Pilgrimage to the Church of St. George in Lydda

Pilgrimage to the Church of St. George in Lydda

By Laramie Smith. We arrived at the Church and Tomb of St. George in Lod (otherwise known as Lydda), a central territory in

Jesus: The Recipe for Peace for the Middle East

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in Feature Article
Jesus: The Recipe for Peace for the Middle East

By Father Panayiotis Papageorgiou, Ph.D. As the killing rages in Gaza I cannot help but wonder what could be the solution to this very complicated and emotionally charged problem (emotional even for Americans — if you watch the daily news and commentaries!). Of course, I cannot imagine that the desired peaceful solution will come if Hamas […]

Growing Spiritually: An Orthodox Christian Perspective

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Feature Article
Growing Spiritually: An Orthodox Christian Perspective

The question of “spiritual growth” is a serious one; we speak about it all the time, but we do not all have the same understanding of what that really means.

Saint Olympias the Deaconess of Constantinople

Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 in Blog
Saint Olympias the Deaconess of Constantinople

In fourth century Constantinople, there lived a woman who forsook the wealth and pleasures of this world so that she could devote all her time and strength to serving the Lord and her fellow citizens. Her name was Olympias and she became one of the great deaconesses of the early church. She was born in 361 […]

Who are the Palestinian Christians?

Who are the Palestinian Christians?

By Father Panayiotis Papageorgiou, Ph.D.  Who are the Palestinians? Are they all Moslems? Are they all violent? Why do they all speak Arabic?  These are the questions I want to raise today as the news media are broadcasting the conflict, the violence and bloodshed taking place in the Holy Land.   As the violence between the Israelis and […]

The Holy and Great Martyr Marina

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Blog
The Holy and Great Martyr Marina

Born to pagan parents during the tumultuous time of Diocletian’s persecution of the Christians, St. Marina stands as a timeless example of true Christian heroism and strength. Through God’s providence, St. Marina’s widowed father unwittingly gave her over to the care of a Christian governess after Marina’s mother died (either during childbirth or shortly thereafter). […]

Martyrs Julitta and Kyrikos

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Blog
Martyrs Julitta and Kyrikos

In early 303 AD, the emperor Diocletian issued the first of several imperial edicts calling for the persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire. According to Eusebius, the first edict ordered that “churches be leveled to the ground and the Scripture be destroyed by fire” and “those who held places of honor be degraded, and that the […]

St. Dionysius the Rhetorician and His Disciple, St. Mitrophanes

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in Blog
St. Dionysius the Rhetorician and His Disciple, St. Mitrophanes

On the southernmost tip of the Athonite peninsula lies a region known as ‘the desert’.  For centuries, hermits and hesychasts have come to this rough terrain in search of greater solitude and stillness.  Graham Speake, in his book Mount Athos: Renewal in Paradise (2002), offers a good description of this remote area: “The landscape is incredibly desolate here […]

Great-Martyr Kyriaki of Nicomedia

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Blog
Great-Martyr Kyriaki of Nicomedia

“…the glorious great Martyr and all-laudable Euphemia; the holy and glorious Martyrs Thecla, Barbara, Anastasia, Katherine, Kyriake, Fotene, Marina, Paraskeve and Irene” Every Orthros, before the chanting of the Megalynarion, the deacon or priest reads a prayer which remembers some of the most influential Saints of the Church. Yet, how familiar are we with the […]

Abba Sisoes the Great

Posted by on Jul 6, 2014 in Blog
Abba Sisoes the Great

Today we commemorate the venerable Sisoes the Great (+429), a hermit who labored in the heat of the Egyptian desert for over sixty years. He first struggled at Sketis before seeking further solitude across the Nile. He settled in the cave of the recently departed St. Anthony the Great and said, “Thus in the cave […]

Fr. Panayiotis at Mount Tabor

Fr. Panayiotis at Mount Tabor

June 1, 2014: Father Panayiotis Papageorgiou (Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church; Marietta, GA) talks to our group of pilgrims about the Transfiguration of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on the site where it occurred, Mount Tabor. See also our video from the 2012 Feast Day service from our church (Holy Transfiguration) and also video […]

St. Juvenal of Alaska

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Blog
St. Juvenal of Alaska

St. Juvenal of Alaska, the Protomartyr of America, was among many Russians who served as pioneers for Orthodoxy in the late 1700s, helping to lay a foundation of faith in a seemingly wild land. Upon his wife’s death, Juvenal — a miner in frigid Siberia — dedicated his life to God by becoming a monk […]