – Transition to Life [2]

The Dormition of the Mother of God – Transition to Life [2]

Elder Efraim, Abbot of the Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopaidi, the Holy Mountain   After the Lord’s Resurrection, it was Our Most Holy Lady who was the support of the Apostles and the newly-founded Church of Christ. It was she who taught the new Christians, guided them and comforted...

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The Dormition of the Mother of God – Transition to Life

The Dormition of the Mother of God – Transition to Life

Elder Efraim, Abbot of the Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopaidi, the Holy Mountain   Every time we celebrate the Dormition of the Mother of God it’s as though we have Easter again. The summer Easter. Our Lady the Mother of God prepares Easter for us. A glorious crossing ‘from...

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The Great Paraclitic Canon

The Great Paraclitic Canon

Archbishop Stylianos of Australia †   The time from August 1 to 15 is a period in the Church’s year during which the Orthodox soul turns to Our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God, with eyes full of contrition. For the two weeks before the feast of the Dormition,...

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First Discourse on the Annunciation (part 3)

First Discourse on the Annunciation (part 3)

Saint Gregory the Wonder-Worker, Bishop of New Caesarea (ca. 213-270)   Just as the pearl comes from two natures, from lightning and water, from the unfathomable parts of the sea, so also our Lord Jesus Christ proceeds, without confusion and without change, from the pure, chaste, undefiled and holy Virgin...

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First Discourse on the Annunciation (part 2)

First Discourse on the Annunciation (part 2)

Saint Gregory the Wonder-Worker, Bishop of New Caesarea (ca. 213-270)   : ‘You alone, All-Holy Virgin, now receive the mysteries unknown to all of these and learn their origin. For where the Holy Spirit is, everything is already well-ordered. Where there is Divine Grace, everything is possible for...

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First Discourse on the Annunciation (part 1)

First Discourse on the Annunciation (part 1)

Saint Gregory the Wonder-Worker, Bishop of New Caesarea (ca. 213-270)   Today, the ranks of the angels rejoice at the hymns being sung and the light of the presence of Christ shines brightly upon the faithful. Today, is glad spring-time for us, and Christ the Sun of Righteousness shines all...

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