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The ‘Evyenios Voulgaris’ Scholarship Programme for Advanced Studies in Orthodox Spiritual Life and Theology

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Scholarship Programme ANNOUNCEMENT             The Saint Maxim the Greek Institute, with the support of the Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopaidi, is introducing the ‘Evyenios Voulgaris’ Scholarship Programme. Evyenios Voulgaris (1716-1806) served as principal of the Athoniada School, which had been established by the Holy Monastery of Vatopaidi. In his day, he was the greatest and most important Greek scholar, a theologian, philosopher, polymath, a man of encyclopaedic learning, poet, Father and Shepherd of the Church and an influential teacher for the whole of Orthodoxy.             The ‘Evgenios Voulgaris’ is directed towards: Orthodox theologians (up to 37 years of age), holders of or candidates for a doctoral degree. Duration: 1 year (October 1st – September 30th) Programme Language: Modern Greek Requirements: Good knowledge of Ancient Greek, ...

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Lessons in humility (Joseph the Hesychast)

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When the heart is humbled, it’s overshadowed by Divine Grace, which brings contrition, tears, peace and love. When you yourself are humbled, everybody else will seem to you to be saints. But when you’re proud and puffed up, everybody seems bad to you. All of these times that you fall are lessons in humility. >Blessed Joseph the Hesychast

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A visit from the Lord (Saint Ephraim the Syrian)

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Whether the sword is sent, or sickness, famine, death, or something else that’s considered appalling, they’re all sent to earth for our regeneration and correction, and so that we can concentrate our minds  on devotion to God. Because every generation needs to be educated by a visit from the Lord. » Saint Ephraim the Syrian

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Putting yourself in the place of others (Saint Paisios the Athonite)

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Putting yourself in the place of other people is a great aid in acquiring internal kindness, because then love comes naturally, as do pain, humility, and gratitude to God through continuous hymns of praise and prayer of the heart for our neighbor. Then our prayer is both well-pleasing to God and helps our fellow human beings. » Venerable Païsios the Athonite

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Sermon on the Apostolic reading for the Sunday of the blind man (Acts 16:16-34) (Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios)

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In today’s passage from the Acts of the Apostles, we see two main themes: Satan’s cunning in how he deceives people, and the wondrous protection that God provides to the faithful who are devoted to Him. St. Paul the Apostle and his partner Silas are in Philippi of Macedonia, proclaiming the Gospel and gathering the first believers in Christ. While there, something strange happened: Whenever they went to prayer, a certain slave girl would follow them. She was possessed by a spirit of divination, and would make money for her masters through fortune-telling. She would run after the Apostle crying out: “These men are servants of God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation” (verse 17). This was not a ...

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A voluntary sorrow (Saint Nectarios of Pentapolis)

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Compassion is the voluntary sorrow we feel at the disasters that have befallen others. It’s begotten in a heart which sympathizes and suffers with the sufferings of others and it’s expressed as a loving disposition towards those who have been made miserable by unfortunate circumstances. It’s a powerful medicine for those who are down on their luck and is administered by a soul which suffers with them. It’s the father of clemency, a collateral bond of love and the link between all feelings of friendship. » Saint Nectarios of Pentapolis

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Badness blinds us (Varnavas, Metropolitan of Neapolis and Stavroupolis)

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Metropolitan Barnabas of Neapolis In our lives, my beloved brothers and sisters, God has endowed us with many gifts. Health, people we love and who love us, the beauty of the world surrounding us, the good things we need in our lives. We acknowledge many of these gifts and sometimes thank God for His loving-kindness. But when we’re overwhelmed by difficulties and when badness darkens our minds, we can hardly think straight, much less feel any gratitude. We’re reminded of this basic truth in tomorrow’s Gospel narrative for the Sunday of the Blind Man (Jn. 9, 1-38). Jesus is walking along with His disciples when they come across a man who’s been blind from birth. The disciples are at a loss to ...

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The great virtue (Saint Isaac the Syrian)

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In truth, the great virtue is to feel sorry for those who are evil and to benefit sinners more than the righteous. Give alms with a cheerful countenance and you’ll always bring comfort to those who are sad. On the day you feel sorry for someone who’s ill, see yourself as a martyr for Christ. » Saint Isaac the Syrian

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The Fall of Constantinople, 566 years ago (May 29th, 1453-2019) (Konstantinos Holevas, Political Scientist)

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Five hundred and sixty six years have gone by since that accursed day, 29 May 1453. When the cry “The City has fallen” rang out and the Reigning City, the City of Saints, Emperors and legends passed into the occupation of the Ottoman dynasty. Thus began the years of Turkish rule. The Greek nation survived, but Constantinople and Ayia Sofia (The Church of Holy Wisdom) remain in foreign hands. Today we honour those who fell during the siege and at the fall, we read the laments and the legends, we are moved, and taught. For this is the value of historic memory: to be a lesson for ever for younger and older generations. 1) We must remember the fall in order ...

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A faithful friend (Saint Gregory the Theologian)

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A faithful friend is a living treasure, a fenced off garden, a sealed well which opens from time to time and offers the riches of its soul. When I say friends, I mean those who are good and kind, whose friendship has been cultivated on the basis of their virtue. » Saint Gregory the Theologian

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Sermon on the Apostolic reading for the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman (Acts 11:19-30) (Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios)

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For today’s passage from the Acts of the Apostles, we hear about the magnificent founding of the Great Church of Antioch in a period of harsh persecution. After Our Lord’s Crucifixion, the hatred of the Jews turned towards the Apostles and all who believed in Christ. The greatest persecution organized by the Jewish authorities against the Church of Jerusalem was in the year 36 AD. It began with the stoning of the Archdeacon Stephen (the first Martyr) and then spread beyond Jerusalem. As a result, many Christians left the city and scattered to the surrounding areas. Some of these were Cypriots and Cyrenians (from today’s Libya), and they found themselves in Syrian Antioch (which is in Turkey today, called Antakya). They ...

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