Coronavirus disease 2019: the harms of exaggerated information and non‐evidence‐based measures

Abstract   The evolving coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‐19) pandemic1 is certainly cause for concern. Proper communication and optimal decision‐making is an ongoing challenge, as data evolve. The challenge is compounded, however, by exaggerated information. This can lead to inappropriate actions. It is important to differentiate promptly the true epidemic from an epidemic of false claims…

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Quotations from the writings of our Father Among the Saints, the great Hierarch and Confessor, MARK OF EPHESUS, whose memory we keep on this day (Jan. 19):

”Κανεὶς δὲν ἐξουσιάζει τὴν πίστη μας, οὔτε βασιλιάς, οὔτε ἀρχιερέας, οὔτε ψευδοσύνοδος, οὔτε κανένας ἄλλος, παρὰ μόνο ὁ Θεὸς…” ~ Ἅγιος Μάρκος o Εὐγενικός ________________________ “‘But if,’ they say, ‘we had devised some middle ground between the dogmas (of the Papists and the Orthodox), then thanks to this we would have united with them and…

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Paschal Greetings from Around the World

Paschal Greetings from Around the World Language Greeting Response Aleut: Khristus anahgrecum! Alhecum anahgrecum! Aleut: Khris-tusax agla-gikux! Agangu-lakan agla-gikux! Albanian: Krishti U Ngjall! Vertet U Ngjall! Alutuq: Khris-tusaq ung-uixtuq! Pijii-nuq ung-uixtuq! Amharic: Kristos tenestwal! Bergit tenestwal! Anglo-Saxon: Crist aras! Crist sodhlice aras! Arabic: El Messieh kahm! Hakken kahm! Armenian: Kristos haryav ee merelotz! Orhnial eh…

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The following was a letter to the Roman Emperor Hadrian (d.138AD) from the Athenian Orator Aristides in which he depicts how the Early Christians lived.

The following was a letter to the Roman Emperor Hadrian (d.138AD) from the Athenian Orator Aristides in which he depicts how the Early Christians lived. THE FIRST CHRISTIANS “The Christians know and trust God. They placate those who oppress them and make them their friends; they do good to their enemies. Their wives are absolutely…

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The Art Of Salvation – Elder Ephraim of Arizona

 At a certain monastery, there was a monk whom the devil had successfully led into negligence. He stopped doing his prayer rule, ceased attending church, and discontinued his appointed prayers. The other fathers were aware of his negligent conduct. Eventually, the time of death approached, and the other fathers gathered by his side hoping to…

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A true story in Psara:

A true story in Psara: In one part of the island, called Fidolakos (Snake Ditch), there is a monastery dedicated to Saint Matrona. In the past, that ditch had many snakes. Once, during the Divine Liturgy, a small snake fell inside the Holy Cup from the dome of the Holy Altar immediately after the Holy…

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Raising our children – a general approach

ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH  previous:https://hristospanagia3.blogspot.com/2018/11/teaching-our-children-to-pray.html Raising our children – a general approach What’s elementary for our children is to be under the guidance of a Pnevmatikos (Spiritual Father), to meet with him regularly and submit to him with orthodox obedience (provided this Pnevmatikos is mastering the orthodox therapeutic system and is already cured)….

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Teaching our children to pray ceaselessly

ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH  previous:https://hristospanagia3.blogspot.com/2018/11/the-church-is-not-supposed-to-satisfy.html Teaching our children to pray ceaselessly It would be a blessed practice for the parents (the mother, for example) to gather their children under (or in front of) the ikonostasis (icon screen) and invite them to jointly practice the Jesus Prayer for 5 minutes. “This is how we…

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The Church is not supposed to satisfy our earthly plans

ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH  previous:https://hristospanagia3.blogspot.com/2018/11/seek-first-kingdom-of-god.html The Church is not supposed to satisfy our earthly plans There are people who think the Church is here, to favor our earthly plans. This is wrong, too! This is not what the Church is for. When we think of the Orthodox Church like that, we have superstitious…

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Seek first the Kingdom of God

ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH  previous:https://hristospanagia3.blogspot.com/2018/11/how-to-reach-purification-how-to-know.html Seek first the Kingdom of God “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” [Matthew 6:33]. To ask for the Kingdom means to ask that God reins inside me, He shall be my Lord. However, we…

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Illumination and how to reach it

ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH  previous:https://hristospanagia3.blogspot.com/2018/11/how-much-can-we-endure-praying.html Illumination and how to reach it When we are in the state of illumination, we pray constantly. In a state of complete illumination, the Jesus Prayer is self-acting. This means it is being said by itself ceaselessly within our heart. The question is how to get there. In…

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How much can we endure praying

ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH  previous:https://hristospanagia3.blogspot.com/2018/11/illumination-of-our-nouscatanyxis.html Question from the audience: How much can we stand praying and attend the church services? Answer by Fr. Savvas: Frankly, if we start praying, it means we start breathing! Hence, when we ask about how long we can stand praying, it is like asking how long we can…

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Illumination of our nousCatanyxis – Illumination – Tears

ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH  previous:https://hristospanagia3.blogspot.com/2018/11/antimonastic-spirit.html Illumination of our nous Question from the audience: Is illumination a permanent state or is the Holy Spirit coming back and forth? Answer by Fr. Savvas: When we progress to illumination, this state is permanent. It’s there and you live it 24 hours a day. This means we…

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Antimonastic spirit

ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH  previous:https://hristospanagia3.blogspot.com/2018/11/the-need-for-guidance-by-experienced.html Antimonastic spirit Question from the audience: Many people think that we laypeople should keep a distance from the monasteries [talking about the antimonastic spirit and when it prevailed]. Answer by Fr. Savvas: Yes, this is totally wrong! This is what I have been already telling you, the antimonastic…

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The need for guidance by an experienced spiritual fatherMarried or unmarried spiritual father?

ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH  previous:https://hristospanagia3.blogspot.com/2018/11/daily-concerns-and-worries-and.html The need for guidance by an experienced spiritual father Whatever we do, we must never do it based on ourselves. We have to ask, we must have a spiritual leader. He is the one who will show us how to make progress in prayer. Not to mention, this…

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