Characteristic Traits of Orthodox Spirituality

by Metropolitan Hierotheos Vlachos Within this framework we can detect some characteristic traits of Orthodox spirituality. It is, firstly, Christ-centred, since Christ is the only medicine for humankind, by virtue of the hypostatic union of the divine and human nature in His Person. Secondly, Orthodox spirituality is also centred on the Holy Trinity, since Christ is always united with the […]

Pascha in the West and in the East

by Metropolitan Hierotheos (Vlachos) The Orthodox Church is the Church of the Resurrection, because it gives prominence to Christ’s victory over death. Pascha is the overcoming of death, the passage of the Word to the human heart and not the reduction of the heart to human reason and senses. When one examines the “ethos” of […]

The Theologian of Empirical Theology

By Metropolitan Hierotheos (Vlachos) The following homily was given on the feast of St. John Chrysostom on 13 November 2011 in order to commemorate the ten year anniversary since the repose of Fr. John Romanides (+ 11/01/2001). Our Church today celebrates the memory of Saint John Chrysostom, a great Father of the Church, a fiery […]

The Basics of Divine Liturgy

Translated by John Sanidopoulos Before I left the Holy Monastery I found an opportunity in a discussion to ask him [Elder Sophrony] about the Divine Liturgy, and he presented me with the basic teaching about it. – “The Priesthood is not given to man as a reward for virtues, but as a gift for the […]

Christ, the Church and Salvation

By Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos After all that has been reported we must end with a few conclusions, without, of course, having exhausted this great theme. a) Only in Christ is there salvation. Since the saints of the Old Testament saw the unincarnate Word and the saints of the New Testament saw and see the […]

The Perpetuity of the Church

By Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos By his incarnation Christ assumed human nature, and indeed human nature was united with the divine nature immutably, without confusion, inseparably, unchangeably and indivisibly. They are never separated. They remain united forever. Thus the Church will exist also after the Second Coming of Christ and we shall be able to […]

The Church in the New Testament

By Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos With the incarnation of Christ we have the manifestation of the Church. The Church becomes the Body of Christ and acquires its Head, Who is Christ. Let us recall the passage in Clement of Rome which we mentioned before, according to which the Church was “first created spiritual from above, […]

The Church in the Old Testament

By Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos Adam and Eve lived an angelic life in Paradise. They were in the state of illumination of the nous, which is the first degree of the vision of God. They had communion with God. According to the teaching of the holy Fathers, Paradise was tangible and intelligible. This is said […]