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Christ is risen! I’m delighted to be posting the first of Fr. John’s Sunday homilies on the spiritual teachings of Gerontissa Makrina. The book he references as the basis for the homilies is the recently translated Words of the Heart. From the video description: Fr. John Palmer (of Holy Lady of Vladimir Mission, St. John’s, […]

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This beautiful article (and the photos that accompany it) is on our holy mother among the saints, Abbess Makrina of Portaria. As many of my readers know, I love blessed Makrina very much and so I wanted to share this lovely article. (Source) Chosen of God from her mother’s womb The blessed eldress experienced many […]

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About a month ago I received an email stating I would be sent a copy of The Blessed Makrina Project: Echoes from the Heart, a short documentary film about Abbess Makrina of the Holy Monastery of Panagia Odigitria (Directress) in Portaria, Greece. As it was sent from Washington state I knew it would be a […]

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(Source) What comes to mind when you think of the year1922? The rise of jazz and the flapper generation? Silent film and a relatively peaceful time between the two world wars? In the year 1922 the subject of our documentary is a small child, two years old, held tight by her mother who is held […]

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I am overjoyed to introduce you to The Blessed Makrina Project. Fiery Furnace Productions is currently in the writing/development stages of a documentary on the life of Blessed Gerontissa Makrina. (Gerontissa was an abbess of the Holy Monastery of Panagia Odigitria – the All-holy Directress – in Portaria, Greece and reposed in 1995). Traveling to […]

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Modern Saints: Elder Iakovos Tsalikis

Originally posted on lessons from a monastery:
A Glimpse of His Holy Life: From a young age little Iakovos (which was his name even at baptism) loved the Lord and His Bride, the Church. Born in Livisi, in Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey), he and his family were forced to immigrate to Greece during the exchange…

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Originally posted on Ancient Faith Blogs‘ Behind the Scenes By Constantina Palmer STORY FOR BODY AND SOUL Storytelling is a characteristic feature of our Orthodox Tradition. It is an ancient and effective means of sharing high ideals, universal truths, with the common man through images and examples relative to his experience in daily life. Not […]

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Below is transcript of a talk I gave at the 2015 Orthodox Young Professionals Retreat held in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The title of the event was “Sanctifying Time and Space: Privilege and Responsibility as an Orthodox Young Professional”.  To my surprise someone took the time to write out a transcript of my talk for Ancient Faith Radio.  […]

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Below is an amateur translation I did. It’s an excerpt from Λόγια Καρδίας (pp. 246-250), a collection of homilies by Abbess Makrina of the Holy Monastery of Panagia Odigitria in Volos, Greece. It is a beautiful story that tells of the great rewards God has prepared for those who practice patience when confronted with great […]

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