This attack iconifies in itself the unresolved issues and questions surrounding the clergy and their formation or lack thereof. This attack, like COVID-19, forces the Greek Church to face these serious questions and to find solutions and answers to them.
This is the final, saving day of Pentecost. The Holy Church sings at the Vespers of Pentecost: We celebrate Pentecost and the coming of the Spirit, and the time appointed for the promise, and the fulfillment of hope. These are the first words from the first hymn of Pentecost heard by the faithful. These words are a succinct, almost text-book-like definition of this feast. T
Having celebrated Christ’s saving Ascension, we find ourselves one Sunday before the Feast of Holy Pentecost. The Holy Fathers ordained that on this, the Seventh Sunday after Pascha, a commemoration should be held of the Fathers who gathered at the First Ecumenical Council in Nicea, in the year 325. The Church experienced wave upon wave of relentless and fierce persecutions in the first centuries of its existence.
We are men and women born blind from birth: blind in our spiritual ignorance, our spiritual inactivity, our fallen nature, and consequently, our passions. The account of Christ’s healing of the Blind Man in the Gospel of John offers us a blueprint of how to obtain healing of our spiritual blindness.
Peace be unto you. This peace which Jesus transfers to the Apostles is the power and operation of the Holy Spirit by which they themselves become participants and partake of the Resurrection, and through which they preach the Resurrection and proclaim the Resurrection’s encompassing power and might throughout the world.
If we accept this divine invitation from the depths of our heart, we shall hear His pure voice when we commune of the Holy Mysteries on this sacred and solemn Holy Thursday: "Enter thou My servant into the joy of Thy Lord!"
Now, we must make clear a certain distinction: The Lord’s Resurrection which we celebrate in one week—Holy Pascha—will be incorruptible in the sense that Christ was not subject to corruption. Yet, Lazarus’ Resurrection is from corruption: Lazarus was decaying in the tomb already four days.
St. Andrew calls us to explore the mystery of the Church, to delve into the mystery of piety. The Church is the Promised Land; it is the fullest expression of the heavenly realities of the Age to Come in this shadow-of-a-world, as represented in our time, space, and reality.
“She is the pure treasure of virginity, the intended paradise of the Second Adam, the place where the union of natures (divine and human) was accomplished, and the Counsel of salvific reconciliation was affirmed,” in the words of St. Proklus of Constantinople.
We seem to repeatedly flow from one pattern into the other. These are the passions—they nag at us, they work within us, they pull us in a certain direction; and we must not think that repentance is a magical aﬀair. Of course, the Father accepts us into the former glory, but does this preclude our return to that far oﬀ country of sin and death?