“The Church in The British Isles will only begin to grow when she begins to venerate her own Saints” (Saint Arsenios of Paros †1877) Continue reading “Saint Aristobulus, Apostle of Britain”
How can it be proved that Christ is God?
Let’s not try to answer this basic question with the argument of the creation of Heaven and earth, because the unbeliever will not accept it. If we tell him that He resurrected from the dead, healed the blind, chased out demons, neither then will he agree. If we tell him that He promised the resurrection of the dead, the kingdom of Heaven and inexpressible goods, then not only will he not agree, but he will laugh as well. Continue reading “Saint John Chrysostom: The Triumph of the Church – How can it be proved that Christ is God?”
On Holy Saturday 1579, according to the Church chronicles of the city of Jerusalem, the Turkish governors forbad the Greek patriarch and the Orthodox faithful to enter the Church of the Resurrection for the customary rite of the Holy Fire. Continue reading “The column that was split by the Holy Fire (1579) – Saint Tounom the Emir”
by Panayiotis Christou
A further step was taken in Egypt by Pachomius (d. 346). As well as administration and prayer, he placed the shelter, dress, diet and work of the monks under supervision. Continue reading “The monastic life in the eastern Orthodox Church – The coenobitic system”
“Nowadays people often feel sadness, despair, lethargy, laziness, apathy, and all things satanic. They are downcast, discontent and melancholy. They disregard their families, spend vast sums on psychoanalysts and take anti-depressants. People explain this as ‘insecurity.’ Our religion believes that these states derive from satanic temptation. Continue reading “Saint Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia: Overcoming Depression”
The Akathist Hymn is a profound, devotional poem or chant, which sings the praises of the Holy Mother and Ever-Virgin Mary (Theotokos). It is chanted in all Orthodox Churches throughout the world during the five Fridays in the Great Lent, and constitutes a very concrete spiritual preparation for the Holy Week and Easter Services. Continue reading “The Akathist Hymn (a very concrete spiritual preparation for the Holy Week and Easter Services five Fridays in the Great Lent)”