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Orthodox and Western Theology

His Eminence Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos and St Vlassios

When I am invited to speak to members of the Clergy who exercise the pastoral ministry I usually stress that theology is pastoral and the pastoral ministry is theology. When someone wants to shepherd a particular flock, and when he is shepherding human beings, he must necessarily speak theologically.

Theology, according to Fr. John Romanides, is distinguishing what is created from what is uncreated. Read more

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Orthodox Psychotherapy and Western Psychology

His Eminence Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos and St Vlassios

In my previous paper I referred to the difference between Orthodox and Western theology. In this paper we should go on to look at this difference in a practical form, at the subject of how each of these traditions cures people.

Fr. John Romanides stressed emphatically that we can understand whether a theology is true by whether it is able to cure people. Read more

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Biology, Bioethics and Biotheology

His Eminence Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos and St Vlassios

The Orthodox Church has its own realm where all the applications of the teaching and work of Christ take place. The Church cures people and helps them to overcome all problems, even death itself and the fear of death.

Christians also live, however, in a world that has its own pecularities. Read more

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Dormition of the Theotokos

Troparion & Kontakion

The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary: After the Ascension of the Lord, the Mother of God remained in the care of the Apostle John the Theologian, and during his journeys She lived at the home of his parents, near the Mount of Olives. She was a source of consolation and edification both for the Apostles and for all the believers. Conversing with them, She told them about miraculous events: the Annunciation, the seedless and undefiled Conception of Christ born of Her, about His early childhood, and about His earthly life. Like the Apostles, She helped plant and strengthen the Christian Church by Her presence, Her discourse and Her prayers.

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Fifth Sunday of Great Lent–St. Mary of Egypt

On the fifth Sunday of Fast, we are enjoined to celebrate the memory of our Holy Mother Mary of Egypt.

The Church service for this Sunday is devoted to the memory and glorification of the spiritual efforts of Saint Mary of Egypt, who “has cut down with the sword of abstinence the desires of your soul and the passions of your flesh. [Read more…]

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