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We have found Paradise

The hymns that we chant just before the start of Great Lent lament the loss of paradise. They present us with the figure of Adam, who was stripped of the garments of glory woven for him by God. In one of these hymns, Adam, exiled from paradise, strikes up a lament, and cries: “I shall…

Parents, bring your children to Christ

Often know what is good for us and yet we don’t do it cause it’s hard, we’re lazy. All right, people are weak, inconsistent, we all fall; we should just beware not to drown into the sin. Did you fall in a sin? Stand up right away and run with repentance to Christ. We all…

More honorable than the cherubim...

The Most Holy Theotokos will never forget us, because She became the Mother of the eternal Love. An amazing and inexplicable mystery which should be accepted with faith, just like Theotokos accepted with faith the mystery of our Lord’s incarnation. Namely, when Archangel Gabriel revealed this great mystery to Her that She was to give…

My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour

Today many Christians look for excuses and blame the sinful surroundings for their bad deeds. They say: “We live in a world filled with temptations, with great challenges to our faith. How can we live like Christians?! That’s impossible!” But look, my dear ones, the Most Holy Theotokos proved with Her own example that in…

Thoughts on Living with Cancer - Part 1

Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. (Psalm 34:106) We sing the verse above at the service of the Artoklasia – five loaves. It is a source of great comfort and strength. Then St. John of Damascus writes in the funeral service of the Holy Orthodox Church, “What earthly sweetness remains unmixed with…

The beginning of the Fast of Theotokos

It's a huge blessing for the Christians to have the Most Holy Theotokos as their powerful intercessor before God! And not just an intercessor – we have Her as our Mother! Because the Immaculate Virgin is a Mother in two aspects: She is the Mother of God and the Mother of Christians. A Mother of…

There’s no dead-end where Christ is

Sermon of His Reverence, Archimandrite Parthenius, on the eighth Sunday after Pentecost, delivered in the monastery Refectory Today, my dear ones, we’ve heard from the Gospel of this, eighth Sunday after Pentecost, about the miracle that Lord Jesus Christ performed in the desert – namely, He fed over five thousand men with five loaves and…

Celebration of the Seven Saints

Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars -says the wise Old Testament preacher (Prov. 9,1). And, truly, the Wisdom of God, the Word of the Father, built his palace of love and holiness among the Slavic people, giving them, as His stable pillars, the seven God-chosen vessels of the Spirit,…

Believe ye that I am able to do this?

Sermon of His Reverence, Archimandrite Parthenius, on the seventh Sunday after Pentecost, delivered in the monastery Refectory. Today, my dear ones, we have heard from the Gospel as to how God came to do good to humankind.  In today’s liturgical reading, Saint Matthew, the Apostle and Evangelist, was telling us how Christ healed two blind…

Stand in the freedom, which Christ set us free with

Sermon of His Reverence Archimandrite Parthenius, on the feast of St. Elijah, delivered in the Bigorski church, during the act of Doxology My dear ones, I congratulate you our great national holiday St. Elijah Day, as well as the ecclesiastical celebration of the Holy Prophet, Elijah, and the Holy Martyrs of the Prechista monastery, Evnuvius,…

The feast of St. Elijah

A fiery Prophet. A fervent zealot. A powerful preacher. That is why his memory glorified by the Church of Christ today is flaming our hearts. The memory of the miraculous and God-inspired Prophet Elijah. This glorious prophet, the "angel incarnated" - as we sing in his troparion, this Old Testament ascetic, lived in a particularly…

A Liturgy and a wedding at the glorious Galichnik

In the place where God spread most of His beauty, where the rich Miyak tradition survived in its authentic form, where the ancient ornate folk clothes are worn with such dignity, where the sounds of the folk dance resound to bring you back to the past, where the Christian faith was confessed with such zeal…

Through faith to profound theology

A sermon of His Reverence, Archimandrite Parthenius, spoken on the 4th Sunday after Pentecost, in the “St. Peter and Paul” church, Galichnik, on 14th July 2019 Beloved faithful, Welcome to the glorious Galichnik! I am addressing you with the word dignified for a Christian – faithful. Because it’s a great honor, a Divine dignity, a…

Byzanfest: The world’s first online Orthodox Christian short film festival

Established in 2014, Byzanfest is the world’s first and only online festival that screens short-films made by Eastern Orthodox Christian filmmakers. The Festival goes live from Sunday 21st July until 4th August 2019, running concurrently with live venue screenings which are hosted by Global Screening Partners. „As the world’s media and entertainment have become increasingly on-demand and…

The new Archbishop of Great Britain has been enthroned

The enthronement of the new Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain, Nikitas, took place on Saturday, July 27, Romfea News reports. The enthronement ceremony took place in the historic Hagia Sophia Cathedral in London, in the presence of hierarchs and clergy. The Greek Government was represented by Deputy Foreign Minister responsible for Greeks Abroad, Mr.…

Fire threatens the Basilica of the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor

A fire, which broke out in northern Israel, threatens the Basilica of the Transfiguration, a Christian holy place. The monks were evacuated from the area of the fire the previous night, according to the firefighting department. The fire, which broke out in a forest near Mount Tabor, at the top of which the basilica is…

The Holy Synod declared the Day of the “Unborn Child”

The Establishment of the Day of the Unborn Child was announced by the Holy Synod in a decision taken on July 9, which is officially taking a stand against abortions. As stated in the relevant circular, this decision was taken to protect the child and to solve the country’s demographic problem. The movement “Let me…

Church of St. Seraphim Sobolev to be built in Sofia

A new church in honor of one of the 20th century’s great Holy Hierarchs is set to be built in the Sofia, according to a report prepared by Mayor Dimitar Dimov, reports Orthochristian who cites stolica.bg. St. Seraphim (Sobolev) labored in the Bulgarian capital for the last 29 years of his life and is known throughout Bulgaria, and…

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Ordained the New Bishop of Evdokias, in Antalya

The Ecumenical Patriarch called on the Slavic-speaking faithful of Antalya to remain united around their prelate, the Metropolitan of Pisidia but also their new Bishop, and expressed the hope of returning love and peace to relations with the Church of Russia His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew ordained to the episcopacy the new bishop-elect Ambrosios of…

On Divine courage

A sermon of His Reverence, Archimandrite Parthenius, delivered at the monastery Refectory on the occasion of the 6th Sunday after Pentecost. Today, my dear ones, we have heard from the Gospel about the miracle which our Lord performed with the paralyzed man, placed on a stretcher and carried by his relatives or friends. We are…