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Our great Church … in captivity

ALEXANDER BILLINIS Forgive me for borrowing from the title of Byzantine historian Sir Steven Runciman’s inimitable book on the Patriarchate during the Ottoman era, but the term is apt, I fear, when describing today’s Ecumenical Patriarchate. As diaspora Greeks, we are under the jurisdiction of this ‘captive’ Patriarchate. While the Patriarchate’s state of thrall to the Turks is not the ... Read More »

Canonization of Two New Saints by the Ecumenical Patriarchate

On Tuesday, November 27, 2013, the Sacred and Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate decided the formal inclusion in the List of Saints of the Orthodox Church of elder Porphyrios of Kafsokalivia and of venerable Meletios of Lardos.  Feast Day of Saint Porphyrios of Kafsokalivia: December 2nd. Feast Day of Saint Meletios of Lardos: February 12th. Saint Porphyrios Bairaktaris of Kafsokalivia ... Read More »

The Blessed Memory of Fr John Maitland Moir, 1924 – 2013

ORTHODOX MINISTER PUT AN ECCENTRIC SPIN ON LIFE Fr John Maitland Moir, 1924 – 2013 At Edinburgh University, the flag flew at half-mast in honour of Father John  Maitland Moir, the Orthodox Chaplain to the university. His life had elements of  the popularised, practical and unconventional Christianity of C.S. Lewis, to  which he added layers of spirituality and asceticism. He ... Read More »

CALABRIA: ITALY’S HOLY MOUNTAINS

Prologue Throughout Christian history, many places have arisen to spiritual prominence due to either their legacy of martyrdom or monasticism. Naturally within peaceful times where there were few people being martyred for the Faith, monasticism assumed a greater role within Christian witness, and within the era of the undivided Christian ecumene, numerous monastic centres became centres of prayer, asceticism and ... Read More »

Saint Kosmas Aitolos (1714-1779) Feast Day on the 24th August

SAINT  KOSMAS AITOLOS Seventeen centuries after St. Paul journeyed across Greece, a solitary man of God travelled the same country from border to border, sea to sea, and island to island in a magnificent religious spirit, which strengthened the fires of Christianity and the flickering hopes of a nation, that was straining under the yoke of Turkish occupation after nearly ... Read More »