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The ‘Evyenios Voulgaris’ Scholarship Programme for Advanced Studies in Orthodox Spiritual Life and Theology 2020-2021

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Scholarship Programme ANNOUNCEMENT 2020-2021             The Saint Maxim the Greek Institute, with the support of the Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopaidi, is introducing the ‘Evyenios Voulgaris’ Scholarship Programme. Evyenios Voulgaris (1716-1806) served as principal of the Athoniada School, which had been established by the Holy Monastery of Vatopaidi. In...

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What Are Your Treasures in Heaven?

Wed, 2020/02/26 - 6:29pm

Do you have a piggy bank? Do you have somewhere you keep your extra money, or where you try to save for something? You probably keep it in a safe place, because it is a little treasure for you, isn’t it? Today’s Gospel reading gives us some special advice for...

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The Lenten Plan—Worship

Wed, 2020/02/26 - 2:26pm

Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.  You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.  But the hour is coming, and now is,...

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Cultural Tradition and Continuous Renewal

Wed, 2020/02/26 - 8:30am

Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana   Although he was an innovator [In Athens the Greeks asked ‘May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears…’ (Acts 17, 19-20)], the attitude of the Apostle of the Gentiles towards the achievements...

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My Struggle is too Ugly, so I Suffer in Silence

Tue, 2020/02/25 - 2:24pm

I said “I will guard my ways, that I may not sin with my tongue; I bridle my mouth, so long as the wicked are in my presence.”  I was dumb and silent, I held my peace to no avail; my distress grew worse and my heart became hot within...

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Sunday of the Last Judgement

Tue, 2020/02/25 - 8:31am

Metropolitan Anthony Bloom †   13th February 1972 In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. Today, on our preparation journey towards Lent, we have come to an ultimate stage: we are confronted with judgement. If we pay attention to it, next week our spiritual destiny...

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You Don’t Do Stupid Things When You Feel Full

Mon, 2020/02/24 - 2:22pm

God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7 One year at summer camp, after doing an activity where everyone encouraged each other, I asked the campers, “How do you all feel?”  They said “We feel really full.” ...

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Saint Païsios Gave him a Knife to Take Revenge With!

Mon, 2020/02/24 - 8:30am

There was a man from Halkidiki whose son was killed on an air training mission. The co-pilot survived. The father was inconsolable and, in his pain, decided that the co-pilot was responsible. He planned revenge. He learned the man’s address, his movements and made plans to kill him. Some acquaintances...

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Actions and Habits

Sun, 2020/02/23 - 2:19pm

“When the Son of man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on his glorious throne. Before Him will be gathered all the nations, and He will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and He...

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Last Judgement (Mat. 25, 31- 46)

Sun, 2020/02/23 - 8:30am

Metropolitan Anthony Bloom †   In the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Today’s parable is so familiar to us that we may well not even notice its message. And it speaks to us of two things. It reminds us of the fact that...

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It’s Not What Goes into Your Mouth, but What Comes out That Matters

Sat, 2020/02/22 - 2:17pm

Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. Only take care lest this liberty of yours somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if any one sees you, a man of knowledge,...

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Reflections on the future of Orthodox Theology after Crete, on the publication of the book ‘The Patristic Witness pf Georges Florovsky Essential Theological Writings’

Sat, 2020/02/22 - 8:30am

Watch Rev. Dn. Dr. Anastasios Brandon Gallaher’s speech at the International Conference “The Theological Legacy of Archpriest Georges Florovsky”. The conference was organised by the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Patriarchal Institute for Patristic Studies. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is a 501(c)3...

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I Sin Most on Wednesdays

Fri, 2020/02/21 - 2:16pm

O God, be not far from me; O my God, make haste to help me! Psalm 71:12 Is there a day of the week where you are more likely to sin? Or least likely? My answer for the day I’m most likely to sin is Wednesday. Why Wednesday? Every Sunday,...

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‘From synthesis to Symphony: The Legacy of Fr. Georges Florovsky and the Future of Theology’

Fri, 2020/02/21 - 8:30am

Watch Very Rev. Dr. John Behr’s speech at the International Conference “The Theological Legacy of Archpriest Georges Florovsky”. The conference was organised by the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Patriarchal Institute for Patristic Studies. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is a 501(c)3 and an...

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God’s Glory Will Change You

Thu, 2020/02/20 - 2:12pm

Moses said to the Lord, “See, Thou sayest to me, ‘Bring up this people’; but thou hast not let me know whom Thou wilt send with me. Yet Thou hast said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor in My sight.’ Now therefore, I pray Thee,...

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God Wants Us to Help the Hungry

Thu, 2020/02/20 - 9:41am

Have you ever had a chance to help the hungry? Not just making a snack for yourself, but really helping some people who don’t have much to eat or money to buy food. Have you packed meals, or have you given money to IOCC or a local food shelf? Have...

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Dimitirios Magouris: ‘Open to me the gates of repentance’

Thu, 2020/02/20 - 8:30am

Listen now      The pre-cleansing period of the Triodio will bring us to the gates of Great Lent. It’s a period of intense liturgical activity and spiritual watchfulness, as demonstrated by the poetic discourse of these days. The hymns which follow the reading of Psalm 50 have a special...

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Be a Follower, Not a Fan

Wed, 2020/02/19 - 9:41am

Now when Jesus saw great crowds around Him, He gave orders to go over to the other side. And a scribe came up and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests;...

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St. Philothei of Athens 1522-1589

Wed, 2020/02/19 - 8:30am

St. Philothei lived in the Turkish-occupied, sixteenth-century Athens. Her spiritual and social work was groundbreaking, especially for a woman of that era. It was accomplished within the Church and dedicated to the service of the Greek people as a continuation and consequence of Orthodoxy and Romanity. On 19 February 1589,...

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Let the Spirit Lead

Tue, 2020/02/18 - 9:38am

Teach me the way I should go, for to Thee I lift up my soul. Deliver me, O Lord from my enemies! I have fled to Thee for refuge! Teach me to do Thy will, for Thou art my God! Let Thy good Spirit lead me on a level path!...

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