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Homily on St John of Climacus (Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios)

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Today, on this Fourth Sunday of Great Lent, we celebrate St. John the Sinaite, also known as St. John “Climacus” (Ladder).  Although the Saint’s feast day is on March 30th, the Church wants to highlight the narrow path of asceticism and virtue on this particular Sunday of Great Lent, and St. John is an exemplary guide in following this path with sincere love for Christ. St. John was born in Syria in 523 AD.  At the age of 16 he joined the Monastic Brotherhood of the famous Sinai Monastery, where he labored as a Monk under obedience to his spiritual father for 19 years.  Because he was attracted to ascetic life in the desert, he fled to a secluded cell, five ...

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Strengthening Provisions (Alexandros Christodoulou, Theologian)

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After those who entered the ancient Church had been baptized, the whole of their life was imbued with the sacred desire for Holy Communion. The places of worship, especially the catacombs, were full of allegorical symbols of the heavenly nourishment of the faithful. Images of the true vine, of the thirsting hart racing ‘to the springs of waters’. In the crypt of Saint Lucina , there is a depiction of fish and a basket of loaves for Holy Communion*. ‘Love, pour me wine’ reads one inscription (in Latin). In the Greek chapel of the catacomb of Priscilla, a wall-painting from the 2nd century represents the fractio panis, the breaking of the bread. The priest breaks the bread. In front of ...

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No blackmail (Saint Porfyrios of Kavsokalyvia)

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We shouldn’t blackmail God in our prayers. We shouldn’t ask Him to release us from something, like an illness or whatever. Nor to solve our problems for us. We should just ask for strength and support from Him, so that we can bear these. » Venerable Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia

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