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MESSAGE ON THE DAY OF THE PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT

Filed in Patriarch Messages by on October 15, 2011 0 Comments • views: 1069
MESSAGE ON THE DAY OF THE PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT

†BARTHOLOMEW By the Mercy of God Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarchate To the Plenitude of the Church Grace and Peace from the Creator, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ * * * Beloved children in the Lord, God’s grace renders us worthy today to commence yet another ecclesiastical year, one more festive cycle, […]

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CAN ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY SPEAK TO EASTERN RELIGIONS?

Filed in Articles by on August 23, 2011 0 Comments • views: 1243
CAN ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY SPEAK TO EASTERN RELIGIONS?

I recently had a conversation with a dear Eastern Orthodox priest, whose twenty six year old son had left home the day before to live indefinitely at a Buddhist monastery. He was heart broken. His son was not a stranger to Eastern Orthodoxy or to its monastic tradition, having even spent two months on the […]

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WE AND THE SPIRITS OF THE DEPARTED

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WE AND THE SPIRITS OF THE DEPARTED

Christians have a very serious relationship with our dead ones. We often speak to them and we continuously talk to God about them. To be more precise, for us, these who have left their body are not dead but alive (metaphorically we call them “sleeping” and this is the way we regard them, as living, […]

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OF COURSE WE SHALL BE RESURRECTED!

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OF COURSE WE SHALL BE RESURRECTED!

Without a doubt, the most intimate desire of the heart – and yet the greatest scandal of the mind – is the confession of our Faith, that states: “I anticipate the resurrection of the dead”. Our life is not eliminated by the gravedigger’s shovel. It is not demarcated by the solemn cypress-tree that stands by […]

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MOUNT TABOR AS THE LOCATION OF CHRIST’S TRANSFIGURATION

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MOUNT TABOR AS THE LOCATION OF CHRIST’S TRANSFIGURATION

  Prolegomena   The Transfiguration of Christ, in the New Testament, is an event traditionally understood as the revelation of the glory of Jesus Christ as the Son of God. Described in Matthew 17, Mark 9, and Luke 9, it occurs when Jesus takes his disciples Peter, James, and John to a “high mountain” (traditionally, […]

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HOW DO ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS EVANGELIZE?

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HOW DO ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS EVANGELIZE?

A small business owner once told me of a guaranteed way to get rid of pesky telemarketers. “Whenever the salesman calls and immediately goes into his sales pitch,” he said, ” interrupt him and ask, ‘Are you a born again Christian?’ If he replies ‘No,’ you say, ‘Well, I am and I don’t deal with […]

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THE DORMITION OF THE THEOTOKOS

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THE DORMITION OF THE THEOTOKOS

On August 15, Orthodox Christians celebrate the greatest of all the religious festivals which the Church established in honor of the All-Holy Virgin Mary (Panagia), the feast of the Dormition (Koimêsis) of the Theotokos. The feasts of the Virgin Mary (theomêtorikai eortai) are second in importance after those of our Lord Jesus Christ in the […]

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THE FEAST OF THE DORMITION AT THE TOMB OF MARY IN GETHSEMANE

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THE FEAST OF THE DORMITION AT THE TOMB OF MARY IN GETHSEMANE

The Feast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos is celebrated with special solemnity at Gethsemane, the place of Her burial. Nowhere else is there such sorrow of heart at the separation from the Mother of God, and nowhere else such joy, because of Her intercession for the world. The holy city of Jerusalem […]

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THE OLDEST HYMN TO THE THEOTOKOS

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THE OLDEST HYMN TO THE THEOTOKOS

The oldest prayer we know of dedicated to the Virgin Mary is known as “Beneath thy compassion” (Greek: Ὑπὸ τὴν σὴν εὐσπλαγχνίαν; Latin: Sub tuum praesidium). The earliest text of this hymn was found in a Coptic Christmas liturgy of the third century. It is written in Greek and dates to approximately 250 A.D. It […]

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THE MOTHER OF GOD’S FIFTEEN DAYS OF AUGUST HAS ARRIVED

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THE MOTHER OF GOD’S FIFTEEN DAYS OF AUGUST HAS ARRIVED

Saint Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessaloniki, a great theologian, saw the Panagia in a vision and wrote: With what human words can we describe your God-illumined beauty, Virgin Mother of God? Your grace is impossible to be identified with either words or thoughts. Only her divine vision gives brilliance, joy and exultation. The beauty of […]

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Mt.SINAI UNVEILED

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Mt.SINAI UNVEILED

This pristine place otherwise called, the Moses Mountain is still a virgin territory that fills the fortunate few with a soul stirring experience. It is a sanctuary for travelers, no matter of what faith or none, in search of peace and quiet, away from the madding crowd, and earthly concerns. Travelers to Egypt most likely […]

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SAINT MONICA-A PERFECT EXAMPLE FOR CHRISTIAN MOTHERS

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SAINT MONICA-A PERFECT EXAMPLE FOR CHRISTIAN MOTHERS

Saint Monica, the mother of St. Augustine of Hippo (June 15), was born in 322 in Tagaste, North Africa. Her parents were Christians, but little is known of her early life. Most of our information about her comes from Book IX of her son’s Confessions.   St Monica was married to a pagan official named […]

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