NOTES ON THE “PALAMITE” CONTROVERSY AND RELATED TOPICS. PART I
The Greek Orthodox Theological Review
Volume VI, Number 2
Published by the
Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Theological School Press
Protopresbyter John S. Romanides
Note about the name Latin. The Romans gave the name Latin to those Italian tribes who revolted demanding Roman citizenship.…
It has become clear that the prophetic era is inseparably connected with the apostolic and patristic tradition, and this patristic tradition continues the apostolic era until our own time.
“One issue that needs a lot of clarification is the matter of the period of the patristic tradition. When does the patristic period begin and when does it end? For the Fathers of the Church themselves, the…
Orthodoxy’s Worship: The Sanctification of the Entire World
by Protopresbyter George Metallinos
The Sanctification of the Entire World
The objective of ecclesiastical worship is the sanctification of the entire world.Man’s life is sanctified, but so is the environment that surrounds him. Within the boundaries of worship, Man is projected in Christ as the master…
Klaus Kenneth explains how we live in a civilization of pleasure and vanity. But this all is fake and the point is to find real pleasure and true glory.
Time moves differently in a vigil than it does outside of liturgical services. It slows down as psalm after psalm after psalm is read and peace descends upon Israel. And then it speeds up like rapids approaching a roaring waterfall as it draws closer to that mystery before which Angels shield their hallowed eyes. And then, when the Lord so wills, it as though time stops entirely and eternity…
When you cut down a tree, all its branches immediately whither. Conversely, when a tree is watered at the roots, its branches stand strong and healthy. Parents resemble a tree. The father and mother comprise the roots of the children. When a father and mother are watered with fasting, prayers, almsgiving, and other virtuous deeds, then God protects the children…
When an apple tree produces sour…
Klaus Kenneth speaks for a society where pleasure, hedonism and vanity dominate. ±±±
“A certain Elder was with his disciples in a place were there were cypresses — some small and some large. The Elder said to one of his disciples: ‘Uproot this cypress.’ It was a very small tree, and the brother uprooted it with just one hand. The Elder then pointed out another one, a little larger than the first, and said to him: ‘Cut down this one as well.’ He managed to move it with both…
The Elevation of the Bread in Honour of the Most Holy Mother of God
by St Maximos the Greek
The Only-Begotten Son and Word of God, who became a human person for us (though He was sinless), voluntarily underwent the crucifixion, death and burial so that our human nature, which the father of evil had caused to be cast out of paradise in olden times, could be elevated. Christ rose, however, and was…
On The Difference Between the Jesus Prayer & Yoga
They say that the “Jesus prayer” and the way it is practised is a Christian yoga and is connected with prototypes of Eastern religions. What do you have to say about this?
– It seems that those who say this are completely ignorant of the grace-filled state of our Church, since we obtain divine grace through the Jesus prayer. They have not…
The following conversation was recorded by monastic spiritual children from Greece of Elder Ephraim of Arizona, formerly of Philotheou, who visited him in May 2014 at the Sacred Monastery of Saint Anthony the Great in Arizona.
Elder Ephraim: Look at this photograph of Elder Joseph the Hesychast. I had a great spiritual father. He was fire – fire, a phenomenon of a man. He thought…
Human societies have need of laws if they are to function correctly, and such societies are described as well-ordered. The existence Of laws is essential because fallen man with his passions creates huge social problems, since the principle of individual rights applies. This means that each person, in his attempt to exercise his rights to the full, comes into direct confrontation with other…
Both love and duty today fashion my homily for your charity. It is not only that I wish, because of my love for you, and because I am obliged by the sacred canons, to bring to your God-loving ears a saving word and thus to nourish your souls, but if there be any among those things that bind by obligation and love and can be narrated with praise for the Church, it is the great deed of the…
There are those of whom I speak and who are called heretics by me. They are the ones who say that in our present age there is no one in our midst who is able to observe the commandments and be like the holy fathers….Those who declare this is impossible have fallen not into one particular heresy but into all of them, so to speak – a heresy surpassing all others in its impiety and greatest blas…