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Development of the Lenten Fast

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Fasting, in preparation for Pascha was universal in the Early Church, both in the East and in the West, as evidenced by various second and third century references to the practice. Eusebius, in his Ecclesiastical History makes reference to St Irenaeus who had written on the debate regarding the date for Pascha and on the nature of the period of ... Read More »

Syria and the Greek revolution

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Two hundred years ago, it was the Greek freedom fighters who sought to enlist the assistance of Syria in their quest for independence DEAN KALIMNIOU Currently, tens, if not hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria have or are travelling to Greece, in order to seek refuge from the brutal war that has blighted their homeland, a war that has ... Read More »

Diatribe: Saint Demetrios

St Demetrios of Thessalonica

      Saint Demetrios’ popularity in the Orthodox faith as a warrior saint is strange considering the Church’s pacifist teachings  Dean Kalimniou – Neos Kosmos – 20 Oct 2014 The traditional iconography of some of the ‘warrior’ saints of the Orthodox Church has always disconcerted me a little. Saint Eustathios, Saint Minas, Saint George and Saint Dimitrios are invariably ... Read More »

The 9 Martyrs of Cyzicus (Kyzikos)

On the 28th April, we commemorate the memories of Thaumasius, Theognes, Rufus, Antipater, Theostichus, Artemas, Magnus, Theodotus, and Philemon. The city of Cyzicus which presently lies in ruins next to the modern town of Panormos (Bandirma) is located on the southern shore of the Marmara Sea in Asia Minor (Turkey). In its heyday it was a major centre of agriculture, ... Read More »