The Birth of the Hospital in the Eastern Roman Empire (‘Byzantium’) – Philanthropic social welfare in the Christian East

»Philanthropic social welfare and medical assistance institutions [in Byzantium] were in every respect perfect and nearly similar to present day institutions of this kind. In any case, they were the first fully equipped European hospitals« Continue reading “The Birth of the Hospital in the Eastern Roman Empire (‘Byzantium’) – Philanthropic social welfare in the Christian East”

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The Dormition of the Mother of God; Transition to Life

by Elder Efraim Vatopaidinos

Every time we celebrate the Dormition of the Mother of God, it’s like Easter all over again; the summer Easter. Our Lady the Mother of God prepares this Easter, this ‘glorious Passover from death unto life’, for us. A second Passover, holy, spotless, life-giving for the human race, because truly, today, ‘the terms of nature are overcome’. Continue reading “The Dormition of the Mother of God; Transition to Life”

Saint Porphyrios’ of Kavsokalyvia counsels on Divine Eros – Part 3

They Gave Their Hearts

What is holy and beautiful and what gladdens the heart and frees the soul from every evil is the effort to unite yourself to Christ, to love Christ, to crave for Christ and to live in Christ, just as Saint Paul said, It is no longer I who live; Christ lives in me. This should be your aim. Let all other efforts be secret and hidden. What must dominate is love for Christ. Let this be in your head, your thought, your imagination, your heart and your will. Your most intense effort should be how you will encounter Christ, how you will be
united to Him and how you will keep Him in your heart. Continue reading “Saint Porphyrios’ of Kavsokalyvia counsels on Divine Eros – Part 3”

Saint Porphyrios’ of Kavsokalyvia counsels on Divine Eros – Part 2

The Easy Path of Love

Our religion is perfectly and profoundly conceived. What is simple is also what is most precious. Accordingly, in your spiritual life engage in your daily contests simply, easily and without force. The soul is sanctified through the study of the words of the Fathers, through the memorization of the psalms and of portions of Scripture, through the singing of hymns and through the repetition of the Jesus Prayer. Continue reading “Saint Porphyrios’ of Kavsokalyvia counsels on Divine Eros – Part 2”

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