By Father Panayiotis Papageorgiou, Ph.D. We have walked through Holy Week, experienced Christ’s passion, suffering and crucifixion, and then rejoiced in His Resurrection. We will continue to greet each other with “Christ is Risen!” for 40 days reminding ourselves of this amazing event. But the question is, how is this event relevant to us or the […]
By Father Panayiotis Papageorgiou, Ph.D. Reprinted from monthly parish bulletin, Oct. 2009 Every day we hear on the news about terrible things happening in the world. It all sounds so distant, so far removed from us that we continue with our own lives, tackling our own problems and forgetting soon what that terrible event was about. Then, […]
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 […]
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” […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
By Father Panayiotis Papageorgiou, Ph.D. All ancient cultures sought to connect their lives with the natural events they experienced. Hence, ancient peoples like the Greeks saw springtime as a time of renewal and regeneration and sought to explain its existence by mythological stories. The story of Demeter and Persephone, for example, was the result of such […]
By Father Panayiotis Papageorgiou, Ph.D. Early Christianity had certain characteristics which modern Christians need to rediscover. Authentic Christianity has more to do with the message of Christ than with our modern pre-conceived notions. Christ’s message to the world spread quickly in the first century through the work and sacrifice of the Apostles. It was a message […]
By Father Panayiotis Papageorgiou, Ph.D. What is Truth? Many times, discussions of moral issues on TV can leave us perplexed. Everyone claims that they are truly seeking the “Truth” and that they are advocating “appropriate” human behavior. As I occasionally watched discussions between “intellectuals” and other “experts” on contemporary issues – whether it was marriage and […]
By Father Panayiotis Papageorgiou, Ph.D. They surrender their lives to the “Geronta” or “Elder” or “Starets” trusting him to lead them to perfection and sanctification-”theosis”. They always gaze toward the Cross of Christ seeking the strength and consolation of the Crucified and Risen Lord. Through Prayer, Obedience and Humility they become “like Christ”. They crucify their […]