Elder Daniel Katounakiotis: Stories of Apocalyptic and Demonic Delusions
Endowed with uncommon intelligence and thirsting for learning, Elder Daniel (+1929) had devoured the patristic books and plundered the treasures of the Spirit. Many monks who had fallen into various delusions through ignorance or a spirit of pride were saved by the intervention of Elder Daniel. Like his namesake, the Prophet…
By Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos
In the previous chapter we discussed fantasy and imagination, the damage they cause to our spiritual health, and how we can be ultimately healed of their negative influence.
Dreams are also closely linked with imagination, as we shall see in the following pages. Because many Christians are inexperienced in this aspect of spiritual warfare and…
We have made our own Christianity, a convenient, humane and reasonable Christianity, as the Grand Inquisitor of Dostoevsky says, because the Christianity taught by Christ is inapplicable, inhumane.
Instead of rising towards Christ, who said “if I am lifted up from the earth I will draw all people to Myself”, we have brought Him down to where we are, and have made a Christianity that agrees with…
Delivered on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul
Leaders of the Apostles
by St. Gregory Palamas
The commemoration of each of the saints on the appointed feast day is an occasion for town and country, citizens and their rulers to share in rejoicing, and brings great benefit to all who celebrate. “The memory of the just is praised,” says the wise Solomon (Prov. 10:7), “When the righteous is praised…
The Meaning and understanding of words and language of the rational nature of man in the Church, contrasted with that of the world; with comments on biblical scholarship contrasted with that of the Holy Fathers.
Homily of our father among the saints, John Chrysostomos, Archbishop of Constantinople…
Against those who have abandoned the church and deserted it for hippodromes and theatres.
Can this be tolerated? Can this be accepted? I want to call you to witness against yourselves. That is what God did with the Hebrews. He called them as witnesses against themselves when he said: “My people, what have I…
Catechists: A Concern In Catechism
By His Eminence Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos and Agiou Vlasiou
In the recent gathering of Hierarchs of the Church of Greece (02/21/2013), His Eminence Metropolitan Paul of Sisanion and Siatista suggested the theme “Concerns In Catechism” with knowledge and arguments, in a lovely and nice way.
Catechism is an important work of the Church that takes place…
Fr. John Romanides on the Creation of the World and Man (5 of 6)
The previous post was a transcript from a less than clear recording of a classroom lecture of Fr. John Romanides, in which there could be minor errors in transcription and translation. The post below is a summary of the lecture from the notes of a student of Fr. Romanides that is word for word, and fills…
Fr. John Romanides on the Creation of the World and Man (4 of 6)
From a classroom lecture of Protopresbyter Fr. John Romanides delivered on February 4, 1983 at the University of Thessaloniki. The lecture can be heard here. Certain words and phrases cannot be made out, so were left out of the translation below. Keep in mind as well that this lecture is very…
The Repose of Fr. John Romanides (+11/01/2001)
Your writings and godly teachings have gone out to all the world; you have revealed the way of repentance. (Vesperal Stichos to St. John Chrysostom)
The late Protopresbyter Fr. John Romanides, Professor of Theology and Teacher of Romiosini, one of the greatest Orthodox theologians of the 20th century, reposed on 1 November 2001.
Fr. John reposed in…
The Repose of Fr. John Romanides (+11/01/2001) Your writings and godly teachings have gone out to all the world; you have revealed the way of repentance.
(Vesperal Stichos to St. John Chrysostom) The late Protopresbyter Fr. John Romanides, Professor of Theology and Teacher of Romiosini, one of the greatest Orthodox theologians of the 20th century, reposed on 1 November 2001.Fr. John reposed in…
Papadiamandis’s views on the education of the clergy are expressed indirectly through his stories, as in the preceding examples, and more directly and extensively in his article, “Priests of the Cities and Priests of the Villages.”
When they speak of the education of the clergy, what do they mean by education? Don’t they mean book learning? The priests of the generation before this one were…
The absence of true pastoral care on the part of the shepherds is a cause of doctrinal divergence, delusion, and heresy.
Since the majority of people thirst for religious instruction and those responsible and competent do little to meet this need by drawing on pure and orthodox sources rather than foreign and distorted ones, it was only to be expected that many pious and well-intentioned people…
Fr. John Romanides on the Creation of the World and Man (3 of 6)
The Creation of Man
“Now it was necessary that man should in the first instance be created; and having been created, should grow; and having grown, should reach maturity; and having reached maturity, should multiply; and having multiplied, should be strengthened; and having been strengthened, should be…
Fr. John Romanides on the Creation of the World and Man (2 of 6)
E) Recording the Experience of Revelation
- “Revelational experience is formulated in created words and concepts. The God-seeing Prophets, Apostles and Fathers use the perceptions of the people of their era in order to put their experience into words. Their basic teaching is that God created the world and…