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The Parable of the Sower

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The Parable of the Sower

4-10. And when many people were gathered together, and were come to Him out of every city, He spake by a parable: a sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the way; and it was trodden down, and the winged creatures of the air devoured it. And some […]

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The Angels According to Orthodox Tradition

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The Angels According to Orthodox Tradition

FEAST OF THE ARCHANGELS On the 8th of November, the Orthodox Church celebrates the Feast of Synaxis of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel and the rest of the archangels. The word synaxis means the gathering of believers to celebrate a feast, or to make a remembrance of a saint. This feast also has a special meaning; it […]

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Archangel Michael of Mantamado

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Archangel Michael of Mantamado

During the 10th and 11th centuries, when the Byzantine Empire was at its zenith, the activity of Saracen pirates was also at its peak. They would raid the Aegean islands, robbing and burning and capturing the people whom they later sold in the slave bazaars of East Lesvos, a wealthy and attractive island which had […]

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The History of the Hymn “O Virgin Pure” by Saint Nektarios

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The History of the Hymn “O Virgin Pure” by Saint Nektarios

One of the great and most beloved hymns of the Orthodox Church was written in the late 19th century by St. Nektarios of Aegina; it is called “Αγνή Παρθένε” (“O Virgin Pure”). In feeble human language St. Nektarios attempted to express the glory, beauty, power and love of the Panagia, our true heavenly Mother through […]

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Byzantine Iconography on Mount Athos

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Byzantine Iconography on Mount Athos

The Holy Mountain has been the great centre of Orthodox art since the fall of Constantinople. But art flourished on Mount Athos much earlier than that, as is shown by some icons and miniatures that have survived the severe vicissitudes through which the Holy Mountain has passed. Of the older iconographic works, there are the […]

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The Problem with Abundance

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The Problem with Abundance

People are rarely satisfied with having enough. Many say to themselves,“If a little is good, then surely more is better.” This belief appeals to our desire for greater freedom: we want a larger selection to choose from to appease whatever mood strikes us at the moment. And people laud freedom as if it is a […]

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Who wrote the Gospel of Matthew?

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Who wrote the Gospel of Matthew?

Who wrote the Synoptic Gospels? Their titles bear the names of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, but did those men actually draft them? Modern scholarship has called this previous assumption into question, with some going so far as to say that the men whose names adorn the books were long since dead. Ground Rules When writing […]

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Towards a better understanding of the phenomenon of addictions

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Towards a better understanding of the phenomenon of addictions

Our subject today is an impressive contradiction in people nowadays. In particular, what we shall be concerned with is people’s willingness to become dependent [on substances] at the very centre of an era when so much effort has been expended on the acquisition- and now enjoyment-  of the triumphant declaration of our independence! What is […]

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The Importance of Sunday

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The Importance of Sunday

An important Homily by His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston. Sadly, Sunday has lost its significance in our society, becoming less of a day of worship of almighty God and more like any ordinary work day.  This especially affects our young people who are obligated to attend sports events on Sunday mornings rather than attend […]

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Why Peter, James and John were Chosen Witnesses of the Transfiguration

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Why Peter, James and John were Chosen Witnesses of the Transfiguration

According to the explanation of St. John of Damascus, “the Lord took Peter in order to show that His testimony truly given to him will be affirmed by the testimony of the Father and that one should believe him in His words, that the heavenly Father revealed this testimony to him (Mt. 16:17). He took James as […]

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Jihad and Crusade: Byzantine Positions Towards the Notions of “Holy War”

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Jihad and Crusade: Byzantine Positions Towards the Notions of “Holy War”

Jihad and Crusade Byzantine Positions towards the notions of “Holy War” The current study aims to re-approach the issue of religious warfare in Byzantium by exploring Byzantine attitudes towards the conception of crusade in the period 1096-1204. The study aims to analyse Byzantine positions towards the idea of divinely ordained and spiritually meritorious warfare, based on a comparison of […]

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How should we attend the Divine Liturgy?

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How should we attend the Divine Liturgy?

When we come to the Divine Liturgy we should come like the tax collector and the sinful woman who has been the topic of hymnology in the Church particularly in the hymns referring to the Passion that of Holy and Great Tuesday night(in fact Saint Kassiani has dedicated the hymn of praise.”The woman who had […]

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