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Are You Attending Church Just in Case God is Real?

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 »

ON THE OCCASION OF THE SALUTATIONS TO THE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD

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

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

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 »

What Orthodox Iconography Is

By Photios Kontoglou The religion of Christ is the revelation, by Him, of the truth. And this truth is the knowledge of the true God and of the spiritual world. But the spiritual world is not what men used to—and still do—call “spiritual.” Christ calls His religion “new wine” and “bread that cometh down from Heaven.” The Apostle Paul says, ... Read More »

THE APOSTLES AND THE MISSION

Metropolitan Avgoustinos (Kantiotes) of Florina [1]   The twelve Apostles! These are the twelve foundation stones upon which the Church is built, while Christ himself is the cornerstone; these are the twelve trumpets whose sound goes out to the ends of the earth; these are the twelve stars which illumine the spiritual sky of the Church! I am not here today ... Read More »

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia: Christmas Encyclical 2015

† STYLIANOS By the grace of God Archbishop of Australia to all the Reverend Clergy and devout faithful of our holy Archdiocese Brother concelebrants and God-protected children in Christ who is born, As we celebrate Christmas once again this year, in other words the Mystery of the Incarnation of God the Word (Logos), we are invited to approach God as ... Read More »