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An Interpretation of the Icon of the Transfiguration of the Lord

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An Interpretation of the Icon of the Transfiguration of the Lord

The icon of the Transfiguration constitutes the key to Orthodox theology on the vision of God. The light which appeared to the Apostles was the expression of the Divine brilliance, of the timeless and uncreated glory, the recognition of the two natures of Christ, the divine and the human. At the same time, it was a […]

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Did Prophet Elijah actually ascend into heaven?

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Did Prophet Elijah actually ascend into heaven?

It is true, that some of us –both of the laity and of the Clergy- have not observed with the appropriate attention the relative passage of the Old Testament, in which is mentioned the ascension of the Prophet Elijah. If one studies this passage carefully, one will notice there is a tiny, 2-letter (Greek) word […]

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Orthodox Theology and Science

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Orthodox Theology and Science

There are clear and distinct boundaries between Theology and Science. Theology, as the Greek origin of the word suggests, is concerned with God – what God is and how one can attain communion with Him – whereas Science is concerned with the created world and is interested mainly in the use of the world. In […]

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Dealing with Spiritual Depression and Anxiety

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Dealing with Spiritual Depression and Anxiety

The weather shifts from cloudy to clear and then back to rain; thus it is with human nature. One must always expect clouds to hide the sun sometimes. Even the saints have had their dark hours, days and weeks. They say then that “God has left them” in order that they may know truly how […]

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The Holy Days of the Dormition Fast

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The Holy Days of the Dormition Fast

By the grace of God, Who is worshipped and glorified in Trinity, we have been found worthy of these holy days of the Dormition Fast. The Mother Church has dedicated this period to the honour and memory of the Most-holy Mother of God and Ever-virgin Mary, whose Dormition we celebrate every year on 15th August. […]

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Arab Spring Turns to Christian Winter

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Arab Spring Turns to Christian Winter

Wherever you go in the Middle East today, you see the Arab Spring rapidly turning into the Christian winter. The past few years have been catastrophic for the region’s beleaguered 14-million strong Christian minority. In Egypt, the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood has been accompanied by anti-Coptic riots and intermittent bouts of church-burning. On the […]

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Abortion, Oikonomia and the “Hard Cases”

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Abortion, Oikonomia and the “Hard Cases”

This examination of the issue of abortion, the Orthodox concept of oikonomia and certain individual situations used to support and promote the “right” to an abortion has been undertaken primarily because there is a legally and culturally perceived “right to an abortion” in America. Young people growing up today cannot remember a time before the […]

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Eutychian Monophysitism: Challenges to the Faith in Jesus Christ

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Eutychian Monophysitism: Challenges to the Faith in Jesus Christ

After the death of St Cyril of Alexandria (d. 444), who had championed the faith of the Church in Christ by insisting on Christ’s personal unity, but also, it must be remembered, the distinction between His divinity and humanity, there came another wave of Christological debates linked with a monk by the name of Eutyches […]

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Magicians Who Converted to Christianity

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Magicians Who Converted to Christianity

Throughout the history of Christianity, many magicians are recorded to have abandoned their ancient art and accepted the Christian faith, not because magic was found to be “fake” or “debunked”, but because they came to believe that in the eternal light of truth of the Triune God what they thought had spiritual power was in […]

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The True Christian

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The True Christian

In Gospel Readings we often encounter the Apostles invoking the authenticity of their personal witness in order to be persuasive. “What we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we observed and touched with our own hands… we declare to you,” and “we know that his testimony is true”. But the Samaritans […]

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Monk Joachim Agiannanitis…the Thief (+1889)

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Monk Joachim Agiannanitis…the Thief (+1889)

Monk Joachim Agiannanitis (of Saint Anna’s Skete,Mount Athos) was born in the village of Kallikratis Sfakia in Crete in the 19th century. As a layman he was a fearsome thief and was the fear and terror of the Turks. He would secretly help the Christians. The Turkish aga gave him everything just to leave the island. With […]

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Saint John Climacus: On Dreams

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Saint John Climacus: On Dreams

– A dream is a movement of the mind while the body is at rest. A phantasy is an illusion of the eyes when the intellect is asleep. A phantasy is an ecstasy of the mind when the body is awake. A phantasy is the appearance of something which does not exist in reality. – […]

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