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A Brief Comment on the Icon of the Resurrection

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A Brief Comment on the Icon of the Resurrection

We shall try here to point out the main features of the Orthodox icon which is entitled “The Descent into Hell”. The first thing to note is that it is entirely different from the Western-style depiction, which shows Christ emerging triumphantly from the tomb, holding a little flag. The astonished guards have fallen to the […]

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The First and Second Resurrection

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The First and Second Resurrection

The Resurrection of Christ, which we festively celebrate after several days of fasting, repentance and prayer, is the central mystery of faith and the life in Christ. Without the Resurrection of Christ we would be under the power of death, sin and the devil and there would be no way out of life. That’s why […]

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The Mystery of the Tomb of Christ

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The Mystery of the Tomb of Christ

The Despotic Feasts were established by the Church to be celebrated within the year for us to remember the great events that took place with the Incarnation, the Passion and the Resurrection of Christ, but especially, and above all, to experience the mystery of Christ and the mystery of our regeneration. This is the reason […]

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Orthodoxy Isn’t a National Ideology

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Orthodoxy Isn’t a National Ideology

The Gospel Reading (Jn. 1, 44-52) At that time, Jesus wished to go to Galilee; he found Philip and said to him: “Follow me”. Now Philip was from Bethsaida, from the town of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him: “We’ve found him about whom Moses wrote in the law, as did […]

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Elder Paisios: Never Say “They Will Answer to God”

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Elder Paisios: Never Say “They Will Answer to God”

– Elder, is it alright to say about someone who has caused me an injustice: “They will answer to God”. – Whoever says that is being fooled by the evil one and does not understand that in this way he is cursing politely. There are some who say that they are sensitive and they have […]

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Insights on True Repentance

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Insights on True Repentance

By St. John Climacus of Sinai – Repentance is the renewal of baptism. Repentance is a contract with God for a second life. A penitent is a buyer of humility. Repentance is constant distrust of bodily comfort… Repentance is the daughter of hope and the renunciation of despair… Repentance is reconciliation with the Lord by […]

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Doing Theology While Subject to the Passions

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Doing Theology While Subject to the Passions

A.) Many theologians, as well as clergy and bishops, produce and publish various texts nowadays. However some, not knowing the weight of what they say, follow the secular notions of competitive journalism. They count with complacency and boasting the traffic to their personal websites, transforming theological words into news of the trade and not infrequently […]

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Clean Monday and the First Week of Great Lent

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Clean Monday and the First Week of Great Lent

With Clean Monday begins Great Lent in the Orthodox Church and marks the end of feasting. Clean Monday is called as such because Christians are called to cleanse themselves spiritually and bodily. It is also a day of strict fasting with no work. The holy fast has a duration of 40 days in imitation of […]

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On Cheesefare Sunday

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On Cheesefare Sunday

On this Sunday the Holy Church focuses on the memory of the exile of our ancestral parents from paradise for disobedience and intemperance in order that through misfortune it more evidently emphasizes the importance of the presented ascetical effort for all, and in the loss of the blessedness of paradise it specifies a subject, worthy […]

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The Sickness that is Arrogance

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The Sickness that is Arrogance

In its desire to prepare us for the great and bright battle of the virtues, Holy and Great Lent, the Church, has adopted a period of preparation, that of the Triodion. This period starts with tomorrow’s Sunday, with an important parable related by our Lord: the Publican and the Pharisee. The parable says that two […]

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On Despair and Salvation

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On Despair and Salvation

Α nun possessed by a spirit of despair would say over and over again, “I am afraid that I will not be saved.” And a wise elder replied to her: “Who could then be saved if monastics cannot? For whom has God created Paradise? We will be saved. We ought to be joyful. We should […]

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At the Border between Life and Death

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At the Border between Life and Death

Findings-Conclusions 1) Life and death transcend us as an instant, as a process and as events. 2) The closer we get to actually creating life purely through artificial means, the easier it makes it for us to take it away, to decide its end. We consider it our own responsibility. 3) In the end, the […]

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