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 […]

The Cave of the Revelation on the Island of Patmos

Posted by on Aug 23, 2014 in Blog
The Cave of the Revelation on the Island of Patmos

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 […]

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” […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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.

The Victory over Death

Posted by on Apr 20, 2014 in Feature Article
The Victory over Death

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 […]