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 […]

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 […]