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Why Jesus Had to be Virgin Born: Saint Maximus the Confessor Explains

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Why Jesus Had to be Virgin Born: Saint Maximus the Confessor Explains

Pleasure and Pain According to St. Maximus the Confessor In his Centuries on Theology St. Maximus the Confessor refers to the nexus of the dualism of pleasure and pain, which, by any standard, is an important subject. This means that we cannot discuss Orthodox Theology if we fail to face this crucial point, because the transcendence of […]

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A Christmas Epistle by Saint Justin Popovich

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A Christmas Epistle by Saint Justin Popovich

Perfect God and Perfect Man: Christ Is Born! Glorify Him! God is born on earth, and moreover He is born as a man: perfect God and perfect man—the unique God-man. And He has forever remained as the God-man both on earth and in heaven. Indeed, the God-man is the first perfect man on earth. Perfect […]

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Christmas at the Ecumenical Patriarchate

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Christmas at the Ecumenical Patriarchate

On Tuesday, Christmas Day, 2012, His All-Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch presided over the Divine Liturgy on the great Feast of the Lord’s Nativity at the Patriarchal Church of St. George. In attendance were numerous pilgrims and youth from all over the world.The liturgy was followed by Fr. Konstantinos Kenanidis ordination as Deacon.Fr.Konstantinos will serve the […]

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The Institution of the Synaxis of the Theotokos

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The Institution of the Synaxis of the Theotokos

After a great feast, the Orthodox Church traditionally honors the memory of those persons who played a chief role in the events commemorated by the feast. The Most Holy Mother of God occupies first place after Christ, in the events con­nected with the Nativity of our Lord. For this reason, in the first centuries, the […]

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Saint Proclus’ Homily for December 26th

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Saint Proclus’ Homily for December 26th

On the Incarnation of the Lord by St. Proclus of Constantinople Many different festivals brighten our manner of living, transforming by festive cycles the pain of the hardships of life. For just as those who comefrom stormy seas rejoice in harbors as if in the arms of life, so too do we, distressed by many circumstances, rejoice in […]

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The Mosaics of the Journey to Bethlehem and of the Nativity of Christ in Chora

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The Mosaics of the Journey to Bethlehem and of the Nativity of Christ in Chora

The Chora Church was originally built as part of a monastery complex outside the walls of Constantinople, to the south of the Golden Horn. Literally translated, the church’s full name is the Church of the Holy Savior in the Country. The original church on this site was built in the early 5th century, and stood […]

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On the Feast of the Nativity of Christ our Saviour by Archbishop Gregory of Thyateira and Great Britain

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On the Feast of the Nativity of Christ our Saviour by Archbishop Gregory of Thyateira and Great Britain

“The Mother of Feasts”, the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ on earth in the form of a man, “when the empersonned brightness of the Father’s glory appeared to the human race”1: this is what we are celebrating once again this year with ineffable joy and sacred hope. Christ the God-man entered human history and […]

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The Fourteen Thousand Holy Children of Bethlehem

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The Fourteen Thousand Holy Children of Bethlehem

When the Magi from the east did not return to Jerusalem from Bethlehem to inform Herod about the newborn King but rather, at the angel’s command, returned to their homeland another way, Herod became as enraged as a wild beast and ordered all the children two years old and under in Bethlehem and its surroundings […]

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Miracle of Saint Basil the Great against the Arians

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Miracle of Saint Basil the Great against the Arians

While the wicked Emperor Valens was in Nicaea, prominent Arians approached him requesting that he drive the Orthodox from the cathedral and give it to them. The ruler, himself a heretic, forcibly removed the faithful and allowed the dissenters to occupy the building, after which he left for the Imperial City. The entire community of […]

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Saint Basil on Human Trafficking

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Saint Basil on Human Trafficking

Christianity has uprooted many barbaric customs from the society of man. But some of those customs – praiseworthy from the pagan point of view, but shameful from the Christian point of view – are, even to the present day, like hidden corruption oozing from a supposedly healed wound. One of these customs is the unlawful […]

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