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Historic Moments at the Holy Sepulchre: repaired by Greek experts, the Holy Canopy has been returned to use

Religious Life - 23 March 2017

After many months of work by an inter-disciplinary team from the Metsovio National Technical University, under the leadership of Professor Antonia Moropoulou, the Canopy of the Most Holy Sepulchre is now fully restored and once more ready to receive the countless pilgrims who flock to Jerusalem on a...

The purification of the Heart

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi (+2009) - 20 March 2017

          Our entire life is preoccupied with the spiritual law. This is the reason why we have withdrawn from the world and have forsaken family life, which itself is not something sinful. We have abandoned these in order to express our love towards the Lord in a unique way, obeying the first comma...

All the defendants are declared innocent!

Pemptousia - 21 March 2017

Today, 21 March 2017, the three-member Court of Appeals in Athens declared all the defendants innocent in the case of the Monastery of Vatopaidi land exchange. This verdict comes at the end of eight difficult years for Abbot Ephraim and the other defendants, including two years of judicial session...

‘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...

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...

Heal us

Words of Life - 20 March 2017

People want to be cured, which is why they cry: ‘Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy upon me’....

Announcement by the Holy Monastery of Vatopedi

Monastery Announcements - 21 March 2017

Today's verdict on the part of the Greek justice system has restored the honour of those who have been so unfairly treated for almost a decade. The Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopaid glorifies God for permitting those people to be vindicated. It can now continue its spiritual and charitable ta...

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....

Ease of mind

Words of Life - 23 March 2017

Jesus, Son of God, have mercy upon me. Bring peace and calm to my bad conscience....

Secularism in Church, Theology, and Pastoral Care

Religious Life - 23 March 2017

In the thoughts that follow I would like to look at a crucial subject. It is the great issue of secularism in church, theology, and pastoral care. St Paul Secularism is the loss of the true life of the Church, the alienation of Church members from the genuine Church spirit. Secularism is the ...

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 – 3. The Fall

Theology - 22 March 2017

The story of the fall is clear. Eve was deceived by the serpent and first transgressed God’s commandment by eating the fruit of the forbidden tree. Then she went on and gave to the man who also ate. The punishment is an unavoidable consequence of the act of disobedience. And for woman, it sounds mor...

Not permanent fixtures

Words of Life - 22 March 2017

We’ll all depart this life. We’re just passing through. We came here to show what we can do and then leave....

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...

We’re the great mystery

Words of Life - 21 March 2017

We have an exaggerated idea of our own importance. But anything that’s revealed to us actually comes from eternity. We’re surrounded by God’s mysteries. And we ourselves are the greatest mystery. We don’t even know who we are, where we come from or where we’re going....

‘And there was evening and there was morning, the third day’

Patristic Theology - 23 March 2017

‘And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it”’ (Gen. 1, 11), because once the earth had been cleared of the huge volume of the waters, it appeared to be entirely d...

The katavasies for ‘I will open my mouth’ – Iordanis Koutsimanis

Chanting - 20 March 2017

As a living continuum of tradition, Byzantine music occupies an important position in the musical past of Veria. Today, gifted singers continue this musical tradition, which is perfectly attuned to the architectural and iconographic decoration of the Byzantine churches of the town. Iordanis Kouts...

On the Third Day of Creation

Patristic Theology - 21 March 2017

‘And God said , “Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so’. (Gen. 1, 9). But where will they be gathered, Lord, where will the water be kept when it reaches the land. He said: ‘At my command, gulfs and chasms have appeared in the e...

Becoming Culturally Savvy Orthodox Christians

Culture - 19 March 2017

In my 24 years as an Orthodox Christian, I’ve heard countless homilies about the evils of the culture in which we live. Most of those homilies have gone on to exhort the hearers to live sanctified lives in the midst of the culture, but very few have found anything to say about how we might go about ...

‘Hail, life-bearing Cross’

Celebratory speeches - 20 March 2017

The Church boasts of the Precious Cross and experiences its message at every point of its worship. At every service, throughout the whole of the Church’s life, the presence of the Tree of Life is palpable. The Precious Cross is highlighted as a source of power and life at the mid-point of Great Len...

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