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Repentance according to Saint Gregory Palamas – Part I
9 Apr 2021 at 5:38pm

As we all know, Saint Gregory Palamas is a great luminary of the Orthodox Church, who with the whole of his theology- the fruit of his life in Christ- managed, in his day, to revive Orthodox theology in all its profundity. It is said on the Holy M...



The Ascetic Life (4th Sunday of Great Lent)
9 Apr 2021 at 5:05pm

For the secular people of today, focusing on an ascetic saint represents a problem. How can the ascetic figure of Saint John, the author of the Ladder, speak to us, when he acquired and preserved the Grace of God through tears, prayers, and spirit...



Freedom as a dread gift from God
9 Apr 2021 at 2:33am

We’ve learned about a God who determines people’s fate, who decides what will happen to us without consulting us first, who’s revealed as the ruler over the whole world. In the face of such a God, who can doubt or deny Him without fear of the cons...



The Doxastiko at Lauds of the 3rd Sunday in Lent
8 Apr 2021 at 2:10am

According to the Synaxari, on the 3rd Sunday in Lent, or the Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross as it’s also known: ‘we celebrate the Veneration of the Precious and Life-giving Cross’. The day is known as the Sunday of the Veneration of the Cro...



The Fullness in Lent
7 Apr 2021 at 5:15pm

This article keeps coming to mind as I celebrate the Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts on these Lenten Wednesdays and Fridays. There is nothing to compare to them in the Christian liturgical world. It’s hard to thinking of fasting in the midst o...



It leaves us
5 Apr 2021 at 5:54pm

Don’t ask other people to honor you. If you seek honor, it leaves you. If you avoid honor it follows you and becomes an advocate for your humility.

Saint Isaac the Syrian



Hypocrisy: the Shell of Death
5 Apr 2021 at 5:15pm

How beautifully our peoples in the Balkans decorate eggs, especially when they’re for Easter. For increasing the joy of Easter. To make guests happier. Sometimes these dyed eggs are real works of art. But if these dyed eggs are kept too long, they...



The Holy Cross
5 Apr 2021 at 10:30am

The Holy Cross holds a unique place, both in the Christian faith and in the worship of the Orthodox Church.  It is the symbol of love and sacrifice, as well as foreshadowing the Resurrection.  It has influenced Christian art, architecture, paintin...



3rd Sunday of Great Lent
5 Apr 2021 at 4:30am

The Holy Fathers wisely dedicated the 3rd Sunday of Great Lent to the honouring and veneration of the Precious Cross. We’ve already passed three weeks of fasting and struggle, and the precious Cross comes in the middle of Holy Lent to reinforce th...



He knows how much we gain
4 Apr 2021 at 5:51pm

Your body was in church, but your soul was outside. Your mouth was praying, but your mind was counting interest payments, agreements, transactions, fields, holdings, gatherings with friends.  All of this because the devil is cunning. He knows tha...




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