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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Daily concerns and worries and the abundance of material goods pose an obstacle to prayer

ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH  previous:https://hristospanagia3.blogspot.com/2018/10/quantity-and-quality-in-prayer.html Daily concerns and worries and the abundance of material goods pose an obstacle to prayer Well, you might say “I have so many things to do and to care about; I do not have time (to pray).” So, I suggest you stop them all, and start praying. This…

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Quantity and quality in prayer

ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH  previous:https://hristospanagia3.blogspot.com/2018/10/anyone-in-orthodoxy-who-becomes-heathy.htmlQuantity and quality in prayer Question from the audience: Fr. Savva, “evlogeite” (your blessing). People say “We cannot have quality in our prayers, because the Holy Spirit would/should be the only One granting the quality and enabling us for a pure prayer. What we can offer is just quantity,…

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Anyone in orthodoxy, who becomes heathy again, can heal his neighbor

ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH   previous:https://hristospanagia3.blogspot.com/2018/10/the-advantage-of-orthodoxy-with-which.html Anyone in orthodoxy, who becomes heathy again, can heal his neighbor And, here is a wonderful thing to be found in Orthodoxy: when we go through the process of kátharsis (purification) and, by the Grace of God, become healthy again, we can be doctors also for our…

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The advantage of Orthodoxy, with which She can conquer the whole world, is its therapeutics, its unique healing method, the only method by which our human soul can be effectively cured.

  ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH   previous:https://hristospanagia3.blogspot.com/2018/10/living-orthodox-therapeutics-help-our.html The advantage of Orthodoxy, with which She can conquer the whole world, is its therapeutics, its unique healing method, the only method by which our human soul can be effectively cured. The purpose of Orthodoxy is not to offer some kind of a new fetish. Until…

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Living orthodox therapeutics – help our fellow human beings

ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH   previous:https://hristospanagia3.blogspot.com/2018/10/westernization-of-civilizations-by.html Living orthodox therapeutics – help our fellow human beings This is when orthodox therapeutics has its role and say. This is when we, orthodox Christians, living in a globally established terrorism and brutalization and despair, must have our eyes open and learn properly how to live Orthodoxy…

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Westernization of the civilizations by the western “holy” missionaries and the technology

ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH   previous:https://hristospanagia3.blogspot.com/2018/10/the-take-over-of-orthodox-civilization.html Westernization of the civilizations by the western “holy” missionaries and the technology Toynbee claims (in his theory) that all civilizations are being westernized today, and, much to our regret, he is right! If you notice carefully, the whole world is becoming Americanized; Fast-food restaurants (McDonald’s in every…

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The take-over of the orthodox civilization

  ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH   previous:https://hristospanagia3.blogspot.com/2018/10/westernization-of-orthodox-east.html The take-over of the orthodox civilization Arnold Toynbee, a British historian (14 April 1889 – 22 October 1975), said that the Orthodox Civilization is being gradually absorbed by the Western Civilization. I wished it would not come true, and it won’t, because Orthodoxy will be forever….

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Westernization of the orthodox East

ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH   previous:https://hristospanagia3.blogspot.com/2018/10/by-taking-healing-method-preserved-and.html Westernization of the orthodox East Why was Hesychasm and its practitioners persecuted? Because the places it flourished (Russia, Greece, and Romanity in general) started to gradually undergo a cultural westernization. It all started in Russia after the reformation by the so-called Great Peter (in fact, he was…

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By taking the healing method preserved and applied in the monasteries and introducing it in our own homes and souls and apply it in our very lives, we get completely cured, both spiritually and physically.

  ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH   previous:https://hristospanagia3.blogspot.com/2018/10/alteration-of-orthodox-tradition.html By taking the healing method preserved and applied in the monasteries and introducing it in our own homes and souls and apply it in our very lives, we get completely cured, both spiritually and physically. True psychotherapy, today, is unfortunately preserved and observed (almost exclusively and)…

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Alteration of the orthodox tradition – persecution of its acting body (the monastics)-Hesychasm

ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH   previous:https://hristospanagia3.blogspot.com/2018/10/orthodoxy-is-medical-science-curing-man.html Alteration of the orthodox tradition – persecution of its acting body (the monastics) Back to our story again. Well, our imaginary researcher has started to realize when this tradition began in time, what its roots are, for how many centuries and where it was applied successfully. In…

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Orthodoxy is a medical science curing man and societies

  ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH   previous:https://hristospanagia3.blogspot.com/2018/10/the-church-funeral-home.html Orthodoxy is a medical science curing man and societies Let us suppose, says Fr. John Romanides, that a researcher, a scientist, which has no relation to any religion, an atheist, if you may, conducts a research on religious traditions. Coming across the Orthodox tradition he digs,…

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The church – a “funeral home”

ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH   previous:https://hristospanagia3.blogspot.com/2018/10/election-of-bishops.html The church – a “funeral home” Unfortunately, this is the current state of our Church: a divorce office, a marriage and baptizing office! So, people come and say: “I want to get married. Let us set a date, Father.” “Alright, I am happy for you, but are…

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Election of the bishops

ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH   previous:https://hristospanagia3.blogspot.com/2018/10/the-results-of-persecution-of-orthodox.html Election of the bishops Exemplifying the loss of the orthodox healing tradition is the way we elect our bishops in contemporary Orthodoxy. Our Church has insistently kept this blessed tradition to elect bishops from the monasteries. Why? Because the monasteries are the university medical schools that produce…

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The results of the persecution of orthodox therapeutics and its vehicle, orthodox monasticism

ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH previous:https://hristospanagia3.blogspot.com/2018/10/the-anti-monastic-and-anti-hesychastic.html The results of the persecution of orthodox therapeutics and its vehicle, orthodox monasticism To conclude, Koraïs and his mob attacked the traditional orthodox monasticism and our hesychastic tradition, the only true therapy of man’s soul. What have they accomplished? The results are very easy to figure out by…

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The anti-monastic and anti-hesychastic spirit today

ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH   previous:https://hristospanagia3.blogspot.com/2018/10/atheistic-education-in-contemporary.html The anti-monastic and anti-hesychastic spirit today This New Age spirit, the secularized and syncretistic spirit (a blend of dogmas from various religions) has been submissively adopted by many people. We can observe that when somebody decides to become a monk or a priest… negative reaction by their…

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Atheistic education in contemporary Greece

ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH   previous:https://hristospanagia3.blogspot.com/2018/10/the-persecution-of-orthodox-tradition.html Atheistic education in contemporary Greece Education in contemporary Greece is actually atheistic. Just a while ago, I was told by a mother that she received a document from the school to let her child visit an orthodox, a so-called Roman Catholic, and later on a protestant church….

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The persecution of the orthodox tradition today

ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH   previous:https://hristospanagia3.blogspot.com/2018/10/who-was-behind-this-hatred-against.html The persecution of the orthodox tradition today So, they hit the monasteries, because they did not want Orthodoxy to be strong. The same counts for today; they still don’t want Orthodoxy to be strong and free, because Orthodoxy produces righteous people, She produces true persons and not…

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Who was behind this hatred against orthodox tradition and monasticism?

ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH     previous:https://hristospanagia3.blogspot.com/2018/10/persecution-of-traditional-monasticism.html Who was behind this hatred against orthodox tradition and monasticism? We all should know that these actions were pre-designed and concerted by our implacable friends; concerted by those who hate Orthodoxy. The reason for their hatred is, because Orthodoxy produces personalities and not easily manageable humanoids….

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Persecution of traditional monasticism and hesychastic life

ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH     previous:https://hristospanagia3.blogspot.com/2018/10/western-theology-spirit-influence-our.html Before we go on with our main issue, I believe it would make us better understand, if I say a few words about Hesychasm, a spiritual tradition endorsed by St. Gregory the Palamas (15th century), and collected by Demetrios Tselengidis, Professor of Dogmatics at the Aristotle…

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Western “theology” & “spirit” influence our orthodox theology and education

ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH   previous:https://hristospanagia3.blogspot.com/2018/10/icon-depicting-his-second-coming-and.html Western “theology” & “spirit” influence our orthodox theology and education So, Europe has all the aforementioned demonic theology, which is more or less unfortunately established among us orthodox Christians, too. They introduce a punishing and rewarding God. This means, the essence of Orthodoxy in Greece is a…

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Icon depicting His Second Coming and the role of the Church

ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH previous: https://hristospanagia3.blogspot.com/2018/10/who-will-see-god-in-second-coming-of.html Icon depicting His Second Coming and the role of the Church Have you noticed how the Second Coming of Christ is depicted on the icons of our Church? If you take a good look at them, you will see two rivers coming out of the throne of…

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