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 […]

Fr. Panayiotis at Jacob’s Well

Fr. Panayiotis at Jacob’s Well

June 1, 2014:  Father Panayiotis Papageorgiou (Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church; Marietta, GA) talks to our group of pilgrims about Jacob’s Well.  We also made a visit to Jacob’s Well on a pilgrimage four years ago. Jacob’s Well is located in the West Bank near the city of Nabulus (Neapolis), formerly Samaria. The history of […]

Sts. Cosmas and Damian of Rome

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Blog
Sts. Cosmas and Damian of Rome

Throughout Orthodox Christian history, theologians and laypeople have often recognized the Church as a “hospital” — a place of healing, rest, and communion. For example, St. John Chrysostom once said that, “indeed, the school of the Church is an admirable surgery — a surgery not for bodies, but for souls. For it is spiritual, and […]

Fr. Panayiotis at the Holy Sepulcher

Fr. Panayiotis at the Holy Sepulcher

June 3, 2014:  Father Panayiotis Papageorgiou (Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church; Marietta, GA) talks to our group of pilgrims about the the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.

A Special Meeting With Patriarch Theofilos

A Special Meeting With Patriarch Theofilos

On June 4, 2014, our group of pilgrims had the great blessing of an audience with Patriarch Theofilos of Jerusalem.

Pilgrimage to the Heavenly Jerusalem

Pilgrimage to the Heavenly Jerusalem

“To be a Christian is to be a traveler. Our situation, say the Greek Fathers, is like that of the Israelite people in the desert of the Sinai: we live in tents, not houses, for spiritually we are always on the move. We are on a journey through the inward space of the heart, a […]

In Memory of Lykourgos Angelopoulos 1941-2014

Posted by on May 23, 2014 in Blog
In Memory of Lykourgos Angelopoulos 1941-2014

In Memory of Lykourgos Angelopoulos.
Αἰωνία ἡ μνήμη!
Memory Eternal

From the Ascesis of Virginity to the Ascesis of Agape (Love)

Posted by on May 6, 2014 in Feature Article
From the Ascesis of Virginity to the Ascesis of Agape (Love)

By Fr. Panayiotis Papageorgiou, Ph.D. Monasticism or Marriage? This is a perennial question facing many Orthodox Christians throughout the centuries. Nowadays, two answers are usually presented to this question and the proponents of both hold that they both represent Patristic Tradition. On the one side, we have the claim that monasticism is superior to marriage because it is the only way to perfection. On the other side, we have the claim that marriage can also lead to the ultimate state of theosis.