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Lenten Reflections & Exhortations

Necessity of Forgiveness

Forgiveness a profound event - Bishop Kallistos Ware

What happened in the parable Jesus taught about the king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants? This story is found in Matthew 18:21-35. It is a powerful story about the necessity of forgiveness. It clearly tells us that forgiveness is not an option if we want to be included in His kingdom. The story is about a king ... Read More »

Reduce stress: Live the Liturgical Cycles

Holy Fire Service - Pascha

Modern life is full of stress and busyness. We have many worries and find it difficult to cope with all that comes our way. This is the modern normal. How can you break this stressful situation? The Church has a great secrete for this. It’s not really a secrete but is not widely known or followed.What I am going to ... Read More »

Are You Attending Church Just in Case God is Real?

Lidcombe NSW_Russian Orthodox Church

I saw this headline the other day and thought how common this view is today. The story was about the many people who find themselves in Church on Easter and Christmas and other times who are not real belivers. They say they go, “Just in case God is Real.” It seems there are so many Orthodox Christians who appear to ... Read More »

The Missing Beatitude


Archbishop Stylianos Harkianakis If blessedness means happiness, then the theme of the Beatitudes is always a timely one, since there is no other good, so intensely and systematically pursued by people, than happiness. And if some of the good aims, pursued by people, are called by a name other than happiness, (for instance riches, glory, power, beauty etc.) again there ... Read More »


Miracle Working Icon of the Axion Estin

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 »

Ecumenical Patriarchate of Contsantinople: Lenten Encyclical 2016

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CATECHETICAL HOMILY ON THE OCCASION OF HOLY AND GREAT LENT   † 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 and Peace  from Our Saviour Christ,  together with our prayer, blessing and forgiveness. Beloved and blessed brethren and children in ... Read More »

Letter from Taybeh: Lenten Greetings 2016

A Palestinian from the community of Al-Hadidya in the Jordan Valley herds livestock. Struggling to survive on the land, Al-Hadidiya is an example of a community at the sharp end of life in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Dear Friends of Saint George Taybeh, I pray and hope all of you will have a blessed Holy Great Lenten journey filled with many fruits of the Holy Spirit. I started the Holy Great Lenten Journey in the best possible manner on Clean Monday lighting candles at the 4th century ruins of St George and staring down at the Jordan ... Read More »

Overcoming the Vice of Anger


The ability to keep silent is very highly valued in human society. Not without reason is it said that silence is golden, but the word is silver. A silent person is able to control his thoughts, words, and actions. It is for this reason that silence was (and still is) so highly appreciated in the ascetic practice of the Church. ... Read More »


The Church Fathers have much to say about how we should approach Great Lent and Holy Week in all its aspects – fasting, prayer, our actions. They recognise that simply going through the motions of abstaining from certain kinds of foods while not paying attention to how we live our lives amounts to following the letter of the law, not ... Read More »