Stelios Koukos


In 1463 the archimandrite of the Monastery of the Caves was the blessed Nicholas. On Easter day that year, when all Christians were celebrating the ‘death of death’ and the ‘overthrow of hell’, one of the fathers of the monastery, the devout and virtuous hieromonk Dionysios (Schepa), entered the cave of Saint Anthony in order to cense the venerable relics of the departed saints. He was accompanied by a few other members of the brotherhood who were holding lighted candles.

When he reached the place which had formerly been the refectory of the monks of the caves, blessed Dionysios censed the holy relics and shouted joyfully: ‘Holy fathers and brothers, this is the chosen and holy day… the feast of feasts. Christ has risen!’.

Just then -what a miracle- all the incorrupt holy relics raised their heads slightly and answered in a loud, otherworldly voice: ‘He has risen indeed!’.

The godly Dionysios and his companions were astounded and hurried off to tell Abbot Nicholas  and the other brethren what had happened so that they could glorify the risen Lord and his sanctified servants.

The venerable Dionysios is commemorated on October 3.



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Pemptousia and OCN have entered a strategic partnership to bring Orthodoxy Worldwide. Greek philosophers from Ionia considered held that there were four elements or essences (ousies) in nature: earth, water, fire and air. Aristotle added ether to this foursome, which would make it the fifth (pempto) essence, pemptousia, or quintessence. The incarnation of God the Word found fertile ground in man’s proclivity to beauty, to goodness, to truth and to the eternal. Orthodoxy has not functioned as some religion or sect. It was not the movement of the human spirit towards God but the revelation of the true God, Jesus Christ, to man. A basic precept of Orthodoxy is that of the person ­– the personhood of God and of man. Orthodoxy is not a religious philosophy or way of thinking but revelation and life standing on the foundations of divine experience; it is the transcendence of the created and the intimacy of the Uncreated. Orthodox theology is drawn to genuine beauty; it is the theology of the One “fairer than the sons of men”. So in "Pemptousia", we just want to declare this "fifth essence", the divine beaut in our life. Please note, not all Pemptousia articles have bylines. If the author is known, he or she is listed in the article above.


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