Postcards from Greece

Postcards from Greece Archived podcasts are no longer updated. An intriguing glimpse at Orthodox life in Greece

Start date: February 2008 40 episodes

In this podcast from his mountaintop village, Petrokerasa, Greece, Fr. Peter shares with us his fifteen years of experience of living the Faith and serving the Church in Greece, and in particular the ancient Church of the Thessalonians. It was to the Church of Thessalonica that the Apostle Paul preached the Faith 2,000 years ago and the wonderworker and hierarch Holy Gregory Palamas expounded his divine theology more than 500 years ago. Fr. Peter, as an American convert, introduces us to the witness and ancient practice of the Church in Greece in terms and ways we can readily understand and apply to our contemporary way of life.

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May 21, 2014

Blessed and Cursed Silence

Fr. Peter discusses the virtue and vice of silence.

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Jun 18, 2013

Boundaries of Salvation

Fr. Peter reminds us why the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council were important, arguing that the greatest threat to the Orthodox Church is the blurring of its boundaries.

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May 23, 2012

Sunday of the Healing of the Blind Man

Fr. Peter speaks on the 'PNEVMA of PYTHON at St. Andrew Orthodox Church in Riverside, California.

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May 22, 2012

Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

Fr. Peter takes us through the story of the meeting of Christ with the Samaritan Women, how the Master took her step by step from earth to heaven, morality to spirituality, religion to revelation.

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May 17, 2012

Elder Paisios Q&A

Fr. Peter answers questions about Elder Paisios at St. John the Wonderworker Orthodox Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

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31:08
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May 16, 2012

Elder Paisios of Mount Athos

Fr. Peter speaks at St. John the Wonderworker Orthodox Church in Atlanta, Georgia, about the life and ministry of Elder Paisios of Mount Athos. Click here to see a video of the talk.

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Apr 04, 2012

Coming to America

Fr. Peter announces a number of talks he will be giving during a prolonged stay in the U.S. this spring, most of which have to do with the book The Life of Elder Paisios of the Holy Mountain.

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Apr 02, 2012

The Love of Truth as the Key to Salvation

Fr. Peter reminds us of the essentials and the criterion of salvation; neither a moral life, nor a "religious life," nor love of "man" will save us. Rather, salvation comes to those who love the Truth and give their life for Him.

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Jun 23, 2011

“The Citizen’s Card” and Orthodox Opposition in Greece: Part 2

What is the Orthodox response to the new "citizen card" and the events and developments surrounding it? How should we live and what should be our stance vis-a-vis these "signs of the times"? It is an issue of personal religious freedom of conscience and a matter of confessing the Faith and the name of Christ. Listen as Fr. Peter relates the major points from a speech recently given to a large gathering in Thessaloniki by an Elder from Mount Athos, who is also one of the twenty abbots on Athos.

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Jun 17, 2011

“The Citizen’s Card” and Orthodox Opposition in Greece: Part 1

Fourteen Bishops are dead set against it. The Holy Synod is suspicious and has grave reservations. The Holy Mountain of Athos urges the government to cease and desist and encourages the faithful to refuse it. What is happening in Greece? Listen as Fr. Peter explains to us why so many Greek citizens are up in arms, calling for resistance to tyranny and vigilance before "the signs of the times."

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Apr 21, 2011

Life in Greece Part 3: Holy Week, Pascha, and Renewal Week in Greece

Fr. Peter continues his series on life in Greece with a brief description of the major events and important traditions and customs that take place in his mountain village Petrokerasa.

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Apr 14, 2011

Going up to Jerusalem, to the Glory of the Lord

In this postcard, Fr. Peter stops to examine the previous Sunday's gospel, through which the Church is preparing us to accept the glory of the Lord, His crucifixion, by directing us to divest ourselves of the desire to seek worldly glory. Fr. Peter explains how worldliness, worldly glory, or secularization, is the spirit of the evil one, of the Antichrist, and our mortal enemy as Christians, who want to be glorified with the Lord. He also touches upon our freedom in Christ, the wrong teaching of predestination, those who have true authority in the Church, and more.

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Apr 09, 2011

Sainthood

In this podcast, Fr. Peter takes a short break from his series on life in Greece to address a question raised by a listener in Moscow: Why did Fr. Peter refer to Fr. Daniel Sysoev as a "New Martyr" when he has yet to be officially declared one by the hierarchy of the Church of Russia? Fr. Peter takes this opportunity to briefly address the issue of authority in the Church and who it is that first and foremost recognizes the holiness of the saints—the people or the hierarchy?

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Apr 04, 2011

Life in Greece 2: A Funeral in a Greek Village

Fr. Peter continues his series featuring descriptions of life in Greece with this explanation of what transpires at the average Greek funeral.

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Mar 29, 2011

Life in Greece 1: A Vigil on Mount Athos

Fr. Peter begins a new series featuring descriptions of life in Greece with this experience of a recent all-night Vigil he attended on Mt. Athos.

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Mar 23, 2011

The MIssionary Program of the New Martyr Fr. Daniel Sysoev

Fr. Peter continues his presentation of the New Martyr Fr. Daniel Sysoev's spiritual and missionary program, which was a part of Fr. Peter's speech recently given in Athens to clergy and faithful of the Diocese of Glyfada. Fr. Daniel is a great contemporary example of what a missionary parish can do and be, and his missionary school is an effort that can be replicated by pastors the world over.

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Mar 17, 2011

The New Martyr Father Daniel and the Royal Path in the Mission of the Church

Father Peter spoke to a gathering of clergy and lay people in Athens recently and pointed to the witness of the new martyr of Moscow, the missionary priest Father Daniel Sysoev, as a model for mission work today. Father Daniel walked the "Royal Path" of the Church, avoiding two extremes, that of indifference to the person from the right and indifference to the Truth from the left.

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Jan 07, 2011

Suffering, Self-Knowledge, and Faith: A Visit to the Hospital in Thessaloniki

In this postcard, Father Peter speaks to us just after a visit to an ailing parishoner, whose soul may be on the verge of departing this life. Father Peter relates to us his thoughts on why we suffer, how we should understand suffering, how important it is for us to obtain self-knowledge before the approach of death, and what is the deeper meaning of faith.

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Jan 03, 2011

The Savour of Orthodoxy: A Christmas Reading from Photios Kontoglou

In this program, Fr. Peter stresses the need for each believer to delve ever deeper into the experience of the Grace of God—to participate firsthand in the life of the Church, thus knowing experientially the savour of Orthodoxy. In order to better communicate this, he has translated a portion of a chapter from a book by Photios Kontoglou, renowned iconographer and ecclesiastical writer from Greece (1895-1965) on "The Holy Days of Christmas."

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May 27, 2010

Crisis in Greece

Fr. Peter examines the crisis in Greece from a spiritual standpoint, pointing us toward two important developments that have worldwide implications. Fr. Peter places these developments in the larger context of salvation history, as well as in the mysteries of salvation and iniquity which are at work in the world

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Aug 21, 2009

Phyletism - Part Two

Fr. Peter explains how phyletism undermines the catholicity of the Church.

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Jul 24, 2009

Phyletism

Fr. Peter explains the heresy of Phyletism, which means placing one's ethnic identity above the Orthodox faith.

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Jun 10, 2009

Fr. Seraphim Rose in Greece

Over the last ten years, a great interest has arisen in Greece in the writing and life of America's own Fr. Seraphim Rose.

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May 21, 2009

Not of This World

Fr. Peter explains that the only reason to become Orthodox is because the Church can offer something that the world cannot.

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Apr 22, 2009

Good Resurrection

The phrase "Good Resurrection" implies that one might likewise have a "Bad Resurrection."

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Feb 27, 2009

The Stillness of Mt. Athos

If one is silent with knowledge, this guarding of the mouth opens the conscience toward God. Fr. Peter explains how silence protects us from sin, judgment, and idle talk.

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Feb 19, 2009

Keeping the Spiritual Program: Lessons from Athos

What can you learn from the prayer lives of the monks on Mt. Athos? First off, you need to formulate a program.

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Feb 10, 2009

From Mount Athos to Your Home Parish

Fr. Peter explains why the divine services at your home parish should not be all that different from the services conducted on Mount Athos.

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Dec 16, 2008

The Holy Work Of Pilgrimage

Today, Fr. Peter and his family are at the Holy Monastery of the Archangel in Thassos where he reflects on the value and spiritual nurturing that comes from a pilgrimage to a monastery.

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Nov 18, 2008

Security and the Mind of Christ

Fr. Peter laments the secularism of modern Greece but ends with an Axios! for the new Metropolitan of the Orthodox Church in America!

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Oct 28, 2008

Why we fall when we fall

Fr. Peter examines the root of sin and the cause of scandals in the church, as well as the way to avoid them.

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Oct 03, 2008

Religion or Revelation?

What sets Christianity apart from the religions of the world? Here is another postcard from Greece. We apologize for the distortion on this episode and are working to adjust Fr. Peter's recorder.

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Aug 23, 2008

A Tour Of St. Demetrios Basilica In Thessaloniki

Walk with Fr. Peter Alban Heers into the historic St. Demetrios Basilica in Thessaloniki Greece. While touring, Fr. Peter reflects on this great Saint and his significance to all Christians.

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Aug 05, 2008

A Walk Down The Streets Of Thessaloniki - part 2

As he continues his stroll down the busy streets of Thessaloniki, Fr. Peter observes many merchants who sell wonderful Orthodox items but he is concerned about the hearts of the people of Greece.

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Jul 18, 2008

A Walk Down The Streets Of Thessaloniki

Today we take a stroll with Fr. Peter down the historic streets of Thessaloniki and observe the structures both old and new as he reflects on the spiritual fabric of the city.

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May 23, 2008

The Annual Visit of the Holy Cross

For more than two and a half centuries, the little mountain village of Petrokerasa has celebrated the feasts of Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday with the arrival of a segment of the True and Precious Cross of Christ, brought to them by the fathers of the Holy Monastery of Xeropotamou on Mount Athos. Fr. Peter tells the story.

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Apr 16, 2008

Relics and Cremation

Today Fr. Peter talks about the truth of the incarnation and resurrection by pointing to some of the incorruptible relics found in Greece and other locations.

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Mar 14, 2008

The Soul of Greece

Fr. Peter explores the spiritual history of Greece, the origin of the term "Byzantine" and the baptism of Hellenism.

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Feb 25, 2008

The Uncreated Grace That Is God

Fr. Peter continues to set the stage for his new podcast focusing on the Grace of God at work in the land of Greece.

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Feb 16, 2008

Welcome episode

Introducing the Postcards from Greece Podcast with Fr. Peter Alban Heers

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