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The Holy Icon of Panagia of the Akathist

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The Holy Icon of Panagia of the Akathist

One of the most treasured and revered Icons of Mount Athos is that of Panagia of the Akathist Hymn or Salutations of the Holy Monastery of Dionysiou. It is the oldest Icon chronologically of all of the others of Mount Athos. It is made of beeswax and mastich, a product derived from tree sap along […]

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The Story of the Miraculous Icon of the Virgin Known as “Paramithia” (Comfort, Consolation) at the Holy Mountain Monastery of Vatopedi

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The Story of the Miraculous Icon of the Virgin Known as “Paramithia” (Comfort, Consolation) at the Holy Mountain Monastery of Vatopedi

In olden times there came once to the Holy Mountain a band or pirates to enter into and loot one of the wealthiest monasteries of the Holy Mountain, the Monastery of Vatopedi. They arrived in the evening and hid in the bushes around the monastery so that they could enter as soon as the gates […]

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The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

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The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

When the Most-holy Virgin Mary reached the age of three, her holy parents Joachim and Anna took her from Nazareth to Jerusalem to dedicate her to the service of God according to their earlier promise. It was a three-day journey from Nazareth to Jerusalem but, traveling to do a God-pleasing work, this journey was not […]

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The Story of the Miraculous Icon of the Virgin Mary known as “Ktitorissa” at Vatopedi Monastery

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The Story of the Miraculous Icon of the Virgin Mary known as “Ktitorissa” at Vatopedi Monastery

  About the year 910 AD an army of countless Arabs from Syria conquered Crete and Sicily and all the Greek Islands. Some of them came to the Monastery of Vatopedi, on the eastern coast of the Holy Mountain (Mt.Athos) to raid it. When the Caretaker of the holy Altar (Vimataris) saw them coming, he […]

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Truly Theotokos

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Truly Theotokos

  The theological term “Theotokos” is one of the most fundamental of Christian piety. Writes St.John of Damascus: “We hold that God was born of her. We do not imply that the divinity of the Word received from her the beginning of its being; but we do imply that God the Word Himself, Who was […]

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Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos on the Immaculate Conception

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Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos on the Immaculate Conception

  No one is born free of the ancestral sin. The fall of Adam and Eve and its consequences were inherited by the whole human race. Of course even the Panagia could not be freed from the ancestral sin. The words of the Apostle Paul are clear: “for all have sinned and fall short of […]

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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on the Immaculate Conception

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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on the Immaculate Conception

In this interview Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, comments on the Latin dogma of the “Immaculate Conception”. Interviewer: The Catholic Church this year celebrates the hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. How does the Eastern Christian and Byzantine Tradition celebrate the Conception of Mary and her […]

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The Nativity of the Theotokos

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The Nativity of the Theotokos

The Holy Virgin Mary was born of aged parents, Joachim and Anna. Her father was of the lineage of David, and her mother of the lineage of Aaron. Thus, she was of royal birth by her father, and of priestly birth by her mother. In this, she foreshadowed Him Who would be born of her […]

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A Strange Scene in the Icon of the Dormition

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A Strange Scene in the Icon of the Dormition

In many icons of the Dormition of the Theotokos, one can see a strange scene near the bottom: an angel invisibly cuts off the two hands of a certain man. What is the story behind this scene? Bewailing their separation from the Mother of God, the Apostles prepared to bury Her all-pure body. A solemn […]

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The Miraculous Icon of Panagia Soumela

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The Miraculous Icon of Panagia Soumela

According to church tradition the icon of Panagia Soumela took its name from the Monastery of Soumela in Pontos of Asia Minor. The name “Soumela” comes from “Stou Mela”, i.e. “at the mount Melas” and consequently signifies a particular locality in Pontos. The icon of Panagia that bears the name of this historic Monastery had […]

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The Summer Pascha

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The Summer Pascha

  The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary   Concerning the Dormition of the Theotokos, this is what the Church has received from ancient times from the tradition of the Fathers. When the time drew nigh that our Savior was well-pleased to take His Mother to Himself, He declared unto […]

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A Conversation about honoring the Most Holy Mother of God

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A Conversation about honoring the Most Holy Mother of God

In the “conversation” that follows, the red print represents the Russellite’s arguments (which are exactly the same arguments that any Protestant would support) and in black print are the arguments of our O.O.D.E. colleague.   Certain intense expressions by both persons are justified, given the immediacy of the conversation in the forum.  We are certain that neither of the two […]

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