Τhe Annunciation of the Most Holy Theotokos

We shall continue with our lessons on the theology of icons, with the depiction of the Annunciation of the Theotokos. The event of the Annunciation is described in Luke’s Gospel, in which the Evangelist describes numerous events that are linked to the Theotokos, and especially to the birth of Christ. The birth of Christ is also described by Matthew the Evangelist, but the details that pertain to these events are described by Luke, who had met the Theotokos in person and had learnt of those events – for example of the Annunciation – directly from the Holy Mother.

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The feast of the Annunciation of our Blessed Virgin Mary (March 25)

The feast of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary  is a feast of the Lord and of the Mother of God (Theotokos). It is a feast of the Lord because Christ who was conceived in the womb of the Theotokos. It is a feast of the Theotokos because it refers to the person who aided in the conception and Incarnation of the Word of God, that is, the All Holy Virgin Mary.

Mary (the Theotokos) has great value and an important position in the Church, precisely because she was the person whom all generations awaited, and she gave human nature to the Word of God. Thus the person of the Theotokos is associated closely with the Person of Christ. Furthermore, the value of the Virgin Mary is not only due to her virtues, but also mainly to the fruit of her womb. For this reason, Theotokology is very closely associated with Christology. When we speak of Christ we cannot ignore her who gave Him flesh. And when we speak of the Virgin Mary, we simultaneously refer to Christ, because from Him she draws Grace and value. This shows clearly in the service of the Salutations, in which the Theotokos is hymned, but always in combination with the fact that she is the mother of Christ: «Rejoice, for you are the throne of the king. Rejoice for you bear Him Who bears all things». Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

The Christmas Message of the Ecumenical Patriarch

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Prot. No. 1237 

BARTHOLOMEW

By God’s Grace

Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome

and Ecumenical Patriarch

To the Plenitude of the Church

Grace, peace and mercy from the Savior Christ

Born in Bethlehem

 

Beloved concelebrants and blessed children in the Lord,

Heaven and earth have united

Through the birth of Christ.

Today, God has appeared on earth,

And man has ascended to heaven.

(Christmas Hymn)

The distance and separation between God and humanity resulting from sin has been abolished with the assumption of the entire human nature by the Only-Begotten Son and Pre-eternal Word of God. It was God’s good will – that is to say, His initiative and will – that the incarnation of His Son should abolish all such distance uniting heaven and earth, as well as creation with its Creator. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Ιερα Μονή Φιλοθέου – The Holy Monastery of Filotheou

Η Ιερά Μονή Καρακάλλου. Πανοραμική εξωτερική άποψη. Holy Monastery of Filotheou. A panorama view.

Η Ιερά Μονή Φιλοθέου. Πανοραμική εξωτερική άποψη. Holy Monastery of Filotheou. A panorama view.

Πρώτη αναφορά της Μονής γίνεται σε έγγραφο του 1013, όταν ονομαζόταν «Μονή της Πτέρης» Δύο έτη αργότερα αναφέρεται με το σημερινό όνομά της, το οποίο φαίνεται να είναι το όνομα του κτήτορα. Κατά το 16ο αι., ηγούμενος της ήταν ο άγιος Διονύσιος ο οποίος αργότερα ίδρυσε τη Μονή του Αγίου Διονυσίου στον Όλυμπο. Στη Φιλοθέου μόνασε κατά το 18ο αι. και ο πολύς, άγιος Κοσμάς ο Αιτωλός. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Ιερά Μονή Μεγίστης Λαύρας – The Holy Monastery of the Great Lavra

Η Ιερά Μονή Μεγίστης Λαύρας. Πανοραμική εξωτερική άποψη. A panoramic view of the Holy Monastery of the Great Lavra.

Η Ιερά Μονή Μεγίστης Λαύρας. Πανοραμική εξωτερική άποψη. A panoramic view of the Holy Monastery of the Great Lavra.

Ιδρύθηκε από τον άναμορφωτή του αθωνικού μοναχισμού, όσιο Αθανάσιο τον επονομασθέντα Αθωνίτη, περί το 963, με δαπάνες του αυτοκράτορα Νικηφόρου Φωκα. Έχει τά πρωτεία στην τάξη των αγιορείτικων μονών και πρόκειται για ένα από τα μεγαλύτερα οικοδομικά συγκροτήματα του Αγίου Όρους. Ο βασικός πυρήνας του Καθολικού της οικοδομήθηκε από τον Όσιο, περί το έτος 1000. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

A Life of Servanthood

The Announciation of Theotokos

The Announciation of Theotokos

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 In today’s modern context, the Greek word δούλος (doulos) usually means «servant»or «slave». It has such a negative connotation, people thinking that they are somehow subordinate and inferior to everyone else. No one ever wants to be called a δούλος( doulos), but rather an ηγεμόνας (hegemonas), someone who exercises authority over others, ruler. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »