My Encounter with Saint Paisios the Athonite in 1986

Posted by on Jan 16, 2015 in Blog
My Encounter with Saint Paisios the Athonite in 1986

Written by Father Panayiotis Papageorgiou I consider it a great blessing that I was able to be in the presence of this humble giant of our Faith. This was a defining moment for me as I was searching for ways to anchor my faith in Christ. Elder Paisios stood as a beacon, as a light […]

Saint Catherine the Great Martyr of Alexandria

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Blog
Saint Catherine the Great Martyr of Alexandria

Catherine was the beautiful daughter of the pagan King Costus and Queen Sabinella, in Alexandria. She decided to remain a virgin all her life and announced that she would only marry someone who surpassed her in beauty, intelligence, wealth, and dignity. This has been interpreted as an early foreshadowing of her eventual discovery of Christ.  Though raised a pagan, […]

Saint Paisius Velichkovsky

Posted by on Nov 16, 2014 in Blog
Saint Paisius Velichkovsky

Saint Paisius Velichkovsky was born in Poltava in Little Russia on December 21, 1722, and was the eleventh of twelve children. His father John was a priest, who named him Peter at his Baptism.  This was in honor of St Peter the Metropolitan of Moscow, on whose Feast Peter was born. After his father died, […]

The Pilgrim Flask of Saint Menas

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Blog
The Pilgrim Flask of Saint Menas

A popular place of pilgrimage during the fifth through seventh century was the Shrine of Saint Menas (Abu Mena) in northwest Egypt. Saint Menas (commemorated today) was a valiant soldier from Alexandria who served during the reign of Diocletian and Maximian. When the emperors began persecuting Christians, Menas renounced his rank and retreated into the […]

Saint Theodore and the Studites

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Blog
Saint Theodore and the Studites

As we commemorate Saint Theodore the Studite (+826) you may wonder, who were the studites? ‘Studite’ is the name given to monks who dwelled in the Monastery of Studios in Constantinople. In AD 462, a Roman patrician named Stoudios established the monastery. Over time the monastery became the most important in Constantinople, housing over seven hundred monks. This […]

The Martyr Longinus the Centurion

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Blog
The Martyr Longinus the Centurion

Longinus was a Cappadocian Jew by descent. He was in the service of Pontius Pilate at the time of Christ our Saviour’s Passion. He saw firsthand the signs and unprecedented wonders at that Saving Crucifixion: the earthquake, the blotting out of the sun, and darkness over all, the rending of rocks, the opening of sepulchers, and many bodies of the saints who were asleep rising and entering in the holy city …

Dionysius the Areopagite

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Blog
Dionysius the Areopagite

Today we commemorate Saint Dionysius the Areopagite. We first read of Dionysius in Acts 17, just after Saint Paul delivered his amazing speech to the Athenians at the Areopagus (Acts 17: 22-31). Paul had preached the Resurrection of Christ but many Greeks still held the “Platonic view that the body was a prison for the soul and […]

Meteora — Where the Earth meets the Heavens!

Posted by on Sep 27, 2014 in Blog, Feature Article
Meteora — Where the Earth meets the Heavens!

By Father Panayiotis Papageorgiou, Ph.D. Originally printed Aug. 7, 2011. It was astonishing as we turned the corner to find ourselves at the feet of these huge boulders — the Meteora (suspended rocks) — rising up from the Thessalian plains. Even more astonishing was the view of red-roofed buildings sitting on top of the boulders. These […]

Saint Silouan and Inner Stillness

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in Blog
Saint Silouan and Inner Stillness

Saint Silouan the Athonite was born Simeon Ivanovich Antonov in 1866 to Russian Orthodox parents who came from the village of Sovsk. When he was twenty-seven, he left Russia for Mount Athos and became a monk at the Monastery of St. Panteleimon where he was given the name Silouan. Silouan was an enthusiastic ascetic, someone […]

Jonah and the Battle Within

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Blog
Jonah and the Battle Within

The Prophet Jonah lived in the eighth century before Christ, and is thought to be the son of the widow in Zarephath of Sidon, whom the Prophet Elijah raised from the dead. The Lord spoke to Jonah and commanded him to go to Nineveh and preach to that city in order to get them to […]

Interview with an Orthodox Missionary

Posted by on Sep 20, 2014 in Blog
Interview with an Orthodox Missionary

Trisagion Films recently interviewed Leslie Hansard about her experience serving as a missionary for the Orthodox Christian Mission Center.  We hope that her story will serve as inspiration to others who may be considering this calling.  Leslie has shared several articles about mission work with us already and we look forward to sharing more in the future.  We […]

Save O Lord, Thy People

Posted by on Sep 14, 2014 in Blog
Save O Lord, Thy People

Today’s audio is presented for the great Feast of the Elevation of the Venerable and Life-Giving Cross.  Attached is an original recording in English of “Save O Lord, Thy People” via our SoundCloud page.