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Ecclesiastical Nostalgia

Religious Life - 27 May 2017

Bishop Pankraty of Troitsa with Metropolitan Jonah If one is the type that is easily discouraged, one can find today much that is discouraging—secularism is making inroads, even in the Orthodox Church, men of power scorn and minimize the insights proffered by Christians, the Church makes up a smal...

It’s of little importance

Words of Life - 26 May 2017

People labour and struggle to acquire knowledge which is of only little importance and is applicable for only a limited period of time. This is knowledge which contributes to meeting the needs, comforts and peculiarities of earthly life. We entirely neglect the essential, necessary knowledge and w...

If the Second Coming of Our Lord Should Be Soon

Wisdom & Word - 26 May 2017

For approximately 2,000 years, the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ has continued uninterruptedly in the world according to His promise. If He should return today, would He recognize His Bride, the Church? If the faith and the traditions of His Church have remained constant, He would certainly be a...

The benevolent will of God

Words of Life - 25 May 2017

The benevolent will of God is not merely that each of us should be saved, but that we should enter into the perfection of knowledge, that is deification, which is the absolute will of God, for which He came to earth....

The Ravens of Farne

Book Reviews - 25 May 2017

The Ravens of Farne: A Tale of Saint Cuthbert by Donna Farley published by Conciliar Press ISBN: 978-0-9822770-5-8 Softcover, 32 pages, $14.95 Two years before this story about the ravens of Farne was released, my family went on a pilgrimage to Europe. One of the stops along the way was the s...

Saint Anthimos Arethiotis

Hagiology - 25 May 2017

‘Whoever observes the whole of the law, but errs in one thing, is guilty of everything’ (Jas. 2, 10). And the damage is unimaginable! You lose eternity, that is, everything. This is what happened to the young man in the Gospel, and is the case with so many others in life. The devil binds people with...

Do We Live In Between?

Patristic Theology - 25 May 2017

Ascension of the Lord The time between the Ascension of Christ and the Day of Pentecost marked something of an “in-between” period for Christ’s disciples. They had been instructed at the time of the Ascension to remain in Jerusalem and wait “for the promise.” Ten days later the promise was fulfill...

The spiritual alarm

Words of Life - 24 May 2017

We all need to wake up and become spiritually vigilant. Spiritual vigilance is an important thing. We have an immortal soul. We have to go forwards, we have to find Christ. Saint Porfyrios used to say that Christ is everything, Christ is love, He’s the Father, He’s our friend, He’s the essence of ...

'The angel cried aloud', tone 1 (Elder Ignatios Riganas)

Chanting - 24 May 2017

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Klaus Kenneth Orthodoxy as revelation and life

Church World - 24 May 2017

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