The importance of Hesychasm in the History of Orthodoxy

1. Hesychasm* constitutes the quintessence of Orthodox tradition, having related itself to everything that the term “Orthodoxy” embodies and expresses. Orthodoxy outside the Hesychastic tradition is unthinkable and nonexistent. Besides, Hesychasm itself is the “philosopher’s stone” by which one can recognize the genuine Christian image. In the Orthodox tradition, the “divine charismas” are acquired through […]

Orthodoxy’s Worship

1. Christian Worship Ever since its founding on the Day of the Pentecost, Christianity (as the Church of Christ), was expressed not only as a teaching but also as worship, which held a centremost place in its life. Worship proved to be not only the means by which the Church expressed Her most profound self, […]

“From Water and Spirit”-The Theology of the Holy Baptism

1. The major interpreter of the Divine Liturgy, Saint John Kavasilas (14th century) links the existence of the Church to Her sacraments. “The Church is denoted (revealed) by the sacraments” he underlines, implying chiefly with this the par excellence sacrament of the Church: the Divine Eucharist. There can be no ecclesiastic reality without sacraments; in […]

Orthodoxy as Therapy

If we wished to conventionally define Christianity, as Orthodoxy, we would say it is the experiencing of the presence of the Uncreated (=of God) throughout history, and the potential of creation (=mankind) becoming God “by Grace”. Given the perpetual presence of God in Christ, in historical reality, Christianity offers mankind the possibility of theosis, just […]

Jesus Christ: The Light and the Hope of the World

With the year 2000, Christianity completed two millennia of historical presence and witness. However, the term “Christianity” contains the reference to Jesus Christ, given that the Divine-Human was the One who salvifically “invaded” the world during a historical point in Time, changing the very course and the meaning of History. The completion of Christianity’s second […]

Christmas Encyclical 2011

Christmas Encyclical of His Eminence Metropolitan Nektarios of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia To the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Members of the Parishes of the Orthodox Metropolitanate of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia and the entire Orthodox Family in South East Asia     Beloved Brothers and Sisters On December […]

Tropical Storm hit Northern Mindanao-Flood-hit Mindanao residents prepare to bury dead

COUNTING THE DEAD. About 40 persons were killed and 240 reported missing in Iligan City alone after a flashflood hit 11 of its villages at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday following rains spawned by Storm “Sendong”. The military, police, and medical teams have been conducting rescue and retrieval operations since the weekend when Sendong floods inundated […]

The Nativity Sermon of Saint John Chrysostom

BEHOLD a new and wondrous mystery. My ears resound to the Shepherd’s song, piping no soft melody, but chanting full forth a heavenly hymn. The Angels sing. The Archangels blend their voice in harmony. The Cherubim hymn their joyful praise. The Seraphim exalt His glory. All join to praise this holy feast, beholding the Godhead […]

On the Nativity by Saint Leo the Great of Rome

I. All share in the joy of Christmas Our Saviour, dearly-beloved, was born today: let us be glad. For there is no proper place for sadness, when we keep the birthday of the Life, which destroys the fear of mortality and brings to us the joy of promised eternity. No one is kept from sharing […]

On the Incarnation or becoming Man of the Son of God

1. THE MYSTERY OF THE INCARNATION. God who is all-powerful could have liberated the human race from the hands of the Devil by a single command. Had he done that, however, we would have known only his All-powerfulness, which we already knew. We would not have known his Compassion and Love in spite of the […]