FOTOGRAFIA – Pictures of Greece and Cyprus Today

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CLOSER TO GOD – One of the magical lures of Greece and steeped in ancient tradition and centuries of history, the monastery of Simonos Petra, at the Orthodox monastic sanctuary of Mount Athos, in northern Greece is set to mark its 100 year anniversary since becoming Greek sovereign territory after the region was freed from Ottoman rule. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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A Nation in Crisis


Sunken boat at Kerkyra.

29/05/2011 Article and photographs by Fr Gerasimos Koutsouras

During our recent trip to Greece, we were fortunate to visit a beautiful land which was rich in history, monuments, and culture. But at the same time we witnessed a society in crisis. The word crisis comes from, the Greek word krisis, which means, the moment of judgement, the moment at which things could go any way. Survival or collapse. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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Democracy vs Mythology: The Battle in Syntagma Square

I have never been more desperate to explain and more hopeful for your understanding of any single fact than this: The protests in Greece concern all of you directly.

What is going on in Athens at the moment is resistance against an invasion; an invasion as brutal as that against Poland in 1939. The invading army wears suits instead of uniforms and holds laptops instead of guns, but make no mistake – the attack on our sovereignty is as violent and thorough. Private wealth interests are dictating policy to a sovereign nation, which is expressly and directly against its national interest. Ignore it at your peril. Say to yourselves, if you wish, that perhaps it will stop there. That perhaps the bailiffs will not go after the Portugal and Ireland next. And then Spain and the UK. But it is already beginning to happen. This is why you cannot afford to ignore these events. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Mighty in Meekness – St. John the Russian (May 27)

One of the most popular saints among Greeks today is St. John the Russian whose incorrupt relics are the boast of the island of Euboia. The multitudes who visit his shrine are such that there is daily bus service to the shrine from Athens. Countless miracles flow from his relics and icons, and even now-when the spirit of the world is having such an oppressive effect on traditional Greek piety–icons of the Saint are often found in buses and in nearly all Orthodox homes. St. John was neither a celebrated hierarch, nor an eloquent theologian, but a simple young man who spent the better part of his life in a stable. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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Athens backs villagers’ fight for German compensation over 1944 SS massacre

Greek civilians look on as the Germany army makes its way to Thessaloniki in April 1941. Photograph: Getty

George Papandreou’s decision to support claims at International Court of Justice risks row with Berlin when its financial help is needed

A Nazi massacre remembered by Greeks as one of the worst atrocities of the second world war is threatening to plunge relations between Athens and Berlin to a new low amid rising criticism of Germany‘s failure to pay compensation.

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Greece, Armenia ‘butchered’ by Turkey, says Greek president

Greece and Armenia were “butchered” by Turkey in their past, the Greek president told his Armenian counterpart yesterday as he bemoaned a costly arms race with Ankara that helped create Greece’s vast debts.

“We were butchered by the same barbarian,” President Karolos Papoulias told his counterpart Serzh Sdargsyan who began a three-day visit.

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On the prayer before Communion – Για την προσευχή προ της Θείας Κοινωνίας

Praying Before the Communion, Megara. Painting of Theodoros Rallis 1890

Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh

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

Every time we come to Communion we say to the Lord that we come to Him Who is the Saviour of sinners, but we also state that we consider ourselves as the greatest of all. How much truth is there in such a statement when we make it? Or how can we make such a statement? Is it true? Can we truly say that we do consider ourselves the worst of all sinners? John of Kronstadt in his «Diary» makes a point which I believe is very important; he says that he also asks himself this very question, and he can answer it in all honesty, because, he says, if others had been given so much love, so much grace, so much Divine revelation as was given to him, they would have borne fruit which he proved unable to bear.

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