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December 18th, 2020

“We will have Modified People...” (Part 1) - A Call to Prayer

Metropolitan Neophytos of Morphou

Excerpts from the second half of the video:

Very difficult moments for humanity are coming. It seems that these difficult moments are just now starting. When this virus will end in May, other grievances will come; far greater than this one...

Therefore, we will need even more patience and even more faith. Now we are in the stage of practice, and of exams. These exams will...


December 15th, 2020

De-mystifying the Vaccine for Corona Virus

Monk Paul of the Holy Mountain, Biologist, MD Molecular Biology and Biomedicine

[Read it in Greek or German, as well.]

It is with sorrow and wonder that we are observing an event unprecedented in world history [1]. In the name of “love” for the elderly and the more vulnerable, vaccination is being scheduled for all...

November 28th, 2020

“ Defying the warnings of the police, Bishop Cyril blessed the water...”

St. Cyril of Kazan

An excerpt is from a book "Russia's Catacomb Saints: Lives of the New Martyrs" by Ivan Andreyev and Fr. Seraphim Rose.

"During the celebration of Theophany in Petersburg in 1909 Bishop Cyril revealed himself as an outstanding fighter for church truth and tradition. Under the influence of worldly “scientific” elements it was officially decreed that all water which was to be blessed for the feast...


October 20th, 2020

Are Orthodox Christian Bishops Afraid of COVID, the Government, or Both?


President Trump, after recovering from COVID, was due to leave Walter Reed hospital when he Tweeted this message, “Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life.”

As an obese 74 year-old with a famously poor diet and a high-stress job, Trump has very publicly beaten the virus and in a short period of time. President Trump is also the...


August 30th, 2020

Should we send our kids to school if they are requiring them to wear masks?

Metropolitan Neophytos of Morphou

Question: They want our kids, from 6 years up, to wear masks in school. What should we do?

Answer: Listen, my brother Aristeides, you who ask this good question: “Our children and our eyes!” [A Greek saying meaning ‘all your attention and care on your kids!’] “Your kids and your eyes!” Both the eyes and the mouth wish for a face that will see God - without a mask. The ancient...


June 5th, 2020

The Suicidal Church, in Body or in Spirit

By Archimandrite Gregorios Estephan, Abbot of Holy Dormition of the Theotokos Monastery, Bkeftine, Lebanon

April 4, 2020

(Translated by: Maher Salloum)

Christ is risen, truly He is risen!

Christ is risen despite all of Satan’s attempts to prevent His Resurrection. Neither pandemics nor all of the evils of this world are able to prevent Christ’s Resurrection. Christ is risen and creation still trembles until this day as it beholds the light of the Resurrection, just as it did 2000...


June 3rd, 2020

HOLY COMMUNION AND GERMS

+ Archbishop Michael of North and South America (Greek Archdiocese

In October 1953, Archbishop Michael of the Greek Orthodox Church of America, wrote a letter to the National Herald (dated October 5, 1953), in order to clarify questions about the allegedly unsanitary nature of Holy Communion. What follows are excerpts from the letter.

"The first thing that I would like to emphasize is that the Greek Orthodox Church in America is part of the One, Holy, Catholic...


May 31st, 2020

Letter from An Orthodox Mom

Regarding the Response of the Hierarchy and Clergy to the Coronavirus Crisis

I am an Orthodox mother. I have been Orthodox for the last 30 years and my husband is cradle Orthodox, born and raised in the OCA. We have four children here, and one in Heaven.

In the last three months, I have not heard one bishop, or directive from a bishop, speak about our children. Not one. The ONLY reference to children has been that if they cannot distance themselves properly, they...


May 29th, 2020

​Orthodoxy’s Third Iconoclastic Period: 2020-20XX?

Nicholas Metrakos

Over one thousand years later, the ugly wolf of iconoclasm is again growling at the gates of the Orthodox Church. The princes of this world, in fear of the loss of their temporary power and misguided by perverse and strange theologies have influenced the shepherds of the flock of Christ to reject the borders of tradition – just as Leo the Isaurian and Constantine the Dung-named pushed...


May 5th, 2020

A DEADLY VIRUS AND AN ECCLESIOLOGICAL NIGHTMARE

Archpriest John Klingel

We have all seen by now the disruptive reports describing in detail just how deadly and serious the coronavirus is. While that is true, the way that many within the Church are responding and, in particular, the guidance that we have received from many bishops, is disconcerting. We are directed now by hierarchs in several jurisdictions that the laity are to remain at home viewing the services via...


May 5th, 2020

LITURGY AND LIVE-STREAMING: TWO THINGS THAT DON’T GO TOGETHER

Archpriest John Klingel

With the outbreak of the Coronavirus we hear calls repeatedly from many priests and hierarchs to practice social distancing, avoid attendance at Liturgy, and rely instead on viewing the live-streaming of liturgical services. Is this good advice?

While temporary absence from liturgical services may be a necessary part of our response to the virus outbreak, the spiritual efficacy of live-streaming...


April 27th, 2020

Responding to the Crisis: Christian Realism and Worldly Idealism

The Orthodox Ethos Podcast

In this episode of The Orthodox Ethos podcast:

  1. To be a "New Christian" or a True Christian
  2. Insane in the Eyes of the World
  3. Q&A, including:
    1. Healing the Spiritual Schism
    2. What to do when you are shut out
    3. Don't remain idle:...

April 26th, 2020

The Church is a Hospital, a Life-giving Spring

The Orthodox Ethos Podcast

In this episode of The Orthodox Ethos Podcast:

  1. The Church is a Hospital, in which sicknesses are healed
  2. The Story of the Life-Giving Church throughout the Ages
  3. Answers to Your Questions

DETAILS:

00:00:37 - Introduction: The Church is a...


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