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Symeon the New Theologian Church. Personalities Mark of Ephesus

Saint Gregory Palamas (greek Γρηγόριος Παλαμᾶς)

Gregory Palamas (greek Γρηγόριος Παλαμᾶς)

Born: 1296;  Constantinople
Died: 14 November, 1359; Thessalonica

Archbishop of Thessalonica, was a monk of Mount Athos in Greece, and later became Archbishop of Thessalonica. He was a preeminent theologian and a proponent of hesychastic theology. Orthodox Church celebrate his feast days in the November 14 and the second Sunday of Great Lent as the Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas.

Canonized in 1368 by Patriarch Philotheos of Constantinople.

Kingdom of God – everywhere

About the power of the Divine Spirit, through Whom the Kingdom of God is to be revealed, the Lord predicted: “There are some standing here who shall not taste death, until they have seen the Son of Man coming in His Kingdom” (Mt.16:28). Everywhere and in every way the King will be present, and everywhere will be His Kingdom, since the advent of His Kingdom does not signify the passing over from one place to another, but rather the revelation of its power of the Divine Spirit. That is why it is said: “come in power.” And this power is not manifest to simply ordinary people, but to those standing with the Lord, that is to say, those who have affirmed their faith in Him like Peter, James and John, and especially those who are free of our natural abasement. Therefore, and precisely because of this, God manifests Himself upon the Mount, on the one hand coming down from His heights, and on the other, raising us up from the depths of abasement, since the Transcendent One takes on mortal nature. Certainly, such a manifest appearance by far transcends the utmost limits of the mind’s grasp, as effectualized by the power of the Divine Spirit.

St. Gregory Palamas
Homily on the Transfiguration

Partakers of the Divine nature

And today we remember the name of Saint Gregory Palamas, one of the great Saints of Orthodoxy, who against heresy and doubt, proclaimed, from within the experience of the ascetics and of all believers, proclaimed that the grace of God is not a created Gift — it is God Himself, communicating Himself to us so that we are pervaded by His presence, that we gradually, if we only receive Him, open ourselves to Him, become transparent or at least translucent to His light, that we become incipiently and ever increasingly partakers of the Divine nature.

This is not simply a promise; this is a certainty which we have because this has happened to thousands and thousands of those men and women whom we venerate as the Saints of God: they have become partakers of the Divine nature, they are to us a revelation and certainty of what we are called to be and become.

Metropolitan Anthony Sourozh
Saint Gregory Palamas Sunday
11 March 1990

See also

Links

Bibliography

  • Fr. John Meyendorff. St. Gregory Palamas and Orthodox Spirituality. St Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1974. ISBN 0913836117.
  • Homilies of Saint Gregory Palamas, Vol. 1. ISBN 187899767.
  • Homilies of Saint Gregory Palamas, Vol. 2. ISBN 187899768.
  • Gregory Palamas. The Triads, (Classics of Western Spirituality Series), ISBN 0-8091-2447-5.
  • Saint Gregory Palamas: The Homilies, (The Complete Homilies Translated into English — Published in 2009), ISBN 0977498344.
  • St Gregory Palamas, The Triads
  • The Distinction between God’s Essence and Energy [pdf]
  • Saint Gregory Palamas at Amazon

       
     
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