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Saint John of Damascus on Hell

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Saint John of Damascus on Hell

Below are some very characteristic and very important passages from Saint John of Damascus on the subject of Hell:  1. Hell is not God’s punishment, but it is a state of receptivity. It appears that Hell and Paradise as “places” do not exist. There is only God, who is present in all places (omnipresent).  “Και […]

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On Going to Church

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On Going to Church

Foreword Faith in God and participation in the Divine Liturgy, especially in the Eucharistic Assembly, constitute two inseparable realities for every lively member of the Church. The true Christian cannot live without the Divine Liturgy. The Upper Rooms of the Mystical Supper and Pentecost, whose continuation are the parish churches, constitute the places of the […]

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Do Infants Go to Hell if They Die Before Baptism?

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Do Infants Go to Hell if They Die Before Baptism?

The doctrine of Original Sin has been circulating for about 1600 years but it is not supported scripturally or theologically by the tradition of the Early Christian Church. It is a theological development mistakenly introduced by St. Augustine. (1) Question: What happens to children if they die before baptism? Are un-baptized babies condemned? Once, a […]

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A Bishop Stands up to the Most Powerful Man on the Planet

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A Bishop Stands up to the Most Powerful Man on the Planet

On 7 December, we celebrate the memory of Saint Ambrose, Bishop of Mediolanum, today’s Milan, Born in the 4th century, he was an important man and a great legal expert who became governor of Milan and the surrounding region. He was a just, prudent person and a catechumen, i. e. he was preparing for baptism. […]

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Two Remarkable Stories from the Life of Saint Leo, Pope of Rome

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Two Remarkable Stories from the Life of Saint Leo, Pope of Rome

We read in The Spiritual Meadow [of John Moschos, Chapter 147]: “Abba Menas, superior of Salams, a coenobium near Alexandria, related that he heard this from Eulogius, Patriarch of Alexandria: ‘While staying in Constantinople, I was a guest in the house of my lord Gregory, archdeacon of the Church of Rome, [Saint Gregory the Dialogist, […]

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Saint John Koukouzelis as a Model for our Lives

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Saint John Koukouzelis as a Model for our Lives

By Protopresbyter Fr. George Papavarnavas The venerable John Koukouzelis was a famous Chanter and beautiful sounding musician. All who knew him called him “angel-voiced”. He was from Durres and lived in the years of the Komnenoi. Orphaned of his father, he was raised by his pious mother who took care of his education. When he […]

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Logos and Melos: Introduction to the Byzantine Liturgical Hymnography of the Orthodox Church

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Logos and Melos: Introduction to the Byzantine Liturgical Hymnography of the Orthodox Church

a. Definition Hymnology (ὑμνολογεῖν from the words hymnon + legein, that is, “to say a hymn”): the theological and philological science known by this term has as its purpose the systematic study of the origin and development of the Greek liturgical hymns of the Orthodox Church. Whatever in the area of Orthodox worship is related […]

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September: Major Feasts

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September: Major Feasts

A presentation of the major feast of September. Learn more about the Ecclesiastical New Year, the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos, the Elevation of the Precious Cross, the Conception of Saint John the Baptist and the Falling Asleep of Saint John the Evangelist and Theologian.

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Bright Friday: The Feast of the Mother of God the Life-Giving Spring

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Bright Friday: The Feast of the Mother of God the Life-Giving Spring

One of the most famous shrines of Constantinople, the Zoodochos Pege, is located outside the land walls to the west of the city, at the site now known as Balikli. Two versions of a very old tradition provide information on the origins of this ancient shrine.  According to the first, related by the historian Procopius, […]

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The Holy Martyr Christopher of Lycea (May 9)

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The Holy Martyr Christopher of Lycea (May 9)

The Holy Martyr Christopher lived during the third century and suffered about the year 250, during the reign of the emperor Decius (249-251). St Christopher was a man of great stature and unusual strength. He was at first named Reprobus. Seeing the Christians persecuted, he rebuked the tyrants for their cruelty. Because of his renowned […]

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The “Manna” of Saint John the Theologian

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The “Manna” of Saint John the Theologian

“The feast day of this great apostle and evangelist is celebrated on September 26. This day (May 8) commemorates the miracle which appeared at his grave. When John was over one hundred years old, he took seven of his disciples, went outside the town of Ephesus and ordered them to dig a grave in the […]

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From Pascha to Pentecost

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From Pascha to Pentecost

By Protopresbyter Dr. George D. Dragas 1. The Pentecostal Period. The word, Pentecost means “the fiftieth” and is used to designate the great event of the Outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Epiphoitesis) upon the Apostles and the Church on the 50th day after the Resurrection of Christ, just ten days after His Ascension into Heaven. […]

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