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Saint Gregory Palamas (Metropolitan of Gortyn and Megalopolis, Ieremias)

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My Christian friends, if you want to make spiritual progress- as I’m sure you do- then I recommend that you embrace prayer and read the lives of the saints and the teachings of the Fathers of our Church. In these you’ll see the magnificence of our Orthodox faith and also how we are to live it on an everyday basis. One great Father of our Church, who, for a long time was hardly known at all because preachers never mentioned him in their sermons and catechisms, was Saint Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessaloniki. I’ll just say a few words about him here and you, who have a thirst for knowledge, can investigate further. Saint Gregory Palamas, my beloved friends, was born ...

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Firm faith (Saint John of Kronstadt)

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Don’t allow the seeds of doubt or disbelief to enter your soul. It will be bad for you, if at the time of prayer, your heart is hovering between faith and disbelief, if your faith isn’t firm. Don’t expect the Lord to grant you what you ask if your faith isn’t firm. » Saint John of Kronstadt

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The Joy of the Salutations (Fr. Andreas Agathokleous)

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The mourning atmosphere of Great Lent is unquestionably lightened by the service of the Salutations. These ‘Hails’ which we address to the ‘Birth-Giver and Mother of the Light’, in gratitude for her great loving-kindness towards us, are returned to us by her. In a mystical way, she responds to our greeting. It seems that there’s something very special and necessary happening in our life, when the churches are full every Friday evening in Lent. Of course, there’s the honour we pay to her, who became the bridge who brought God to dwell among us, but she’s also our own bridge, raising ‘those on earth to the heavens’. This is a personal relationship, full of gratitude and generous love for her presence in ...

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Miracles of Saint Diomidis (2) (Saint Neofytos Recluse)

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Second miracle At some point, late at night, Saint Diomidis appeared to the iconographer and said to him: ‘Look, painter, at the man you say you don’t know and, once you’ve been convinced by the monk who’s entreating you, record in colours him whom you see’. Having said this, he disappeared. The painter leapt out of bed, utterly astonished at the manifestation of the saint. He sought forgiveness from the saint for his earlier refusal and began confidently to paint him. With great skill, he painted an icon of the saint as he’d seen him and placed it in a space among many others. Afterwards, the same monk returned and begged him, as before, for an icon. The iconographer said: ‘Go ...

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Saint Gregory Palamas and the Hesychasts (2nd Sunday in Lent) (Pavlos Mouktaroudis)

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The second Sunday in Lent is devoted to Saint Gregory Palamas (14th century), a hesychast from the Holy Mountain and later Archbishop of Thessaloniki. Saint Gregory Palamas defended the hesychasts of the Holy Mountain who were being mocked and attacked by the person who expressed the spirit of the Western Church, the monk Barlaam, from Calabria in Southern Italy. When Saint Gregory defended these monks, he set out the Orthodox faith regarding God, the way we can approach Him and what it is that constitutes the salvation of humankind. If the faith is altered, every in the slightest way, then our life ‘in  Christ’ is modified and the salvation of humankind is aborted. The West Among those who altered the true faith of ...

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Temptations toughen us up (Elder Cleopa of Romania)

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Temptations teach us the experience of spiritual warfare, they toughen us up in life and help us progress spiritually. They also humble us and show us our weakness and incapacity when we’re alone, without divine assistance. They also reinforce our patience, prayer, tears, humility and faith. » Elder Cleopa Ilie

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Hieromonk Neofytos Vatopaidinos (1876-3 April 1967) (Archimandrite Gabriel Dionysiates)

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Angelos Theoharoudis, the son of Dimitrios and Anastasia, was born in 1876 in Gomati, Halkidiki. In 1892, he entered the beautiful, old Kelli of the Great Martyr Prokopios, belonging to the Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopaidi, where the saint’s hand is kept. He was tonsured in 1899 by Elder Neofytos I. In 1907 he was ordained deacon and in 1909 he became a priest. He was a wonderful, discerning and well-known Spiritual Father. He was often called out into Halkidiki to confess the faithful. People flocked to him for confession as to no other Spiritual Father. Elder Gavriil, of the Holy Monastery of Dionysiou writes in his splendid Lavsaïko: ‘Outstanding as an Elder was the kindly and devout Spiritual Father, ...

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How is Death Overcome? (Archimandrite Iakovos Kanakis)

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We can’t accept that God is the ‘maker’ of the wrongs we see all around us. It’s not possible that God created corruption, pain, sickness and, finally, death. But then, how do they exist? There are a variety of explanations and, of course, the Church has expressed its own theological view on the issue. This is a view which is ‘embodied’ when there’s faith and not so much in rationality, arguments and proofs. In chapter 3 of Genesis, the tragic moments of what we call the Fall are described. People ‘rebelled’ and sought to become gods themselves, ‘an illusion of autonomy’. Instead they achieved rupture, division, separation and solitude. They ruptured their relationship with God, other people and the rest of ...

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Miracles of Saint Diomidis (Saint Neofytos Recluse)

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When his enemies became aware of his presence, they followed him, because they wanted to find out who it was who’d come to Trifyllios, where he’d come from and where he was staying. Five hundred Hagarenes were on his heels. The first miracle The young child ran to escape. They pursued him, like rabid dogs closing in on their prey. But the Lord knows how to deliver people from a tight spot. A voice from heaven was heard, saying: ‘Diomidis, turn round and make the sign of the cross over your pursuers’. No sooner had he quickly done so than they were inundated with divine wrath. Their bellies and hidden members swelled with fluid to such an extent that they were ...

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Repentance & Turnaround (Saint Nicholas Velimirovich)

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Repentance without a complete turnaround is nothing more than a travesty before God and the soul. It doesn’t do to play with God. He shows mercy to those who repent, but chastises harshly those who don’t repent at all or who do so only partially and insincerely. And when God strikes, the wound is very deep and no-one can heal it except God Himself. » Saint Nicholas Velimirovich

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Hieromonk Dometie (Trihenea) of the Holy Kelli of Saint Ypatios (8 June 1909-21 November 1985)

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Dumitru Trihenea was born to Dumitru and Maria in Tilişca Sibiului, Romania, on 8/6/1909. His parents were shepherds. In 1915, his parents moved, with their flocks, to the Crimea, while Dumitru remained with his very devout grandmother. In 1922, he had a dream in which Our Most Holy Lady gave him a tour of the monasteries on the Holy Mountain. In the same year, despite the many reservation of people who thought he was too young, he decided to go to Mount Athos, the Bower of Our Lady, where the Mother of God herself walked and which she holds under her protection. With him were the hierodeacon Gherontie and hieromonk Diomid. They took a boat from Constanţa, arrived in Thessaloniki and ...

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Sermon on the Apostolic Reading of the Sunday of Orthodoxy (Hebrews 11, 24-26 & 32-40) (Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios)

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The meaning of today’s great Feast of Orthodoxy is summarized in a hymn sung the Matins, at the Praises: “A day of jubilee and full of joy has been revealed today. Through the cheerfulness of the true doctrines, the Church of Christ shines brightly, adorned by the restoration of the holy icons… and the faithful enjoy the God- rewarded peace” (Matins 3rd Sticheron). A joyous day! Today we celebrate the triumph of the Orthodox faith against the heresies that had caused great commotion in the Church of Christ for centuries. The sacred icons have been restored in their place in the holy churches and the “God-rewarded” harmony returns among all the faithful. Thus, the terms Orthodoxy and Orthodox Church were established in ...

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Commensurate temptations (Elder Cleopa of Romania)

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Temptations are trials that come upon people from the devil and his minions, that is, bad people. In practice, they’re commensurate with the powers and nature of each person. God allows weightier temptations to those who are strong in the faith, so that they can progress in holiness and become worthy of greater crowns. But to those who are weak in the faith and in patience, he allows lighter temptations in order to help them overcome them and not despair. » Elder Cleopa Ilie

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