The Sunday after Pentecost.

On this day, the Sunday after Pentecost, we celebrate the feast of all the Saints from throughout the inhabited world, in Asia, Libya and Europe, in North and South.

Verses

I sing the praise of each friend of my Lord,

If any would, let them now list them all. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Ιερα Μονή Οσίου Γρηγορίου – The Holy Monastery of Gregoriou

Ιερα Μονή Οσίου Γρηγορίου. Εξωτερική άποψη. Holy Monastery of Gregoriou. External view.

Ιερα Μονή Οσίου Γρηγορίου. Εξωτερική άποψη. Holy Monastery of Gregoriou. External view.

Ιδρύθηκε κατά το 14ο αι. από κάποιον όσιο Γρηγόριο. Ανασυγκροτήθηκε κατά το δεύτε¬ρο μισό του 18ου αι. και διπλασιάσθηκε το οικοδομικό συγκρότημα της κατά τα τέλη του 19ου αι. Το Καθολικό, τιμώμενο στον άγιο Νικόλαο, κτίσθηκε λίγο μετά τα μέσα του 18ου αι. και τοιχογραφήθηκε το 1779. Ο κοιμητηριακός ναός των αγίων Πάντων κτίσθηκε το 1724 και έχει ενδιαφέρουσες τοιχογραφίες του 1739. Η Μονή ανέπτυξε εξαιρετική δράση κατά το Μακεδoνικό Αγώνα, με το μετόχι της «Μπαλαμπάνι» της Σιθωνίας Χαλκιδικής, όπου σήμερα ο Νέος Μαρμαράς. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

All Saints Sunday

All Saints. Greek icon from the Holy Monastery of Stavroniketa of Mount Athos (late 16th - early 17th cent.)

All Saints. Greek icon from the Holy Monastery of Stavroniketa of Mount Athos (late 16th - early 17th cent.) From "Pemptousia" magazine.

Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh

In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.

The Mother of God and the Saints whose memory we keep today, those who are known to us because God has revealed them and because they have been understood and recognised, either by their contemporaries, or years, at times – centuries later, all the Saints are the response of the earth to the love of God. And this response is given by them not only in their own name but in the name of all creation and in our names also; because each of us has the privilege to be called by one name, our Christian name, the name of one of those Saints. And the Saints whose names are ours stand before God and pray that their name should not be made unworthy in the eyes of the Lord. The Saints of God embrace the whole of Creation in their love, in their intercession, in their prayer, in their real, continuous presence. How wonderful it is that we belong to this vast family of men, of women, of children who have understood what the Lord meant when He came, and lived, taught and died for us! They responded with their own heart, they understood with all their mind, and they accepted His message with all their determination, to overcome in themselves all that has been the cause of the crucifixion; because if only one person on earth had strayed, fallen away from God, Christ would have come to save at the cost of His life. This is His own testimony to a Saint of the early centuries who had been praying that the sinners should be confounded; and Christ appeared to him, and said, “Never pray that way! If one sinner have existed, I would have died for him.” Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »