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Saint Spyridon feast day celebration

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Rev. Father Nicolas along with the Parish Council of Saint Spyridon Church invite you to join them for the Feast of Saint Spyridon The Wonderworker Bishop of Tremithus, patron Saint of the St. Spyridon community of Washington Heights. Tuesday, December 11, 2018 7:00 pm Great Vespers celebrated by His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America Immediately following Services, The Ladies Philoptochos will be offering refreshments at the St. Spyridon Church Banquet Hall. Wednesday, December 12, 2018 9:00 am Orthos – 10:15 am Divine Liturgy Hierarchal Divine Liturgy presided by His Grace, Bishop Apostolos of Medeia Immediately following services, The Ladies Philoptochos will be hosting a luncheon at the St. Spyridon Church Banquet Hall. 124 Wadsworth Avenue – New York, NY 10033 Donation $30.00 Please make your reservations by calling: Elizabeth Katechis 718-514-4853 Maria Konnari 212-928-0343 Complimentary Valet Parking ...

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On Self-Restraint (Book of the Elders)

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Some monks from the skete set out to visit Abba Anthony. So they got on a boat and there found another Elder who also wanted to go the same place. The brothers didn’t know him, though. Sitting amidships, they talked about the sayings of the Fathers, phrases from Scripture or, in between, discussed their handicrafts. The Elder remained completely silent. When they got to the mooring-stage, they noticed that the Elder was also making his way to Abba Anthony. When they arrived the latter said to the monks: ‘You found good company in this Elder’. To the Elder he said: ‘You had good brethren with you, Abba’. ‘Good they are, certainly’, he replied, ‘but their yard doesn’t have a gate. ...

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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Abbess of Chrysopigi, and the Love of the Church (Evagelos Sotiropoulos, Archon Ostiarios, political scientist, freelance columnist)

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Two days following the Feast of St. Andrew the First-Called Apostle and the Patronal Feast of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, our Holy Metropolis is pleased to publish Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Abbess of Chrysopigi, and the Love of the Church. This interview is timely, as well, because today our Holy Church celebrates the memory of St. Porphyrios Kafsokalyvitis who had a unique and special bond with the Holy Patriarchal and Stavropegic Monastery of Chrysopigi in Chania of Crete. Mother Theoxeni is the Abbess of Chrysopigi. She first visited Canada and our Metropolis in March 2015 during Great Lent; with the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Sotirios, she delivered a keynote spiritual address on the life of St. Porphyrios. Mother Abbess ...

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Απολυτίκιο και Κοντάκιο του Αγίου Νικολάου (με εξήγηση) – Apolytikion and Kontakion of St Nicholas

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Απολυτίκιον. Ήχος δ’. Κανόνα πίστεως, και εικόνα πραότητος, εγκρατείας διδάσκαλον, ανέδειξε σε τη ποίμνη σου, η των πραγμάτων αλήθεια δια...

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How does this happen? (Saint John of Kronstadt)

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Sometimes, people think they’re praying fervently, but, in their heart, their prayer doesn’t bear fruit, that is the peace and joy of the Holy Spirit. How is this? Because they’re praying without having genuinely repented of the sins they committed in the day that’s passed.

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Love seeks nothing for itself (Saint Isaac the Syrian)

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They say about blessed Anthony, that he never thought of doing anything that was of more benefit to himself than to others. This was because he believed that any gain for other people was the best thing he could do. And again, they said about Abba Agathon that he used to say: ‘I wanted to find a leper so that I could take his body and give him mine’. Do you see what perfect love that is? And if he had something useful he couldn’t rest until he’d passed it on to someone else. He once had a chisel for cutting into rocks. Another monk came to see him and, since he saw it and liked it, Abba Agathon wouldn’t let him ...

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A variety of ploys (Saint Ignatius Brianchaninoff)

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Conscious, calculated or artificial humility is a mix of numerous and varied stratagems through which human pride attempts to attire itself in the glory of humility in the eyes of the blind world, the world which clings to its own things, the world which fawns on faults when these are concealed behind the mask of virtue, the world that hates virtue when this appears before it in its divine simplicity and its unwavering submission to the Gospels.

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Faith as a Prerequisite for Salvation, in the Prophet Habakkuk and the Apostle Paul (Protopresbyter Spyridon Lontos)

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The prophet Habakkuk , one of the twelve minor prophets of the Old Testament, lived in Palestine in the 7th century B.C., at a time before the southern kingdom was conquered by the Babylonians (587) and lost its religious centre, the Temple of Solomon. In his book, he paints a picture of social injustice as a result of religious decadence and moral turpitude. He gives the causes of the suffering of the people and attempts to rally them. He goes up into the watch-tower, where he sees God, and receives the commandment to record this theophany in the form of a hymn. He expresses his complaint to God that those who love Him and are righteous suffer hardships and are oppressed ...

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True Knowledge of God and of the Self (Saint Justin Popovich)

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An excerpt from Put Bogopoznanja (The Path to Knowledge of God) Only the nous that has been cleansed of the passions and the darkness of sin and has been sanctified by the Grace of the Holy Spirit is in a position to sense and conceive of and love that which is holy, to live from it and for it. Only those who are pure can come to know the only Pure One. ‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God’. First they’ll see Him in the face of His saints, because ‘God is at rest in the saints’. They will also see there every divine gift which has been placed within every one of God’s creations. The human conscience ...

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Great faith (Rafael Ch. Misiaoulis, Theologian)

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The Lord visited every city and region of Judea, where He cured all manner of diseases and bodily ailments. He preached repentance, bringing back those in error to the knowledge of the truth and confirming His teachings with strange miracles. He did so because people are usually more easily convinced by words rather than by deeds. As He went up to Jerusalem, Jesus passed through Jericho. Outside the city, a certain blind man was sitting. He was blind as regards his bodily eyes, but not in terms of the eyes of his heart, since Jesus told him that he was saved because of his faith. The man asked helped from those who passed by, or to put it another way, he ...

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Let’s not be overwhelmed (Saint Ambrose of Milan)

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‘Don’t let us fall into temptation that we can’t withstand’. As if we were athletes wishing to compete and asking for the strength to resist our opponent, which in this case is sin. The Lord, Who took our sins upon His shoulders and forgave our errors, is able to protect us and guard us against the stratagems of the devil who wages war against us. The devil is the enemy who always engenders evil in order to overcome us, but if we trust in God, we don’t fear him.

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Sermon on the Apostolic Reading – 14th Sunday of Luke (Ephesians 6:10-17)

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In this Apostolic reading from St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, we see an inspiring description of the suit of armor a Christian needs for warfare. Of course, the kind of example that St. Paul is presenting is a spiritual one, aimed at effectiveness in the spiritual warfare of a Christian. This is because the Christian has a constant enemy, the Devil (Satan), who with his tricks is trying to deceive people and lead them away from Christ. In order to help us appreciate the magnitude of this danger, St. Peter adds: “… Your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). That is why St. Paul urges us, like a ...

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The Repercussions of Rationalism in our Life (2) (Archimandrite Athanasios (Anastasiou), Former Abbot of the Holy Monastery of the Great Meteora)

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Nous and reason In order to understand better the difference between the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ use of human reason (the latter being rationalism), it would be useful to set out in brief the teaching of the Church regarding the way it works. According to Saint Maximos the Confessor and the Orthodox Patristic tradition, we have two centres of cognition. In other words, there are two paths, two ways through which we can come to know things, natural creation and God Himself. These two centres are the nous (which the Fathers identify with the heart) and reason (that is logic, thinking and the brain) The seat of the nous is the heart and that of reason (or logic) is the brain. The nous is ...

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It recaptures its quarry (Saint Diadochus of Photice)

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When the soul’s churned up by anger, befuddled by drink or bothered by terrible sorrow, the intellect can’t retain the remembrance of Christ, even if you try to force it to do so. Because, darkened as it is by the cruelty of the passions, it loses its spiritual sensitivity. But if the soul is free of these passions, even if it forgets the name it desires for a short time, the intellect immediately recovers its vigour and takes a strong hold on its much-desired and redemptive prey.

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The Repercussions of Rationalism in our Life (1) (Archimandrite Athanasios (Anastasiou), Former Abbot of the Holy Monastery of the Great Meteora)

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We might say that rationalism is excessive confidence in our reason, its elevation into the supreme authority and absolute value. It’s a sinful way of thinking and living rather than a simple sin in itself. In essence, it’s unbelief. Rationalism is the most characteristic and devious expression of pride, which is at the root of all our sins; it steals into every one of our actions; and it poisons all our good works. It leads to self-justification and, in the end, to unrepentance. Thus closing the door on divine mercy. Pride is the beginning and end of all evils. According to the late Elder Sophrony, in Essex, pride is ‘the implacable enemy of human life; it lies at the root ...

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