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A Strange Young Man (Archimandrite Varnavas Lambropoulos)

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It’s clear from the outset that the rather unusual young man who approaches Christ in today’s Gospel reading has no hidden agenda. He didn’t go to try and trick the Lord, as did the lawyer and some of the Pharisees. He was sincere. This is proved by the fact that when he heard Christ’s final exhortation, ‘he departed in sorrow’. He really was looking for the kingdom of God. This is why Saint Mark the Evangelist ‘supplements’ Matthew, saying ‘Jesus looked at him and loved him’. Young and rich yet being concerned about eternal life is a rare phenomenon. Young people never have much time for preachers. Today, when young people- and not only them- hear someone talking about eternal life, ...

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The Dormition of the Mother of God. Transition to Life (2) (Elder Efraim Vatopaidinos)

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After the resurrection of Christ, Our Lady was the support of the apostles and the newly-founded Church. It was she who taught the new Christians, guided them and comforted them in their sorrows. In her Life we read that, three days before her dormition, the angel Gabriel visited her, as he had done at the Annunciation, and announced her glorious translation from death to life. Thereafter, in miraculous fashion, the Holy Spirit gathered all the apostles in Gethsemane, at the house of the Mother of God, so that they could obtain her blessing and be present at the funeral. After they had sung praises to the Mother of God, they asked her to grant them a final teaching, as a ...

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The Dormition of the Mother of God. Transition to Life (Elder Efraim Vatopaidinos)

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Every time we celebrate the Dormition of the Mother of God, it’s like Easter all over again; the summer Easter. Our Lady the Mother of God prepares this Easter, this ‘glorious Passover from death unto life’, for us. A second Passover, holy, spotless, life-giving for the human race, because truly, today, ‘the terms of nature are overcome’. Saint John the Damascan cried aloud: ‘How the source of life goes towards life by passing through death!’ The death of the Mother who was the source of life for the Lord Himself transcends the notion of death, so that it’s not even called death but ‘dormition’ and ‘divine translation’, or a progression or procession towards the Lord. And even if we call it ...

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We’re abandoned because of it (Abba Dorotheos)

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Because people don’t look to their own wickedness, because they don’t weep over their dead self, they’re incapable of doing anything at all to put themselves to rights and so they’re constantly concerned with other people. There’s nothing that angers God more, nothing that exposes us so much and leads to our isolation than gossip, than condemning and slaughtering other people.

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You expunge it (Abba Pimen)

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People need humility and the fear of God more than the breath they take. Two wrongs don’t make a right, so if anyone does you harm, respond with a good action and in that way you’ll cancel out their wickedness.

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The newspapers in heaven (Elder Amfilokhios Makris)

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Heaven’s newspapers write everything that happens here, all the good and the bad. Believers should be simple in their actions and pure in their thoughts and feelings. They should seek God with a pure heart and encounter Him in simplicity, because ‘a pure heart easily passes through the gates of heaven’.

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Christ’s Transfiguration and our Own (Archimandrite Iakovos Kanakis)

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Yesterday and today we have a great feast of the Lord, the Transfiguration of Christ the Saviour. We shall say a few words about the feast, based on what the Gospel tells us. Not long before His crucifixion, Christ took three of His disciples, Peter, James and John, led them up onto a high mountain called Tabor and was transfigured before their eyes. His face became as bright as the sun and His clothes shone white. On His left and right appeared two figures from the Old Testament, Moses and Elijah, who represented the Law and the Prophets respectively. The disciples were unable to bear the light and fell to the ground (Pentecost had not yet happened). One of them, ...

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They’re not worth crying over (Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi)

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When we speak to people today, about mourning, it seems strange to them, because they think it shameful to cry. Of course, when we’re dealing with passing, vain matters, it is indeed not worth crying. But that mourning’s just on the level of social convention. Spiritual mourning has to do with our relationship with God and is the product not so much of our own choice, as of the Grace of the Holy Spirit. The sense of responsibility for wicked deeds weighs down upon our heart and this gives rise to the sad state of mourning.

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From all corrosion (Saint Cassian the Roman)

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Temptations happen to people: to test them, and so that their virtue will shine through, as was the case with Abraham, Job and many others of the righteous; to cleanse them of all the stains of sin, or as the Prophet Isaiah puts it, all the rust God sees in the depths of the souls of His children (cf. Is. 1, 25) so that, on the day of judgment, they can appear before Him as pure gold; or so that we can be chastised for our own good, because of our sins, as we read in the Psalms: Many are the afflictions with which the Lord scourges the sinner (Ps. 31, 10).

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