7 things you need to appreciate in your life

When you complain and constantly think about what you can not get or what you do not have, remember these 7 things you have.

1) You have a roof over your head.

2) You have food and water every day.

3) You have clothes to wear.

4) You can forgive the others

5) You have a good heart.

6) You have someone who cares about you.

7) You have your health and you breathe.

So learn to appreciate what you have because thousands of people would like to be in your place. Learn to enjoy every moment of your life with what you have and let the rest come by themselves. Do not complicate things, since they are so simple. Drive the negative thoughts out of your mind and add the positive ones, the ones that make you happy. The ones that will make you value your life without caring about anything. Be grateful for anything!

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Don’t leave him alone..

Do not leave him in his black moments…

We all swelled in words. The truth must be told. It is our actions that are different than words. Enough with the messages, the calls and all that behind a screen. If you really want to stand next to someone, you will. You will do everything to give him the courage he needs. When you say you will be by his side in difficult times, we do not mean in the small things and in the simple ones. We mean to be next to him in his black moments. When he will not want to talk to you because he is not well or because he prefers to be closed to himself. When he is trapped by thousands of problems in his life and he now feels lost.

Do not leave him. Do not leave him in his black moments. Give him the courage to endure everything that concerns him. Share your love with him. Stand next to him. Try to do everything that you will see the smile on his lips again. You will see the sparkle in his eyes again. Try to give him the most time of yourself. You are the one who should take the initiative in your hands. You are the one who will think about fighting for your relationship and not leaving him. Do not let all this affect you and fight. Do not put them down if you are really interested.

So do not sit in your chair and wait if he will send you a message or if he will call you. Are you dumb? He will not even think about it. You have to act. Go find him and put the phone calls and messages aside. Show who you really are. Show what courage is to say in love. What does it mean to be really interested in someone. What does it mean to really stand in his black moments. In his sorrows, in his serious problems and in what makes him bend.

So fight for him and put light in his darkness!

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J&J’s Janssen few years ago paid $8bn in Risperdal antipsychotic drug lawsuit

A jury at Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas has ordered Johnson & Johnson (J&J) subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals to pay $8bn in punitive damages over its marketing of Risperdal, an anti-psychotic drug.

The verdict was in favour of Nicholas Murray, who claimed that the company downplayed risks associated with the drug, which could cause female-like breast growth in men.

Risperdal is indicated to treat psychotic conditions such as schizophrenia.

In 2015, a jury awarded Murray $1.75m after ruling that the company failed to warn the risk of gynecomastia, a condition that causes breast growth in boys and young men.

Murray was prescribed Risperdal from 2003-2008 for treating autism spectrum disorder symptoms.

Later in 2018, a state appeals court upheld the 2015 ruling but decreased the fine to $680,000. A separate plaintiff with similar claims was also awarded a $2.5m jury verdict in 2015.

According to Sheller, PC, which represents plaintiffs injured by defective and dangerous drugs and devices, there are over 1,600 individual Risperdal gynecomastia cases awaiting trial, most of them in Philadelphia.

Murray’s lawyers Tom Kline and Jason Itkin were quoted by Reuters as saying: “This jury, as have other juries in other litigations, once again imposed punitive damages on a corporation that valued profits over safety and profits over patients. Johnson & Johnson and Janssen chose billions over children.”
Responding to the latest jury verdict, J&J called the award ‘grossly disproportionate’. The company added that the jury did not hear evidence regarding Risperdal’s risks and benefits.

A statement from J&J read: “Further, the plaintiff’s attorneys failed to present any evidence that the plaintiff was actually harmed by the alleged conduct.

“This decision is inconsistent with multiple determinations outside of Philadelphia regarding the adequacy of the Risperdal labelling, the medicine’s efficacy and findings in support of the Company. We will be immediately moving to set aside this excessive and unfounded verdict.”

The ruling comes after J&J agreed to pay $10m to settle all opioid-based lawsuits in Ohio counties, Cuyahoga and Summit.

Article from: https://www.pharmaceutical-technology.com/news/jj-janssen-risperdal-lawsuit/?fbclid=IwAR38WksfcRockNGv5PH0doV96_2j5Q2x52O0vk6WpCc6gWZFLGlf8AqeJ4U

When I see your eyes, I forget everything ..

Sometimes in my life I feel that I have absolutely no way out of the problems I encounter. Everything I feel, that stress penetrating inside me, kills me little by little. Maybe anxiety about material goods, about the accounts I owe and maybe even more serious situations in my life. Sometimes I have no control over all this and I come up with something out of the ordinary, but sometimes I forget it all. How? It will seem impossible to you, but through your eyes, I forget everything .. I can not understand either but whenever I meet you, there is not a moment that I do not look at you because when I look at you everything leaves my mind, everything problems and all the negative thoughts. You are my exit and entry. You have a character different from the others. A simple character and calm. You have peace in your soul. Every time I see you, I calm down. Even now I see your eyes on the screen.

To go through difficult times in my life and for you to stand by me is the most important thing. But the truth is that sometimes we make our lives difficult and complicated. When we have the people around us that we love, we want nothing more. This is the reality, but sometimes we are ungrateful and selfish, that we want everything perfect in our lives. We want everything our own, not to miss anything. Only we are wrong. The more we want, the less we lose. It all sounds like a seed in our minds that does not say to leave. It is an incurable disease. But come on, we ourselves do not want to be cured, we already like it. I think we are masochists or just drowned in a glass of water that we do not say to swim and break this glass that prevents us from reaching the mainland. That’s why you came, for all this. You opened my eyes, but above all I saw what I did not want to see. The reality.

I saw through your eyes what I did not see in mine. What a tragic irony ..
That’s why you who read this, appreciate what you have in your life, before the people you love to see them only in photos ..

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A moving short film that will touch you (The gift)

It is not unnatural to see a child today who would rather play video games than go out with his dog. But in a unique and moving shot of this very familiar scenario, the German animator Jacob Frey reveals to the world the special bond that a child can create with his pet.

“The Present” was released by Frey in 2014 and won 60 awards, promoting the four-minute animated short to virus status with over one million views on YouTube in recent weeks.

“The film tells the story of a boy who rather spends his time indoors playing video games instead of finding out what awaits him in front of the door,” Frey wrote in a blog post about the film. “One day his mom decides to get a little surprise for her son, which makes it difficult for him to focus on his video game.” The surprise the boy receives is an adorable, playful puppy with a disability. The boy tries to focus on his video game as the puppy tries to persuade him to play, but is eventually won over by the puppy’s determination and resilience.

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Don’t be afraid to touch the Patience-info-scanner.com

Be patient and the sky will become bluer as Alekos Sakellarios says in his lyrics. Strong lyrics from 1966. Think that since 1966 and before they were still talking about patience. Even before you were born, there were dark and icy roads. Their only company was the cloud and the storm and their only solution was patience. They were to wait but also to endure the blows of life. The dark situations they were experiencing at that time.

But 2021 today and most of us have lost and ignore the word – patience. It is difficult to cultivate patience when we ourselves are completely unaware of it and are constantly in tension. We are constantly running to reach the same thing again and again. We are completely anxious and that is one reason we lost our patience. We can make things simpler if we look at reality a little bit. If we see how we move and how we talk. Our movements. Let’s see a little inside us. Very hard to doing that. But not at all difficult if we dare to touch patience once. Instead of getting upset because the car broke down and we could not go to work and did not manage to do all this today, we can wait again. We may not do that today. The issue is simple, we make it complicated. Once we say “ok it does not matter” or prefer another option in our lives. But this is how things are sometimes, we just want to do everything perfectly in our lives and everything is rosy. But what kind of life is this? Without rain, a rainbow never comes out, not even by force. We do not all have the same disadvantages or advantages. But let us not worry about them. Everything in its time.

Many of us say “I can not be patient”, and what about that? The truth is we can not or do not want to gain patience? Do we not want to struggle once or do we not want to grow a little spiritually? Unfortunately, most of the time we prefer easy roads. Those without virtues. Life is simpler than we imagine but in our own eyes it is so difficult to see. We are afraid or we don’t dare to touch patience.
One truth from life is that it does not help to worry about things we cannot control. The Bible aptly states: “Which of you by being anxious can by reason of length prolong his life even by a few inches?” – Luke 12:25, The New Testament — A Handbook of Study and Life.

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7 habits that make a man incredibly attractive

A man can be more attractive and sexy than any model out there. If you think that an attractive person looks good by his image then you are wrong. Appearance does not play a role by his image but equally important are his manners and habits and I am sure you have encountered at least 1 of his 7 habits:

1. He is kind

A man shows by his attitude towards you how kind he is and how kind he is to others and he don’t degrade anyone. If a man is polite, testifies a lot about his character and definitely makes him attractive.

2. He is consistent

There is of course no more attractive than a man who is consistent in his daily life and takes care of his health, himself and of course to be fresh and well dressed.

3. He is patient

Without patience everything collapses. Patience is what helps everything. In bed, at work and at home. It’s totally great motivation for a man.

4. He knows how to cook

Just from the image of the man cooking in the kitchen is a sexy situation in itself. Don’t miss this opportunity, especially if he knows how to cook super!

5. He have humor

If you don’t want to be frustrated you must to invest in a good man with humor. The man with humor, who makes you laugh up to the ears, do not leave him. In addition, do not forget that laughter is the ultimate stimulant, which increases sexual desire and attraction.

6. He is romantic

Surely a man who presents, show and expresses his feelings with romance is that most beautiful thing in a man. But tell me which woman she don’t like a romantic man?!

7. He pays attention to details

He don’t miss an opportunity to every small and insignificant thing who sees in front of you and he gives so much importance and interest that in the end he seduces you with his movements. 🙂

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6 signs that he has fallen in love with you…Male behaviors that reveal that he has indeed fallen in love with you. 6 obvious signs that you will find ..

  1. He has forgotten his ex!
    Before he met you, when he divorced he was constantly thinking about his ex for a long time and now that he knows you and you started your relationship with him, he only thinks about you. In his mind is only you and no one else.
  1. Ηe cares about you!
    What does that mean; He cares about you. He wants to know everything about you. What do you think, what makes you happy. She does not want to see you sad and does everything to see your smile again.
  2. He can’t wait to see you again!
    This is important. He can’t bear not to see you and to show you constantly that he wants you. He wants to see you and spend time with you.
  3. It has priority over you!
    He used to watch football with his friends but now he does not mind losing it because of you because he sees you as a priority. He has you at the top of his list now and he don’t want to lose you!
  4. He thinks of you and he misses you!
    When he tells you that he thinks of you and he miss you , so he just feels something for you. You did not enter his mind by chance and he wants to show you that because he feels it so much.
  5. Love seems!
    Love is not hidden honey! It seems and you can see him and understand him through his eyes, from the way he smiles at you, from his look and from his movements. Even when he hugs you he does not want to let go of his hands.

Do not neglect these. When you see these signs it means that he has really fallen in love with you! Don’t close your eyes to love!

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Big protest by Cypriot people in Cyprus for their freedom, about the measures οf Covid19 and the vaccine mandatory..

Cypriot Protest: Angelos Konstantinidis and his lawyer Savvas Savvidis speak in Cyprus for their freedom (video)

To many people and lawyers in the free part of Cyprus (Larnaca,Paphos,Nicosia,Limassol) , they decided to organize protests about the measures of Covid19 and the vaccine mandatory. We found some of this people, the cypriot Angelos Konstantinidis, that Angelos denounced by the government for “illegal protests”, which then proceeded to court for his victory.


“We will win because we have the right on our side and the triune God shield!” Angelos Konstantinides and Savvas Savvidis

With the support of 20 of his fellow human beings and his lawyer Savva Savvidis out of court before few days ago .. INNOCENT the accused for the charge of inciting demonstrations after the court acquitted him of the charges ..
Lawyer Savvas Savvidis accepted the decision to acquit the accused Angelos Konstantinidis but asked the court to proceed with the unconstitutionality of the decree.
The court responds to Mr. S. Savvidis since there is no case, we can not proceed on our own, to the unconstitutionality.
The conclusions to the readers .. !!!

Also Thousands of people at 15 of May in Nicosia and Paphos have shouted with one voice saying a great end to fascism of all shades.
The cypriot people can no longer continue to accept the unconstitutional and anti-popular fascist measures of the government and the partisanship where it whistled indifferently.


Watch the video below: Cypriot Angelos Konstantinidis and his lawyer Savvas Savvidis speak in Cyprus for the freedom (greek,english subs)

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You can easily recognize and see these 9 signs that he or she who likes you is not thinking about a relationship. It is not that he don’t want a relationship with you, but he generally don’t want and is not suitable for a relationship during this time.

You can quickly realize these 9 signs that should convince you that he does not want a relationship these days. Here:

  1. He often emphasizes to you that he has many responsibilities in his / her life and does not want to be in new ones responsibilities.
  2. Sometimes he finds excuses not to go out with you or cancels your appointments.
  3. Does not answer your messages or phone calls. He answers when he remembers.
  4. He go out more with friends instead of you.
  5. Tells you that he / she does not have much time for his / her personal affairs since he / she is busy most of the time at work.
  6. He don’t talk every day with you.
  7. Most of the time you send a message first.
  8. He / she is interested in other activities in his / her life more than you.
  9. In the end, if he does not tell you that clearly, he will imply you that he don’t want a relationship and he don’t even think about it.

So when you quickly realize these 9 signs then it is better not to push things and to respect what he/she wants. After all, life goes on. Don’t take it personally.

The Greek genocide (Greek: Γενοκτονία των Ελλήνων, Genoktonia ton Ellinon), including the Pontic genocide, was the systematic killing of the Christian Ottoman Greek population of Anatolia which was carried out during World War I and its aftermath (1914–1922) on the basis of their religion and ethnicity. It was instigated by the government of the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish national movement against the indigenous Greek population of the Empire and included massacres, forced conversion to Islam, forced deportations involving death marches[where?], expulsions, summary execution, and the destruction of Eastern Orthodox cultural, historical, and religious monuments. Several hundred thousand Ottoman Greeks died during this period. Most of the refugees and survivors fled to Greece (adding over a quarter to the prior population of Greece). Some, especially those in Eastern provinces, took refuge in the neighbouring Russian Empire.

By late 1922, most of the Greeks of Asia Minor had either fled or had been killed. Those remaining were transferred to Greece under the terms of the later 1923 population exchange between Greece and Turkey, which formalized the exodus and barred the return of the refugees. Other ethnic groups were similarly attacked by the Ottoman Empire during this period, including Assyrians and Armenians, and some scholars and organizations have recognized these events as part of the same genocidal policy.

The Allies of World War I condemned the Ottoman government–sponsored massacres. In 2007, the International Association of Genocide Scholars passed a resolution recognising the Ottoman campaign against its Christian minorities, including the Greeks, as genocide. Some other organisations have also passed resolutions recognising the Ottoman campaign against these Christian minorities as genocide, as have the national legislatures of Greece, Cyprus, the United States, Sweden, Armenia, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic.

Many victims

The question of the number of victims of persecution during the decade that lasted until the Asia Minor Catastrophe concerns scholars and activists seeking the recognition of the events as genocide and is related to the question of the multitude of Greeks living in Asia Minor at the beginning of World War II. In the case of Pontus, the scholar and refugee Georgios Valavanis himself established in 1925 the number of 353 thousand victims, which was then reproduced by the activists of the Pontian genocide, as a result of which it was officially accepted and repeated in all relevant commemorative ceremonies. Political scientist Rudolf Rammel estimates that it cost the lives of approximately 326,000-382,000 Greeks. The number of 350,000 dead in the Pontus during the period of the Armenian Genocide, 1915-1923, is repeated by the genocide scholars Samuel Totten and Paul Bartrop. As the journalist Tassos Costopoulos proved, however, this number of Valavanis came with the arbitrary addition of 50,000 to the number of 303,238 displaced mentioned in a 1922 pamphlet, who were presented not as displaced but as exterminated. Costopoulos estimates that about 100-150,000 were exterminated in the period 1912-1924 in Pontos.

Global recognition

On February 24, 1994, the Greek Parliament unanimously voted to declare May 19 a “Day of Remembrance for the Greek Genocide in Asia Minor,” the day Mustafa Kemal landed in Samsun. Also in 1998, Parliament unanimously voted to declare “September 14th as a day of national remembrance of the genocide of the Greeks of Asia Minor by the Turkish State.”

In December 2007, the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) officially recognized the Greek genocide, along with the Assyrian genocide, and issued the following resolution:

"CONSIDERING that the denial of a genocide is universally recognized as the final stage of genocide, ensuring impunity for the perpetrators of genocide, and well-prepared the ground for future genocides,
CONSIDERING that the Ottoman genocide against the minority populations during and after the First World War is usually presented as genocide against the Armenians only, with little recognition of the qualitatively similar genocides against other Christian minorities,
DECIDES that it is the belief of the International Union of Genocide Scholars that the Ottoman campaign against the Christian minorities of the empire, between 1914 and 1923, constituted genocide against the Armenians, Assyrians, Pontians and Greeks.
"THE UNION DECIDES to ask the Turkish Government to recognize the genocides against these populations, to formally apologize, and to take appropriate and important steps towards restoration (non-repetition)."

Commemorative plaque of the Pontian Brotherhood of South Australia for the exterminated Pontians in Adelaide, Australia.

The Pontian genocide is officially recognized as such by four states, Greece by law of 1994 (N. 2193/1994), Sweden by a vote in the Swedish parliament on March 11, 2010, Armenia by March 2015, along with the genocide of the Assyrians and the Netherlands, together with the genocide of the Armenians and Assyrians, on April 9, 2015.

Turkey does not acknowledge that there was genocide and attributes the deaths to war losses, plague and disease and does not admit that there was genocide. Most modern Turks are partially or completely ignorant of these events. However, Turkish historians have publicly described the events as genocide.

Links: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_genocide

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A new book and album of modern greek music is out now in a new way with the classical guitar. The info-scanner.com , found more about Mark Hussey, his book and album.

Guitarist Mark Hussey

Tell us a few words about you. How and when you became a classical guitarist?

I’m a UK born British Cypriot with a father from the UK and mother from Cyprus. I’ve been living in the UK since 1997. I gained, PhD in virology from Oxford University (2006) but subsequently turned to the guitar for an alternative career. Guitar music has always had a special place in my heart and I wanted to craft a career if possible doing something I love despite little or no formal training on guitar. With the music I was learning and playing, I started to land classical and solo guitar paid performances. Before I knew it I was being branded a classical guitarist. I would rather like to think of myself as an all round guitarist as I incorporate a lot of jazz, flamenco and improvisation into my music. 

When did you release your book of sheet music and your album: Spirit of the Greeks?

The album and the book were released 1st May this year. To me it was important to release this book now because it marks almost 100 years from the birth of modern Greek music .

How did you get inspired?

The idea for Spirit of the Greeks – Greek music for classical guitar, was born out of me trying to pay tribute to the music I had gown up around in Cyprus. Being a guitarist I wanted to try to express some of these songs as solo pieces and began to craft my arrangements. After writing them down to sheet music, I thought how nice it would be to share them. I sought all the relevant permissions, and was licensed to include them in a publication. I feel rather lucky to have been able to get permission as it was quite a challenge with more obstacles thrown in the way that I could have imagined.  Still, now that it is complete, I’m delighted to be able to share this sheet music for other guitar players to enjoy as well the album for the general public.

What do you believe about the Greek music? Do you believe the older repertoire is not heard anymore by the people? 

I think Greek music has been largely overlooked outside Greece and Cyprus. The language is of course a barrier, but playing this music as instrumental guitar pieces may open it up to a new audience, especially to classical and Spanish guitar enthusiasts.  Greek music deserves a wider audience and I wanted to play my part.  In the west we celebrate the jazz , rock and pop icons but Greek music has its own genius composers, performers and all in a completely unique style. 

I am sure people still enjoy the older music but it would be great to see a strong revival. I wasn’t born when most of this music was written, and so nostalgia does not really play a part in my judgement that the older repertoire is richer in many ways. It was real, honest and in a time of fewer distractions, the messages within were more important and more powerful than today. Of course, the recordings were largely unaltered and musicians really had to play well. 

Do you think that there is not enough promotion for this music ? and how do you think this music should be promoted?

Through writing this book, I discovered that it is very hard for todays performers revive old Greek music through covering it with their own versions. Yes many people do record it, but I’m not sure how ‘legal’ their recording are. The copyright restrictions were an enormous surprise, and in my view of no benefit to promoting the original artists. For example, my aim was to share this music such that the original artists could be rediscovered promoting Greek music and Greek culture. This required a difficult process of seeking the copyright owners, obtaining permission, payment and agree to numerous terms imposed before I could include them in the book, even for songs that are now nearly 100 years old. I believe, covering an artists music should be seen as a positive event, in the interest of the genre, artist and the estate of the artist. It is also of cultural importance. It is strange to think that one could in theory legally perform a song of say Mikis Theodorakis, but when writing it down for others to try their hand at, you could be taken to court for damages. I’m not sure of sharing ‘how to play’ songs, does any damage. I feel strongly that it instead adds to the writers legacy. Perhaps a change to the copyright laws may be the best way helping Greek music expand its reach beyond its boarders.

Which is your favorite piece from the album: Spirit of the Greeks?

My favourite piece on the album could well be ‘Pou Nai Tha Chronia’, not least because I have so much respect for George Dalaras as singer and performer, but also because it is such a powerful, detailed song. It was what I can only describe as a beautiful challenge to play on a single guitar, fitting in as many of these details as possible. Most important however, was getting the melody right. As I was recording it felt like Dalaras was singing it in my ear. It is my sincere hope that he enjoys my rendition supported by flamenco style palmas. 

SONG TITLES

The following pieces are included in both book and album, arranged for and played on classical guitar.

Xekina Mia Psaropoula

Pou Nai Tha Chronia

Frangosyriani

Misirlou

Bouzouki Mou Diplochordo

To Zeibekiko Tis Evdokias

Siko Horepse Sirtaki

Never on Sunday

Kaimos

Zorba Dance

Mark can be heard demonstrating these arrangements on the album ‘Spirit of the Greeks’ also available on Amazon, Spotify and Apple (see below)

Website – www.spiritofthegreeks.com

Book promo video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvkuu9ISYIA 

Album link – https://open.spotify.com/album/2v5BvzKJDqkGzbct48mcPX?si=Hn02e-SvR3KbKhaOJbiW_g


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Great celebration for Orthodoxy – The memory of Saints Constantine and Helen is honored today, Friday 21 May.

Saint Constantine and Saint Helen: Who are the Apostles who celebrate today

Saint Constantine

This is the Roman Emperor, during whose days secularism was established and the Christian faith was promoted, which until then had been persecuted.

At the time when his father Constantius was serving in the Palace, Constantine was in the court of the emperor Diocletian in Nicomedia, holding the office of Chiliarch. But when the two Augustians, Diocletian and Maximian, resign from their positions, Constantius for the West and Galerius for the East are promoted to the position of Augustus.

When Constantius (306) died, the western army recognized Constantine as Augustus.

Constantine, therefore, was proclaimed in August after his victory against Maxentius.

The historian Eusebius states that Constantine did not know exactly to whom God to pray to face Maxentius. When, however, he began to return prayers, in the afternoon a sign appeared in the sky, the Cross with the famous inscription “in spite of victory”.

Thus, having the certainty of divine support, he attacks Maxentius, whom he defeats.

After these events and since he is now the only ruler of the Empire, Constantine will make a decision that was to change the course of mankind: he moves the capital of the Empire from Rome to a fishing village on the Bosphorus and builds Constantinople on the old Byzantium .

A notable event, among others, is the signing of the edict of Milan in 313, which provided for the cessation of persecution and the release of the faithful. The decree was signed on the occasion of Likinios’ marriage to his sister Konstantias.

With the predominance of Christianity begin the first disputes in the body of the Church. The first bomb that will shake its foundations is Arius who will support the one and only nature of Jesus Christ.

Constantine, realizing the problem caused by the heresies in the cohesion of the Empire, convened the First Ecumenical Council at Nicaea in Bithynia in 325, which ruled that Arius taught heretical views.

After the end of the work of the Synod, Constantine himself undertook the notification of the relevant decisions to the whole territory of the Empire.

Arios, however, and his contemporaries deceived Constantine by practicing their philological and philosophical art and convinced Constantine that their teaching did not depart from the doctrine of the Ecumenical Council.

The result of this intervention of Areios was the convening of a new synod in 327 AD, which recalled Areios from exile and restored his like-minded Bishops Nicomedia Eusebius and Nicaea Theognio. This action provoked reactions from the Orthodox, so both Alexandria of Alexandria and Athanasius the Great did not compromise with the decisions of the Synod, even though the Emperor threatened to overthrow him.

Subsequently, a new Synod of Heretical Bishops, convened in Antioch in 330, deposed and exiled Saint Eustathius, Bishop of Antioch, and then in 335, another Synod, held in Tire, Syria, sentenced Athanasius the Great to death. who, therefore, asked Constantine to listen to him, but the Emperor, at first, did not accept the proposal of Athanasius, until this great theologian said to him: “Judge Lord ἀνὰ μέσον ἐμοῦ καὶ σοῦ”.

After the hearing, and after Constantine invited all those who participated in the Council of Tire, Eusebius of Nicomedia appeared, with another argument before the Emperor, this time, raising the issue of the alleged obstruction of the transportation of wheat. The Emperor finally exiled Athanasius the Great to Trevira, France, but did not ratify the decision of that Synod and at the same time did not proceed to the replacement of the episcopal see of Alexandria. The issue of Arios was solved at that time by the Providence of God, since on the eve of the solemn recognition of Arios, he died in a horrible way while he was in the toilet.

Despite the fact that he had worshiped the god Helios all his life, shortly before his death he decided to be baptized a Christian. During the sacrament he also said the famous phrase: “Now it is true because of the bliss of us, now it is worthy of immortal life, now the divine light is received, I believed”. From then until the day of his sleep in 337 in the suburb of Nicomedia no royal cloak was worn. His death occurred nine years after his mother died at the age of 63 and took place on the day of Pentecost, according to historian Eusebius.

Saint Helen

Saint Helen was the mother of Constantine the Great. He was born in Drepano of Bithynia (Gialova, Central Asia) in the middle of the 3rd century AD. About twenty years after her birth, Eleni met Constantius Chloros, an official of the Empire, whom she married in 270, under a special law, which allowed officials to marry women of popular descent. Constantius was a relative of Claudius, who reigned before Diocletian and was hired by Diocletian. The fruit of the marriage of Helen and Constantius was Constantine, the later monarch of the Roman Empire, whom Saint Helen gave birth to in Naissos of Moisia (Nissa, Serbia).

However, in order for Constantius to be promoted by Diocletian to Caesar of Galatia, Spain and Britain, he divorced Saint Helen and married the niece of Maximian Theodora. At that time, Saint Helen and Constantine remained under the protection of Diocletian and then Galerius, so that they could control Constantius. However, Constantius assumed the office of Caesar’s office worked well for the Church, since even during the period of persecution unleashed by Diocletian, the faithful in this area were not persecuted. Also, with the rise of Chloros to this position, the way was opened for his son Konstantinos.

Saint Helen returned to public life when Constantine was promoted to Caesar in 306, when Constantine brought her to Trevira and then took her with him to Rome, when he was to be proclaimed in August. The Saint was proclaimed in Augusta by Constantine, when he remained emperor defeating Licinius, while in the process she acted as his advisor and collaborator. This love and respect of Constantine to his mother was shown by the erection of two columns in the large square “Foros”, one in the name of St. Helen and the other in his name, and between them a cross, which bore the inscription : “To the Saint, to the Lord, Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father, Amen”. Also, in order to honor her, she minted coins with her name and form and renamed Drepano to Elenopolis.

Among other things, he gave his mother the palace in Cesorio of Lateranos, where he built a church, so that she could perform charitable and spiritual work. Subsequently, St. Helen, with the consent of Constantine, took responsibility for the reconstruction of temples and the construction of new churches and auspicious institutions throughout the territory of the Empire. The historian Eusebius states in this regard: “Eleni Augusta … founded pious presumptions of disposition”.

But apart from the life and work of Saint Helen at the side of her son, the most important event that sealed her was her transition to the Holy Land. There, according to Tradition, following a divine sign, he found the Holy and Animal Cross of the Lord in 326 AD. When he arrived in Jerusalem, then, at the suggestion of Saint Kyriakos, who was a Jew and then called Judas, but also based on a tradition that said that after the Apostasy the Holy Cross was thrown into a pit near Golgotha, he immediately began the relevant investigations .

But because it was a tremendous amount of work, the research turned to the part where the basil flower bloomed, whose fragrance was intense. The chronographer George the monk notes the fact of the discovery as follows: “And the Bishop (Makarios) learned the things of the Royal Coming … he always asked for peace and made a more important wish in favor of it, to God he offered … God showed the Bishop the place where the unclean demon, the temple and the statue of Aphrodite existed. Then the queen, a large number of craftsmen and workers gathered and from the bottom destroyed the infamous building. As a result, the divine Memory, the place of the skull and three registered crosses were revealed … Embarrassment and sadness seized the Queen, since no one knew who the Holy Cross was.

And the Bishop answered the question by faith … A sick woman, desperate in all respects and the wind blowing, they brought between the crosses … With the shadow of the Holy Cross the patient … jumped straight, glorifying God with a loud voice. ..And Queen Eleni, with great joy received the Cross … and handed over part of it to the Bishop of the city “(George Monk, On the Finding of the Cross, 110.620-621).

Also, St. John Chrysostom mentions that three crosses were found on Golgotha, one of which was diagnosed as belonging to Jesus Christ. The Synaxari of the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross states: “And when the Queen (ie Saint Helen) passed away, the miracle of the Lord Stavros is shown to the dying widow; two crosses of the Robbers, zero indicated in this miraculous model “.

After the point Saint Helen decided to build the Church of the Resurrection on the spot, another temple above the Cave of the Nativity in Bethlehem and two others, one on the Ascension Mountain and one on Mount Tabor.

Then, Saint Helen left for Constantinople, carrying with her pieces of the Sacred Wood. On her way she passed for the second time from Cyprus. So he landed south of the island near today’s Libra. The area where he landed was a river, then called the royal river, near which he deposited the crosses – traditionally, because the three crosses had remained together for many years, he disconnected them, mixed their wood and rebuilt them. From the wood of the foot of the cross of Christ he also made another small cross.

There, exhausted as she was, the eighty-year-old Saint leaned down to rest for a while, so that she could continue her journey to Constantinople. According to Tradition, during her sleep, a young man in angelic form said to her: “My dear queen, I am an envoy of God Almighty, to express His will to you. Just as you built temples there in Jerusalem, so that God may be glorified and praised, so here, on this blessed island, you should do the same. To build a holy temple here, which in fact to be founded with the Holy Wood, so that the Cross of the Lord can be worshiped and glorified for centuries by the inhabitants of this place. “Christians will live here until the end of the world.”

When the Saint woke up, she immediately ordered it to be done as that brilliant young man had indicated to her. However, one of the big crosses had disappeared and was seen on the top of Mount Olympus. There, then, was found the Sacred Wood, which had been lost for a moment. Then, Agia Eleni and her associates built a church which they inaugurated with the Holy Wood and since then (327) this mountain is called Stavrovouni, where until today there is the homonymous Holy Monastery.

Then the Saint left for the Queen, where Constantine welcomed the Holy Cross, the four Nails (= nails) and his mother with all splendor. We note that of these four Ilos, two were placed in the Crown, which was worn by King Constantine.

Agia Eleni was buried a year later, at the age of about 81 years (328-329) while today, most of the Holy Wood is kept in the Holy Monastery of Xiropotamos on Mount Athos.

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