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Philokalia: The Massive Collection of Byzantine Texts Saved by a Greek Monk

Devout Greek ascetic Monk Nikodemos made it his life work to preserve and revive the Byzantine spiritual wisdom through traditional Christian Orthodox practices

Orthodox Community Holds Mass in Earthquake-Ruined Greek Church of Antioch

The Antioch Greek Orthodox Church in Antakya, Turkey, which was reduced to rubble by an earthquake last year, saw an emotional mass ceremony held for victims of the disaster recently. The deadly earthquake that rocked southern and central Turkey and...

The Three Kings’ Gifts to Jesus Are Preserved on Holy Mount Athos

Among the innumerable treasures and holy relics preserved at the Holy Monastery of St. Paul on Mt. Athos (in Greek Άγιον Όρος, meaning "Holy Mountain") one of the most precious, and invaluable to Greek Orthodoxy, are the Holy Gifts...

Did Byzantine Christian Icons Conceal Pagan Gods?

Religious icons of Christ, the Blessed Mother Mary, and the saints are integral to the religious practices of Orthodox Christians. The tradition was largely handed down to modern Christians by the iconographers of the Byzantine/Eastern Roman Empire. However, the practice...

Greek Orthodox Church of St. Porphyrios in Gaza Bombed

A 1,600-year-old Greek Orthodox church in the Gaza Strip which was sheltering hundreds of displaced Palestinians was hit overnight by an Israeli air strike, the Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem said, and Palestinian health officials said 16 people were killed. Parts...

Jacob’s Well: A Holy Greek Orthodox Site in Palestine

Jacob's Well, inside the Church of the same name, is a holy Greek Orthodox site that tradition says dates back two millennia and is mentioned in the Book of Genesis

The History of Dionysius the Areopagite, the Patron Saint of Athens

Saint Dionysius the Areopagite, the patron saint of the city of Athens, is also known as the protector of judges and the judiciary. The Greek Orthodox Church celebrates the Feast Day of Saint Dionysius on October 3rd. Born during the...

The Greek Paradox: Why Do First Generation Greek-Australians Live Longer?

Scottish-Australian physician Norman Swan has made a complex discovery recently. Swan found that Greek-Australians, despite subscribing to potentially life-threatening practices and diets, have the second highest life expectancy behind the Japanese. Swan dubbed this situation "the Greek Paradox" in his...

The Karamanlides: Orthodox, Turkish-Speaking People Native to Anatolia

A group of people native to Anatolia, the Karamanlides, are believed by many to be Turkish speaking Greeks. They used a dialect of Turkish in combination with the Greek alphabet. Starting as far back as 1071, Turks began settling in...

Turkey Bans Liturgy at Historic Monastery of Panagia Soumela

Turkey has forbidden the liturgy at the historic Orthodox monastery of Panagia Soumela on the August 15 religious holiday. The Ecumenical Patriarch in Constantinople informed the Christian community of the decision in a statement released on Thursday. However, no explanation...