Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Ecclesiastical Liturgical Time: The Kingdom of God on Earth


By Stylianos Gerasimos
(Theologian - Musician)

The Church is not subject to time. As the body of Christ it enters the world of the Kingdom of God. This synthesis of the world and the Kingdom of God creates the eschatological period of the Church, which is connected with liturgical time in the context of the Divine Eucharist. Within liturgical time the Church with its feasts, moveable and immoveable, sanctifies the daily life of man, because the center of liturgical time is the Divine Liturgy. Everything is included within it. This is because the feasts of the Church are not simply events, but an opportunity for communion with the Church. With annual feasts and the weekly festal cycle, the believer lives the Kingdom of God on earth.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Hieromartyr Kosmas the Aitolos (+ 1779) [1 of 2]

St. Kosmas Aitolos (Feast Day - August 24)

By Monk Moses the Athonite

The great Equal to the Apostles, the enlightener of the enslaved Nation, the wondrous, holy, glorious and beloved by the people Hieromartyr, was born in the village of Megalo Dendro of Aitolia in 1714. Specifically he was from between the villages of Megalo Dendro and Taxiarchae of the Trichonida Mountains in a district called Apokouro. His parents were from Epirus: "The parents of a pious son, by whom he was brought up and educated in the education and admonition of the Lord, as the Apostle says."

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