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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Is God Out of Date? (A Homily by St. Varnava Nastic)


By St. Varnava (Nastic), Bishop of Hvosno

Dear brothers and sisters!

Is God out of date? This is the question that I want to put before you today. The answer to it determines the answers to many other questions that concerns human souls. For if God is out of date, then faith in God is also out of date. Then the Church of God became obsolete as the stronghold of this faith.

Chapel of Saint Nilus the Myrrhgusher in Tripoli


The Chapel of Saint Nilus the Myrrhgusher in Tripoli is a Metochion of the Monastery of Panagia Malevi. It is located next to the Church of the Transfiguration.

The Chapel of Saint Nilus the Myrrhgusher in the Village of his Birth


Kynouria is an ancient district on the eastern coast of the Peloponnese, between the Argolis and Laconia. There, in the village of Agios Petros, Saint Nilus the Myrrhgusher was born in 1601 with the name Nikolaos Terzakes. His uncle was the Hieromonk Makarios, who was a monk in the Monastery of Panagia Malevi located in the same village. Saint Nilus received his education at the monastery, tutored by his uncle. Later Saint Nilus became a monk in this monastery, tonsured with the name Nilus, and was ordained a priest. After this he went to live as an ascetic in a cave of Mount Athos, where he reposed in 1651.

Today a chapel stands in Monastery of Panagia Malevi dedicated to Saint Nilus in the place he was born both physically and spiritually. It was built in 1967. The village celebrates his memory on November 12th and May 7th. What is notable about this chapel is that every year, on May 7th, which is the feast of the finding of myrrhgushing relics of the Saint in 1815 in the cave of his asceticism on Mount Athos, his holy icon begins to gush myrrh. This chapel also contains a portion of his relics.














Church of Saint Nilus the Myrrhgusher in Kallipoli of Piraeus


In the suburb known as Agios Neilos, which is part of the Kallipoli district in the city of Piraeus, stands the imposing church dedicated to Saint Nilus the Myrrhgusher. In 1928, at the initiative of Helen Mamis, a resident of Piraeus who was originally from the village of Agios Petros in Kynouria (the same village Saint Nilus was from), a club was formed called the "Brotherhood of the Lords and Ladies of Saint Nilus the Myrrhgusher" whose sole purpose was to build the first and only church dedicated to Saint Nilus in all of Greece. The land on which the church was built is in Hatzikyriakio of Piraeus, near Hatzikyriakio Orphanage and the Naval Academy, at the corners George Theotokis, Herodotus, Antonios Theoharis, Spyridonos Trikoupis (Γεωργίου Θεοτόκη, Ηροδότου, Αντωνίου Θεοχάρη, Σπυρίδωνος Τρικούπη).

Holy New Confessor Varnava (Nastic), Bishop of Hvosno (+ 1964)

St. Varnava of Hvosno (Feast Day - November 12)

Saint Varnava was born Vojislav Nastić in Gary, Indiana on January 31, 1914 into a family of Serbian immigrants. His father and mother were Atanasije and Zorka Nastić and the family attended the Saint Sava Serbian Orthodox Church of Gary, Indiana which is now located in Merrillville, Indiana. This was the place where Varnava was baptized, served as altar boy, and was first recognized as a youthful prodigy in reciting Serbian folklore and old ballads.

Monday, November 11, 2019

The Story of Saint Paisios' Book About Saint Arsenios the Cappadocian


By Stelios Koukos

In the mid-1970's a non-fiction book was published titled "Father Arsenios the Cappadocian", which had been published by the relatively recent established monastic Hesychasterion of the Evangelist John the Theologian in Souroti. Neither the book's cover nor any other page contained the author's name, and only the attentive reader could understand from the context who really wrote it. However, it was soon learned that its writer was none other than the then known charismatic monk Paisios (1924-1994).

Saint Martyrius of Zelenets (+ 1603)

St. Martyrius of Zelenets (Feast Day - November 11 and March 1)

Venerable Martyrius was born in Veliki Luki (Great Meadows), a Russian town in Pskov Oblast, and at baptism was given the name Menas. When he was eight years old he began his education, but learning was difficult for him. By the age of ten, when he had learned the Psalter, he was orphaned of his parents. Often he would visit the Church of the Annunciation to pray, and was loved by the priest there named Boris.

A few years later the priest was widowed and he was tonsured a monk in the Monastery of Saint Kosmas and Damian with the name Bogolep, where Menas would often visit him. Later Bogolep would be placed to oversee the nearby Monastery of Saint Sergius, which had become desolate. Menas would also visit him there, and eventually he also decided to become a monk and settle in the same monastery, where he was tonsured with the name Martyrius, and he shared a cell with Elder Bogolep. These holy ascetics ate only once a day. After the services in church, they would fulfill the rule of prayer in their cell, then they would work during the night milling corn.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Sermon on the Parable of the Good Samaritan (St. Cyril of Alexandria)


By St. Cyril of Alexandria

Commentary on the Gospel of Luke

Sermon 68

Luke 10:25-37

And see, a certain lawyer stood up, tempting Him, and saying, Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? And He said to Him, What is written in the law? how do you read? And he answered and said, That you shall love the Lord your God from all your heart, and from all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind: and your neighbour as yourself. And He said to him, You have answered rightly: this do, and you shall live. But he, wanting to justify himself said to Jesus; And who is my neighbour? And Jesus answered, and said; A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who, when they had stripped and beaten him, went away, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed him by. And in like manner also a Levite, when he came to the place, and saw him, passed him by. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to him; and when he saw him, he felt pity: and he went to him, and bound up his wounds, and poured upon them oil and wine. And having mounted him on his own beast, he brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And the day after he took out two denarii, and gave them to the host, and said to him, Take care of him: and if you spend any thing more, when I come again I will repay you. Which therefore of these three do you think was neighbour to him that fell among the thieves? And he said; He that was merciful to him. And Jesus said to him, Go, and do likewise.

Eighth Sunday of Luke: Gospel Reading


Eighth Sunday of Luke

Gospel According to Luke 10:25-37

Parable of the Good Samaritan

English

At that time, a lawyer stood up to put Jesus to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you read?" And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself." And he said to him, "You have answered right; do this, and you will live." But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion, and went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, 'Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.' Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?" He said, "The one who showed mercy on him." And Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."

Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost: Epistle Reading


Twenty-First Sunday of Pentecost

St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 2:16-20

English

Brethren, knowing that a man is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ, and not by works of the law, because by works of the law shall no one be justified. But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we ourselves were found to be sinners, is Christ then an agent of sin? Certainly not! But if I build up again those things which I tore down, then I prove myself a transgressor. For I through the law died to the law, that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

The First Church Built in Honor of Saint Nektarios

Icon of St. Nektarios blessing Kymina

The first church built in honor of St. Nektarios the Wonderworker was built by Protopresbyter Nikolaos Meletides in the early 1960's in Kymina, Thessaloniki. This church contains the priestly stole of St. Nektarios from Aegina as a sacred relic and the shrine has become a source of many miracles for the faithful of the region of Macedonia and elsewhere.

The Veneration of Saint Nektarios in the Village of Sykia in Laconia, Greece


In 1959 the sailor Antonios Karastateris from Lachi in Neapolis spoke with the priest Fr. Dimitrios Anastasakis, who was originally from Sykia, about St. Nektarios and his miracles. He also gave him a book by Metropolitan Titus of Paramithia about the life and miracles of the Saint.

Though St. Nektarios had net yet been officially canonized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate, he was still honored and venerated on November 9th, which was the day of his repose. Fr. Dimitrios Anastasakis decided to celebrate the feast of the Saint on his feast day, and he informed his parishioners about this at the Church of Saint John of Monemvasia, instructing them to attend the Divine Liturgy, but they did not want to, having never heard of him before.

Saint Symeon the Metaphrastes Resource Page

St. Symeon the Translator (Feast Day - November 9)

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The Church owes you a debt of grace Symeon, 
On behalf of the translations of the Lives of the Saints.

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Encomion of his Excellency Symeon the Metaphrast (Michael Psellos)

Saint Symeon the Metaphrastes (St. Nikolai Velimirovich)


The Radiant Majesty of the Saints


The lives and praises of the saints are like the stars in brilliance. Because of their number, we do not know the names of all the saints; still, they amaze us by their radiant majesty, as do the stars, which while fixed in their position in the heavens, illumine all that is below, being seen by the Indians, yet not concealed from the Scythians, shining upon the land and guiding by their light those at sea. Similarly, the radiance of the saints, though their relics be entombed in sepulchers, is not bounded by the ends of this earth here below. Therefore, we marvel at their lives and are amazed at how God has glorified them that please Him.

— St Symeon the Metaphrastes 
(Life of St. Xenia, Jan. 24)



Encomion of his Excellency Symeon the Metaphrast (Michael Psellos)


Encomion of his Excellency Symeon the Metaphrast [1]

By Michael Psellos

1. In proposing to praise Symeon, great in his conduct and in his discourse, [2] [and to praise] his reputation and his success, bright and widely proclaimed throughout all the world, I do not know what words to use about him nor what to say of all [that I could] in order to present an adequate panegyric. For [he was] a man not only adorned with discourse and possessed of an intellect most adept at creating ideas and a tongue like the flow of the Nile—[though] not periodically nor at great intervals, but daily increasing by thousands of cubits and issuing in a flood at the most appropriate moment—but [he was] also [a man] ennobled in the admixture of his character, [3] in his assemblage of all virtues, and in providing a pattern for those who wish to emulate a great man’s prudent way of life.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Encomium to the Divine Archangel Michael the All-Greatest (St. Neophytos the Recluse)


By St. Neophytos the Recluse

Michael the all-greatest and great taxiarch, Michael the one radiant like a torch and wholly-shining like the sun, Michael the taxiarch of the heavens, the helper of men, I have desired to hymn, as much as is possible, he who is the head and leader of the bodiless powers, the great glory of men and the muzzling of demons, the blooming and shady tree of the vault of the heavens, the most-sacred and great healer of earthly evils, the great and most-speedy eagle of the "Great King", who with faith hastens speedily throughout the world, the wondrous and fiery pillar that reaches heaven, the highest and heavy-laden branch of the cedar, the unfading and chosen branch, the divine bush, which surpasses every fragrance, he who relieves those suffering from demonic stench, the sheltering branch and God-planted root, who makes to disappear immediately the burning of the demons, the divine cypress and the tall plane tree, which, for those under its shade, heals those from various afflictions and incurable passions. Now, let us praise him, praises from we who are small for him who is all-greatest, and having offered a few words of praise, we will offer up salutations. The divine, holy and honored temple which resembles a harbor of salvation and the sky with many stars, a dwelling-place of divine angels, and an ax and sword which rends all forms of passions and a perfect hospital, which ceases the pains of various forms of afflictions.

A Relic in Mount Athos Connected to an Ancient Greek Treasure and a Miracle of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel


On November 8th the Orthodox Church commemorates the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel. Commemorated on the next day are the builders of Docheiariou Monastery on Mount Athos, Saints Euthymios and Neophytos, whose monastery is dedicated to the Holy Archangels, as well as a great miracle of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel which occurred early in the history of the monastery.

In summary, the miracle took place as follows:

Thursday, November 7, 2019

The Birth of Saint Lazarus of Mount Galesion


St. Lazarus the Stylite of Mount Gelasion reposed on November 7, 1053. The following account comes from Gregory the Cellarer, a close disciple of Saint Lazarus as well as his biographer.

This man [Lazarus], became a shining, blazing star among those who live as monks, a scion of the Asiatic land, from some rural place named after the Theotokos, situated somewhere near the borders of Magnesia. His parents were not the sort who care very much about wealth or life’s other deceits but rather those who live piously, self-sufficiently, and devoutly, and (to put it like the apostle) provide their nourishment by their own hands. Their names were Niketas and Irene, and they had Lazarus, who was truly a son of Victory and Peace, fifth among the children born to them, just like another Job, who was fifth from Abraham; like him also this great man [Lazarus] really was as hard as steel, as his life thereafter showed.

Finding of the Relics of Saint Cyril of New Lake

Finding of the Relics of Saint Cyril of New Lake (Feast Day - November 7)

The sacred relics of Saint Cyril of New Lake (Feb. 4) were found on November 7, 1649 when digging a moat for the foundation of a church under construction at New Lake Monastery. In 1652, upon completion of construction, they were laid in a coffin in an arch between the cathedral and the chapel. In 1658, the boyar Ilya Miloslavsky adorned the shrine with a precious cover. Soon after gaining the relics, Cyril was canonized as a Saint. The first day of his commemoration is mentioned in the second full edition of the Prologue (1659). In 1795, a silver gilt coffin was made for the relics of the Venerable Cyril.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Saint Barlaam of Khutyn (+ 1192)

St. Barlaam of Khutyn (Feast Day - November 6)

Our Venerable Father Barlaam, in the world known as Alexis Milchalevich, lived in the twelfth century, the son of an illustrious citizen of Novgorod, where he spent his childhood years. Withdrawing at an early age to the Lisich Monastery near the city, Barlaam was tonsured there. Later he settled on a solitary hill below Volkhov, in a place called Khutyn, ten versts from Novgorod.

Barlaam led a strict solitary life, occupying himself with unceasing prayer and keeping a very strict fast. He was a zealous ascetic in his labors: he cut timber in the forest, chopped firewood and tilled the soil, fulfilling the words of Holy Scripture, “If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat” (2 Thess. 3: 10).

Monday, November 4, 2019

The First Miracle of Saint George Karslides


By Monk Moses the Athonite

In the village of Sipsa at that time there was someone who was seriously sick, who for eight months his soul would not depart from him. One day the Saint said:

"You have a sick person here and you never brought me to see him?"

Then they raised up the Saint [he was disabled at the time] to take him to the sick man's home.

As the Rich Are Not Condemned for Their Wealth, So the Poor Are Not Saved for Their Poverty


On the occasion of the Fifth Sunday of Luke, 3 November 2019, during which the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus is read in the churches, Metropolitan Damaskenos of Didymoteicho, Orestiada and Soufli made the following remarks in his sermon:

"It would be a mistake to say that the cause of the dramatic course of life for both was wealth for one of them and poverty for the other ... This is because the Word of God Himself gives us examples of rich people who were saved and poor people who were condemned. In other words, it is not these material goods per se that save or condemn man, but its mismanagement, which means that a rich man, in the sight of God, Who knows the depths of one's heart, can be unbound and independent from their wealth, and a poor man enslaved to and dependent on material goods ... The rich man was condemned to the suffering of hell not for his wealth, but for its mismanagement. He considered that tangible goods were solely his own property, whose sole purpose was his own good. Wealth became his god. He was blinded by greed, so he was indifferent to what was going on around him and to the needs of his fellow humans. Simply put, the reason for his condemnation was selfishness and indifference.

The Neutral Stance of Cyprus on the Ukrainian Issue


At the end of the Divine Liturgy on Sunday 3 November 2019, Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus made the following remarks after the Church of Russia decided to cut off commemoration of the Church of Greece:

Saint Mercurius the Faster of the Kiev Caves

St. Mercurius the Faster (Feast Day - November 4)

Venerable Mercurius of the Kiev Caves pursued asceticism in the Far Caves in the fourteenth century, and was strict in fasting. During his lifetime Saint Mercurius had a deep spiritual friendship with Saint Paisius of the Kiev Caves, with whom he lived in the same cell, and when they died, they were buried in the same grave.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Two Sermons on the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (St. Cyril of Alexandria)


By St. Cyril of Alexandria

Commentary on the Gospel of Luke

Sermon 111

Luke 16:19-31

"But there was a certain rich, man, and he was clothed in purple and fine linen, feasting sumptuously every day. And a certain poor man whose name was Lazarus had been laid at his gate, full of sores; and desiring to satisfy himself with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass that the poor man died, and the angels carried him to Abraham's bosom. And the rich man also died, and was buried. And in Hades, having lifted up his eyes, being in torment, he saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried out and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue: for behold! I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that you received your good things in your life time; and Lazarus in like manner his evil things: but now he is comforted here, and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you a great gulf is placed, so that those who would pass from hence to you cannot; nor can those pass who would come from thence unto us. And he said, I pray you, father, to send him to my father's house: I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come unto this place of torment. But Abraham said unto him, They have Moses and the prophets: let them hear them. But he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one go unto them from the dead they will repent. But he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, they would not be persuaded even though one rose from the dead."

Homily on the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Metr. Augoustinos Kantiotes)


Homily on the Fifth Sunday of Luke
(The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus - 

Luke 16: 19-31)

By Metropolitan Augoustinos Kantiotes

(Preached in the Church of Sts. Peter and Paul, Petron-Amyntaios, 10/30/1983)

Many things, my beloved, make man afraid. But that which frightens him more than anything is death. Even the word “death” alone brings trembling. Death is a great mystery!

Everyone, more or less, has the question: what happens after death? Is there anything beyond the tomb, or does life end here and man is extinguished?

The question is an important one. If we believed that life ends in the tomb, then man would be free to do whatever he wishes: to sin, to fornicate, to commit adultery, to break the greatest rules, as long as he evades the eyes of the police and justice. If, however, there is life beyond the tomb, then man must account for how he lives in this life, according to the voice of his conscience and the will of God.

Fifth Sunday of Luke: Gospel Reading


Fifth Sunday of Luke

Gospel According to Luke 16:19-31

Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus

English

The Lord said, "There was a rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazaros, full of sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man's table; moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried; and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes, and saw Abraham far off and Lazaros in his bosom. And he called out, 'Father Abraham, have mercy upon me, and send Lazaros to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this flame.' But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazaros in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.' And he said, 'Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father's house, for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.' But Abraham said, 'They have Moses, and the prophets; let them hear them.' And he said, 'No, father Abraham; but if some one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.' He said to them, 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced if some one should rise from the dead.'"

Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost: Epistle Reading


Twentieth Sunday of Pentecost

St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 1:11-19

English

Brethren, I would have you know that the gospel which was preached by me is not man's gospel. For I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ. For you have heard of my former life in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it; and I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people, so extremely zealous was I for the traditions of my fathers. But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and had called me through his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not confer with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia; and again I returned to Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas, and remained with him fifteen days. But I saw none of the other apostles except James the Lord's brother.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

The Self-Sacrifice of Saint Gabriel the Fool for Christ


By Malkhaz Dzhinoria

One day, when his spiritual children decided to leave after an ordinary day with him, the Elder suddenly turned to Otar Nikolaisvil, whom he very much trusted, and asked him to drive him to the Ghvtaeba Monastery in Martqopi. He, with some embarrassment, explained to him that his car was not in good condition and suggested that they go another day. The Elder was generally upset when he was not heard or objected against. He often said, "The tongue runs forward and the mind stays behind," while in his cell you were not allowed to move a single crumb without his blessing.

Saint Gabriel the Confessor and the Potatoes


By Malkhaz Dzhinoria

On another one of my visits Father Gabriel was very sick in bed and asked Nun Parasceva to fry him some potatoes. She prepared a portion for me. I ate. A few hours later the Elder said to fry again.

"We have no other potatoes," replied Nun Parasceva.

"Why don't you have any? A visitor comes and you don't have any?" He then told her to leave.

Saint Gabriel the Confessor and the Mercy of God


By Malkhaz Dzhinoria

Every word of Father Gabriel served as medicine for all, laymen and clergy.

One time monks who came to see him were discussing on the road:

"What a privilege monks have and how great it is that we know the power of the cross and the 90th Psalm, and with them we can fight evil!"

Saint Gabriel the Confessor of Georgia: Accounts From Those Who Knew Him


November 2, 2015 was the twenty-year anniversary of the repose of Georgia’s beloved new saint, Elder Gabriel (Ugrebadze). Author Larisa Khrustaleva made a pilgrimage to Georgia and spoke with people who had known the elder in his lifetime. From the author’s article there are translated below accounts by Mother Parasceva, the nun who was blessed by God to take care of the elder in his infirmity before departing this world, Abbess Ketevan, and Metropolitan Seraphim.

Friday, November 1, 2019

6 Contemporary Miracles and Appearances of Venerable David of Evia


The miraculous presence of Venerable David continues unabated in our day. From the book of miracles of the Saint, which is kept at the Monastery of the Venerable David the Elder in Evia, we list below a few of his many daily miracles:

1. Young John Achilleas Makris, from Kerasia in Agia Anna, was suffering from a very serious skin disease. Doctors had failed to offer him any effective help. His faithful mother brought him to the monastery and begged the priest of the monastery to do a Divine Liturgy and Holy Unction for her. After the service of the Holy Mysteries, the skin of young John was miraculously cleansed.

The Best of October 2019 by the Mystagogy Resource Center (MRC)


Below is the monthly review for the month of October 2019 of the ten most popular articles on johnsanidopoulos.com, then all the posts made on the other websites of the Mystagogy Resource Center. As for the most popular post from all the websites of the Mystagogy Resource Center for the month of October, that honor goes to:


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1. Ecumenical Patriarch Announces the Canonization of Four 20th Century Athonite Elders

2. Ecumenical Patriarch Announces the Canonization of Elder Sophrony of Essex

3. The Meaning and Character of the Eight Modes or Tones of Byzantine Music

4. Ecumenical Patriarchate Canonizes Seven New Martyrs of Kastoria

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