Monday, October 23, 2017

"That you might be arrayed, O Demetrios..."

St. Demetrios the Great Martyr and Myrrh-streamer (source)
 
That you might be arrayed, O Demetrios, in the garment which the former Adam was stripped of, you put on the new Adam [Christ], and you put off the skin of the flesh, therefore because of this, myrrh and crowns of the Kingdom were radiantly betrothed to you.
-from the Matins Canon of St. Demetrios
 
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Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Metropolitan Athanasios of Lemesos: "Are there virtuous lay people in our contemporary world?"

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Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

The Holy Belt of the Theotokos to visit Larissa, Greece

Elder Ephraim of Vatopedi carrying the Holy Belt of the Theotokos (source)
  
Larissa and all of greater Thessaly, Greece, will greet the Holy Belt (Zoni) of our Panagia, which is treasured at the Holy Great Monastery of Vatopedi. The reception will occur with honor of the head of state on Tuesday, in front of the square Perifereias, Thessalias, by the Metropolitan of Larissa and Tyrnavou Ignatios There will be a litany of pomp towards the Holy Church of St. Nicholas, where there will be daily services until Sunday November 19th. The Holy Belt will be brought to Larissa by Elder Ephraim, Abbot of the Monastery of Vatopedi.
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The Holy and wondrous Belt (Zoni) of the Theotokos, one of the only treasures of the Theotokos to have survived to our days, and treasured by the Monastery of Vatopedi on Mount Athos, will soon make one of its rare trips outside of the Holy Mountain. This is a great and rare blessing for the people of Greece, especially for women, children, and others who cannot visit the Monastery of Vatopedi themselves. Many miracles occur through the Theotokos, especially helping couples that have difficulty having children. Please pass this on to any friends or family and take advantage of this great gift.
  
Most-holy Theotokos, save us!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Elder Ephraim of Arizona on Pains and Afflictions

Christ crucified (source)
 
Here in this vain world, my child, we shall be afflicted, we shall be embittered, we shall feel pain. But all this is for a limited time; it is temporary—let us pray that God does not abandon us to an eternal degree and measure, for then we would not bear it. 

Whenever you are in pain and are afflicted, call to mind Him Who was Crucified and then you will find much relief. For who could gaze at the Crucified One and reflect on His Passion which He suffered for us, and not find balm for his wounds, whether spiritual or physical? Look up, my child, there on Golgotha, there where the holy Lamb triumphed victoriously in order to wash the wounds of our sins and passions with His Blood. 

His compassion is great; never lose your confidence in Him Who was crucified for you...
-Elder Ephraim of Arizona

   
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Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Sts. Porphyrios and Paisios on our Modern Age

Sts. Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia and Paisios the Athonite (source)
      
Our age is like the age of Christ. Then, the world had reached a terrible state. God, however, felt sorry for us. And now, we should not loose hope. I see amidst calamities that a man of God appears, who will bring back and unite the world towards the good.
-St. Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia
   
   
Today, there are more words and books and fewer living examples.  We admire the holy Athletes of our Church, but without understanding how much they struggled, because we have not struggled ourselves.  Had we done so, we would appreciate their pain, we would love them even more and strive with philotimo to imitate them.  The Good God will of course take into account the age and conditions in which we live, and He will ask of each one of us accordingly.  If we only strive even a little bit, we will merit the crown more than our ancestors.
-St. Paisios the Athonite
   
   
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

St. Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia: "Transfigure anything that happens to you into something good..."

St. Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia (source)
   

The spiritual struggle is this: to transfigure anything that happens to you into something good. If you have tribulations, then give yourself to prayer. Slowly you will be able to heal all of your weaknesses [through Christ].
-St. Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia
   
   
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

St. Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia: "You can't force the other person..."

St. Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia (source)
   
You can't force the other person. Their hour will come, the time will come, it is enough to pray for them. With silence, tolerance, and most especially with prayer, we benefit the other mystically. The grace of God cleanses the horizons of their nous, and confirms him in His love.
-St. Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia
   
      
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!