“Prayer without Ceasing” is Necessary for All Christians

by St Gregory Palamas Let no one think, my brother Christians, that it is the duty only of priests and monks to pray without ceasing, and not of laymen. No, no; it is the duty of all of us Christians to remain always in prayer. For look what the most holy Patriarch of Constantinople, Philotheus, […]

St. Gregory Palamas: Traditionalist or Innovator?

by Jesse Dominick St. Gregory Palamas (1296-1359), Archbishop of Thessaloniki (1347-1359), was and is a controversial figure. His experience and teachings of the Uncreated energies of God was severely attacked by Barlaam the Calabrian (who accused him of following the supposedly innovative teachings of St. Nicephorus of Mt. Athos [d. c. 1300]),[1] Gregory Akindynos, Nicephoras […]

On the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, Leaders of the Apostles

by St. Gregory Palamas Brothers, this is the unofficial feast day of Preachers Institute, and on the feast of the glorious Apostles, Peter and Paul – the greatest preachers of the Christian faith, we offer this sermon from St. Gregory Palamas. Let these examples be before us as lamps in these dark times reminding us […]

Discourse of the Feast of the Theotokos of our Most Pure Lady Theotokos into the Holy of Holies

by St. Gregory Palamas If a tree is known by its fruit, and a good tree bears good fruit (Mt. 7:17; Luke 6:44), then is not the Mother of Goodness Itself, She who bore the Eternal Beauty, incomparably more excellent than every good, whether in this world or the world above? Therefore, the coeternal and […]

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, […]

“Palamite” and “Neo-Palamite” Theology

Contextual Theology: Part Two By Metropolitan Hierotheos Vlachos The fourteenth century was extremely important for the Church, because for the very first time Orthodox theology confronted the West’s scholastic theology in the persons of Saint Gregory Palamas and Barlaam respectively. In this dialogue, it became evident that Saint Gregory Palamas was the bearer and the […]

Contextual Theology: Part One

By Metropolitan Hierotheos Vlachos As one studies the texts of the Holy Bible and the Fathers, one realizes that the basis of Orthodox theology is God’s revelation – as given to the Prophets, the Apostles and the Fathers – throughout the ages. Characteristic of this is the beginning of the Epistle to the Hebrews: “Having […]

The Prodigal Son Interpreted Hesychastically

by Metropolitan Hierotheos Vlachos Regarding the meaning of the Parable of the Prodigal Son, St. Gregory Palamas interprets the parable hesychastically. St. Luke the Evangelist presents Christ’s parable, in which we read: Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth […]