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. 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]