Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Saints Domnina, Bernike and Prosdoke as Models for our Lives

 By Protopresbyter Fr. George Papavarnavas

Saint Domnina came from Antioch and lived in the years of Emperor Diocletian. She embraced the Christian faith together with her two daughters, Bernike and Prosdoke. After their baptism, their way of life changed, since their hearts overflowed with love, joy, peace, and in general with all the fruits of the Holy Spirit, which resided in their hearts. This change in their way of life and behavior did not take long for Domnina's idolatrous husband to understand, who tried to convince his wife and daughters to sacrifice to the idols. And because they refused to do so, then, full of hatred, he wanted his own daughters to be dishonored. Domnina, however, self-sacrificingly protected them, and they all preferred to suffer martyrdom by drowning in a river, rather than lose their faith, their inner purity and the peace of their souls, these precious and priceless goods.

The Appearance of Saint Hierotheos to a Greek Nun During World War 2

The presence of Saint Hierotheos in the Monastery of Panagia Kyparisiotissa and Saint Hierotheos in Megara of West Attica is noticeable.

At the time of the Second World War, one of the nuns, Sister Salome Adamakis, was overcome by human weakness and feared the danger of the Germans who went to the Sacred Monastery every now and then, as they were looking for English soldiers. So she decided to secretly leave the Monastery of Panagia Kyparisiotissa and Saint Hierotheos.

Monday, October 3, 2022

The Deep Foundation of the Church and Arbitrary Traditions

By Protopresbyter Thomas Vamvinis

The Deep Foundation of the Church

One of the most misunderstood concepts in our time is the concept of tradition, without putting any definition to it.

It is known that in the Church we do not speak of tradition in general, but we speak of the Holy Tradition, which we distinguish from all other human traditions. Sacred Tradition is not exhausted by, nor is it identified with the church building, iconography or hymnology and the art of chanting. Holy Tradition is something deeper.

The Topic That Tests the Faith of a Christian (Photios Kontoglou)

"When you speak to pseudochristians about strict asceticism of the body and the spirit for the love of Christ, they get angry, they call you a fakir, an idolater, a barbarian. If you want to test the faith of a Christian, speak to them about asceticism."

- Photios Kontoglou

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Homily for the Second Sunday of Luke - The Meaning of Justice (Metr. Hierotheos of Nafpaktos)

 Homily for the Second Sunday of Luke

The Meaning of Justice

By Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos and Agiou Vlasiou

"And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you?" (Luke 6:33)

Beloved brethren,

If there is something that characterizes all the people of our time, it is the search for justice. Everyone thirsts and shouts for its domination, because they think that this is how peace and love will prevail on earth. Justice, which is connected to equality, is the expectation of all people and all systems. However, justice is interpreted differently by each person.

I will briefly formulate some thoughts about justice and how Christianity understands it.

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