The Nativity of the Most-holy Theotokos (September 8)

12B03The Holy Virgin Mary was born of aged parents, Joachim and Anna. Her father was of the lineage of David, and her mother of the lineage of Aaron. Thus, she was of royal birth by her father, and of priestly birth by her mother. In this, she foreshadowed Him Who would be born of her as King and High Priest. Her parents were quite old and had no children. Because of this they were ashamed before men and humble before God. In their humility they prayed to God with tears, to bring them joy in their old age by giving them a child, as He had once given joy to the aged Abraham and his wife Sarah by giving them Isaac. The Almighty and All-seeing God rewarded them with a joy that surpassed all their expectations and all their most beautiful dreams. For He gave them not just a daughter, but the Mother of God. He illumined them not only with temporal joy, but with eternal joy as well. God gave them just one daughter, and she would later give them just one grandson-but what a daughter and what a Grandson! Read more… Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

The Dormition of the Theotokos

The Feast of the Dormition or Falling Asleep of the Theotokos commemorates the death, resurrection, and glorification of Christ’s mother. To help us in our preparation of the feast, it is preceded by a two week fast. As with the Nativity of the Virgin (September 8/21) and the feast of her Entrance to the Temple (November 21/December 4), the Feast of the Dormition also comes from the Tradition of the Church. 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 »

Απολυτίκιο και Κοντάκιο της Συλλήψεως της Αγίας Άννης – Apolytikion and Kontakion of St Anne’s Conception

Η θαυματουργική εικόνα της Αγίας Άννας στο Κυριακό της Σκήτης της στο Άγιον Όρος. The miraculous icon of St Anne at the Kyriakon (the central church) of her Skete on Mt Athos.

Απολυτίκιον. Ήχος δ΄.

Σήμερον της ατεκνίας δεσμά διαλύονται, του Ιωακείμ γαρ και της Άννης εισακούων Θεός, παρ’ ελπίδα τεκείν αυτούς, σαφώς υπισχνείται θεόπαιδα, εξ ης αυτός ετέχθη ο απερίγραπτος, βροτός γεγονώς, δι’ Αγγέλου κελεύσας βοήσαι αυτή· Χαίρε Κεχαριτωμένη, ο Κύριος μετά σού.

Apolytikion. Fourth Mode. Read more… Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

ABORTION: THE ORTHODOX VIEW

Again we pray for the children of God condemned to death by the unjust judgement of men: that the Lord our God would soften the hearts of those who seek their violent destruction, and rescue those who are being led forth to the slaughter, we diligently pray Thee, O Lord, hearken and have mercy!

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Life is a precious gift of God. It is given to us so that we, while completing our earthly course, should acquire Divine Grace, should become members «of the household of God» and spiritual «fellow citizens with the Saints» (Ephesians 2:19). It is for this reason also that the Lord has established His Holy Church. In the life of the Church, of this Kingdom of God on earth, we are already destined for blessedness, and partake of it in proportion to our piety.

But the fall of our forefathers introduced sin deeply into our life. Sin has poisoned it, has become a property of this world: that is why the Apostle John can say that «the whole world lieth in wickedness» (1 John 5:19). This evil surrounds us and lures us with particular force when the opposition to it on the part of the society around us weakens. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

O Virgin Pure / Agni Parthene (Lyrics and mp3)

A Life of Servanthood

The Announciation of Theotokos

The Announciation of Theotokos

 Click to listen «Ti ipermaho»

 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 »