PEMPTOUSIA
Mount Athos - Wisdom - Holiness
Strengthening Provisions
30 Mar 2020 at 7:20am

After those who entered the ancient Church had been baptized, the whole of their life was imbued with the sacred desire for Holy Communion. The places of worship, especially the catacombs, were full of allegorical symbols of the heavenly nourishme...



No blackmail
30 Mar 2020 at 5:00am

Porfirie xWe shouldn’t blackmail God in our prayers.

We shouldn’t ask Him to release us from something, like an illness or whatever. Nor to solve our problems for us.

We should just ask for strength and support from Him, so that we can bear these.

» Venerab...



On the wrong track
29 Mar 2020 at 5:00am

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If you gloat, you’re happy to see other people suffer.

Those who do so are happy to see an enemy die, forgetting that death comes to all of us. They’re malicious, they scowl, they have a cunning look about them.

Their lips are tight and their mou...



The Power of Faith (4th Sunday in Lent)
28 Mar 2020 at 4:39pm

The incident mentioned in today’s Gospel reading (Mark 9, 17-31) is placed immediately after the Lord’s descent from the mountain on which He was transfigured before three of His disciples. After the glory of the transfiguration, Christ encounters...



Dry Fasting Physiology: Responses to Hypovolemia and Hypertonicity
28 Mar 2020 at 8:39am

Ioannis-Eleemon Papagiannopoulos-Vatopaidinos, Maria Papagiannopoulou – Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology, and Health Economics, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany;
Vassilis Sideris – Hellenic Pasteur Institute, Athen...



Do your duty, help others and be useful
28 Mar 2020 at 6:00am

St John Chrysostom, end of the 13th century, from Vatopedi Monastery IN R

There’s nothing worse than Christians who don’t save other people. Don’t cry poverty, because you’ll be condemned by the widow who put in her two mites. Don’t claim that you come from a humble background, because the Apostles were insignificant a...



4th Sunday in Lent
27 Mar 2020 at 6:30pm

After the middle of this period [Lent], then, the Church provides appropriate additional help in our ascetic efforts, which differ in accordance with the capacities of each one of us, by presenting the perfect figure of asceticism, Saint John of t...



Visions of Geronda Joseph (Miracles of Saint Joseph the Hesychast)
27 Mar 2020 at 6:04am

Gero-Arsenios was always agreeable and gave out blessings very easily. One time, however, he strangely became so strict and unyielding that he upset one of the fathers. Afterwards, when he was asked why he had been so harsh with him, he answered: ...



The Doxastiko at Lauds on the 3rd Sunday in Lent
27 Mar 2020 at 6:03am

The 3rd Sunday is also known as the Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross, and according to the Calendar of Feasts (Synaxari): on that day, the third Sunday of Lent, we celebrate the veneration of the of the precious and life-giving cross. The Sun...



The path of our life
27 Mar 2020 at 6:00am

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The path of our life here on earth is deceptive and misleading.

To those taking their first steps, it seems endless and full of activity.

To those who’ve reached the end, it seems very short and full of hollow dreams.

» Venerable Païsios the Atho...




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