Saint Basil — a Towering Figure in Greek History
Saint Basil is remembered by the Greek people as the figure who bore gifts and helped children and the poor at Christmastime.
King Charles’ Surprising Reference to Orthodoxy in Christmas Message
King Charles made a surprising reference to Greek Orthodoxy during his Christmas message watched by millions in the UK. He spoke bout his "life-long wish" to visit Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity which he eventually fulfilled in January...
Mount Athos: A Monastic Community Where Time Stands Still
Mount Athos, referred to in Greek as the "Holy Mountain", is one of the most important centers of the Christian Orthodox world. Home to twenty monasteries under the direct jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, it is governed as...
What Has Russia Ever Done For Greece?
Russia's invasion of Ukraine has reignited the debate in Greece on the historic relations between the two nations that share a common religion. The destruction of towns and villages in eastern Ukraine, especially Mariupol where tens of thousands of ethnic...
Is There Life After Death? Scientists on Both Sides of Eternal Question
Whether or not there is life after death has been widely debated for many centuries. Many people who have been declared clinically dead have been jolted back to life -- some of them unwillingly -- after experiencing very powerful,...
Meet the Stylites: Byzantine Era’s Most Extreme Hermits
Stylites, the men who practiced the most stringent form of asceticism in the early days of Christianity, took the urge to leave the world behind and become hermits to an extreme that few others could match. Living atop pillars or...
The Great Schism that Split Christianity into East and West
The East–West Schism that occurred in 1054 represents one of the most significant and tragic events in the history of Christianity. Eastern and Western Christians had a history of differences and disagreements, some dating back to the earliest days...
Fr. Alex Karloutsos to be Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom
Father Alex Karloutsos, former Vicar General for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, will be receiving a Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work as a spiritual leader, according to a statement released by the White House on Friday. Karloutsos...
Why Greeks Celebrate Name Days: An Orthodox Tradition
Name day is a uniquely Greek feast as people celebrate the feast of an Orthodox Christian saint, holy person or martyr they are named after
Holy Myrrh: The 57 Rare Ingredients of the Sanctified Orthodox Oil
The Holy Myrrh, or Holy Myron, the oil with the highest level of sanctification in the Christian Church, was prepared during the Holy Week at the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul to be distributed throughout the Orthodox world. The sacred liquid...