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“The Pearl of Great Price”: Integrating Ecological Concerns into the Christian Life. A Symbiotic Outlook (Corinna Delkeskamp-Hayes)

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That Christians should open their eyes to ecological problems, and recognize their responsibility for the preservation of their natural environment, is the insight underlying this conference at the St. Michael’s institute. And I want to thank Father Alexander for having invited me to participate, for the permission, as a woman, to break the silence we should usually observe, and for the opportunity to learn more about what it means for a Christian to worry about the environment. That Christians should open their eyes to ecological problems, and recognize their responsibility for nature’s resources, was brought home to me in Germany while I was still a Protestant. In its 1983 Vancouver meeting, the World Council of Churches initiated its conciliar process, a ...

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And he will come again in glory to judge both the living and the dead [1] (Saint Cyril of Jerusalem)

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1. In accordance with the faith of our Church, we teach you and tell you that Christ will appear to us twice, not only once, and that His second coming will be incomparably more brilliant and glorious than the first. Because in the first, Christ’s patience was manifested in all its depth, whereas in the second the whole of the power and glory of His Kingdom will be revealed. … So let’s not dwell only on the first appearance but let’s also consider the second. And if, at the first appearance we said ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord’ (Matth. 21. 9), at the time of His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, at His second coming we ...

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The God of the New Testament in the Old Testament (part 2) (Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou)

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"Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day, and he saw it and was glad”. Then the Jews said to Him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?" Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am". (John 8:56-58) The Orthodox understanding of the Old Testament is rooted in three vital affirmations: 1)    All Scripture is divinely inspired and useful for teaching (2 Tim. 3:16) 2)    The Old Testament speaks of Christ 3)    All manifestations of God in the Old Testament are of the Son of God In this article, we will look at one of the earliest manifestations of God in the Old Testament: the appearance of three men to Abraham by the ...

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What is eternal life and the kingdom of heaven? (Alexandros Christodoulou)

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Meatfare Sunday Today’s Gospel gives an anthropomorphic description of the fundamental dogma of our faith regarding Christ’s Second Coming on earth and the Judgement. The throne on which Christ will sit depicts the majesty of the judgement, its impartiality, and the separation of people. In fact, everything happens all at once. The Judge has no need of any particular procedure in order to reach His verdict: people are judged according to their works. Our works demonstrate our true or disordered freedom. True freedom is when we align our will with that of God. Disordered freedom is the opposite of that. Free will, which is God’s greatest gift to us, is what separates us from all the other creatures and gives us the ...

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The mystery of the divine ‘Being’ is the ineffable mystery of love (Metropolitan Amfilhije (Radović) of Montenegro and the Littoral)

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The truth is that the Son is the revelation of the Father and is testimony to the fact that, without a profound investigation of the mystery of sonship, it is impossible to delve into the sacred mystery of real paternity. Fatherhood and sonship are linked with bonds in this life and the next. It is a mystery that is both dual and single at the same time. In our human, historical reality, paternity and sonship are in continual conflict, to the extent that, as we have seen, it is very common for the one to deny and exclude the other. So why is such crucial importance attributed to them in the Gospels? Without question, because, within real fatherhood and sonship ...

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Review by John G. Panagiotou of The Unnecessary Pastor – Part I (John G. Panagiotou)

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In Marva Dawn and Eugene Peterson’s book The Unnecessary Pastor, we are given an insight into the plight of contemporary pastoral leadership. Originally, the title of this book was taken from a Regent College church leaders’ conference which was led by the authors. The authors provide us with the following stunning thesis: the clergy and churches are in crisis today in large part due to an identity crisis in how the culture, congregations, and the clergy themselves view and regard their respective call, role and function. In the book, the focus is on the Pastoral Epistles (I & II Timothy, Titus) of what pastoral ministry ought to be through the lens of the larger framework of the Letter to the Ephesians. ...

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The concept of common ownership of property is profoundly Christian in its theological content (Dr. Nikolaos Koios, Content Coach of Pemptousia)

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So the whole structure and organization of today’s coenobitic monasticism is such that, through the common ownership of property, each monk or nun is guaranteed personal poverty and the spirit of renunciation is ensured for each monk or nun. They’re provided with the necessities, without owning anything, they work wherever they’re asked to without any ambition. All the financial activities of the Monastery are conducted or the needs of the community, in a spirit of service. Anything that creates additional distraction or abuse through excessive commercial or business activity is held to be a deviation from the norm. Profit is never the aim, only meeting the needs of everyday life, as defined by the canons of the monastic life, of ...

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DefteraParousia

My neighbour, my saviour (Archimandrite Ieronymos Nikolopoulos)

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One of the greatest problems of Orthodox spirituality in recent years has been the distortion of Orthodox eschatology, that is the prophetic discourse concerning the last times. It’s common for people with no experience spiritually, without any real awareness of what Orthodoxy means or of its magnificent essence, to concern themselves with whatever’s been recorded as the word of the Lord, either as the word of an Apostle or Saint, regarding the last times of the world. They do this hurriedly and without the necessary spiritual background. In fact, the main characteristic of most of them is that, without ever having studied the Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the Epistles of Saint Paul and the other Apostles, that is, without ...

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Then they’ll diminish (Elder Cleopa Ilie)

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The more sins and evil multiply on earth, so to do the correctional visitations, that is famine, earthquakes, wars, all kinds of sicknesses and death. Our concern, as Christians, is to abandon sin, to reconcile ourselves with God, to have fear of Him, humility and patience, and then all our tribulations will lessen and will become very beneficial for our salvation.

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Photios Kontoglou: The Greatest Icon Painter of 20th Century Greece (Dr. Constantine Cavarnos)

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            Photios Kontoglou, the greatest icon painter of modern Greece and one of her most important theologians and literary writers, died in Athens on July 13, 1965. His death, during surgury, passed almost entirely unnoticed in America, even among Greek-Americans, but he was deeply mourned throughout Greece.             I was in Greece when he died and had the good fortune of seeing and talking with this great and holy man just five days before his “falling asleep.” The editor of an Athenian religious monthly asked me to write an obituary . . .  I have undertaken to write this brief biography.             Photios Kontoglou was born on November 8, 1895, at Kydoniai (Aivali), on the west coast ...

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Saint Philothei: 16th Century Martyr, 21st Century Role Model (Evagelos Sotiropoulos, political scientist, freelance columnist)

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“Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ,” St. Paul wrote in his First Epistle to the Corinthians (11:1). The most excellent way to follow the Apostle’s prescription is to practice Christ’s own words recorded in the Gospel of John: “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (14:15). Those who most excellently follow His commandments after the Birth-giver of God, the Most-holy Theotokos, are His saints, known and unknown. Saints are an integral part of the Orthodox Church: St. Clement of Rome writes, “Cleave to the saints, for they who cleave to them shall be made holy,” while St. Ephraim the Syrian adds, “Blessed is he who plants in his soul good plants, that is, the virtues and the lives of saints.”  Reverence for ...

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“The First Time He Came to Save the World; the Second He will Come to Judge it.” (Meat-Fare Sunday) – 2 († Dionysios, Metropolitan of Servia and Kozani)

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He Himself said: “The Father gave all judgement to the Son”. The same Son Who came to save the world will judge it. And He’ll judge it lightly, so that most will be saved, because God wishes the world to be saved. The only people who won’t be saved will be those who don’t want to be, who won’t be taught and who will not see the signs pointing to belief in Christ. What they say now, they’ll say then: “Lord, when did we see you?”. When and where did we see Christ? This is where the Gospel reading about Christ’s second coming takes on an incomparable profundity and the greatest social significance. Not fine words and theories, just small, everyday ...

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One hell after another (Saint Justin Popovich)

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Stop all the universes, all the worlds there are, all created beings. Put down all the hearts, all the minds, all the animals, all the immortalities, all the eternities. Because without Christ, they’re hell for me. One hell after another. They’re all innumerable and endless hells, in height, breadth and width.

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Human Dignity: Byzantine Political Philosophy Revisited (Fr. John H. Erickson)

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For several centuries, going back to the revolutions of the 18th century if not beyond, democratic societies of the West have acknowledged a manifold debt to classical Greek antiquity whether in the realm political theory or in political institutions, including the word and concept of democracy itself.  These societies have seldom acknowledged any debt to the Byzantine Empire of the Middle Ages.  Rather, Byzantium - whether in its thought or in its institutions – often is presented as the very antithesis of what classical Greek antiquity stood for, or, by extension, what modern societies should stand for.  Byzantine thought is characterized as lacking creativity, at best devoted to preservation or sterile imitation of classical forms but with no grasp of ...

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Deutera-Parousia

“The First Time He Came to Save the World; the Second He will Come to Judge it.” (Meat-Fare Sunday) – 1 († Dionysios, Metropolitan of Servia and Kozani)

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Nothing else in life is so certain as that we shall die. The fact that we were born and are in this world leads to the certainty that one day we will be leaving it. Every day we see and understand that people are born and that they die; some come, others go. But there’s another certainty: that we’ll be judged, in other words that we’ll give an account of the way we’ve led this life. This is a belief common to all, deeply-rooted in people of all nations and throughout all time. But we have “the prophetic word more certainly”; our Scriptures write about the great and manifest day of the judgement and Christ Jesus talks of His second ...

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Betrayal and Confession (Metropolitan Anthony Bloom)

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In the Name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Continuing my short sermons on Confession, I would like to say that in the first place Confession is an encounter and a reconciliation. It is our encounter with Christ Whose love to us has no limits, Who loves us with all His life and all His death, Who never turns away from us, but from Whom we sometimes, perhaps even often, walk away. It is an encounter that can be pure joy when during a lapse of time nothing separated us from Christ, when our friendship was pure, was whole, when our friendship wasn’t broken by any unfaithfulness. Then we can come to Christ joyfully, happily. We ...

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