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Alexis Florides
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Pastoral Care: The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew's example and contribution
The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is the Archbishop of Constantinople, ranked as the first among equals among the hierarchs of the several churches that collectively form the Orthodox Church. Within the five apostolic sees, the Ecumenical Patriarch is re...

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Pastoral Care of the Orthodox Church
This essay will introduce the Patristic foundations of the Orthodox Church’s Pastoral Care ; how  the practical element of this ministry is very much based on the sacramental, salvific, prayerful work of Christ’s body, and is for this reason a ministry prim...

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St Ignatius' Epistles
Saint Ignatius of Antioch (c.35-108) was a young convert to Christianity, and a disciple of the Apostle John. He was later called to serve as Bishop of Antioch, succeeding Saint Evodius. His writings, especially his epistle to the Romans, mention his arrest...

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The God of Joshua
Throughout the book of Joshua; from the preparation of the invasion, crossing the Jordan, the destruction of Jericho, through to the capturing of the lands and violent conquests, one is faced with the wider question ‘Who is this God?’ This essay will discus...

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The Orthodox Church in Britain
In light of the Holy Council taking place in June, this short article will discuss ways in which the Orthodox Church can move towards greater unity, and local inclusivity within the diaspora, and in particular the United Kingdom, in our efforts to strive fo...

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The Council of Chalcedon concludes a number of key Christological debates taking place within the Early Church. We could say that four significant issues concerning the person of Christ are clarified: 1) Christ’s full deity is affirmed, rebuking Arius 2) Ch...

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St Luke the Evangelist
The Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke (31-84AD) originated from Antioch of Syria, and was of Greek ethnicity. He was a doctor by profession, however was also an experienced artist. For this reason, alongside preaching the Gospel, he is known for painting som...

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The Holy Spirit: Saint Basil's Letter to Amphilochius
St  Amphilochius  was born in  Caesarea  in  Cappadocia . It was in the year 373  that  Amphilochius  was ordained Bishop of  Iconium , with St Basil, his spiritual father, passing away in 379 at the age of 49. Several theological challenges by 370 had been...
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