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Evangelical Monasticism – Part 1

6 hours 58 min ago

Archimandrite Georgios Kapsanis, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Gregoriou †   The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is glad tidings [Gospel= gōd ‘good’ + spel news], because it brings into the world not only a new teaching, but a new life to replace the old one. The old...

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They show the way

Mon, 2019/07/15 - 8:42am

Saint Paisios the Athonite   Those people who give everything to God and give themselves completely to Him, are sheltered under God’s great vault and are protected by His divine providence. They then become children of God and can help unfortunate people more, through God, with their prayers and, again...

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An accident waiting to happen

Sun, 2019/07/14 - 8:30am

Saint Basil the Great   Hypocrites retain their hatred in the depths of their hearts, showing superficial love, in the same way as a reef which is covered with a little water, but is an accident waiting to happen for those who aren’t careful. Hypocrisy is the result of envy...

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Orthodox Christian Film Festival

Sat, 2019/07/13 - 9:21am

World’s biggest film festival dedicated solely to Eastern Orthodox Christian filmmakers. Going live on Sunday 21st July, Byzanfest is free and on-demand. Submissions came from all over the world including: Greece, Serbia, Romania, Georgia, USA, Canada and even Australia. They were all of outstanding quality; the best way to describe...

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Alexander Schmorell, the New Martyr

Sat, 2019/07/13 - 8:30am

Yannis Zervos   Alexander Schmorell was the co-founder – along with his friend Hans Scholl – of the anti-Nazi resistance group the ‘White Rose’, which tried to stir up the conscience of the Germans against the regime by distributing leaflets through the post. We were made aware of his canonization...

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A brief life of Saint Paisios

Fri, 2019/07/12 - 8:30am

George Mantzaridis, Professor Emeritus, Theological School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   On July 25, 1924, the future Elder Paisios (Eznepidis) was born to pious parents in the town of Farasa, Cappadocia of Asia Minor. The family’s spiritual father, the priest-monk Arsenios (the now canonized St. Arsenios of Cappadocia), baptized the...

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Blessed Kyrillos the New (†1833) – 11 July

Thu, 2019/07/11 - 8:30am

Elder Moses the Athonite †   Blessed Kyrillos was born in Marpissa, on the island of Paros in 1748 and his family name was Papadopoulos. As a young man, he went to the Holy Mountain and enrolled as a student in the Vatopaidan Athoniada School. He had Blessed Athanasios, also...

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How does the Holy Trinity create a person?

Wed, 2019/07/10 - 8:30am

Dr. Nikolaos Koios, Content Coach of Pemptousia   It’s been noted by theological scholarship on more than one occasion that, in Orthodoxy, dogma and ethos, theory and practice, faith and life are indissolubly bound together. Every invitation to spiritual struggle has a powerful dogmatic foundation and vice versa: the spiritual...

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Focus on Christ!

Wed, 2019/07/10 - 8:21am

Have you ever argued about something? Sometimes we argue about things that don’t even matter. Sometimes we might argue just to make ourselves look smart! Today, in our Orthodox Church, we remember the Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council. The council was a huge meeting of church leaders more than...

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Root out

Tue, 2019/07/09 - 8:30am

Saint John Chrysostom   When people want to root out some passion which has wormed its way into their hearts and become established there over time, it isn’t enough to give advice for one or two days in order to correct this passion. We have to talk lots of times...

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Sermon on the Apostolic Reading (Tit. 3: 8-15) of the Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Fourth Ecumenical Council

Mon, 2019/07/08 - 8:35am

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   Today we celebrate the “Synaxis of All the Saints of Pisidia, Side and Antalya, along with the “Holy Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council of Chalkidon. This common celebration was approved by the Holy Synod of our Ecumenical Patriarchate for two reasons: Firstly, because among...

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Byzantine Iconography οn Mt Athos

Sun, 2019/07/07 - 8:30am

Dr. Constantine Cavarnos   The Protaton, the Monastery of Vatopedi and the Cretan School The Holy Mountain has been the great centre of Orthodox art since the fall of Constantinople. But art flourished on Mount Athos much earlier than that, as is shown by some icons and miniatures that have...

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Metropolitan Nikolaos of Mesogaia: “Material Desires”

Sat, 2019/07/06 - 8:30am

Watch now  Metropolitan Nikolaos of Mesogaia and Lavreotiki speaks about Material Desires and the Hidden Need of Contemporary People. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is a 501(c)3 and an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United States of America . It is...

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Nothing so powerful as charity

Fri, 2019/07/05 - 8:30am

Saint John Chrysostom   Despite the fact that virginity, fasting and sleeping on the ground demand greater efforts, there’s nothing so powerful and so capable of extinguishing the fire of our sins as charity. It’s superior to all else and places those who live it close to the King of...

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Let Freedom Ring

Thu, 2019/07/04 - 11:18am

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.  II Corinthians 3:17 Today’s reflection will be about “freedom” in honor of Independence Day. There is a saying that states “freedom isn’t free.”  As we celebrate Independence Day today, I think back to the Founding...

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The practical expression of Love towards the Lord

Thu, 2019/07/04 - 8:35am

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi   (On the feast day of Saint Paul of Thebes and John Kalyvitis) Our Church honours the two great saints, Paul of Thebes and John Kalyvitis. Their life stories are a little strange but quite fitting for us, monks. The former was among the first people...

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Servant or son?

Wed, 2019/07/03 - 8:30am

Saint Abba Dorotheos   If we do good because we fear hell, we’re in the position of a servant; if we do it to get a reward, we’re like an employee; if we do it for its own sake then we’re in the position of a son. Because a son...

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Build a Community, Not Just a Church

Tue, 2019/07/02 - 11:58pm

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. For a whole year they met with the church, and taught a large company of people; and in Antioch the disciples were for...

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How the Orthodox Church Approaches Transplants

Tue, 2019/07/02 - 8:30am

George Mantzarides, Professor Emeritus of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   The Orthodox Approach It is natural that the theological approach to contemporary problems should be measured against perfection, which is the measure of Christ. But this measure, which Christians should always have before them, should...

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It’s About Sowing Seeds

Mon, 2019/07/01 - 11:35pm

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. And when a great crowd came together and people from town after town came to Him, He said in a parable: “A sower...

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