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Condolences from Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I to the Coptic Orthodox Church on the Death of Pope Shenouda III

To the faithful people of the Coptic Church in Egypt and throughout the world, our beloved in the Lord: grace and peace from on high. The world’s heart stopped briefly in mourning as we all learned the sad news that His Holiness Pope Shenouda III fell asleep in the Lord. Yet, we do not mourn…

Exploring the Tur Abdin A Forgotten Treasure of Southeastern Turkey

29 /1/2012 PAT YALE , MARDİN Imagine a landscape of narrow country roads hemmed in by dry stone walls. Imagine village after honey-colored village, each with its church tower punctuating the skyline. Imagine golden-stoned houses blending softly into the scenery. The cotswolds in the UK? No, believe it or not this is a description of…

2011 Christmas Encyclical of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

Istanbul, Turkey 12/20/2011 + B A R T H O L O M E W By the Mercy of God Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch To the Plenitude of the Church Grace, Peace and Mercy from our Savior Born in Bethlehem “Christ is born again and the Angels sing once more: ‘Glory to…

THE MONASTERIES IN POLAND ARE PROOF THAT THE CHURCH IS ALIVE

An interview with Archimandrite Athanasius (Nos), abbot of the monastery of St. Onuphrius the Great in Jabłeczna, Poland. Archimandrite Athanasius (Nos) has two obediences in the Church: he is the abbot of the famous monastery of St. Onuphrius in Jabłeczna, and the dean of all Orthodox monasteries in Poland. Although the number of Orthodox monasteries…

WE HAVE THROWN OUR SOULS TO THE GARBAGE DUMP

By Metropolitan Pavlos An interview with Metropolitan Pavlos of Sisanion and Siatista Metropolitan Pavlos of Sisanion and Siatista, born in Chalkida-Evia, who has dedicated a great deal of time to social service, has spoken his mind in an interview with the Greek news agency Romfea concerning the problems facing the Greek public and the Church….

What is repentance and confession?

MANY CONFESS, BUT FEW REPENT What is repentance and confession? By Monk Moses of Holy Mountain Confession is a God-given commandment, and it is one of the Sacraments of our Church. Confession is not a formal, habitual (”to be on the safe side”, or, ”in view of upcoming feast-days”), forced and unprepared act, springing from…

I LOOK FOR THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD, AND THE LIFE OF THE AGE TO COME

By St. John Of Shanghai Our grief for our loved ones who have died should be inconsolable and boundless, had the Lord not given us eternal life. Our life would be senseless if it ended in death. What benefit would there be from virtue, or from good deeds? Then they would be right who say,…

Orthodoxy is the Fruit of My Whole Life as a Christian and a Monk

“Orthodoxy is the Fruit of My Whole Life as a Christian and a Monk”- Father Gabriel Bunge By Archpriest Pavel Velikanov Jan 25, 2011, 10:00 Translated by Svetlana Tibbs Edited by Jacob Aleksander Brooks and Isaac (Gerald) Herrin A famous Swiss Catholic theologian, Hieromonk Gabriel Bunge, converted to Orthodoxy on August 27th 2010 in Moscow,…

The Monks of the Arizona Desert

By Fr. Panayiotis Papageorgiou Jan 20, 2011, 10:00 They surrender their lives to the “Geronta” or “Elder” or “Starets” trusting him to lead them to perfection and sanctification-”theosis”. They always gaze toward the Cross of Christ seeking the strength and consolation of the Crucified and Risen Lord. Through Prayer, Obedience and Humility they become “like…

Personal Experience

By Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann Nov 8, 2010, 10:00 Several years ago a French publishing house asked a cross-section of famous people –writers, philosophers, artists– to contribute to a small book, entitled What I Believe. … Their responses were profoundly different from one another, and each essay is fascinating to read. One and the same faith…

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