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It overturns the established order

Words of Life - 23 May 2017

Arrogance is a very bad passion and is the cause of many evils in societies. It fills everything with noise, brings discord, provokes conflicts, overturns the established order, shatters peace, sparks conflicts and ignites wars. It causes all sorts of hardships....

The Orthodox Christian Opportunity

Religious Life - 23 May 2017

Last December, Christianity Today magazine graciously provided a forum for me to answer a question I posed in the title of my article: “Will the twenty-first be the Orthodox century?” I answered, “Yes. The twenty-first will likely be a century that witnesses a theological rebirth of th...

Saint Helen and the Beneficence of Women

Pastoral Care - 23 May 2017

a) Women played a decisive role both in spreading the Christian message of the Resurrection as well as in the practical application of the supreme Gospel commandment of love. From the lambent day of the Resurrection of Christ, when the Myrrh-Bearing Women went to the tomb ‘very early’ and heard from...

What’s the good?

Words of Life - 22 May 2017

What’s the good of fasting if your mind’s full of wickedness?...

Recollections of Great Week on the Holy Mountain

Literature & Philology - 22 May 2017

The Great Week of the Passion arrives. And in honour of Christ, to the glory of God, human efforts become even more intense. The divine services become longer and with shorter intervals between them, food even more frugal, time for sleep and rest even briefer. The moral dictates of the conscience...

Norris J. Chumley: From Filmmaker to Orthodox Christian

Church World - 22 May 2017

Norris J. Chumley, Professor of History and of Filmmaking at Columbia University Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life and at New York University Kanbar Institute of Undergraduate Film and Television, in an interview with Pemptousia, talks about his journey from producing a film to becomin...

Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer

Book Reviews - 22 May 2017

Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer: Experiencing the Presence of God and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of an Ancient Spirituality by Norris J. Chumley, Harper One, 2011, 224 PP, $26.99 What’s so mysterious about the Jesus Prayer? It’s one of the shortest and simplest prayers you can find: “Lord Jesus Ch...

‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he should be born blind?’

Celebratory speeches - 21 May 2017

Christ has risen! He has risen indeed! The sixth Sunday after Easter and we hear in church the Gospel reading concerning the Lord’s healing of the man who had been blind since birth. The healing of the blind man was a stinging rebuke to the Pharisees, who were not minded to receive the words of Chr...

Of course not

Words of Life - 21 May 2017

Could leaves live alone, without a tree? Could a tree itself exist without soil, air, water and sunlight? Of course not. In the same way, a soul can’t exist without God, because He’s our being, our breath, light, power and nourishment....

Saint Helen, my most favorite Champion

Hagiology - 21 May 2017

Holy Sepulchre I was just visiting Shepherds’ Field the other day that is the precise location where the angels appeared to the shepherds to share the Good News, that Jesus Christ was born, over two thousand years ago.  And once again, although I am so terrible at my Arabic,  Greek and English but...

The Theology of Gender – 21. The institution of marriage in modern society

Theology - 21 May 2017

The whole series can be read here: The Theology of Gender Today’s situation in society, and the increased number of divorces reflect the spiritual failure of this world. According to Elder Aimilianos, former abbot of Simonopetra monastery, “A worldly marriage, as it is understood today, can...

Things will change for all of us

Words of Life - 20 May 2017

Things will go very much better for all of us when we each start with ourselves, when the transformation starts with us. We have to try to have good thoughts which will radiate from within us. If we all start with ourselves, then the transformation will begin. Goodness will be renewed and ensconce...

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