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Patriarchal Encyclical for Christmas 2021

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew /Nicos Papachristou + B A R T H O L O M E W BY GOD’S MERCY ARCHBISHOP OF CONSTANTINOPLE-NEW ROME  AND ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH  TO ALL THE PLENITUDE OF THE CHURCH GRACE, MERCY AND PEACE  FROM THE SAVIOR CHRIST BORN IN BETHLEHEM * * * Brother concelebrants and blessed children, Having once…

Vespers at the church of the Life-giving Spring in Athens

Today, within the programme of the First International Festival of Byzantine singing in Athens, the choir of the Holy Bigorski Monastery took part in the festive and resurrectional Vespers in the beautiful temple of the Mother of God, dedicated to her Life-giving Spring. The brothers sang in Church Slavonic language as a second choir,  antiphonically…

Presentation of the Bigorski choir in Athens

The Catholic Church of Athens dedicated to the Holy Annunciation of the Most Holy Mother of God, a monumental temple of the Orthodox Church in Greece, a place of many sacred services, important events and anniversaries, last night was the witness of another unique and historic event. Namely, at the invitation of the Ministry of…

Heaven and hell - (Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus)

19 Jesus said, “There was a certain rich man who was splendidly clothed in purple and fine linen and who lived each day in luxury. 20 At his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus who was covered with sores. 21 As Lazarus lay there longing for scraps from the rich man’s table, the dogs…

Address by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America at the Pan-Orthodox Chorostasia at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral Washington, D.C.

Your Eminence Elder-Metropolitan Emmanuel of Chalcedon, venerable representative of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew: I would like to reverently express to You — on behalf of all the fellow brother concelebrants of our Holy Eparchial Synod, the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, our entire clergy body and all of…

Ecumenical Patriarch: Holy Physicians constitute special anchor for all those serving in medical field

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew issued an encyclical regarding the Feast of the Holy Physicians. On October 17, 2021, the Church will honor for the first time the contribution of medical science to humankind following the decision of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for the Synaxis of the Holy Physicians. The Holy Synod decided to establish the Sunday closest to…

Relics of Elder Joseph of Vatopedi exhumed on Mt. Athos

The holy remains of one of the great Athonite elders of the 20th and 21st centuries were exhumed today at Vatopedi Monastery on the Holy Mountain. Elder Joseph of Vatopedi spent 13 years as a disciple of the great St. Joseph the Hesychast. He remained at New Skete after the repose of his elder in 1959,…

Keeping the faith - Interview with Archbishop Elpidofor

Interview with Archbishop Elpidofor of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America In this digital age, do we need more forgiveness and sacrifice in our lives? And where can we look for direction? Monocle Films sat down with Archbishop Elpidophoros of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America to find out how the church strives to address…

Thousands travel miles on foot to venerate miraculous Theotokos icon

Every year on the feast of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos, thousands of faithful Orthodox Christians go on pilgrimage to Panagia Antifonitria Church on the slopes of Mt. Kryoneritis in the village of Myriokefala in Crete. Many of the pilgrims walk many miles on foot to venerate the wonderworking Icon of the Theotokos…

Let's take down the mountains of pride

Sermon of His Eminence, Bishop Parthenius of Antania and Abbot of the Bigorski Monastery, delivered during the Vespers of the feast of St. John the Forerunner, on Friday, 10 September 2021 AD In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit! Honourable fathers, Venerable brothers monks and nun sisters, Pious Christians…

The Transfiguration announces the cross, but also the resurrection

A sermon of His Eminence, Bishop of Antania, Parthenius, Abbot of the Holy Bigorski Monastery, delivered on the feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord, at the Holy Liturgy in the Monastery of the Immaculate Holy Mother of God in Kichevo, on August 19, 2021 In the name of the Father and the Son and…

The demonism of our time

A sermon of His Eminence the Bishop Parthenius of Antania, Elder and Abbot of the Holy Bigorski Monastery, delivered during the Liturgy on the Feast of Pentecost, on the 25th of July, 2021 year of our Lord. In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit! Today, my dear ones, we…

Christians as missionaries: the testimony of the Holy Brothers

A sermon of His Eminence the Bishop Parthenius of Antania, Elder and Abbot of the Holy Bigorski Monastery, delivered during the Liturgy of the Saints Cyril and Methodius, in the skete dedicated to them, in Bitushe, on the 24th of May, 2021 year of our Lord. In the name of the Father and of the…

The Exalted Son of Man – the One through Whom we are saved

Sermon of His Eminence, Bishop Parthenius of Antania, Elder and Abbot of the Holy Bigorski Monastery, delivered after the reading of the Gospel of the Holy Liturgy, on the Feast of the Holy and Great Megalomartyr Saint George the Triumphant, in the Monastery of Rajcica, on the 6th of May 2021.  Christ is Risen! In…

Saint George – conqueror through the Love of the crucified and risen Lord

A sermon of His eminence the Bishop of Antania, Parthenius, Elder and Abbot of the Holy Bigorski Monastery delivered during the vespers in honor of the Holy Great Martyr George in Rajchica on the 5th of May 2021   We have gathered this evening, my dear ones to offer our gratitude to the great warrior…

Holy and Great Saturday

He Who enclosed the deeps is now seen dead; and the immortal One is laid in a tomb enclosed in a shroud with myrrh. Women, too, come to anoint Him, weeping bitterly and lamenting: "This Sabbath is blessed above all others, for Christ, having fallen asleep, will rise on the third day".(Kontakion of Holy Saturday)…

Holy and Great Friday (in the evening)

Gathered in the night around the Kuvuklia with the Holy Epitaphio, as if around the Tomb of Christ, with prayer and contemplation we pay tribute to the mystery of this Life-giving Tomb. The heart-breaking verses of lamentation carve with the indelible words of sorrowful cross-bearing cry the mystery of the Passions and the Burial in…

Holy and Great Friday (video)

Come, let us all praise Him Who was crucified for us. Mary beheld Him on the Tree and said, "Though You endure even the Cross, You are my Son and my God." (Kontakion of Holy Friday) We are approaching now with trembling steps towards the hill, humbly ascending the top of the Golgotha in order…

Holy and Great Thursday

As the glorious disciples, in the washing of the feet, were enlightened, the profane Judas, ravaged by greed, was benighted. And to the lawless judges he surrenders You the just judge. Consider, you who love money, the one who hanged himself for the sake of it. Shun the insatiate heart that could dare such a…

Great and Holy Pascha, enlightenment of the faithful

Sermon of His Eminence, Bishop Parthenius of Antania, Abbot and Elder of the Bigorski Monastery, delivered on The Great and Holy Pasha, 2021 year of our Lord. In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit! Dear brothers and sisters in Christ the Resurrected, we have been privileged by the Divine…