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About Fasting, Sermon 1, by Saint Basil the Great

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About Fasting, Sermon 1, by Saint Basil the Great

Our Holy Father Basil, Archbishop of Caesarea, Cappadocia. About Fasting (De jejunio), Sermon 1.   [31.164] 1. “Sound the trumpet,” he declares, “in the new moon, on the high day of your feast.” This command is from the prophets. But it’s for us, too. The reading indicates the beginning of the feast days, and to […]

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The Blessed State, a Homily by Saint Symeon the New Theologian

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The Blessed State, a Homily by Saint Symeon the New Theologian

1. That human nature through the incarnation of the Son, God the Word, comes again into the blessed state, that is, into the good and divine condition in which it was until the transgression of Adam. Inasmush as human nature lost its blessed state through the transgression of Adam, it is essential  for us to […]

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Sayings of Abba Dorotheos

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Sayings of Abba Dorotheos

1. Abba Dorotheos used to say, “It is impossible for the person who trusts in his own prudence or his own thoughts to submit himself or pursue the good of his neighbour”. 2. He also used to say, “since we are impassioned beings, we must not trust our own heart, for the crooked rule makes […]

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Saint Cyril of Alexandria about Mary the Mother of God, Theotokos

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Saint Cyril of Alexandria about Mary the Mother of God, Theotokos

I see here a joyful company of Christian men met together in ready response to the call of Mary, the holy and ever-virgin Mother of God. The great grief that weighed upon me is changed into joy by your presence, venerable Fathers. Now the beautiful saying of David the psalmist: How good and pleasant it […]

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Saint Gregory the Theologian’s Oration “On the Great Athanasius Bishop of Alexandria”

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Saint Gregory the Theologian’s Oration “On the Great Athanasius Bishop of Alexandria”

Oration XXI. On the Great Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria. The reference in §22 to “the Council which sat first at Seleucia…and afterwards at this mighty city,” leaves no room for doubting that the Oration was delivered at Constantinople. Further local colour is found in the allusions of §5. We are assured by the panegyric on […]

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Sayings of Saint Anthony the Great

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Sayings of Saint Anthony the Great

1. When the holy Abba Anthony was living in the desert, he was in a state of melancholy (ακηδια) and his mind was darkened by a multitude of imagined things (λογισμων), and he said to God, Lord, I want to be saved, but these thoughts will not leave me alone. What shall I do in […]

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SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM ON WHY THERE ARE IMPERFECTIONS IN THE WORLD

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SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM ON WHY THERE ARE IMPERFECTIONS IN THE WORLD

But what is the sapient argument of the unbelievers, when we go over all these particulars with them; the magnitude, the beauty of the creation, the prodigality, the munificence everywhere displayed? This very thing, say they, is the worst fault, that God has made the world so beautiful and so vast. For if He had […]

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ON PENTECOST BY SAINT GREGORY PALAMAS

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ON PENTECOST BY SAINT GREGORY PALAMAS

On How the Holy Spirit Was Manifested and Shared Out at Pentecost; Also About Repentance 1. A SHORT while ago, with the strong eyes of faith, we beheld Christ ascending, no less clearly than those accounted worthy to be eye-witnesses, nor are we less favoured than they. “Blessed are they that have not seen, and […]

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ON THOMAS SUNDAY-SAINT GREGORY THE GREAT

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ON THOMAS SUNDAY-SAINT GREGORY THE GREAT

Divine compassion brought it about in a wonderful way that when the doubting disciple touched the wounds in his Master’s body, he cured the wounds of our unbelief. Thomas’ unbelief was of more advantage to our faith than the faith of the believing disciples because when he was led back to faith by touching Jesus, […]

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SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM: THE DOUBT OF SAINT THOMAS

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SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM: THE DOUBT OF SAINT THOMAS

  John 20:24-25 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said, “Except I shall see in His hands — I will not believe.” 1. As to believe carelessly and in a random way, […]

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ON THE SAVING PASSION OF OUR LORD

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ON THE SAVING PASSION OF OUR LORD

CATECHESIS 73: On the Saving Passion of our Lord and Master Jesus Christ by St. Theodore the Studite Given on Great and Holy Friday.   Brethren and Fathers, while the sufferings of our Lord Jesus Christ when they are recalled are always able to pierce the soul, they do so especially in these present days, […]

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ON THE PASSION OF CHRIST

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ON THE PASSION OF CHRIST

  I. Christ’s Arrest Fulfils His Own Eternal Purpose Having discoursed, dearly beloved, in our last sermon, on the events which preceded the Lord’s arrest, it now remains, by the help of God’s grace, to discuss, as we promised, the details of the Passion itself. When the Lord had made it clear by the words […]

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