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Sin and Sickness: An Orthodox View (3)

Bioethics - 6 August 2018

Of course, all of this doesn’t mean that sickness is removed with the coming of Christ into the world, despite the fact that, when announcing the cure of the sick, Christ also indicates the presence of God in His own Person. Apart from telling them to sin no more, Christ also prophetically warns: ...

It’s our duty

Words of Life - 9 August 2018

People aren’t worth less than an animal which, according to the law, if it falls into a ditch, you have to pull out and look after (Deut. 22, 1-4). So how kind should we be to our fellow human beings, when we’re enjoined to have pity even on dumb animals?...

The newspapers in heaven

Words of Life - 10 August 2018

Heaven’s newspapers write everything that happens here, all the good and the bad. Believers should be simple in their actions and pure in their thoughts and feelings. They should seek God with a pure heart and encounter Him in simplicity, because ‘a pure heart easily passes through the gates of he...

Lord in the Light… (set to music by Ioannis Koukouzelis. Tone plagal three)

Chanting - 6 August 2018

On the occasion of the feast of the Transfiguration, the Greek Byzantine Choir, under the direction of the late Lykourgos Angelopoulos, Archon Protopsaltis of the Most Holy Archdiocese of Constantinople, sings, in plagal tone three, the verse from the Psalms ‘Lord they will walk in the light of yo...

You expunge it

Words of Life - 11 August 2018

People need humility and the fear of God more than the breath they take. Two wrongs don’t make a right, so if anyone does you harm, respond with a good action and in that way you’ll cancel out their wickedness....

All will be well

Words of Life - 8 August 2018

Christ is here! Why don’t you believe? Believe and everything will be fine. Just believe. Wait. Don’t be afraid. God’s Grace is protecting you. Wait. Ask the Lord for love. All the virtues are hidden away in love....

They’re not worth crying over

Words of Life - 7 August 2018

When we speak to people today, about mourning, it seems strange to them, because they think it shameful to cry. Of course, when we’re dealing with passing, vain matters, it is indeed not worth crying. But that mourning’s just on the level of social convention. Spiritual mourning has to do with our...

Christ’s Transfiguration and our Own

Celebratory speeches - 8 August 2018

Yesterday and today we have a great feast of the Lord, the Transfiguration of Christ the Saviour. We shall say a few words about the feast, based on what the Gospel tells us. Not long before His crucifixion, Christ took three of His disciples, Peter, James and John, led them up onto a high mountain ...

From the very start

Words of Life - 12 August 2018

Fasting was a commandment given to us to observe right at the beginning, but our first ancestors didn’t obey....

Spiritual murder

Words of Life - 5 August 2018

If your tongue’s like a sharp sword, then you can use it to murder people. It’s what we often do, without thinking that we’re killers. We wound our neighbour’s heart with slander and lies, we insult their human dignity and we agitate their hearts with malicious talk. Is that not spiritual assassin...

The Transfiguration of the Saviour

Church Feasts - 6 August 2018

The Transfiguration of the Saviour occupies a central position in the Orthodox Church and theology. It is the event that reveals the glory of the Church and of the faithful. It is the evidence of the new situation that entered history through the advent of Christ. At the Transfiguration, Christ man...

From all corrosion

Words of Life - 6 August 2018

Temptations happen to people: to test them, and so that their virtue will shine through, as was the case with Abraham, Job and many others of the righteous; to cleanse them of all the stains of sin, or as the Prophet Isaiah puts it, all the rust God sees in the depths of the souls of His children ...

Father Gavriil Tsafos (1944-2018), the Elder of Joy

Personalities - 3 August 2018

On Wednesday, 1 August, at the beginning of the fast for Our Most Holy Lady, whom he loved so much, Archimandrite Gavriil Tsafos, the parish priest of the pilgrimage church of Saint Andreas, in Leukosias Street in the Archdiocese of Athens, fell asleep in the Lord. Father Gavriil (baptized Yeoryi...

The Possessed Young Man

Biblical Theology - New Testament - 6 August 2018

In the Gospel , concerning the young man who was possessed, we’re given the opportunity to examine the shortcomings in the way we bring up our children. Bringing children up outside Christianity If we’re to see the shortcomings in the way we bring up our children we need to look at both the childr...

The Feast of the Transfiguration

Celebratory speeches - 6 August 2018

In the biblical narratives of our Lord's Transfiguration it is easy to discern different points of inclusion and emphasis peculiar to each writer. Only Luke, for instance, mentions that Jesus was praying when He was transfigured, and only Matthew remarks that the disciples "fell on their faces." ...

It’s not possible

Words of Life - 4 August 2018

Love for your enemies isn’t possible except by the Grace of the Holy Spirit....

Sin and Sickness: An Orthodox View (2)

Bioethics - 3 August 2018

We have another instance where the righteous suffer without guilt, as in Job and Tobias. In these cases the answer is provided by Scripture itself: the aim is to manifest the loyalty of the believer and to glorify God’s name: ‘May the name of the Lord be blessed’. There is also the prophetic/esch...

Why unlock oneself? A new anthropology growing out of the ancient principle of synergy

Christian Anthropology - 2 August 2018

…When he was in deep meditation in a praying posture with his hands open to the heavens, he saw suddenly how Shesha-Ananta descends down into his open palms. However, he experienced neither fright nor surprise at this prodigious spectacle: he had experienced a moment of truth. He realized that in hi...

The voices

Words of Life - 2 August 2018

Only God and the conscience know the hidden things of the heart. This is why each of us should correct ourselves by listening to these two voices: those of God and the conscience....

The Theology of Gender – 7. The Place of Women in Byzantine Society

Theology - Theotokos (Mother of God) - 3 April 2017

The whole series can be read here: The Theology of Gender Byzantine society was a dynamic union of different cultural elements based on Greek civilization and the Christian faith. Although Christianity was the decisive element in the formation of Byzantium, the practical application of the Ch...

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