Abba Moses the Black of Scete

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Blog
Abba Moses the Black of Scete

“Why do you increase your bonds? Take hold of your life before your light grows dark and you seek help and do not find it. This life has been given to you for repentance; do not waste it in vain pursuits.” — St. Isaac the Syrian In mid-forth century Alexandria, Egypt, there lived a powerhouse […]

The Cave of the Revelation on the Island of Patmos

Posted by on Aug 23, 2014 in Blog
The Cave of the Revelation on the Island of Patmos

By Father Panayiotis Papageorgiou, Ph.D. Originally printed Oct. 9, 2011. It was an adventure to get to the island of Patmos in Greece, but the beauty of the place made me quickly forget the travail. As we disembarked from the Flying Dolphin, the super-fast boat that ferried us across the Dodecanese islands, I could not get […]

Holy Icons: Finding the Balance between Matter and Spirit

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Blog
Holy Icons: Finding the Balance between Matter and Spirit

Icons. Immediately, you think of more than one definition — sometimes you think of an image which is familiar to you, or the little pictures on your computer screen and perhaps even the two-dimensional saints in history textbooks. Taking the first definition, we can say that icons are all around us: the likeness of a celebrity […]

Samuel the Prophet and Seer

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Blog
Samuel the Prophet and Seer

Today we commemorate Samuel the Prophet and Seer, the one who was a gift from God in response to Hannah’s prayers, tears, and pain of heart.  In her gratitude, Hannah offered her son back to the Lord.  At the age of twelve, Samuel heard the voice of the Lord calling him to service and, at […]

A Prayer from Elder Joseph the Hesychast

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in Blog
A Prayer from Elder Joseph the Hesychast

In commemoration of Elder Joseph the Hesychast, who reposed fifty-five years ago today on the Feast of the Dormition of his most beloved Theotokos, we present a prayer that the elder would recite before beginning his daily prayers: “Lord Jesus Christ, sweetest Father, God and Lord of mercy, and Creator of the entire universe: Look upon my humility […]

On The Turkish Invasion of Cyprus — Where is the Justice?

Posted by on Aug 14, 2014 in Blog
On The Turkish Invasion of Cyprus — Where is the Justice?

By Father Panayiotis Papageorgiou, Ph.D. Hundreds of thousands of people are experiencing in Iraq today what we experienced in Cyprus forty years ago to the day — expulsion from our homes, the land of our ancestors, the graves of our parents and grandparents and the sanctuaries where we have worshipped for thousands of years. Forty years ago […]

What is the Purpose of the Church?

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in Feature Article
What is the Purpose of the Church?

By Father Panayiotis Papageorgiou, Ph.D. What is the value of the Church to us? Why do we go to church? Why do we profess to be Orthodox Christians? Is this just a social connection, or is there more to it for us? The Apostles, who established the first Church communities, following the “Great Commission of Christ” […]

Lessons from Abba Dorotheos of Gaza

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in Blog
Lessons from Abba Dorotheos of Gaza

Between the fourth and seventh centuries, the desert of Palestine became home to a large number of monks and monasteries. From these, several great elders emerged, including St. Barsanuphius (nicknamed ‘the Great Old Man’) and St. John the Prophet (nicknamed ‘the Other Old Man’) in the sixth century. These two elders kept up an ongoing […]

The Creed and the Afterfeast of the Transfiguration of our Lord

Posted by on Aug 11, 2014 in Blog
The Creed and the Afterfeast of the Transfiguration of our Lord

On August 7th, we begin a seven-day “Afterfeast” for the Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. By definition, an “afterfeast” or “postfeast” is not so much the actual continuation of a feast — such as a week-long birthday party — but a continued acknowledgment of the themes and wisdom presented during the feast […]