Άγιος Ιωάσαφ ο Μετεωρίτης (1349/50 – 1422/23)

Σχετικό άρθρο: Άγιος Αθανάσιος ο Μετεωρίτης (1302-1380)

Ο άγιος Ιωάσαφ ήταν υιός τού ευσεβή ηγεμόνα της Ηπείρου και Θεσσαλίας Συμεών Ούρεση Παλαιολόγου (1359-1370), πού καταγόταν από τον βασιλικό οίκο των Νεμάνια και ανακηρύχθηκε «τσάρος τών Ελλήνων, των Σέρβων και των Αλβανών». Η μητέρα του Θωμαΐδα ήταν κόρη τού δεσπότη της Ηπείρου Ιωάννη Β΄ Ορσίνη (1323-1335) και αδελφή τού τελευταίου δεσπότη της Ηπείρου Νικηφόρου Β΄ Ορσίνη (1338-1340, 1356-1359).

Ο κατά κόσμον Ιωάννης γεννήθηκε κατά το 1349-50. Η καταγωγή της μητέρας του ήταν άπό τή βυζαντινή αυτοκρατορική οικογένεια των Παλαιολόγων…. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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Όσιος Γεννάδιος ο Ηγούμενος της Μονής Βατοπαιδίου (14ος αι.)

Υπήρξε ηγούμενος της Ιεράς Μονής Βατοπαιδίου. Η αγιότητα του βίου του τον αξίωσε να ακούσει φωνή από την εικόνα της Θεοτόκου.

Σε καιρό επιδρομής πειρατών στη μονή ο ευλαβής ηγούμενος άκουσε φωνή από την εικόνα της Παναγίας, της λεγομένης Παραμυθίας, να του λέγει: «Μη ανοίξητε σήμερον τας πύλας της Μονής, αλλ΄ αναβάντες επί των τειχών αποδιώξατε τους πειρατάς». Έκπληκτος ο όσιος βλέπει την αγία εικόνα, από την οποία προήλθε η φωνή να μεταμορφώνεται. Το πρόσωπο της Παναγίας έγινε ζωντανό, όπως και το πρόσωπο του Χριστού πού βαστούσε. Ο Χριστός άπλωνε το δεξί του χέρι, για να καλύψει τα χείλη της και στρέφοντας το πρόσωπο του προς εκείνη είπε: «Μη, Μήτερ μου, μη είπης αυτοίς τούτο, αλλά τιμωρηθήτωσαν ούτοι πρεπόντως». Η Υπεραγία Θεοτόκος κρατώντας με αγάπη το χέρι του Υιού της επανέλαβε τους ίδιους λόγους· να μην ανοίξουν σήμερα τις πύλες της Μονής λόγω των πειρατών. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

The Baptism of Our Lord

King of all, you accepted also to be baptized in the Jordan by the hand of a servant, so that, having sanctified the nature of the waters, you, the sinless one, might make a way for our rebirth through water and Spirit and re-establish us in our original freedom Prayer from the Blessing of the Waters

It is most providential that God authentically and completely understands us; our emotions, struggles, life and even death, as He experienced them through taking human flesh by the incarnation and birth of His Son, out Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!  Beyond our understanding and experience of humility is the offering that God made to His creation, in the form of His Son.  As recipients of this Divine love and compassion, we are obligated to recognize and offer glory to our Father in heaven for His love and all the forms we receive it.

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Resolutions…

Metropolitan Philaret Voznesensky, the New Confessor:

1. Remember, you are a son (daughter) of the Orthodox Church. These are not empty words. Remember the commitment this entails.

2. Earthly life is fleeting; one is hardly aware of the swiftness of its passing. Nevertheless, this transient life determines the eternal destiny of your soul. Do not forget this for a moment.

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Pilgrimage on Mount Athos – Greece

Date: 20. – 25.10.2011.

Organisator: Some friends of Mount Athos – Kleanthis Symeonides

Conduct: Kleanthis Symeonides, E-mail: ksymeonides@cytanet.com.cy

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Thomas Hammarberg, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, in favor of reopening Halki

A briefing discussion – review of the progress made so far on religious freedoms and human rights on the life of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Greek Diaspora was held between the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, who visited Phanar with two of his associates.

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Miracles by the Holy Belt of Most Holy Theotokos (Virgin Mary) [Volume 15]

23. The odds of survival were few
«My name is Koulina Glodarenko. I live in Konstanza, Romania, at Mircea cel Batran 152, A, and I am the chief accountant at the hospital.
I am writing to you to inform you about a terrible event which had a good ending with the grace of God.
On the 5 January 1999, my husband, Victor, had a stroke. He was taken to hospital and a few days later his kidneys stopped functioning. The tests showed that his condition was very serious. Even though the doctors used every method to keep him alive, the odds for his survival were very few. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

The Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos

This feast of the Protection of the Theotokos is neither one of the Twelve Great Feasts of the Church nor is it a commemoration of any events in the earthly lives of our Lord or His Mother. So why does the Orthodox Church here in twenty-first-century North America keep this feast?

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Miracles by the Holy Belt of Most Holy Theotokos (Virgin Mary) [Volume 13]

11. Our Lady saved me
30.3.1998
In an interview with «A.T» newspaper, Sergeant Christos Petropoulos, who is stationed at Petralona Attikis, says that while he was chasing a Romanian convict, he was shot at. The bullet pierced his wallet.
«Do you know what saved me?» he asks. «Our Most Holy Lady did. I have a piece of the ribbon blessed on her Holy Belt kept in my wallet and I never go without it».

Miracles by the Holy Belt of Most Holy Theotokos (Virgin Mary) [Volume 12]

17. I am feeling better
21.4.1996
Yiannitsa
A year ago I had severe backache. For a while I could not even stand. I went to see a doctor and had a prayer read to me in church. A few days later I felt better. I continued to work, trying to avoid lifting heavy weights. I also went to another doctor and underwent some mecial proceedure. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

New Hieromartyr John Karastamatis of Santa Cruz

Fr. John Karastamatis was born in 1937 in the Greek village of Apoika, on the island of Andros. As a boy on the island of Andros, John witnessed many miracles with which God blessed the pious villagers, and thus he was made aware of the closeness of God to the lives of those who seek Him. The heavenly saints, especially the local ones, also manifested their closeness and the power of their intercessory prayer by appearing to and helping the people. John nourished his young soul by learning of the lives of these saints and martyrs, whose unquenchable desire to be faithful to Christ in the face of deprivation, torment and physical death inspired him to also be a servant of God. Although he did not attend any theological school, he wanted to put his faith into practice by someday becoming a priest. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Liturgical Gestures

Orthodox worship is characterized by a complete utilization of the senses sight, smell, hearing, speech and touch. We see the candles, Icons, frescoes, etc., we hear the sounds of singing and reading, at times lifting up our own voices, and we smell the characteristic odor of the incense. The whole of the human person is involved in worship, and important among the senses is the actual deportment of the human body. The attitude of the Orthodox Believer to worship is reverential, and certain types of bodily movements are utilized to reinforce this sense of reverential piety we stand during the services, we make bows and prostrations, and with great frequency, we make the Sign of the Cross. Accordingly, there are several types of Bows, depending on the solemnity of the moment.

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Orthodox Christianity and the Idea of Homosexual Marriage

By Fr. Chrysostom MacDonnell
Priest of St. Dunstan’s Antiochian Orthodox Church, Poole-Bournemouth

In the film, Monty Python’s The Life of Brian, there is a scene where a group of revolutionaries are discussing tactics. One of them, played by Michael Palin, suddenly announces that he wants to be a woman from now on and have babies. After a certain puzzlement, the group decides that, although he can’t actually have babies, they agree that he has the right to have babies. Perfectly in line with the post-modern culture of rights, even outside the bounds of nature, this satire seems to mirror recent events in the Swedish Lutheran Church.

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New Mosque Project Sparks Controversy In Moscow

MOSCOW — People in a southeastern Moscow district have begun a campaign to stop the construction of a new mosque, RFE/RL’s Tatar-Bashkir Service reports.

More than 1,000 people in the Russian capital’s Tekstilshchiki district signed a petition on September 11 protesting plans for the construction of a new mosque in the area.

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Ground Zero mosque…

As sympathetic as I am toward opponents of the proposed Ground Zero mosque, I don’t think they realize how fortunate they are to be able to voice their opinions.

Eastern Christians have never had such luxury. The former cradle of Christianity is now filled with mosques. Many were originally our churches, and were taken as spoils of conquest. Consider Hagia Sophia, the Church of Holy Wisdom. Built in the seventh century, this magnificent temple was later visited by emissaries of the Russian Prince Vladimir, a pagan seeking a new faith. “We knew not whether we were in heaven or on earth,” the delegates reported, adding, “we know only that God dwells there among men.” Hagia Sophia was the Patriarch of Constantinople’s cathedral for a thousand years, until 1453. Then, after generations of effort, the Turks sacked the capital, extinguishing Eastern Christendom’s temporal glory and throwing millions of Orthodox Christians into centuries of darkness.

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The Monastic Grades

When one desiring the monastic life enters a monastery, he normally passes through three steps or stages: 1) Probationer (Novice including Riasaphor), 2) Monk of the Lesser Schema (Cross-bearer or Stavrophore), and 3) Monk of the Great Schema (Russian Skhimnik). The Probationer who enters a monastery desires to do so in order to acquit himself worthily in the angelic state, so called because Monks renounce all wordly things, do not marry, do not acquire and hold property, and live as do the Angels in Heaven, glorifying God night and day and striving to do His Will in all things.

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To Arrest People for Orthodox Belief in Georgia

O, Lord, save Your people, And bless Your inheritance.

Grant victories to the Rulers over Barbarians.

And by virtue of Your Cross, Preserve Your commonwealth.

In order to say; Glory to You, Lord” _

With this chant 8 orthodox Christian defendants met unfair and slanderous sentence passed by Tbilisi City Court under the government instructions. Such was, first of all, an order of American Ambassador to Georgia, Mr. Bass, who in the very first days made a statement about the incident in Television Company “Caucasia” and expressed hope that the case would be properly investigated. In several days following this statement he visited Ilia Chavchavadze State University. By doing so, he showed his respect to Mr.Gigi Tevzadze and to a handful of individuals, so called “liberals” associated with him, representing an opposition party against the Orthodox Christians during the “Caucasia” incident. Acting in this manner the American Ambassador clearly showed the Georgian Government what kind of Justice was to be administered and who was to be punished.

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«This Was From Me»

The Theotokos of Vladimir, one of the most ven...

The Theotokos of Vladimir

By Metropolitan Manuel Lemeshevsk

Have you ever thought that everything that touches you touches Me as well? For that which touches you touches the apple of My eye.

You are dear in my eyes, precious, and I have loved you; therefore it is a particular pleasure for Me to educate you.

When temptations arise against you, and the enemy comes like a river, I want you to know—This was from Me.

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Swiss Theologian Gabriel Bunge Becomes Orthodox

Fr. Gabriel Bunge was a Benedictine monk in Switzerland who had been living the eremitical life since 1980. As a Patristics scholar, he has contributed many articles and books to numerous spiritual and monastic journals.

On August 27, 2010 Fr. Gabriel converted to Orthodoxy in the presence of Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk and Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia during an All-Night Vigil at the Church of the ”Joy of All Who Sorrow” Icon in Bolshaya Ordynka Street in Moscow.

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Elder Joseph the Hesychast

Monasticism recognizes several venerable people, monks, who, in their time, left indelible marks in the history of the Orthodox Church. We can rightfully say that one of those leaders of monasticism is the venerable elder, father Joseph the Hesychast from the Holy Mount. He is the reviver and the guide of present monasticism in the Holy Mount, as well as Greece and America. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

St. Alexander of Svir (30 August) and His Monastery in Russia (with many pictures)

From a contemporary travel chronicle:*

Thursday, August 22, 2002

We crossed the Svir River, arriving at the renowned Monastery of St. Alexander of Svir.

The Monastery is composed of two separate clusters of buildings. The older section no longer functions as a Monastery, but rather as a mental hospital. The newer section is renovated and well equipped. It has an enormous interior courtyard with a free-standing Katholikon [main church] in the center. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Οn the creation of the Angels

S A C R E D   C A T E C H I S M   O F   T H E EASTERN ORTHODOX CHURCH I.E. OF THE ONE HOLY CATHOLIC AND APOSTOLIC CHURCH

By ST. NEKTARIOS OF PENTAPOLIS

(Translated from the Greek original by Proptopresbyter George Dion. Dragas PhD, DD, DTh)

ON THE CREATION OF THE ANGELS

1. Did God create, apart from the creation of the sensible cosmos and the creation of man, any other rational beings?

 Yes. He did. God created another super sensible and spiritual world, and other intelligent beings, reason-endowed and self-determined. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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On the creation of the cosmos and man.

S A C R E D   C A T E C H I S M  O F   T H E EASTERN ORTHODOX CHURCH I.E. OF THE ONE HOLY CATHOLIC AND APOSTOLIC CHURCH

By ST. NEKTARIOS OF PENTAPOLIS

(Translated from the Greek original by Proptopresbyter George Dion. Dragas PhD, DD, DTh)

1.What is it that we call “cosmos” (i.e. ornament)?

 The term “cosmos,” meaning “ornament” (in its original Greek connotation), specifies the totality of the creation, because creation is characterized by an inherent order and harmony. The creation is divided into the visible and the invisible cosmos; Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Him, with all eternal and incorruptible divine riches.

The newly-glorified St Justin of Ćelije writes the following in his work, The Orthodox Church and Ecumenism:

The hierarchy, in all its theanthropic values and dimensions, comes essentially from the eternal High Priest, the priest forever (Ps. 109:4), the Theanthropos, the Lord Christ, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity. Theanthropy is, therefore, the essence and criterion of hierarchy. It is from Him and He is in it (cf. Eph. 4:11-13). For this reason, He identifies Himself with it as He says to the holy apostles: He that heareth you heareth Me; and he that despiseth you despiseth Me… And, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world (Lk. 10:16; Matt 28:20). Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Message by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for World Environment Day

MESSAGE

By His All Holiness

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

For World Environment Day

(June 5, 2010)

Inasmuch as, at the Ecumenical Patriarchate, we have long been concerned about problems related to the preservation of the natural environment, we have ascertained that the fundamental cause of the abuse and destruction of the world’s natural resources is greed and the constant tendency toward unrestrained wealth by citizens in so-called “developed” nations.

The holy Fathers of our Church have taught and lived the words of St. Paul, according to which “if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these” (1 Tim. 6.8), adhering at the same time to the prayer of Solomon: “Grant me neither wealth nor poverty, but simply provide for me what is necessary for sufficiency.” (Prov. 30:8) Everything beyond this, as St. Basil the Great instructs, “borders on forbidden ostentation.” Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »