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Iasi Byzantine Music Festival at its 3rd edition

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The 3rd annual edition of Iasi Byzantine Music Festival organized by the Department of Religious Education of the Metropolis of Moldavia and Bucovina will take place from 2nd to 6th of October 2019. For five days, the city will be the host of well-known national and international choral groups, soloists and researchers from Georgia, Greece, Lebanon, Hungary, Russia, Ukraine and Romania. Therefore, the guests of this edition are the Patriarchy Choir of Tbilisi Holy Trinity Cathedral (Tbilisi, Georgia), Nektaria Karantzi, lecturer Evelina Mineva, ”Romeiko” Ensemble (Greece), ”Theotokos” Orthodox Choir ( Lebanon), ”Saint Ephraim” Male Choir (Hungary), ”Kljuch Razumeniya” Ensemble (Russia), Sergii Radkevich (Ukraine), ”Tronos” Psaltic Group of the Romanian Patriarchy Cathedral, ”Righteous Iosif” Choir of Varatic Monastery, ”Byzantion” Academic Choir, Fr. ...

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The internal mission of the Church (Saint Justin Popovich)

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Orthodoxy is asceticism and life, which is why it’s only through asceticism and life that preaching and mission are accomplished. The internal mission of the Church ought to be to cultivate asceticism- personal and general- among our people. Parishes should be converted into ascetic centres, but that can be achieved only by an ascetic priest. We have to strengthen prayer with fasting, to cultivate good order in church, because this is one of the main ways in which Orthodoxy has a regenerative effect on people. But all this depends on our priests and monastics becoming ascetics themselves.

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New Abbot elected for St. John’s Monastery in Essex

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The Monastery of St. John the Baptist in Tolleshunt Knights, near Essex, England is the oldest Orthodox monastic community in the country. It was founded in 1958 by Elder Sophrony (Sakharov), the spiritual child of St. Silouan the Athonite who is himself venerated throughout the Orthodox world. Elder Sophrony served as the monastery’s abbot until his holy repose in 1993. The abbatial post was then taken up by Archimandrite Kyrillos, who served in that capacity until earlier this year, when he retired due to the weakness of his age. He has not been able to serve the Liturgy for more than a year now, though he is now working to instruct the new abbot. For its new abbot, the monastery, consisting of both ...

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The Participation of Nature in Worship: the Blessing of the Fruits of the Vine (Georgios N. Manolis, Theologian)

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According to Saint Basil the Great, nothing exists without due cause, nothing’s fortuitous, everything has some secret and unexpressed wisdom. Thus, regarding plants and their fruits, apart from their ecological importance as producers of eco-systems they’re also schools for rational souls and colleges of the knowledge of God, which train the intellect and lead it from the visible and tangible to the contemplation of things invisible. Plants form an important element in the worship of the Orthodox Church. During the Divine Liturgy, bread and wine are used, the products of grain and grape. During the service of the Blessing of the Loaves, grain, wine and oil are blessed. Besides, in accordance with liturgical practice the fruits of the earth, such as ...

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Day and night (Saint Nicholas Velimirovich)

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For God, everything’s possible. He can reveal to us His created majesty and can create the uncreated. But, for us, the most important thing is that He wants to redeem our soul from sin and death and to grant us life eternal. Let us beseech Him for this night and day!

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Sermon on the Apostolic Reading for the 7th Sunday of Matthew (Romans 15: 1-7) (Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios)

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One of the most serious issues affecting society on all levels is the complete breakdown of relationships between people. This can be seen even within the same family, where spouses are estranged because of disagreements, and there is alienation between children and parents. What is the result? Husband and wife end up divorced. Children cut ties with their parents (or vice versa). It can be seen everywhere in our communities: Brothers, friends, associates, and neighbors are cold to one another, accuse one another (or worse) and avoid each other. There are many reasons why relationships end up in this way. The key reason has to do with our own selfishness. When another person does or says something that offends us, we ...

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BYZANFEST 2019 – Nominations

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THE THRONE OF ST SAVA (Serbia) In an era of great unrest, St Sava focused on finding a way to bring peace to the people through the Church. Nominated for BEST FILM Watch now:     CHRISTMAS ANTI-FABLE (Greece) Set in an alternative retro-future, the world’s worm species is dying leading to impending massive ecological collapse. Who will be the one to save them and the whole world? Nominated for BEST FILM, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST SCREENPLAY, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Watch now:     ICONS (USA) Icons have always been vital to the Orthodox Christian, providing the connection between the person and the Divine. Nominated for BEST DOCUMENTARY Watch now:     THE MIDDLE WAY (Canada) Jasper searches a way where he can both front a rock band yet still live a deeply spiritual life. Watch now:     THE LONELY INVENTOR (USA) Joe Archimedes is ...

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Aimilianos of Simonopetra: A Modern Elder of the Church

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Fr. Maximos Constas is Senior Research Scholar at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA, an internationally acclaimed Patrologist, and a monk of the Monastery of Simonopetra on Mt. Athos. His lecture series entitled Confession and Spiritual Direction; Mary Greeted Elizabeth: Witnessing Christ in the World Today; The Life and Teaching of St. Maximos the Confessor; Concentrated Prayer; Prayer and the Heart in an Age of Technology and Distractions; Lord and Master of My Life: Reflections on the Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian; Counsels on the Holy Priesthood; The Pedagogy of Grace; Saints, Sanctity and the Life of St. Raphael of Brooklyn are available here at Patristic Nectar Publications. In this interview Fr. Maximos unpacks and ...

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It’s money in the bank (Saint Paisios the Athonite)

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Because of their egotism, people who are proud never step outside themselves. Since they’re lacking divine illumination, they look on everybody else as ants and don’t take them into account. If they ever seek them out to assist in a plan they’ve made, it’s because they want them as workers, not as co-workers. In other words they want others to use their potential on their behalf. Their victims are people of good-will, but these latter also gain the most in the end, because their kindness is deposited for them in God’s savings account.

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‘Internet and pastoral care’

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Watch Claude Lopez-Ginisty’s speech at the 2nd International Conference on Digital Media and Orthodox Pastoral Care DMOPC18 which took place from 18th-21st June 2018 at the Orthodox Academy of Crete, organized under the High Auspices of His All Holliness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

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Smoke that’s dispersed (Saint John of Kronstadt)

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When, on your journey towards God, you encounter obstacles, that is, doubt, disbelief, an unpleasant feeling towards someone, or, indeed, any other passion, don’t let it trouble you. Just remember that all of this is smoke from the enemy, which is dispersed by a wave of the hand of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

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