The Holy Elder Joseph the Hesychast said:
” It’s only in our voluntary crucifixion, denial, constraining…that we come therefore to know in depth the unity of the God-Man, the Incarnation, and the Mystery and His bond to us, our unity to Him. …To know yourself is MUCH GREATER than to see angels. But you will come to know yourself through suffering, through the Cross, and death on the…
I Believe…: A Short Exposition of Orthodox Doctrine ±±± Concerning God the Father I believe in God the Father, Who is without beginning, indescribable, incomprehensible, Who is beyond every created essence, Whose essence is known only to Himself, to His Son and the Holy Spirit; as it says in the Holy Scriptures, upon Him even the Seraphim dare not gaze.
The Theologian of Empirical Theology
By Metropolitan Hierotheos (Vlachos) of Nafpaktos
The following homily was given on the feast of St. John Chrysostom on 13 November 2011 in order to commemorate the ten year anniversary since the repose of Fr. John Romanides (+ 11/01/2001).
Our Church today celebrates the memory of Saint John Chrysostom, a great Father of the Church, a fiery and inspirational…
Hesychia as our Method of Healing
One of the fundamental methods of curing the soul is stillness in the full sense of the word. I believe that we have already made this clear. Contemporary man is seeking healing for his life, especially for his inner condition, precisely because he is over-strained. Therefore one of the messages which Orthodoxy can offer to the contemporary weary,…
Please listen to this Palm Sunday (mentions Bridegroom Matins) sermon. mp3 VERY POWERFUL!!!
Reproduced with permission from the author, James L. Kelley (4/2014). For personal use only.
Lectures on Christology in the Works of Protopresbyter John Romanides
by James L. Kelley
The Ancestral Sin I
“Here we can grasp one of the most characteristic features of anthropological philosophy. (—) If we wish to grasp its real meaning and import, we must choose not the…
The holy Elder Philotheos Zervakos of the island of Paros in Greece liked to talk about a layman who used to go frequently to services at St.
When the grace of God moved my heart to come to this blessed place of quietude and prayer it was February in the year of Our Lord 1910. My desire was to go to the Skete of Kavsokalyvia, where the Blessed Akakios, who came from the same place as I did, was living the ascetic life and where two brothers after the flesh, both hieromonks and from my home town, were also living. One of these, the…
1. On Sanctification and Dispassion
We have already said how difficult it is to describe spiritual figures. We repeat this once again, adding that it is a very bold undertaking to try to enter into the depths and breadth of illumined minds and spirit-bearing beings. But this attempt becomes even harder when the person undertaking it is ignorant and inadequate to the task. We have therefore ‘cast…
By St. Porphyrios the Kapsokalyvite (+1991).
What saves and makes for good children is the life of the parents in the home. The parents need to devote themselves to the love of God. They need to become saints in their relation to their children through their mildness, patience and love. They need to make a new start every day, with a fresh outlook, renewed enthusiasm and love for…
A NIGHT IN THE DESERT OF THE HOLY MOUNTAIN ORTHODOX PSYCHOTHERAPY 1st Volume THE ILLNESS AND CURE OF THE SOUL IN THE ORTHODOX TRADITION…
THE DERANGED DERIDE THE DEMENTED Or People Will Confess Other People’s Sins (But Not Their Own)
Philokalian distinction between Orthodoxy and heresy by Protopresbyter George Metallinos 1. Introduction
It is a known fact that a precise definition of Orthodoxy as a Church is impossible, because “Orthodoxy-Church” is a Divine-human magnitude and, as far as its divine element is concerned, it supersedes every intellectual-logical conception. So, if we wished to somehow define Orthodoxy,…
Three Part Series “An Introduction to the Dogmas and Methods of Ecumenism”
by Presbyter Peter Heers
These podcasts were originally recorded for Ancient Faith Radio, but due to policy changes they were not included among the “Postcards from Greece”, a podcast which Fr. Peter hosts there. We are posting them here for our readers’ edification.
In the city of Útopos,1 on Ágnostos2 Street, Morós3 the Student intercepts Charíton4 the Monk on his way to the Hagía Sophía5 Monastery.
Morós: Well, holy monk, what do you think of the election of the new Pope? Was it not thrilling?
Monk: It does not concern me.
Morós: Oh, you are one of those fanatical fellows who lives in a monastery that flies a black flag, and everyone sticks his head…