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Ecumenical Patriarchate purchases ancient church

Ecumenical Patriarchate - Publisher choices - 21 June 2017

One of the world’s oldest churches was purchased by the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the ecclesiastical center of the world’s 300 million Orthodox Christians. The Byzantine Basmelekler Church (also known as the Taksiyarhon Church) was purchased on September 10. The Turkish Hurriyet Daily News reporte...

Our Blessed and God-bearing Fathers of the Holy Mountain

Church Feasts - 23 June 2017

Honoring the saints is a fundamental element of Orthodox tradition and life. Through the churches dedicated to them, through the expressive icons of them as they are in eternity, through the poetic services, through their exciting Lives, through the constant invocation of their name, they’re people ...

On the need to cut off the passions quickly before the soul becomes used to them

Wisdom & Word - 22 June 2017

Set your minds, brethren, to the examination of your affairs and don’t neglect yourselves, because even a little neglect can lead us into great danger. I lately paid a visit to a monk and found him recovering from an illness. As we were talking I learned that he’d been alone and had contracted a fev...

‘Intelligent' Design? Relax, God is Stranger still

Orthodox Theology & Science - Publisher choices - 20 June 2017

There has been some debate, even at local school-board levels, about the theory of evolution vs. creationism and the more recently offered idea of “intelligent design.” Now Cardinal Cristoph Schönborn has weighed in with an op-ed piece in the New York Times (July 7), claiming that Christians cannot ...

It can be cured

Words of Life - 23 June 2017

There’s only one passion that stops us from doing as much good as we can – negligence. This passion is cured by prayer and alms-giving....

Double the benefit

Words of Life - 22 June 2017

Never respect those who criticize their neighbours. Instead, tell them: ‘Stop that. I err every day in worse ways, so who am I to condemn anybody?’ In this way you’ll have double the benefit. With one remedy, you’ll cure both yourself and your neighbor....

May He not depart

Words of Life - 24 June 2017

May the Holy Spirit not depart from you, from your heart. Souls are naturally inclined to see the beauty of the form of God. God’s protection weakens our temptations and where there is fear of God, wisdom is granted. We must be people of grace and if others approach us, they must find rest. We sho...

They’re enticements

Words of Life - 20 June 2017

We shouldn’t regard with surprise and meanness of spirit the various sins, weaknesses and passions of other people. All of these are old enticements, they’re weaknesses of the whole human race. We can’t rid ourselves of them by ourselves. What we need is a savior, not an intercessor, not an angel,...

The source of all evil

Words of Life - 21 June 2017

The devil, the source of all evil, leads us into temptation in particular with thoughts of disbelief, blasphemy, hesitancy, despair, pride and vanity. Indirectly, he brings us into temptation through other people, with thoughts of superiority, vainglory, anger and lust, with avarice, greed, envy, ...

Models of reality as Sources of Conflict

Orthodox Theology & Science - 19 June 2017

Reality at all levels and in every dimension is a mystery. I will not suggest that the world which we experience with our own senses is not reality; nevertheless, what we perceive is the surface of reality, which is penetrated only with great spiritual effort over time. The more deeply we penetrate ...

The Creation of the World: The Crossroads between Theology and Science [3]

Orthodox Theology & Science - 20 June 2017

Beyond the checking of prevailing theories, which is inherent in the research process, and the required investigation of all alternative proposals, which will provide the answers sought for, it’s difficult to avoid the observation that one point which encourages the need for a recourse to forms wh...

It doesn’t occur to them

Words of Life - 25 June 2017

Let us always keep God in our mind, because, as Saint Basil the Great says, we fall into the trap of sin when God’s not there. When we aren’t aware of God, we forget that He is everywhere present and that neither good nor evil escapes His attention. We should remember death, because those who do n...

The Creation of the World: The Crossroads between Theology and Science [4]

Orthodox Theology & Science - 25 June 2017

Moreover, the truth is that the idea of creation from nothing had begun to gain ground in the mind of the scientific community, a concept that was clearly closer to a religious approach to things. Already a great figure in science in the 20th century, the physicist and philosopher of science, Sir ...

Only a short time

Words of Life - 19 June 2017

Regret nothing other than your time. If you spend money, you can always make more. But if you waste your time, you won’t get it back. Because we’ve been granted very little time in this present life....

Thank God for everything that happens

Publisher choices - Religious Life - 18 June 2017

Above all pray without ceasing and thank God for everything that happens to you (Rule of Anthony the Great)  Anthony the Great is a realist. His rules or canons aren’t some formula he’s found and thrown to us. Each of them has something unique concerning the life of the monk and, if one is broken,...

For Father’s Day

Society - 18 June 2017

In traditional societies, the father figure was always dominant. In Christian theology, the person of the Father is the very principle of the Godhead, the Begetter of the Son outside of time, and of the Holy Spirit, Who proceeds from Him, also outside of time. The Father pours out the fulness of div...

God shelters them

Words of Life - 18 June 2017

Those people are good who have achieved perfection in virtue. They always want what is good, they render good for evil. They always try to do well, stressing good hope, and bear with fortitude whatever God sends them. God supports those who are good and shelters them all the days of their life....

Illustrated manuscripts of Holy Land - Proskynetaria

Ecclesiastical Art - Publisher choices - 17 June 2017

Proskynetaria is the name given to manuscripts containing descriptions of the monuments of Palestine, especially the Christian ones. They have many points of similarity with modern travel books or tourist guides to archaeological sites. The name derives from the word Proskynetarion with which the ma...

Fr. Sergei Bulgakov (1871-1944) – Seventy three years since his death

Personalities - 26 June 2017

The present article constitutes a brief reference to the life and work of Sergei Bulgakov, on attaining seventy three years since his death. Fr. Sergei Bulgakov Sergei Bulgakov was born on 16 July 1871 in the town of Livny, south of Moscow. Although he was raised in a religious ambience, he, ...

A trance

Words of Life - 17 June 2017

Time flies, the years roll by and we come ever closer to eternity. We see it, but we’re lost in a trance, until- and I’ll be the first- we end up in hell. God, Who redeemed the human race from enslavement to the enemy, release us from our future condemnation, when You come to judge the world, rend...

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