The entire world did not accept Jesus Christ and it crucified Him. Still, the plan of salvation was not negated. By His death on the cross, Christ crushed the devil;
and by His Resurrection, death and corruption were defeated. So, the Church, the Body of Christ, continues to travel through history facing much tribulation, turmoil
and martyrdom from the God-opposed, God-fighting powers that continuously crucify the flesh of Christ. In the end, the Church will be victorious, triumphant, because Christ
defeated the devil, the world and death! The Church sanctifies nature and leads it to the Kingdom of God. So if the book of Genesis gives us an account of the
creation of man and his fall, the book of the Revelation describes apocalyptically the journey of the Church, of the faithful through the history of creation, and more specifically,
the rebirth, re-creation, and the eternal glory of man and the visible creation. The book of the Revelation, which we are introducing today, contains the entire mystery
of the Divine dispensation, of Divine economia, in the form of a summary—from the Incarnation of the Word of God up to the Second Coming of Christ, the Judgment Day
and the appearance of the Kingdom of God. Read More...
On May 23, 2006, the Elder slept in the Lord after a lengthy illness. May his memory be eternal. He has left us with 8,000 recorded lectures, imbued with the aroma of patristic traditional Orthodoxy.
Archimandrite Athanasios Mitilinaios, the New Chrysostom, as he is commonly called in the Greek spiritual circles, was born in the area of Athens, Greece. His family roots are from the beautiful Aegean island of Mitilini, as his last name suggests. Ordained at a young age, he preached incessantly from village to village where he was appointed a chancellor to the Metropolitan of Larisa.
While teaching and illuminating great numbers of souls, Divine Providence would have him restore and revive the abandoned Monastery of Komnineiou and St. John the Theologian on the mountainside of Stomion overlooking the majestic Aegean Sea. The audio-cassette recordings of his teachings, some dating back to the early seventies, are circulating world-wide.
Dear fellow Christian,
In today's perilous times, (2 Tim.3: 1) the enemies of Orthodox
Christianity are not only numerous but within the very walls of the church; the
weeds of neo-idolatry, syncretism, secularism, and pan-heresy are blooming and
de-Christianizing the confused members of the Orthodox church of Christ. Today
more than ever we need to abide by Saint Paul's deception-proof recipe
found in the second letter to the Thessalonians, Stand fast and hold on to the
traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle. (2:15) The
Lord gives the same instruction to the bishop of Thyateira and accordingly to
all the sincere members of his body, Hold on what you have until I come back
(Rev. 2:25). The true gospel of Christ, the fullness of Christianity and its
ability to heal today's heavily burdened man remain in the bosom of
Traditional Orthodoxy, the ark of salvation.
Orthodoxy came to this hemisphere
over one hundred years ago and the leadership of the church in its vast
majority instructed the priests to alter their traditional attire, in order to
facilitate the establishment of the Church. It was thought that these
"progressive" measures would help make us more acceptable to the
financially powerful Catholic and Protestant denominations. Unfortunately, we
have been overly influenced by the superficial theology of these secular forms
of Christianity and now we find ourselves in the position of the bishops of
Sardis and Laodicea; we have a name that we live but we are dead or at best,
lukewarm. Christ is calling us to WAKE UP!!!