Christ’s Resurrection

by Metropolitan of Gortyn and Megalopolis, Ieremias

Jesus Christ, my Christian brothers and sisters, remained in the grave for three days. The first day was Friday. The second was Saturday and then, sometime during the night between Saturday and Sunday- we don’t know precisely when- He rose. That He did so is certain, because, in the first place, the guards at the tomb bore witness; and then there were the appearances He made as the Risen Lord. Continue reading “Christ’s Resurrection”

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Secularization

by Archimandrite Georgios Kapsanis, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Gregoriou †

Today the Church is facing another iconoclast controversy: the pressure being exercised upon it by secular society to conform to its values and ideals, so that the Church will also become secularized. Continue reading “Secularization”

“If this is how you see Christ, then Holy Week won’t mean a thing to you…”

by Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou

Holy Week is the heart of the Christian Orthodox Faith and the centre of the yearly cycle of Christian Feasts. Every year our churches are packed at Holy Week and, come the last three days, they are bursting at the seams with both people who attend church every Sunday and people who attend only on special occasions. Continue reading ““If this is how you see Christ, then Holy Week won’t mean a thing to you…””

The healing of the Soul

by Fr. Nicholas Loudovikos

We need to obtain blessing and grace in order to enter into that kind of love: to love the other from within him. From within him, not outside of him… to love like that…how can I describe it… with fondness. Can you understand what I’m saying? How different a thing that is! It is not the same as that delightful image of love that we have been taught in our day and are inclined to believe that we all are so easy when it comes to loving and regard it to be something easy. Well, it is not easy; it is necessary, we desire it, we are inclined towards it, but it requires the grace of God for one to achieve it, to promote it, so that it will bear fruits. It requires grace, it requires a special blessing. Continue reading “The healing of the Soul”

God as a communion of love

by Fr. Nicholas Loudovikos

Those words – “to love one another” – “thus I command you, to love one another” – is a comprehensive command, which is why elsewhere we read that “…on this commandment hinges the law and the prophets”: everything leads us there. When one has love, he has everything: “whether there be tongues, they shall be abolished; whether prophecy, it shall cease…” Only love shall remain forever – love, which is God’s manner of existence. It is the way that God understands Himself. Continue reading “God as a communion of love”

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