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Come Receive the Light: “The illnesses of the soul and the spirit are in many ways similar to the illnesses of the body,” says Fr. Andrew Demotses, pastor emeritus of Saint Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church in Peabody, MA. He joins Fr. Chris to teach us about demon possession and exorcism. Much of what we know or think we know about these topics comes from pop culture, not the church. Fr. Andrew brings us an Orthodox perspective on this real, but rare, spiritual illness and how it can be healed. Fr. Andrew talks first about discerning between demonic possession and mental illness. He explains what Orthodoxy teach us about evil that is present in our lives, and how that differs from demonic possession. Fr. Chris and Fr. Andrew recall their pastoral experiences with possession. Both agree that it is rare, but Fr. Andrew notes that this is because the devil can overcome most of us in subtler ways, without such a direct attack. Food for thought! Fr. Andrew and Fr. Chris also talk about the “evil eye,” and the “mati” amulets so often seen in the Mediterranean and Middle East, and here in America, too. Hear what the Orthodox Church says about the evil eye, now and in its history. Click the play button below to listen in for true and practical teaching about demon possession and exorcism. Find out how you can protect yourself from this spiritual wounding, and what to do if you need help.
Δεύτε λάβετε φως (Ελληνικά): “Η πνευματική καλλιέργεια είναι έργο σύνθετο. Προυποθέτει τον καλό γεωργό αλλά και την καλή γη. Και ο φρόνιμος και ταπεινός γεωργός παρακαλεί ταυτόχρονα τον Θεό να ευλογήσει τον κόπο του, το χωράφι του για να γίνει η σοδειά αφορμή για χαρές κι όχι για λύπες”.
Vengan a Recibir la Luz (en Español): En este episodio de Vengan a Recibir la Luz, los presentadores Padre Aristidis Arizi y Padre David Wooten abordan el tema de la Fiesta de la Exaltación de la Santísima Cruz: ¿Cuál es la historia la Exaltación de la Cruz? ¿Por qué reverencia la Iglesia las santas reliquias, la mayor de las cuales es la misma Cruz? ¿Cómo nos relacionamos hoy en día a la Cruz en nuestras vidas? Dos himnos–El Sinaxis del Viernes Santo, recitado por dos miembros del Coro de la Catedral San Jorge en la Ciudad de México, y el Tropario de la Santa Cruz, cantado por los niños del Hogar Rafael Ayau en la Ciudad de Guatemala–siguen. Finalmente, el Padre Miguel Marcantoni lee las lecturas de la Fiesta de la Exaltación–1 Corintios 1:18-24 y Juan 19:6-11, 13-20, 25-28, 30-35–y escuchamos parte del sermón que Padre David dio el día de la Fiesta de la Exaltación: «Exaltado por la Humillación, para Servir».
Fr. Demetri interviews and speeches
On the Orthodox Marriage: Fr. Demetri Tonias answers common questions about Orthodox marriage, both from practical as well as theological standpoints. For example, can I marry a non-Christian? Can we have a joint service with a minister from a different denomination? Can we have two services since our families live far apart? Do I have to get married in a Church, or can I marry on a beach or at home? My spouse and I were married in the Orthodox church, but we would like to do some kind of vow renewal service for our anniversary. What can we do?
Orthodoxy and Other Faith Traditions: His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston and Fr. Demetrios Tonias speak on ecumenical and interfaith relations from an Orthodox Christian perspective.
On the 2013 Grecian Festival: Fr. Demetrios Tonias of Taxiarchae Greek Orthodox Church in Watertown, MA talks about the 2013 Grecian Festival.
On the Boston Marathon Bombing: Fr. Demetrios Tonias of Archangels Greek Orthodox Church in Watertown, MA, talks about the impact of the recent bombings on his community and the role of the church in helping to heal after a tragedy like this.
On St. Demetrios: Fr. Demetri Tonias talks about St. Demetrios the Great Martyr.
Bedford 9/11 Speech: Fr. Demetri Tonias speaks at the Bedford 9-11 memorial service on 9-11-2012.
Miracles: Fr. Demetri Tonias examines the questions, "Why does God perform miracles? Why do miracles sometimes happen to people who don’t believe? How should miracles impact our faith?"
Keeping the Fast During Lent: Fr. Demetri Tonias talks with Come Receive the Light about keeping the fast during Great Lent.
Youth and Media: Should Orthodox teens be watching the Twighlight Saga films and Glee? Fr. Demetri Tonias shares the thoughts of the Holy Fathers on secular media.
Video Games: This past June, on the very last day of its 2011 term, the US Supreme Court ruled that minors have a right to purchase video games that include graphic violence. Fr. Demetrios Tonias shares his thoughts on what this means for youth and parents.
Christianity and Judaism (PART I), (PART II), (PART III), (PART IV) With Fr. Demetrios Tonias we'll be discussing Christianity and Judaism in the first four centuries, which is something many of us don't know a great deal about.