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Saturday, July 2, 2022

God Is Fire (A Homily of St. John Maximovitch)


By St. John Maximovitch

"God is a consuming fire" (Heb. 12:29). When an object touches fire, it changes: it either burns out or hardens.

So a person, touching God, either perishes or is saved.

Fire is always fire! But from touching it, both ashes and steel are obtained, depending on what it touches.

Saturday, June 18, 2022

A Message to the Faithful from the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece: "The Gifts of the Holy Spirit and False Prophets"


June 14, 2022

To the fullness of the Church of Greece that bear Christ's name,

Topic: "The Gifts of the Holy Spirit and False Prophets"

Beloved children of the Lord,

One week after the feast of Pentecost, during which the Church of Christ was revealed to the world, we honor the offspring of this "new creation" of Grace, that is, the Church, who are all the Saints of God, people who are truly Spirit-bearers.

Monday, June 6, 2022

The Ascension of the Lord is the Penultimate Affair of the Second Coming


By Demetrios Panagopoulos, Preacher (1916-1982)
 
One person says:

"On Ascension Day, swimming begins."

This is what man sees ... Beyond his flesh, beyond his pleasures, etc. he does not see.

What is the Ascension? What is celebrated? What do you remember? People do not know this. And due to the fact that they do not know this, they score a low grade, but the fact that they do not want to know this, it nullifies them.
 

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Epiphanios of Salamis and the Doctrine of the Bodily Resurrection

 

In his polemic with pagans and heretics (especially with Origen), Epiphanios reveals the Church teaching about bodily resurrection: “Our holy Mother Church believes, as she herself truly preached and truly prescribed, that we shall all die and be resurrected with this very body and with this very soul (σὺν σώματι τούτῳ, σὺν ψυχῇ ταύτῃ), with all our members, so that each one may receive according to what he has done" (Ancor. 119.11).

Against the pagans, Epiphanios proves the possibility of resurrection with examples from nature: day follows night, awakening follows sleep; seeds planted into the ground, as if dead, germinate and are reborn into a new plant, etc. (Ancor. 833-5). Pagan writers also knew and cited stories about the resurrection of people or their return from the underworld - for example, Alcestis, Pelops, Amphiaraus, Glaucus, Castor, etc. (Ibid. 85.2-4).

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Elder Eumenios Saridakis on How the Third World War Was Avoided By the Intervention of the Panagia


By Monk Simon

Elder Eumenios once told me that the Third World War would have taken place, in the area of Russia, namely Ukraine, and he also said this later when we went on a pilgrimage to Russia.

"We were all at the forefront," he told us.

"What do you mean 'we'?"

"All of us, Father Porphyrios was there, Father Iakovos was there, Father Paisios was there, all of us monks went to the forefront."