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Saint Theophan the Recluse: What it means to be Diligent

Seeking to live the life according to God’s will is what we are called to do.  This Saint Theophan calls being diligent. Here is how he puts it.  Our entire lives, in all their parts and  details, must be devoted to God. The general rule is that everything you do should be done according to the Divine will and for ... Read More »

The Australian Newspaper: Islamist ideology poses a threat to other faiths

THE AUSTRALIAN – MARCH 29, 2016 The Pope celebrated Easter by washing the feet of Muslims and praying for peace. Islamist militants celebrated Easter by slaughtering Christians. Jihadist groups state openly their mission is to destroy Christianity, but Barack Obama refuses to acknowledge that Islamism is a political ideology rooted in violent theology. Western counter-terrorism strategy commonly reflects Obama’s false ... Read More »


By Archbishop Stylianos Harkianakis of Australia The period of compunction containing Salutations to the Mother of God commenced a short while ago. For five Consecutive weeks, the Churches and our souls will resound with the multiple “hail” that are chanted to her. We were taught this “greeting” to the Virgin Mary by the Archangel but, as we repeat it, we ... Read More »

Revolution of the Mind: WHITE/BLANK PROTEST VOTE

Andreas C Chrysafis The battle for the May 2016 parliamentary elections in Cyprus is in full swing and sabres crisscrossing between rival groups are rattling like never before. On the other hand people are in a sombre mood with electoral fatigue, apathy and a feeling of betrayal by the political establishment implicated in financial scandals, institutional corruption and banking fraud ... Read More »

Phronema: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary

When St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College was established in 1986, its founding dean, His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, envisaged it as a haven of scholarly learning that would be framed by the ethos of the Orthodox Church. It only seemed natural that such a place would produce its own research, and that the outlet for this research would be a ... Read More »

ROCOR: Australian and New Zealand Diocesan Council Meeting March 2016

On Thursday 3 March 2016, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion hosted meetings at his residence in Croydon, NSW, of the Spiritual Council, the Board of the Russian Orthodox Church (NSW) Property Trust, and the Diocesan Council. In addition to Metropolitan Hilarion, participating in this full day of meetings were His Grace Bishop George and Diocesan Council members Mitred Archpriests Michael Protopopov ... Read More »

Vegetarian Gemista (Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers)

INGREDIENTS: *3 medium-sized bell peppers *2 tomatoes, diced *2 cloves of garlic, minced *1 onion, diced *1 tsp dried parsley *1 tsp dried oregano *2 tsp dried basil *1 tsp salt *2 cups white rice *1 cup water METHOD: Preheat oven to 180 C (350 F). Carefully remove the tops of the peppers using a sharp knife. Remove the seeds ... Read More »


By Gabe Martini Contemporary scholars and certain Christian groups today tend to approach the study of scripture as archaeology. Rather than receiving the scriptures as God-breathed tradition in the life of the Church, the text is abstracted from its incarnate context, subjected to scientific analysis. While much can be learned, of course, from a knowledge of Greek, Aramaic, and Hebrew, this ... Read More »