1. Definition of Dogma

    Empirical Dogmatics, Volume 1. By Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos

    Definition of Dogma

    Empirical DogmaticsDogmas are the pronouncements of the holy Fathers of the Ecumenical Councils, when they confronted heretical teachings that were altering the revealed truth. First there was a heretical doctrine about Christ, or the Holy Spirit, or the Holy Triune God in general, or concerning the theology of the Persons…

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  2. "Often the Holy Spirit withdraws…" —Elder Sophrony of Essex

Often the Holy Spirit withdraws from us because of one or another impulse of our heart, or perhaps a thought.

    "Often the Holy Spirit withdraws…" —Elder Sophrony of Essex

    Often the Holy Spirit withdraws from us because of one or another impulse of our heart, or perhaps a thought.

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  3. The Seat of Moses, Its Powers and Perils

    What can we do? These are our bishops. We know that they have betrayed Orthodoxy and that they are breaking the Holy Canons that tell us that we must avoid all prayers with the heterodox. We know that they believe in the Anglican Branch Theory and practice ‘eucharistic hospitality,’ and that they preach ‘Marxist Christianity,’ and that their joys and sorrows are one with their theistic…

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  4. Stories of Apocalyptic and Demonic Delusions

    Stories of Apocalyptic and Demonic Delusions by Elder Daniel Katounakiotis

    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…

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  5. Dreams

    Dreams by Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos

    Science of Spiritual MedicinehrDreams

    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…

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  6. A Convenient Christianity

    A Convenient #Christianity by Photios Kontoglou

    photios-kontoglouWe 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…

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  7. Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

    Feast of Saints Peter and Paul by St. Gregory Palamas

    Delivered on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

    Leaders of the Apostles

    by St. Gregory Palamas

    Sts Peter and PaulThe 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…

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  8. Languages: Human and Divine by Hieromonk Haralampos (Skordakis)

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.

    Languages: Human and Divine by Hieromonk Haralampos (Skordakis)

    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.

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  9. Against those who have abandoned the Church and deserted it for hippodromes and theatres

    Against those who have abandoned the Church and deserted it for hippodromes and theatres by St. John Chrysostomos

    agios_chrysostomosHomily 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…

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  10. Sick Catechists

    Sick Catechists by Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos

    Catechists: A Concern In Catechism

    Christ-Child

    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…

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  11. Creation of the World and Man (5 of 6)

    Creation of the World and Man (5 of 6)


    Fr. John Romanides on the Creation of the World and Man (5 of 6)

    …continued from part four.

    empirical-dogmatics2The 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…

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  12. Creation of the World and Man (4 of 6)

    Creation of the World and Man (4 of 6)


    Fr. John Romanides on the Creation of the World and Man (4 of 6)

    …continued from part three.

    Romanides

    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…

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  13. Obituary for Protopresbyter John Romanides (+ 11/1/2001)

    #Obituary for Protopresbyter John Romanides (+ 11/1/2001)

    The Repose of Fr. John Romanides (+11/01/2001)

    Romanides

    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…

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  14. Obituary for Protopresbyter John Romanides

    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…

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  15. Education and Liturgical Ethos

    Education and Liturgical Ethos Greece’s Dostoevsky: The Theological Vision of Alexandros Papadiamandis (Chapter 2)

    Greece’s Dostoevsky: The Theological Vision of Alexandros Papadiamandis

    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…

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