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 »

«We are the akritai of Hellenism»: Interview with the Founder and President of the Orthodox Party in Lebanon

Interview with the Founder and President of the Orthodox Party in Lebanon,
Rodrigue (Dimitri) El Khoury

with Antonia Patsidou
 
1) The Hellenic Orthodox community in Lebanon, lists on the 3,000 Hellenes- Greeks. The Hellenic speaking regions of the country are mainly concentrated in the capital Beirut, and in Tripoli, at North Lebanon.
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Maurice Banjoko – ‘How I became Orthodox’

Maurice Banjoko from Nigeria, Investment Consultant, in his interview with Pemptousia talks about how he became Orthodox. Δείτε το βίντεο:

In Memory Of The Millions of Victims Of The Orthodox Christian Holocaust

Compiled by Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
Boise, Idaho
U.S.A.

History Of Asia Minor: 1894-1923

During 1894-1923 the Ottoman Empire conducted a policy of Genocide of the Christian population living within its extensive territory. The Sultan, Abdul Hamid, first put forth an official governmental policy of genocide against the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire in 1894.

Systematic massacres took place in 1894-1896 when Abdul savagely killed 300,000 Armenians throughout the provinces. Massacres recurred, and in 1909 government troops killed, in the towns of Adana alone, over 20,000 Christian Armenians.

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St. Patrick, the Enlightener of Ireland (March 17)

The great Apostle and Enlightener of Ireland, St. Patrick, was born to a noble Roman family of Gaul or Britain in the year 387. At the age of 16 he was carried off by Irish marauders and sold as a slave to an Irish chieftain, who put him in charge of his sheep. Six years later, after the prompting of an angel, the saint fled to Gaul where he placed himself under the spiritual direction of St. Germanus of Auxerre. For 18 years he prayed and struggled and studied and was often granted a vision of Irish children calling out to him: O holy youth, come back to Erin, and walk once more amongst us.»

Celestine I, the Bishop of Rome, commissioned St. Patrick to bring the people of Ireland into Christ’s one, true fold, and so during the summer of 433 he and his companions arrived in Ireland. They were immediately persecuted by the druids and other pagans, but the saint’s meekness and wonderworking, as well as his God-inspired ability to preach the Gospel, resulted in the conversion of many thousands. In particular, St. Patrick had to do spiritual battle with the arch-druid, Lochru, who, by the power of demons and through many incantations, tried to maintain his influence on the Irish. On one occasion Lochru, like Simon Magus, was able to levitate himself high into the air in a display of sorcery; but the moment St. Patrick knelt in prayer, Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Saint Syncletica (January 5)

St Syncletica. Fresco by Elder Sophrony Sakharov at the refectory of St John the Baptist Monastery in Essex.

Our holy mother Syncletica was born at Alexandria in the course of the fourth century to rich and devout parents, who came originally from Macedonia. From her youth, she had been seen as an excellent match on account of her great beauty, intelligence and virtues, and she had many suitors; but she remained deaf and blind to every worldly attraction, for she aspired only to spiritual marriage to Christ, the heavenly Bridegroom. Bringing her flesh into subjection by fasting and austerities of every kind, she constantly gathered her spirit in the depths of her heart and cried out night and day: My Beloved is mine, and I am His (Song of Songs 2:16).

On the death of her parents, she distributed her great fortune to the poor and then, accompanied by her blind sister, she fled far from the city. Read more… Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Saints are the Aristocracy of Mankind

By Evagelos Sotiropoulos

When Ian Miller’s parents visit his son’s soon to be in-laws in the 2002 blockbuster movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, they’re introduced to no less than 10 Nicks.

While overlooking the exaggerated (albeit not by much) tradition of naming a child after its grandparent, there’s actually a more profound, religious reason behind Greek – indeed all Orthodox Christian – names.

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