Saint Paisius Velichkovsky

Posted by on Nov 16, 2014 in Blog
Saint Paisius Velichkovsky

Saint Paisius Velichkovsky was born in Poltava in Little Russia on December 21, 1722, and was the eleventh of twelve children. His father John was a priest, who named him Peter at his Baptism.  This was in honor of St Peter the Metropolitan of Moscow, on whose Feast Peter was born. After his father died, […]

Saint Theodore and the Studites

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Blog
Saint Theodore and the Studites

As we commemorate Saint Theodore the Studite (+826) you may wonder, who were the studites? ‘Studite’ is the name given to monks who dwelled in the Monastery of Studios in Constantinople. In AD 462, a Roman patrician named Stoudios established the monastery. Over time the monastery became the most important in Constantinople, housing over seven hundred monks. This […]

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 […]

The Monks of the Arizona Desert

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in Feature Article
The Monks of the Arizona Desert

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 […]