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The First Homily by Metropolitan Nektarios of Hong Kong and South East Asia on the Holy Eucharist

The First Homily by Metropolitan Nektarios of Hong Kong and South East Asia on the Holy Eucharist

On Wednesday evening, October 22nd, Metropolitan Nektarios of Hong Kong and South East Asia delivered the first Homily on the Holy Eucharist.

October 23, 2014 | By More
Orthodox Homilies by Metropolitan Nektarios of Hong Kong and South East Asia

Orthodox Homilies by Metropolitan Nektarios of Hong Kong and South East Asia

Metropolitan Nektarios of Hong Kong and South East Asia will deliver a series of Homilies on the Holy Eucharist from October to December.

October 20, 2014 | By More
The Celebration of the Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross in Hong Kong

The Celebration of the Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross in Hong Kong

On Sunday, September 14, 2014, feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross, Metropolitan Nektarios of Hong Kong and South East Asia celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Luke in Hong Kong.

September 15, 2014 | By More

OVERSEAS NEWS

Heavy Monsoon Rains Killed 110 People in Lahore, Pakistan

Heavy Monsoon Rains Killed 110 People in Lahore, Pakistan

The heavy flood caused damages to the Orthodox church of Theotokos in Wazirabad and to the Orthodox church of Saint Alexander in Lahore.

September 8, 2014 | By More
Free Medical Examinations and Medicines to the Blaan Tribe in Philippines.

Free Medical Examinations and Medicines to the Blaan Tribe in Philippines.

On Sunday, July 20, 2014, two doctors, 2 nurses and staff and 3 student volunteers participated at a Medical Philanthropic Project which was organized by the Orthodox Communities in Southern Mindanao, Philippines.

July 24, 2014 | By More
New Chrismations in Lake Cebu,Philippines

New Chrismations in Lake Cebu,Philippines

On Sunday, March 17,2013, fr.Panharios Borreros visited the Orthodox Community in Lake Cebu, Chrismated catechumens and celebrated the Divine Liturgy.

 

 

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FAITH

Saint Hermione, the Daughter of Saint Philip the Deacon

Saint Hermione, the Daughter of Saint Philip the Deacon

Saint Hermione, one of the four daughters of the Deacon Philip, who, according to the evidence in Acts (21, 8-9) were virgins and prophetesses, Hermioneand Eftyhis went to Ephesus to meet Saint John the Theologian.

September 5, 2014 | By More
The Righteous Joshua

The Righteous Joshua

When the Israelites were on the verge of entering and conquering the promised land, under the leadership of Moses, the latter called the people to remind them of the events of the Exodus from the time they were prisoners in Egypt, and how God had freed His people from the shackles of slavery, bringing them into the desert, where He Himself took care of their welfare (Deut. 29, 1-12).

September 5, 2014 | By More
Saint Phanourios the Great Martyr

Saint Phanourios the Great Martyr

Saint Fanourios is without doubt an important and holy youthful figure, who stands out in a particular way among the other Saints of Christianity, as he is not only honoured on a single date, but the faithful often make use of the well-known “fanouropita” (Fanourios cake).

August 27, 2014 | By More

CONSTANTINOPLE

JOINT INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION FOR THE THEOLOGICAL DIALOGUE BETWEEN THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH AND THE ORTHODOX CHURCH

JOINT INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION FOR THE THEOLOGICAL DIALOGUE BETWEEN THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH AND THE ORTHODOX CHURCH

The thirteenth meeting of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church was held from 15 to 23 September 2014 in Amman, Jordan, a city with a long history related to the roots of Christianity. The meeting was generously and fraternally hosted by His Beatitude Theophilos III, Patriarch of Jerusalem.

October 15, 2014 | By More
Statement by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch on the Present Violence in Iraq

Statement by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch on the Present Violence in Iraq

The recent wave of violence against innocent families and children in Iraq has rendered the world shocked and horrified. We will not remain indifferent or silent before such irrational persecution, cultural intolerance and appalling loss of life, especially when it is caused by religious hatred and racial hostility.

August 18, 2014 | By More
Statement Condemning Religious Violence in Northern Africa

Statement Condemning Religious Violence in Northern Africa

The Ecumenical Patriarchate has witnessed with great pain and distress the recent manifestations of religious violence against women in Northern Africa, which have profoundly and justifiably concerned the global community. It expresses its outright and unequivocal condemnation of the kidnapping in Nigeria of scores of young women, who are forcibly subjected to espouse Islam.

June 5, 2014 | By More

ARTICLES

The Meaning of Pain in our Lives

The Meaning of Pain in our Lives

It is easy to philosophise or theologise about pain but it is difficult to have a proper attitude towards pain when one experiences great pain oneself. I believe it is very presumptuous to talk about pain when one has not experienced it oneself. I think of all our brothers all over the world who are suffering physical, psychological or spiritual pain.

October 15, 2014 | By More
The Cross and the Resurrection Denote the Journey of the Faithful

The Cross and the Resurrection Denote the Journey of the Faithful

Once a monk asked a certain elder ascetic if the imitation of Christ is possible. The elder’s answer was brief and clear. Whoever is dominated by the things of the world, is unable to imitate Christ. Whoever, however abandons everything for Christ, is granted to imitate Him and to keep His commandments.

September 19, 2014 | By More
The Work of Christ on the Cross

The Work of Christ on the Cross

Good Friday, in conjunction with the Resurrection of Christ, is a day of a spiritual explosion, is a spiritual Big-Bang, which did not create a built universe neither became the principle of organic life, but created a situation which is inspired by the new creation and the new birth.

September 17, 2014 | By More

LIFE IN ASIA

China will construct a “Chinese Christian Theology” suitable for the country

China will construct a “Chinese Christian Theology” suitable for the country

China will construct a “Chinese Christian theology” suitable for the country, state media reported on Thursday, as both the number of believers and tensions with the authorities are on the rise. China has between 23 million and 40 million Protestants, accounting for 1.7 to 2.9 per cent of the total population, the state-run China Daily said, citing figures given at a seminar in Shanghai.

August 8, 2014 | By More
Typhoons Matmo and Rammasun

Typhoons Matmo and Rammasun

A major storm that is forecast to become a severe typhoon is churning its way across the Pacific on a path that could see it strike Taiwan as soon as Wednesday.

July 21, 2014 | By More
One in Three Old People in Hong Kong are Living Below the Poverty Line

One in Three Old People in Hong Kong are Living Below the Poverty Line

Large-scale poverty is now endemic in Hong Kong as the gap between rich and poor widens, with old people the hardest hit, according to one of the city’s oldest and most respected NGOs.

The Hong Kong Council of Social Service, which has been tracking poverty in the city [...]

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The Earliest Known Prayer to the Theotokos

The Earliest Known Prayer to the Theotokos

The earliest known prayer to the Theotokos (Greek, Θεοτοκος, meaning “Bearer of God”) is a prayer found on a fragment of papyrus dating back to approximately AD 250.

September 15, 2014 | By More
1st September: Ecclesiastical New Year

1st September: Ecclesiastical New Year

For the maintenance of their armed forces, the Roman emperors decreed that their subjects in every district should be taxed every year. This same decree was reissued every fifteen years, since the Roman soldiers were obliged to serve for fifteen years.

September 1, 2014 | By More
Metropolitan Nektarios at the Ordinations of Three New Auxiliary Roman Catholic Bishops

Metropolitan Nektarios at the Ordinations of Three New Auxiliary Roman Catholic Bishops

On Saturday, August 30, 2014, three Roman Catholic priests, Father Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, Father Joseph Ha Chi-sing and Father Stephen Lee Bun-sang, were ordained as Auxiliary Bishops by the Archbishop John Cardinal Tong Hon.

August 30, 2014 | By More
A Testimony about Greek Fasting Practices in 1798

A Testimony about Greek Fasting Practices in 1798

When Francois Pouqueville was held hostage by the Turks in Ottoman Greece in 1798, he gained the respect of the Turks and Greeks alike as a physician, treating and curing the people who were unaware of French medical techniques.

August 27, 2014 | By More
The Icon as a Unique and Inimitable Fact in the Church

The Icon as a Unique and Inimitable Fact in the Church

An icon expresses the relationship of history towards the Kingdom of God. Although much of the emphasis focuses upon the Last Times, a necessary feature of the person in the icon is their particular way of life and the relationships in their lives within historical time.

August 25, 2014 | By More
Hieromartyr Irenaeus, Bishop of Lugdunum (Lyons)

Hieromartyr Irenaeus, Bishop of Lugdunum (Lyons)

Our holy and God-bearing father Irenaeus, who, by divine providence received the name of peace [ειρήνη (eirene) in Greek] and became a messenger of the Holy Spirit, was born in Asia Minor in about 140. From his early youth in Smyrna he was nourished by the teachings of his elder, Saint Polycarpos the bishop (23 February), who passed on to him the tradition he had himself received from St. John the Theologian.

August 25, 2014 | By More
The Genuine and True Celebration of the Dormition of the Theotokos

The Genuine and True Celebration of the Dormition of the Theotokos

The hymns compiled by the hymnographers of the Church for Christians to celebrate feasts, as well as today’s feast of the Dormition of our Panagia, are masterpieces, as much in the structure, images and cosmetic adjectives they use, as well as in their content, which respond to the great existential problems of man, such as about life and death.

August 20, 2014 | By More
A Cure for Depression from Saint Silouan the Athonite

A Cure for Depression from Saint Silouan the Athonite

The greatest plague of the 21st century is not AIDS, nor cancer, nor the H1N1 flu, but something that affects much more people in ways we can barely start to understand: depression. Reportedly one in ten Americans suffers from one or the other forms of this malady.

August 18, 2014 | By More
Why do we call the Virgin Mary “Theotokos” (Mother of God)?

Why do we call the Virgin Mary “Theotokos” (Mother of God)?

The holy and great Synod therefore says, that the only begotten Son, born according to nature of God the Father, very God of very God, Light of Light, by whom the Father made all things, came down, and was incarnate, and was made man, suffered, and rose again the third day, and ascended into heaven.

August 16, 2014 | By More
Our Most Holy Lady, our Intercessor and Aid

Our Most Holy Lady, our Intercessor and Aid

Our Most Holy Lady has been established in the minds of the Orthodox faithful as an intercessor who unites the earth with heaven, the perceptible world with the beauty of the things of the spirit.

August 15, 2014 | By More
Hong Kong: The Celebration of the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos

Hong Kong: The Celebration of the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos

Metropolitan Nektarios of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia celebrated the festal Divine Liturgy in honour of the great Feast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos at the Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Luke in Hong Kong on Thursday evening, August 14th, 2014.

August 15, 2014 | By More
The Image of the Theotokos

The Image of the Theotokos

It is right here, in attempting to answer this question so fundamental to genuine faith, that the image of the Virgin Mother almost unconsciously and involuntarily begins to grow before our spiritual eyes. Oh, this doesn’t mean that her image somehow eclipses the image of Christ, or that she is presented to Christianity as an additional object of faith set apart from Christ.

August 12, 2014 | By More
The Biblical Foundation for Honoring the Virgin Mary

The Biblical Foundation for Honoring the Virgin Mary

As we Orthodox continue our sojourn through the Dormition Fast, we remember that giving honor to the Mother of Jesus Christ is an idea that comes from the Scriptures themselves. In Luke 1:39-44 we find this description of Jesus’ Mother visiting her cousin, Elizabeth, who is pregnant with John the Baptist:

August 12, 2014 | By More
The perigee Moon of August and the Most Holy Theotokos

The perigee Moon of August and the Most Holy Theotokos

In the symbolic language of the Church the Sun represents the Son of God, Jesus Christ, and the moon represents the Most Holy Theotokos.

August 11, 2014 | By More
About the Holy Transfiguration (August 6th)

About the Holy Transfiguration (August 6th)

The Transfiguration is a theophany – a manifestation of God, especially of the divinity of Christ, through a display of His uncreated, divine energy. Therefore, the Orthodox Church celebrates the Transfiguration of the Lord as a major feast day.

August 6, 2014 | By More
Moses and the Vision of God

Moses and the Vision of God

The vision of God is presented in the Holy Scriptures in two different forms which appear to be mutually exclusive. Some passages characterize the vision of God as an impossibility.

August 6, 2014 | By More
The Fast for the Feast for the Dormition of the Theotokos

The Fast for the Feast for the Dormition of the Theotokos

On Friday, August 1st, at 18.00p.m. the Small Paraclesis will be celebrated at Saint Luke Orthodox Cathedral.

July 31, 2014 | By More
Anglo-Saxon grave reveals 16-year-old girl laid to rest with a gold cross

Anglo-Saxon grave reveals 16-year-old girl laid to rest with a gold cross

Laid to rest in her best clothes and lying on an ornamental bed, she was probably of noble blood. Quite how the 16-year-old Anglo Saxon girl died and who she was remain a mystery. But she was buried wearing a gold cross – suggesting she was one of Britain’s earliest Christians.

July 30, 2014 | By More
Saint Panteleimon, the Great Martyr and Healer

Saint Panteleimon, the Great Martyr and Healer

St. Panteleimon, the Great Doctor and Martyr, was born at the end of the 3rd century AD. His father, Eustrogios, was not only very rich but was well known for his zeal in idol worship; whereas his mother St. Euboule was a faithful Orthodox Christian full of Holy Spirit, love and kindness. Her only interest was to guide her only begotten son in the true faith and virtuous life.

July 28, 2014 | By More
People as Liturgical Beings

People as Liturgical Beings

Through the liturgical experience, we feel that, more than anything, people are liturgical beings. They were made to serve, to offer themselves and the whole world to God with gratitude, praise and worship, to unite with God, to be sanctified, to live, through this continual offering/sacrifice/service.

July 26, 2014 | By More