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Homily on the Annunciation

Celebratory speeches - 26 March 2017

Today Gabriel, who stands before God, came to the pure virgin, announcing the glad tidings: ‘Hail, you who are full of grace’. She tried to think what kind of salutation this might be. But the angel went straight on to say: ‘The Lord is with you. Do not be afraid, Mary. You have found favour with Go...

Only violence against our false self brings us freedom

Wisdom & Word - 26 March 2017

All of this (see Coercion and violence are the basic characteristics of the patricidal society, also by Bishop Amfilohije) is inevitable, because necessity and violence beget only violence and enslavement. This is clear from the waves of organized terrorism today, which have now assumed global dim...

How should we describe heaven and hell to children?

Pastoral Care - 26 March 2017

The soul of a child should feel death as the threshold of life in heaven, a stepping-stone towards eternal life with Christ’, that is, paradise. The main role in the Orthodox spiritual development of a child is played by the family in which it grows up. The notion of Paradise, however, is of great...

A time to read and a time to embody (Part I)

Patristic Theology - 25 March 2017

A time to read and a time to embody: John’s creative use of Scripture in The Ladder of Divine Ascent According to Bishop Kallistos, “with the exception of the Bible and the service books, there is no work in Eastern Christianity that has been studied, copied and translated more often than The Ladd...

What derangement, what weakness

Words of Life - 25 March 2017

What darkness, what delusion, what weakness and what a terrible, deathly power sin is. Is it other people’s fault that they’re different from us and so we hate them, or that they disagree with us or that they don’t play to our egotism and don’t flatter our passions? Don’t we all have our own free ...

Feast of the Annunciation

Theotokos (Mother of God) - 25 March 2017

The biblical story of the Feast of the Annunciation is found in the first chapter of the Gospel of Luke (1:26-39). The Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary, who was living in Nazareth, and said to her, “Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you.” Mary was perplexed and wondered what kind of...

The Theology of Gender – 4. Woman in the New Creation. The Early Church

Theology - 25 March 2017

The destiny of humanity changed radically after Christ’s Incarnation, and a living model of human behavior was initiated by the second Adam, the perfect Man, who is Jesus Christ. Nevertheless, Christ’s teaching did not come as a secular revolution. This is what His contemporary Jews did not understa...

Love silence

Words of Life - 24 March 2017

Cultivate the fear of God within you, as well as reverence for His indescribable majesty. Have a broken and contrite heart. Consider everyone superior to you. Love silence, isolation, and conversing with the Lord, Who will become your guide and teacher....

The message of our salvation

Theotokos (Mother of God) - 24 March 2017

Today is a bright and joyful day for the human race. The Archangel Gabriel brings the message of our salvation to the Virgin Mary. God comes to be born in the flesh, to dwell in a human body, to expunge the curse, to bridge the gap that separated God from people. The Lord of the Heavens asks the per...

‘To you victorious leader of triumphant hosts’, ancient melody, 4th plagial tone (former Protopsaltis Archon Leonidas Asteris)

Chanting - 24 March 2017

The Akathistos Hymn occupies an important in the reverential period of Great Lent and is one of the most popular and well-known hymns, both in terms of its melody and poetry. Its inclusion in the Triodio can be explained by the fact that the content is linked to the joyful message of the Annunciat...

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