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The Orthodox Monasteries as guards of a great cultural heritage

Monasticism - 17 February 2017

Besides, the repair of traditional and historical buildings as well as the conservation of cultural heirlooms is a very costly business. For many members of the Church it may be a luxury which ought to be of more interest to the archaeological services and less to the Christian engaged in the spir...

The God of the New Testament in the Old Testament (part 1)

New Testament - 17 February 2017

“The thrones were set and the Ancient of Days took His seat. His raiment was white as snow, and the hair of His head as pure wool. His throne was a flame of fire...A river of fire rushed before Him...The tribunal sat and the books were opened. And the beast was given over to the burning of the fire”...

Saint Philothei: 16th Century Martyr, 21st Century Role Model

Hagiology - 19 February 2017

“Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ,” St. Paul wrote in his First Epistle to the Corinthians (11:1). The most excellent way to follow the Apostle’s prescription is to practice Christ’s own words recorded in the Gospel of John: “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (14:15). Those who most e...

Human Dignity: Byzantine Political Philosophy Revisited

Christian Anthropology - 18 February 2017

For several centuries, going back to the revolutions of the 18th century if not beyond, democratic societies of the West have acknowledged a manifold debt to classical Greek antiquity whether in the realm political theory or in political institutions, including the word and concept of democracy itse...

Hymns after Psalm 50 in the Triodio, by Dimosthenis Païkopoulos (Open to me the gates of repentance – The multitude of my past iniquities)

Chanting - 16 February 2017

The period of the Triodio and Great Lent is very important for the spiritual life of the Church. This is because it prepares us properly for our participation in the greatest feast of the Church, the Lord’s Resurrection. The content of the hymns and the melodic accompaniment with which they are in...

Your reward will be great

Words of Life - 17 February 2017

Don’t think just about what to eat, to wear, what a big house you’ll build. Knock on the doors of the poor, the sick and the orphans. Choose the doors of the sad over those who are happy. If you do good works, your reward from God will be great. You’ll see miracles, and in the next life you’ll hav...

“The First Time He Came to Save the World; the Second He will Come to Judge it. (Meat-Fare Sunday) - 1

Celebratory speeches - 18 February 2017

Nothing else in life is so certain as that we shall die. The fact that we were born and are in this world leads to the certainty that one day we will be leaving it. Every day we see and understand that people are born and that they die; some come, others go. But there’s another certainty: that we’ll...

Penthos: The Lenten Journey to Joy

Lent - 17 February 2017

O Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of all, Take from me the heavy yoke of sin, And in Your compassion Grant me tears of compunction. From the Great Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete Some of us might think: here we go again, another Lent is on us, and many weeks without our favorite eggs and ...

Surrender yourself completely

Words of Life - 16 February 2017

If you’ve turned to God with all your heart, and you’ve given yourself over to Him entirely, He won’t allow you ever to be deceived. His angel, your sleepless guardian, will warn you secretly of every danger....

My neighbour, my saviour

Biblical Theology - 19 February 2017

One of the greatest problems of Orthodox spirituality in recent years has been the distortion of Orthodox eschatology, that is the prophetic discourse concerning the last times. It’s common for people with no experience spiritually, without any real awareness of what Orthodoxy means or of its magnif...

“The First Time He Came to Save the World; the Second He will Come to Judge it. (Meat-Fare Sunday) - 2

Celebratory speeches - 19 February 2017

He Himself said: “The Father gave all judgement to the Son”. The same Son Who came to save the world will judge it. And He’ll judge it lightly, so that most will be saved, because God wishes the world to be saved. The only people who won’t be saved will be those who don’t want to be, who won’t be ...

One hell after another

Words of Life - 18 February 2017

Stop all the universes, all the worlds there are, all created beings. Put down all the hearts, all the minds, all the animals, all the immortalities, all the eternities. Because without Christ, they’re hell for me. One hell after another. They’re all innumerable and endless hells, in height, bread...

‘God-forsakenness’ according to Elder Sophrony

Spiritual Life and Experiential Theology - 15 February 2017

In our presentation we will touch upon an issue which may not be readily acknowledged by those who are not initiated in the existence of divine Grace. We would actually say that it quite ‘heavy going’ as its title reveals: ‘God-forsakenness’. However, it is a particularly important, “a crucial”, e...

Photios Kontoglou: The Greatest Icon Painter of 20th Century Greece

Iconography - 19 February 2017

            Photios Kontoglou, the greatest icon painter of modern Greece and one of her most important theologians and literary writers, died in Athens on July 13, 1965. His death, during surgury, passed almost entirely unnoticed in America, even among Greek-Americans, but he was deeply mourned thr...

Why the Orthodox Church Needs Deacons

Liturgy - 15 December 2016

Imagine going into a fancy restaurant for a special meal. The dining room is beautifully decorated, only the best linens are used, and the glow of candlelight creates a warm ambience. Through the kitchen doors, you see the chef hard at work preparing a delectable dish. He then shouts from the kitche...

Betrayal and Confession

Wisdom & Word - 18 February 2017

In the Name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Continuing my short sermons on Confession, I would like to say that in the first place Confession is an encounter and a reconciliation. It is our encounter with Christ Whose love to us has no limits, Who loves us with all His life and al...

Then they’ll diminish

Words of Life - 19 February 2017

The more sins and evil multiply on earth, so to do the correctional visitations, that is famine, earthquakes, wars, all kinds of sicknesses and death. Our concern, as Christians, is to abandon sin, to reconcile ourselves with God, to have fear of Him, humility and patience, and then all our tribul...

It’s mobile and free

Words of Life - 15 February 2017

People who have given in to their innate urges can’t have a reasoning soul, because a reasoning soul wishes to act freely. Since it’s mobile, it also has freedom of movement. Whatever it does, it does of its own volition, not out of necessity. So a reasoning soul is intellectual, mobile and free. ...

Review by John G. Panagiotou of The Unnecessary Pastor - Part I

Book Reviews - 20 February 2017

In Marva Dawn and Eugene Peterson’s book The Unnecessary Pastor, we are given an insight into the plight of contemporary pastoral leadership. Originally, the title of this book was taken from a Regent College church leaders’ conference which was led by the authors. The authors provide us with the fo...

The concept of common ownership of property is profoundly Christian in its theological content

Monasticism - 20 February 2017

So the whole structure and organization of today’s coenobitic monasticism is such that, through the common ownership of property, each monk or nun is guaranteed personal poverty and the spirit of renunciation is ensured for each monk or nun. They’re provided with the necessities, without owning an...

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