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Woe Betide the World if the Mob Rules († Dionysios, Metropolitan of Servia and Kozani)

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Today the Church honours the memory of those people who took charge of the burial of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and those others who set out to pay Him the final burial honours in accordance with the Jewish customs of the time. Those people are: Joseph and, with him, Nicodemus, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome. The two men took care of burying Jesus Christ and the three women went on the morning of the third day thereafter to anoint Him with unguents. The Gospel tells us the following: ‘ At that time, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate, ...

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There’s no excuse (Saint Theophan the Recluse)

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There’ll be many opportunities to let your thoughts stray, but that doesn’t justify inattention. Make an effort and you’ll be able to keep your mind focused. Any task you undertake, bear in mind that you’re doing it before Christ Himself, Who readily accepts your service. Pray and God will bless your efforts.

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Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women (Metropolitan Anthony Bloom)

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FEAST OF THE MYRRH-BEARING WOMEN, ST JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA AND ST NICODEMUS 11th May 1997 In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. We keep today the feast of a number of the followers of Christ of whom we think seldom, because they are mentioned very little in the Scriptures. And each of them could be a lesson for us. St. Joseph of Arimathea was a rich man who listened to Christ with an open mind and did not commit himself. Neither did Nicodemus; but Nicodemus was a learned man, part of the Sanhedrin. He had been listening to Christ, he had been asking questions from Him, he wanted to understand, he wanted to be sure. But neither of them ...

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Presentation of the Volume «Γέρων Ιωσήφ Βατοπαιδινός (1.7.1921 – 1.7.2009)» (Elder Iosif Vatopaidinos (1.7.1921-1.7.2009)

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On Thursday, 19 April 2018, a volume on the blessed Elder Iosif Vatopaidinos, written by Archimandrite Efraim, the Abbot of the Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopaidi, was presented at the Athens Concert Hall before a gathering which numbered more than 2,700. In his introduction to the work, Abbot Efraim notes, among other things, that: ‘It is essential and of particular spiritual importance, especially today, that we should present the life of virtuous and holy men of our Church. The biography and virtuous life of our Elder, Iosif Vatopaidinos… is an expression of our love towards his person’. The event was honoured with the notable presence of His Beatitude Ieronymos II, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, who delivered the opening ...

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They’re blinded by them (Saint Mark the Ascetic)

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Everything good or evil begins with a thought. And gradually, nourished by other thoughts and tiny movements of the heart, it grows, takes on existence and is put into practice. People who slavishly follow their sinful thoughts are blinded by them. They see the sins to which they’re impelled by their thoughts, but are unable to see the causes of those sins, the thoughts, because of their blindness.

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This is why there’s conflict (Elder Sophrony of Essex)

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When we speak of sin, this concept isn’t moral, but ontological and transcends the norms of social life. Not because it opposes these norms, but because it proceeds infinitely farther than them. Moral laws speak of punishment, but God says: ‘Love your enemies. Do not fear those who kill you’. But this is impossible to explain in words and to understand other than through the heart. Because it’s natural for everyone who has a sense of the presence of death to protect themselves from any creature that threatens their life or even their comforts. And, so far, this has been the cause of all the conflict in the world.

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The Characteristic Attributes of the Orthodox Ethos (Christos Karadimos)

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The watchword for the Orthodox faithful is ‘Christ is all and is in all’ (Col. 3, 11), that is unless every aspect of our life is steeped in Christ, then it’s divided in an unacceptable manner into religious and non-religious. Such a disjunction exists in pagan religions. Religiosity is only life at the time of the altar, the sacrifice, the worship of the god. This religiosity is one facet of their life-style. The rest of their way of life, individual and social, is separate. Their way of life can therefore be divided into religious or non-religious, just as today the lives of people who hold public office are divided into public and private. This division leads to a notion of ‘religious ...

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It doesn’t come back (Saint Dimitri of Rostov)

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Time past doesn’t return. Life is like a war, like a market, like a school, like a long sea voyage. In battle, there’s no room for respite, in trade you can’t be inactive, at school you can’t be inattentive, on a sea voyage you can’t be negligent. So don’t be lazy, don’t neglect the works of God, but make an effort and work hard. Here’s the battle-field for you, the market-place, the school.

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It’s not romanticism (Archimandrite Ephraim, Abbot of the Vatopaidi Monastery)

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If we really observe Christ’s commandments, then we demonstrate that we love Him, because, as He Himself said, ‘those who love me keep my commandments’. And when the holy Fathers ask, ‘Which commandments?’, they answer ‘All the commandments’. Then we’ll show that Orthodoxy isn’t philosophy and it isn’t romanticism, but it’s the very life of the Holy Spirit, it’s Christ Himself, ‘yesterday, and today, the same unto the ages of ages’.

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We don’t reach Infinity by Adding Numbers (Fr. Dumitru Stăniloae)

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In Saint John Chrysostom’s homily which we read on the night of the Resurrection, we hear: ‘Let no one grieve at their poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed. Let no one bewail their trespasses, for forgiveness has risen from the grave. Let no one fear death, for the death of our Saviour has set us free’. Just as, before the Resurrection, the life of all people was incomplete as regards meaning, so now the Resurrection fills everyone and everything with light and joy, because when one part of the world receives the full message, this message is transmitted in full to all things. Through the Resurrection of one being- Christ the human person- time, which had flowed in the darkness ...

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Disbelief and God’s Tolerance of it (Protopresbyter Vasileios Kalliakmanis)

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a) God’s tolerance, as a consequence of the mystery of divine self-emptying, is not limited to the Cross and burial. It continues after the Resurrection. The risen Lord had no wish to impose the glad tidings of the Resurrection on anyone, nor did He oblige people to embrace the message unconditionally. He consented, even as the glorified Lord, to being the object of investigation. He recognized that, as in Thomas, human ratiocination is an impediment to belief and, once again, tolerated human doubt. b) Let us look briefly at the content of today’s Gospel, as described by Saint John the Evangelist (John 20, 19-29). After Jesus’ crucifixion and burial, His disciples scattered and their souls were overwhelmed with fear. Their teacher ...

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I Await the Resurrection of the Dead (part 2) (Holy Monastery of St John the Vaptist, Kareas Attikis)

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The resurrection of the dead, then, will certainly take place. The angel’s trumpet will definitely sound (Rev. 11, 15-18). What is important for us, however, is that we should have accomplished something in our life on earth towards the sanctification of our soul and body, so that the resurrection will not be ‘unto judgment’ for us, but ‘unto eternal life’ (Matth. 25, 46). Of special benefit to us in this preparation is remembrance of death, vigilance and continuous readiness for our imminent departure from the world to heaven. Remembrance of death invigorates the soul and expands our existence, impelling us along the never-ending path ‘from glory to glory’ (2 Cor. 3, 18). Remembrance of death also aligns us with the desire ...

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I Await the Resurrection of the Dead (part 1) (Holy Monastery of St John the Vaptist, Kareas Attikis)

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It’s the event that each and every one of us can be absolutely sure of: sooner or later death will come to us. Yet, for most people, the end of life remains greatly undesirable and is to be firmly resisted. This is because, during the course of our life on this earth, we haven’t been nourished on the expectation of ‘the beyond’ and we don’t rely on the cornerstone of hope in Christ. As descendants of Adam, we’re surprised by the phenomenon of death, because we were certainly created for eternal life. And when we see the body of a loved one lying without breath, this shrouds our own hope, too. Today, particularly, people are intent on what can be seen, what ...

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It produces a lot of thorns (Elder Tadej Vitovničk)

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Just as rich, fertile soil will produce a lot of thorns if it’s not cultivated, so will human nature. It was made good by its Creator, and well-suited to works of virtue, but because it hasn’t been tilled by the plough of piety nor received the seed of divine knowledge, impiousness has sprung up within it like thorns and other detritus.

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Christ’s Resurrection (Saint John Chrysostom)

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Really convincing proof of the Resurrection is the fact that Christ, Who was sacrificed on the Cross, showed such great strength that He persuaded people who lived in various different places to disregard their faith, homeland, families, friends and relations and even their life. They did so out of faith in Him and confession of this faith. Instead of the pleasures and joys of the world, which the enemies of the Faith promised them, they chose to be scourged, endangered and subjected to martyrs’ deaths. This is not the achievement of some corpse enclosed in his grave, but of someone who rose and lives (PG 50, 593). You have seen the momentous changes which have occurred as a result of Christ’s ...

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He doesn’t feel insecure (Metropolitan Athanasios of Lemessos)

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God gives us the freedom to do what we like. We have the freedom to reject Him, to spit on Him, to curse Him. He gives us this freedom because he feels no insecurity. Humble people don’t feel insecurity, nor distrust, either. They don’t feel weak, they allow others to do as they wish, but they themselves remain at their post. They’re steady and do no harm to other people.

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We don’t want the Resurrection (Stergios Sakkos)

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It sounds harsh and may test the credibility of unsuspecting readers to say that we don’t want the Resurrection. If you’re blind, don’t you want your sight? If you’re sick, don’t you want to be cured? And Christ’s Resurrection is exactly this: eyes in the darkness of our blindness, health in the tormenting sickness of our mortality, the saving way out of the dead-end of the present world into the infinite and holy world of eternity, our passing from corruption into incorruption. The Resurrection is an irrefutable event. It isn’t supported by our faith, but is the foundation and support of our faith. Two thousand years ago, the divine and human Person of our Lord, Jesus Christ, came into conflict with ...

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