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  1. An Eyewitness to History : The Short History of Nikephoros Our Holy Father the Patriarch of Constantinople

    An Eyewitness to History : The Short History of Nikephoros Our Holy Father the Patriarch of Constantinople

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    historical commentary by Norman Tobias ; translation by Norman Tobias and Anthony R. Santoro. Biography of the historian, chronicler and theologian who is one of the most important sources for the study of the middle Byzantine period. . Learn More
  2. Our Geronda The Life and Miracles of the late Elder of Patmos Amphilochios Makris

    Our Geronda The Life and Miracles of the late Elder of Patmos Amphilochios Makris

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    Elder Amphilochios Makris was born in 1889 on the island of Patmos where St. John wrote the Book of the Revelation, the last canonical book of the New Testament. He was a great defender of Orthodoxy, having suffered much throughout the years of the Italian Fascist Occupation of the Greek Dodecanese islands. During those years he set up secret schools and made sure that the Greek language and Orthodox faith continued to be taught to the children of these islands, despite the best attempts of the Fascists and the Church of Rome to expunge them. For many years he was Abbot of the Monastery of St.John the Theologian on Patmos. He also founded the women's monastery of The Annunciation [Evangelismos] of the Mother of the Beloved in 1937. It still thrives today as a beacon for the faithful. He was noted for his many virtues, his love, humility and fatherly concern for his spiritual children. Fr. Amphilochios was a great believer in the strength of monasticism and in Christian missionary work. He himself traveled as a preacher throughout the war years and beyond. In addition, Fr. Amphilochius founded other monasteries throughout the Greek islands, including a monastery of St. Joseph the Betrothed, whom he honoured greatly. The Elder was also responsible for orphanages and various charitable institutions. He fell asleep in the Lord in the year 1970. Learn More
  3. Around a Greek Table

    Around a Greek Table

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    "Kefi," loosely translated, is the Greek sense of joy, and is often found around the dinner table during large and boisterous family meals of Spanakopita, Keftedes (Greek meatballs), and much, much more. Largely considered a bit of a mystery to Americans, Greek cooking is far more expansive than simply prepping up a few gyro sandwiches and Greek salads. There is an earthiness about Greek cooking, an amalgam of many historic influences. Lighter than southern Italian, much less pretentious than French, much more refined than Middle Eastern, Greek cuisine at its best is aromatic, tasty, and satisfying. "Around a Greek Table" explores the intricacies of Greek cooking and makes these once-mysterious recipes both understandable and possible. The book also delves deep into stories of Greek life and "kefi "around the dinner table. The 100 recipes are organized around the Eastern Church's yearly seasons, each explored in one of eight chapters, with historical and personal essays exploring the ancient stories that are told around Greek tables in the honored tradition of combining myths with food. Learn More
  4. Edward Lear : The Cretan Journal

    Edward Lear : The Cretan Journal

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    This journal of his travels through the island — now updated and re-issued in paperback — is a detailed and sometimes minute-by-minute commentary on the landscape of Crete and a record of the ups and downs, physical and mental, of an artist travelling on foot over difficult terrain, written in Lear’s own inimitable style. Learn More
  5. TO PLANT A CROSS: The Story of Saint Kosmas Aitolos who fought a war with words.

    TO PLANT A CROSS: The Story of Saint Kosmas Aitolos who fought a war with words.

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    The life of this marvellous monk, Saint Kosmas Aitolos, who revived the Orthodox spirit among the faithful. Thousands would hear his sermons and become transformed by his teachings. Excellent historical background about the period. Contains a glossary of terms used in the book. ADULTS WILL WANT TO READ THIS ONE. Learn More
  6. Constantinople, Rome and the Churches of Greece

    Constantinople, Rome and the Churches of Greece

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    The Christian faith arrived in the lands that make up modern Greece when St. Paul came into Macedonia. This book tells what happened next. Six sections divide the work: the Roman period, the Byzantine, the Latin occupation, the Ottoman Turkish, and modern Greece. The development of the Balkan churches was complicated by a Greek East and a Latin West that both sought to shape them, since the eastern part of the Roman Empire was Greek in language and culture, but under the jurisdiction of the western Roman papacy until the middle of the eighth century. They were then absorbed into the patriarchate of Constantinople. Five hundred years later an aggressive Latin invasion of the Greek lands created a Crusaders' Greece with its own Latin churches that have continued until the present as a small but significant minority. The Turkish period challenged the churches, yet produced few conversions to Islam, except on Crete. The final section of the book surveys the history of these two churches in an independent Greece through the twentieth century. Learn More

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