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  • Photo of The Lord’s Ascension: the Visible Sign of God’s Reconciliation with Us

    The Lord’s Ascension: the Visible Sign of God’s Reconciliation with Us

    By Monk Gennadios The Lord’s Ascension is the visible sign of God’s reconciliation with us, but also the glorification of our human nature. This reconciliation and our glorification were achieved through the incarnation of the Son and Word of God, His teachings, His voluntary Passion, His glorious Resurrection, culminating in His Ascension into heaven. The…

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  • Photo of A common cause of depression and phobias is perfectionism.

    A common cause of depression and phobias is perfectionism.

    Protopresbyter Themistoklis Mourtzanos ‘Not everyone can attain perfection, either because they lack the zeal or because they do not have the strength’ (Saint John of the Ladder) A common cause of depression and phobias is perfectionism. Perfectionists are never satisfied. They don’t enjoy the good they achieve or encounter in their lives, because they’re thinking…

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  • Photo of ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he should be born blind?’

    ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he should be born blind?’

    Hierodeacon Rafael Misiaoulis, Theologian Christ has risen! He has risen indeed! The sixth Sunday after Easter and we hear in church the Gospel reading concerning the Lord’s healing of the man who had been blind since birth. The healing of the blind man was a stinging rebuke to the Pharisees, who were not minded to…

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  • Photo of Instagram lets users hide likes to reduce social media pressure

    Instagram lets users hide likes to reduce social media pressure

    The aim is to “depressurize people’s experience” on the platform, the social media giant said. Users with the feature enabled will now see the username of a follower who has liked the post, “and others”, instead of a number. The tool has been tested in several countries since 2019, but it is now being rolled out globally.…

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  • Photo of St. Porphyrios on how to raise children in the Orthodox Faith.

    St. Porphyrios on how to raise children in the Orthodox Faith.

    “A child needs to be surrounded by people who pray and pray ardently. A mother should not be satisfied by giving her child a physical caress, but should also coddle it with a caress of prayer. In the depths of its soul the child senses the spiritual caress that its mother conveys to it and…

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  • Photo of How to raise children: Advice from St. Porphyrios.

    How to raise children: Advice from St. Porphyrios.

    “When children grow up in an atmosphere of freedom and at the same time are surrounded by the good example of grown-ups, they are a joy to see. The secret is to be good and saintly and to inspire and radiate. The life of the children seems to be affected by the radiation of their…

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  • Photo of On the Sunday of the Paralytic

    On the Sunday of the Paralytic

    By Saint John Chrysostom In a gold-mine, even the most insignificant vein isn’t overlooked, however difficult it might be to work. So, with the Holy Scriptures, you ignore even a jot or tittle at your peril. Everything needs to be examined. The Holy Spirit has dictated them and there’s nothing in them unworthy of our…

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  • Photo of Saint Helen and the Beneficence of Women

    Saint Helen and the Beneficence of Women

    By Protopresbyter Vasileios Kalliakmanis, Professor of the Theological School, A.U.Th. a) Women played a decisive role both in spreading the Christian message of the Resurrection as well as in the practical application of the supreme Gospel commandment of love. From the lambent day of the Resurrection of Christ, when the Myrrh-Bearing Women went to the…

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  • Photo of Homily for Sts. Constantine and Helen, equal to the Apostles

    Homily for Sts. Constantine and Helen, equal to the Apostles

    On May 21st, the Church commemorates two saints with particular gratitude, for the great services rendered to God. They are St. Constantine, and his mother St. Helen. St. Constantine was born in the town of Nysos (which is now the city of Nis in Serbia) around 275 AD. His father, Constantius Chloros, was of Greek-Illyrian…

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  • Photo of The First-Fruit of the New World

    The First-Fruit of the New World

    The Gospel reading for the Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women (Mark 15, 43-47; 16, 1-8) relates two important events: the burial of Jesus’ body by Joseph (15, 43-47) and the visit of the myrrh-bearing women to the empty tomb (16, 1-8). The burial is the last act of the drama of the crucifixion, with which…

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