Γέροντας Αθανάσιος Γρηγοριάτης· ο Γέροντας της ειρήνης και της υπομονής (1874 – 10 Ιανουραίου 1954)

Κατηγορίες: Συναξαριακές Μορφές

Ο Ανδρέας Πρωτογερόπουλος, αυτό ήταν το κοσμικό όνομα του π. Αθανασίου Γρηγοριάτη, γεννήθηκε στον Πύργο Ηλείας στα 1874 και ήταν ένα από τα εννέα παιδιά της οικογένειας. Ο πατέρας του ήταν νεωκόρος σε μια από τις εκκλησίες της πόλης και συχνά έπαιρνε τα παιδιά του μαζί του στον ναό. Ο μικρός Ανδρέας μέσα στην αγιασμένη ατμόσφαιρα του ναού και μελετώντας βίους αγίων, άρχισε από νωρίς να ποθεί την μοναχική ζωή. Στα τέλη του Ιουλίου του 1891 αναχωρεί μαζί με δύο φίλους του για το Άγιον Όρος. Μόλις έφτασαν στον µόλο, ναύλωσαν βάρκα, αλλά λόγω του ανέμου και της ξαφνικής θαλασσοταραχής, δυσκολεύτηκαν να φθάσουν στον προορισμό τους. Οι τροφές είχαν τελειώσει και ο βαρκάρης και οι φίλοι του είχαν απογοητευτεί. Προς ...

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Download our new smartphone app with short narratives from Orthodox Christian Fathers

Κατηγορίες: In English

The Internet is the sphere of speed, information and image. It’s therefore difficult these days - especially for young people - to read extensive texts with deep meaning, on the Internet. On the other hand, sayings and short narratives from Orthodox spiritual life are pleasant to read, aren’t tiring and are easily remembered. Pemptousia has understood this reality and has put together the category ‘Words of Life’, with sayings and short stories which the readership has embraced with great interest and warmth. Particularly for those who access Pemptousia from small devices such as smart phones or tablets, ‘Words of Life’ are by far the first choice of reading material. With this in mind, Pemptousia has introduced the application software it ...

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The Song of Songs and Divine Love († Elder Placide Deseille, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Saint Anthony the Great in France)

Κατηγορίες: In English

In memory of Papa-Efraim Katounakiotis The Song of Songs is the jewel of the Old Testament and, together with the Gospel of Saint John the Theologian, constitutes the centre of divine Revelation. It contains an astonishing message which is expressed with uncommon boldness: Christ, the Only-begotten Son of God, harbours for His Church, His Most Holy Mother- who represents the Church- and for each of us individually a love which is as profound, as powerful and as personal as that of a young groom for his beloved bride. Every Christian is called to this mystery of marriage with the Church, to union with it. For Christ, and for us, as well, this love is a source of immeasurable, inexhaustible joy. God expects from us ...

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Père Placide Deseille has gone to his rest in the Lord

Κατηγορίες: In English

At one o’clock, midday, on 7 January (2018), the day when the Orthodox Church honours the Synaxis of the Honourable Forerunner, Archimandrite Placide Deseille departed this life at the age of 91. Born on 16 April, 1926, in Issy-les-Moulineaux, in France, Père Placide became a monk at the Cistercian monastery of Bellefontaine, at the age of 16. In 1966, together with some monastic friends, he founded a Byzantine-rite monastery in Aubazine en Corrèze. In 1977, the monks decided to become Orthodox. They were received into the Orthodox Church on 19 June, 1977, and in February 1978 became monks of the Holy Monastery of Simonos Petras, on the Holy Mountain. Père Placide was then sent by Elder Aimilianos, the Abbot of Simonos Petras, ...

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