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November 1, 2019

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, 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:

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

5. The Experience of an American Professor Who Visited the Monastery of Mega Spelaion in 1856

6. The Mysterious Fire of the Monastery of Mega Spelaion in 1934

7. Saint Paisios the Athonite and his Obedient Frog

8. The Leaning Church of Palaioselli: A Church in Greece That Has Tilted for Over a Hundred Years

9. Elder Daniel of Katounakia (1846-1929)

10. Elder Hieronymos of Simonopetra (1871-1957) - Part 1 of 3

1. The First Translation of Edgar Allan Poe Into Modern Greek

2. The Cell Where Alexandros Papadiamantis Lived for Ten Years

1. Biology, Bioethics and Biotheology (Metr. Hierotheos of Nafpaktos)


1. The Exhumation of a Vampire on the Island of Mykonos in 1700: An Eye-Witness Account

2. How A Famous Greek Astrologer Became an Orthodox Priest

3. How the Prolific Serial Killer Countess Elizabeth Bathory Fits Into a Feast of the Orthodox Church

4. Relics of Ancient Superstitions in Modern Greece (An Essay from 1856)

5. Orthodoxy and Halloween: Ten Years Later (2009-2019)

6. On the Belief in Vampires in Greece During the Ottoman Occupation (An Essay From 1844)

7. A Miracle of Saint Cyprian of Antioch in 1966

8. A Useful Tip for Organizers of Haunted Attractions

9. "The Vroucolacas: A Tale" by James K. Paulding (full text)


1. Questions and Answers 108 - 112

2. Questions and Answers 113 - 117


1. How To Explain Halloween to Christian Youth

2. How a Fifteen Year Old Child Martyr Shows Us the Right Path



1. Thoughts of the Week (1)