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1st September: Ecclesiastical New Year

September 1, 2014 | By More
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.

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Patriarchal Encyclical for the Ecclesiastical New Year and the Day for the Protection of our Natural Environment

September 1, 2014 | By More
Patriarchal Encyclical for the Ecclesiastical New Year and the Day for the Protection of our Natural Environment

The common Mother of all Orthodox, the Church of Christ, the Body of our eternal Lord and divine-human Jesus Christ, compassionately ministers through all of its activities but especially through the Divine Eucharist, by offering its holy gifts to their Creator in the mystery of salvation.

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

August 30, 2014 | By More
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.

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A Testimony about Greek Fasting Practices in 1798

August 27, 2014 | By More
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.

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Saint Phanourios the Great Martyr

August 27, 2014 | By More
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).

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The Icon as a Unique and Inimitable Fact in the Church

August 25, 2014 | By More
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.

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Hieromartyr Irenaeus, Bishop of Lugdunum (Lyons)

August 25, 2014 | By More
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.

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Questions often asked about the Mother of God the Most Holy Theotokos

August 20, 2014 | By More
Questions often asked about the Mother of God the Most Holy Theotokos

Since Jesus Christ died on the Cross and rose from the dead, conquering death for us, there is no reason why we cannot ask those in heaven to pray for us just as we ask those still living on earth for their prayers. After all, in Christ all are alive.

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The Genuine and True Celebration of the Dormition of the Theotokos

August 20, 2014 | By More
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.

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A Cure for Depression from Saint Silouan the Athonite

August 18, 2014 | By More
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.

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