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Ο Γέροντας Εφραίμ της Αριζόνας

θεραπεύει δαιμονισμένη στον Καναδά & έπειτα εκείνη του ζητάει

να εξομολογηθεί

Γέροντας Εφραίμ της Αριζόνας:

“Είχα πάει στον Καναδά και εκεί μίλησα στην Ελληνική ομογένεια, για τον διάβολο, για το πώς μάς ξεγελά και μάς υποσκελίζει στην αμαρτία. Όταν τελείωσα την ομιλία και έφευγε ό κόσμος από το χώρο όπου έγινε ή ομιλία, ξαφνικά άρχισε να γίνεται ένας μεγάλος σαματάς. Ήρθαν κάποιες κυρίες τότε και με ενημέρωσαν ότι κάποια μεγαλοκυρία είχε δαιμονιστεί. Φώναζε και ούρλιαζε ή δαιμονισμένη λέγοντας λόγια για μένα:

Με φανέρωσε αυτός ό άνθρωπος, με έβγαλε στη φόρα. Τί γυρεύει εδώ στον Καναδά; Ήρθε να πάρει τούς δικούς μου, τούς οποίους είχα καλά δεμένους. Θα του κάνω κακό και θα τον εκδικηθώ και πολλά άλλα παρόμοια έλεγε ή δαιμονισμένη.

Την μετέφεραν σέ ένα δωμάτιο. Και μόλις λίγο ηρέμησε, πήγα και την συνάντησα. Είχε κλειστά τα μάτια και έτρεμε σαν το ψάρι. Κατά το χρέος μου άνοιξα το Ευχολόγιο, φόρεσα το πετραχήλι μου και της διάβασα τις ευχές του Μεγάλου Βασιλείου και όταν τελείωσα, άνοιξε τα μάτια, σταμάτησε να τρέμει και με λέει:

Πάτερ, θέλω να εξομολογηθώ! Πράγματι την εξομολόγησα. Ή κοπέλα αυτή είχε δαιμόνιο για πολλά χρόνια, αλλά δεν είχε εκδηλωθεί μέσα της. Κοινωνούσε, εκκλησιαζόταν κανονικά, αλλά δεν γνώριζε oτι ήταν δαιμονισμένη.

Με αφορμή όμως εκείνη την ομιλία πού είχα κάνει εκδηλώθηκε το δαιμόνιο πού είχε.
Πολλοί πού ήταν παρόντες στο σκηνικό με την δαιμονισμένη, ωφελήθηκαν πολύ και άνθρωποι πού δεν πίστευαν στα δαιμόνια και στον διάβολο, πίστεψαν στην ύπαρξη των πονηρών πνευμάτων από το περιστατικό αυτό.

Το περιστατικό απλώθηκε πολύ γρήγορα στην ευρύτερη περιοχή και με πήραν τηλέφωνο και από τις Η.Π.Α να πάω και εκεί στην ομογένεια να τούς μιλήσω και να τούς εξομολογήσω. Έτσι με τη Χάρη του Θεού πήγα και σέ εκείνους τούς ανθρώπους και βοηθήθηκαν και εκείνοι”.

Πηγή:

Ο Θεός Είναι Μαζί μας, Εμείς Είμαστε Μαζί Του;

εκδ. Ορθόδοξη Κυψέλη

Θεσσαλονίκη 2015

 

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That which I have set out in Latin is not my words but the words of God and of apostles and prophets, who of course have never lied. He who believes shall be saved, but he who does not believe shall be damned. God has spoken.

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ΛΟΓΙΑ ΣΟΦΑ ΑΠΟ ΤΟΝ ΑΓΙΟ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΙΟ ΤΟΝ ΜΕΓΑ (+379)

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Σοφά Λόγια από τον Άγιο Βασίλειο τον Μέγα (+379)

·  Δεν γνωρίσαμε εμείς τον Θεό για τη δικαιοσύνη μας, αλλά ο Θεός μας γνώρισε διά μέσου της αγάπης του.

· Πρέπει να μην ξεχνάμε ότι είναι αναρίθμητες οι ευκαιρίες που μας δίνει ο Θεός για να τελειοποιηθούμε.

· Ο Θεός δίνει τη δύναμη που χρειάζεται στον άνθρωπο στους κόπους και τους αγώνες του για την αρετή.

· Από την μνήμη των παρελθόντων και από την πείρα των παρόντων διδασκόμαστε για το μέλλον.

· Όποιος γεύτηκε την γλυκύτητα του λόγου του Θεού και τον πρόδωσε, μοιάζει μ’ εκείνον που άλλαξε το πολύτιμο διαμάντι μ’ ένα χρωματιστό γυαλί.

· Μια έφοδος του ένθεου δεν μπορεί να φέρει κακό, αν εμείς έχουμε όπλο την πίστη.

· Η θεία βοήθεια από τη μια και η θέλησή μας από την άλλη Continue reading ΛΟΓΙΑ ΣΟΦΑ ΑΠΟ ΤΟΝ ΑΓΙΟ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΙΟ ΤΟΝ ΜΕΓΑ (+379)

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A Ortodoxia

 Em Fé Ortodoxa – Bispo Alexander

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EM FÉ ORTODOXA – BISPO ALEXANDER

É a autêntica religião cristã pregada pelo Nosso Senhor Jesus Cristo, transmitida pelos Apóstolos aos seus sucessores e aos fiéis e preservada zelosamente na sua pureza pela Igreja Ortodoxa através dos séculos.

É a doutrina certa e justa, compreendida, sem reduções nem acréscimos, nas Sagradas Escrituras, na Tradição e nos Sete Concílios Ecuménicos.

É a doutrina ensinada e pregada pela Igreja Ortodoxa para glorificar a Deus e salvar as almas, segundo a vontade de Cristo.

Chama-se ORTODOXIA a doutrina que observa os ensinamentos de Nosso Senhor Jesus Cristo, reverenciados e transmitidos pela Igreja Ortodoxa.

Igreja Una, Santa, Católica e Apostólica

A Igreja Ortodoxa é a sociedade, baseada na fé dos doze Apóstolos, dos fiéis cristãos que obedecem aos pastores canónicos e vivem unidos pelos elos da Doutrina, das Leis de Deus, da Hierarquia divinamente instituída e da prática dos Sacramentos.

A Igreja Ortodoxa professa a Doutrina autêntica de Nosso Senhor Jesus Cristo, tal e qual nos foi revelada e exercida pelos Apóstolos no primeiro século da era cristã, na Palestina e nas cidades de Jerusalém, Damasco e Antioquia. Esta doutrina obedece aos mandamentos, procede de acordo com a vida da Graça que Cristo nos legou por Sua morte e edificou pelos sacramentos; crê na vida eterna, observa os ensinamentos dos Sete Concílios Ecuménicos e persiste estreitamente unida aos seus pastores, bispos e demais sacerdotes ortodoxos, continuadores em linha recta da obra dos Apóstolos. Reconhece como Chefe Único da Igreja, sem representantes ou legatários, Nosso Senhor Jesus Cristo, que nos dirige, ensina e eleva. É depositária da Doutrina de Nosso Senhor Jesus Cristo e prossegue em todo o mundo a Sua obra de amor e Salvação. Ensina as verdades nas quais devemos crer firmemente, os deveres que havemos de cumprir e os meios a aplicar para nos moralizar e santificar.

A Igreja Ortodoxa Oriental reúne as quatro características que distinguem a Verdadeira Igreja: Una, Santa, Católica e Apostólica. Durante vinte séculos, manteve inalteráveis os sacramentos, as próprias doutrinas e os mesmos pastores que são sucessores dos Apóstolos. A designação Ortodoxa procede do facto de ela crer e ensinar correctamente a doutrina do Cristo. Conservou-se Continue reading A Ortodoxia – Em Fé Ortodoxa – Bispo Alexander ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Portuguese

Ο ΑΓΙΟΣ ΣΙΟΣ ΤΗΣ ΓΕΩΡΓΙΑΣ & ΤΑ ΑΓΡΙΑ ΘΗΡΙΑ – ΕΚΤΟΣ ΑΙΩΝΑΣ

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2 Orthodox Parishes in Wales, UK:

Swansea, Cardiff

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ΑΓΙΟΙ: Η ΟΙΚΟΓΕΝΙΑ ΜΑΣ – ΑΡΧΙΜ. ΙΩΑΝΝΗΣ ΚΩΣΤΩΦ

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ΑΓΙΟΣ ΙΩΑΝΝΗΣ Ο ΔΑΜΑΣΚΗΝΟΣ

Εἶναι πολύ ὡραῖο πρᾶγμα νά γνωρίζης τήν οἰκογένειά σου κι αὐτή νά σέ περιβάλλη μέ ἀγάπη καί νά σέ ἐνισχύη. Ἀπό τήν ἄλλη, εἶναι ὀδυνηρό νά εἶσαι ὀρφανός κι, ἀκόμη χειρότερο, τό νά βρίσκεσαι σέ ἀνάγκη, νά ἔχης συγγενεῖς, ἀλλά νά μήν τό γνωρίζης. Σέ ποιόν ν᾽ ἀπευθυνθῆς τότε; Οἱ Ψευδομάρτυρες τοῦ Ἰεχωβᾶ καί οἱ Προτεστάντες οἰκειοθελῶς ἀρνοῦνται τή βοήθεια τῶν μεγαλυτέρων ἀδελφῶν τους, τῶν Ἁγίων καί μάλιστα διατείνονται ὅτι αὐτό εἶναι καί ἡ θέλησι τοῦ Πατέρα τους, τοῦ Θεοῦ. Στίς ἑπόμενες σελίδες θά δοῦμε ἄν αὐτό εἶναι ἀλήθεια ἤ ἄν ὁ καλός μας Θεός χαίρεται μέ τήν τιμή τήν ὁποία ἐπιδεικνύουμε στούς προγενέστερους ἀδελφούς μας καί τήν προσφυγή μας σ᾽ αὐτούς.

Ὁ καλοπροαίρετος ἀναγνώστης θά διαπιστώση τήν ἀλήθεια τῆς Ὀρθοδόξου Ἐκκλησίας καί θά χαρῆ πού θά ἀνταμώνη μέ τούς συγγενεῖς του καί θά ἀπολαμβάνη τά δῶρα τους. Ἡ ἔρευνά μας θά γίνη μέ τή συμβουλή τοῦ Ἁγ. Παϊσίου τοῦ Ἁγιορείτου πού ἔλεγε: «Τίς διάφορες θεωρίες τῶν θεολόγων νά τίς περνᾶτε ἀπό τό πατερικό κόσκινο. Ἐμεῖς πρέπει νά τίς κοσκινίζουμε μέ βάσι τούς Πατέρες καί ὅ,τι εἶναι σκουπίδια ἤ πίτουρα νά τά πετᾶμε».

Στά λίγο προγενέστερα χρόνια θά θυμοῦνται οἱ παλαιότεροι τήν ἐκπομπή τοῦ Ραδιοφώνου Ἀναζητήσεις τοῦ Ἑλληνικοῦ Ἐρυθροῦ Σταυροῦ, μιά γλυκόπικρη ἐκπομπή πού ἔδινε καί ζητοῦσε πληροφορίες γιά ἀγνοουμένους τῆς Μικρασιατικῆς Καταστροφῆς καί τοῦ Ἐμφυλίου Πολέμου.

Τό δικό μας ραδιόφωνο, ὁ Συναξαριστής, δίνει πάντα τίς ζητούμενες πληροφορίες γιά τούς Ἁγίους μας καί μᾶς προτρέπει νά προσφεύγουμε σ᾽ αὐτούς, ἀλλά καί νά τούς μιμούμασθε. Ἄς μήν ξεχνᾶμε ὅτι τό βιβλίο τῶν Πράξεων τῶν Ἀποστόλων, στήν Καινή Διαθήκη, εἶναι ἕνα ἀτελείωτο βιβλίο· σταματᾶ ἀπότομα. Αὐτό δέν εἶναι ἕνα μειονέκτημά του, ὅπως θά θεωροῦσε κάποιος, ἀλλά ἔχει τήν ἑξῆς σημασία: Ἀνά τούς αἰῶνες προστίθενται συνεχῶς καινούργια κεφάλαια: οἱ Πράξεις τῶν Ἁγίων, γιατί ὄχι καί οἱ δικές μας, μιᾶς καί: «τιμή Μάρτυρος (ἀλλά καί κάθε Ἁγίου), μίμησι Μάρτυρος», κατά τό Χρυσόστομο.

Καλωσορίσατε στήν οἰκογένειά σας!

Πηγή:

(Πρόλογος τοῦ βιβλίου ΑΓΙΟΛΟΓΙΑ τοῦ Ἀρχιμ. Ἰωάννου Κωστώφ)

Ἀρχιμ. Ἰωάννου Κωστώφ

Ἁγιολογία

ἐκδ. Ἁγ. Ἰωάννης ὁ Δαμασκηνός

Σταμάτα 2013

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VIETNAM OF MY HEART

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ВО ВЬЕТНАМЕ ПРОШЛО ПАСХАЛЬНОЕ БОГОСЛУЖЕНИЕ

В В приморском городе Вунгтау (Вьетнам) было совершено Пасхальное богослужение, которое возглавил исполняющий обязанности секретаря Отдела внешних церковных связей Московского Патриархата по делам дальнего зарубежья священник Сергий Звонарев, специально прибывший с этой целью по просьбе местной православной общины – русского православного прихода в честь Казанской иконы Божией Матери.

Богослужение Пасхи, как и предваряющие его службы Страстной седмицы, были совершены в культурном центре микрорайона российских специалистов СП «Вьетсовпетро», временно оборудованном под храм.

В Великую субботу при стечении верующих было совершено освящение куличей, в том числе подготовленных работниками местной пекарни.

По сложившейся традиции многочисленный крестный ход прошел по территории микрорайона.

За ночным богослужением молились сотрудники «Вьетсовпетро» и члены их семей, соотечественники, проживающие в городе Вунгтау и в других частях страны, а также специально прибывшие на праздник гости из Ливана и Камбоджи.

По завершении Пасхальной литургии состоялась праздничная трапеза, на которой священник тепло поздравил прихожан со Светлым Воскресением Христовым, отметив важность современного православного свидетельства в отдаленных уголках мира.

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ORTHODOXY IN CHINA

 

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СО­БОР СВЯ­ТЫХ СЕ­МИ­ДЕ­СЯ­ТИ АПО­СТО­ЛОВ

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On the desire for monasticism – Blessed Elder Joel Yannakopoulos of Kalamata, Greece (+1966)

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On the desire for monasticism

Blessed Elder Joel Yannakopoulos of Kalamata, Greece (+1966)

One father asked Elder Joel, “Father Joel, why do you encourage girls to become nuns?”

“I don’t encourage them, but I don’t interfere. I neither ignite nor extinguish the desire for monasticism. I don’t ignite it because it’s not within my power: Only the Holy Spirit can do so. But I don’t extinguish it because I should not do so. Who am I to extinguish a flame that God lights?”

“But if you’re not encouraging them to become nuns, then how do you explain that so many girls who confess to you want to become nuns?”

“Your question would be correctly reformulated this way: ‘Why do so many girls who want to become nuns come to you for confession?’ Then I would answer you, ‘Because everyone knows that I don’t discourage people from monasticism.’ Thus, they come to me because they are sure that I won’t oppose their desire. Do you understand now?”

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Η πορεία του Αμερικανού

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Θά παρακολουθήσουμε τήν πορεία τοῦ Αμερικανού Matthew Gallatin πρός τήν Ὀρθοδοξία:

«Στά 23 μου χρόνια βρέθηκα νά ἐργάζωμαι, ὄντας λαϊκός, ὡς βοηθός τοῦ διευθυντή τῆς ἀντβεντιστικῆς νεολαίας τῆς εὐρύτερης περιοχῆς μίας μεγάλης πόλεως. Μέ τήν ἰδιότητα αὐτή δίδασκα στήν τάξι τῶν νέων μιᾶς ἀπ’ τίς τοπικές ἐκκλησίες κάθε Σάββατο πρωΐ.

Ἕνα Σάββατο, νωρίς τό πρωΐ, προετοίμαζα μία σέ βάθος μελέτη κάποιου δογματικοῦ ζητήματος. Καθώς μελετοῦσα προσεκτικά ἕνα θέμα προσπαθώντας νά βρῶ κάποιο τρόπο νά τό ἐξηγήσω σέ μία ὁμάδα ἐφήβων, ἕνα ἐρώτημα ξέσπασε μέσα στήν ψυχή μου. Ἀπρόβλεπτα καί τόσο εὐκρινῶς σάν κάποιος νά μοῦ μιλοῦσε, ἦλθε τό ἐρώτημα: Γνωρίζεις τί πιστεύεις;

Φυσικά! , ἀπάντησα δυνατά. Θυμᾶμαι ὅτι ταράχθηκα μ’ αὐτή μου τήν ἀντίδρασι. Αὐτή τήν ἀπάντησι ἀπαιτοῦσε πάντως τό ἐρώτημα. Ἐξίσου αἰφνιδιαστικά ἡ ἴδια φωνή μοῦ ἀποκρίθηκε: Ναί! Γνωρίζεις τί πιστεύεις. Εἶναι, ὅμως, ἡ ἀλήθεια;

Μπορῶ ἀκόμη νά θυμηθῶ πῶς ἐκεῖνα τά λόγια ἀντήχησαν στό μυαλό μου. Ἀπείρως, ὅμως, πιό δυνατή ἀπ’ τά λόγια αὐτά ἦταν ἡ ὄμορφη, ἀπό καιρό λησμονημένη παρουσία, ἡ ὁποία μέ περιέβαλε ἐκείνη τή Continue reading Η ΠΟΡΕΙΑ ΤΟΥ ΑΜΕΡΙΚΑΝΟΥ MATTHEW GALLATIN ΑΠΟ ΤΟΝ ΠΡΟΤΕΣΤΑΝΤΙΣΜΟ ΣΤΗΝ ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΙΑ

Fr. Philip Silouan Thompson, USA: Moving East – From Roman Catholicism & Protestantism to Orthodoxy

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Moving East

by Philip Silouan Thompson

Sources:

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JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

Fr. Phil Thompson is the author of the Silouan blog, an excellent site for information. He is also a well known iconographer in North American Orthodoxy, and this, his story, was taken from his own website http://silouanthompson.net

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Awe came upon every soul, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common… Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:42-47)

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Ο Άγιος Παΐσιος ο Αγιορείτης (+1994) συζητάει για την Θεοτόκο με έναν Γερμανό Προτεστάντη Πάστορα

Γράφει καί ὁ π. Ἀθανάσιος Σιμωνοπετρίτης:

«Θυμᾶμαι χαρακτηριστικά μία περίπτωσι ἑνός ἑλληνομαθοῦς πάστορος Γερμανοῦ ὁ ὁποῖος εἶχε σπουδάσει στή Θεσσαλονίκη. Ὁ ἄνθρωπος πάρα πολύ σκανδαλιζόταν γιατί τιμοῦμε τήν Παναγία μας. Ἀφοῦ τόν κέρασε ὁ π. Παΐσιος, τόν ρώτησε:

—Τί δουλειά κάνεις;

—Θεολόγος εἶμαι.

Ὁ διορατικός Γέροντας τόν κοίταξε ἐρευνητικά καί τόν ρώτησε:

—Ἁπλῶς “θεολόγος” εἶσαι ἤ μήπως εἶσαι καί κάτι ἄλλο;

—Ὄχι, εἶμαι καί πάστωρ.

—Ἄ, καλά· Πῶς σοῦ φάνηκε τό Ἅγιον Ὄρος; Σοῦ ἄρεσε;

—Ὅλα μοῦ ἄρεσαν, ἀλλά ἐδῶ πολύ τιμᾶτε τήν Παναγία!

—Γιατί σοῦ κακοφαίνεται αὐτό;

—Αἴ, νά, περισσότερο πρέπει νά τιμᾶτε τό Χριστό.

—Μά, τιμώντας τήν Παναγία, τό Χριστό τιμᾶμε!

— Αἴ, ὄχι πάτερ, δέν εἶναι τό ἴδιο πρᾶγμα, ἐπέμενε ἐκεῖνος.

Ὁπότε ὁ Γέρων Παΐσιος χρησιμοποιώντας ἕναν ὡραῖο ποιμαντικό τρόπο, τοῦ λέει:

—Ἐσένα ἡ μάνα σου, σόι γυναῖκα δέν εἶναι!

—Ποῦ τήν ξέρεις τή μάνα μου καί τή βρίζεις;

— Αἴ, ὅπως ἐγώ δέν ξέρω τή μάνα σου καί τή βρίζω καί σοῦ κακοφαίνεται, ἔτσι κι ἐμένα μοῦ κακοφαίνεται γιατί δέν ξέρεις τή Μάνα μου τήν Παναγία καί λές τέτοια πράγματα! Ἄντε, τό λοιπόν, νά σοῦ πῶ τί εἶναι ἡ Παναγία…

Ἄρχισε νά τοῦ λέη γιά τήν Παναγία, ἔτσι μ᾽ ἕνα πολύ ὡραῖο τρόπο, ὁπότε ὁ ἄνθρωπος τά ἔχασε! Μάλιστα, συγκεκριμένα τοῦ εἶπε ἕνα παράδειγμα μ᾽ ἕνα σωλῆνα. Τόν ρώτησε:

— Ἀπό ἕνα σωλῆνα ὅταν περάση τό νερό, ἔχει ὁ σωλήνας αὐτός καμμιά ἀξία;

—Ὄχι, δέν ἔχει καμμιά ἀξία. Ἁπλῶς βοήθησε, πέρασε τό νερό καί ἀπό ᾽κεῖ καί πέρα ὁ ρόλος του τελείωσε· ἀπάντησε ὁ πάστωρ.

Ὁ π. Παΐσιος συνέχισε:

—Ναί, ἡ Παναγία ὅμως δέν εἶναι ἕνας σωλήνας πού ἁπλῶς πέρασε ἀπό μέσα τό Νερό. Εἶναι ἕνας σπόγγος οὐράνιος πού κρατάει συνέχεια τόν Χριστό, γι᾽ αὐτό λέγεται Θεοτόκος, γι᾽ αὐτό κι ἐμεῖς τήν τιμοῦμε!

Μέ αὐτό τό ἁπλό παραδειγματάκι, ὁ ἄνθρωπος δέν ξέρω ἄν πείσθηκε ἀπολύτως, πάντως ξέρω ὅτι εἰρήνευσε καθώς ἔφυγε ἀπό τό Γέροντα».

Από το βιβλίο:

Ἀρχιμ. Ἰωάννου Κωστώφ

Ἡ Θεοτόκος

ἐκδ. Ἅγ. Ἰωάννης ὁ Δαμασκηνός (6978461846)

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PERCHÉ ABBANDONAI LA CHIESA CATTOLICA ROMANA – SAN PAOLO BALLESTER CONVALIER, MARTIRE IN MESSICO (+1984) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Italian

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PAUL FR. BALLESTER CONVALIER (+1984)

PERCHÉ ABBANDONAI LA CHIESA CATTOLICA ROMANA

“Sempre pronti a rispondere a vostra difesa a chiunque vi domanda ragione della speranza ch’è in voi” (I Pietro 3, 15)

ATENE 1954
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PRESSO LA CHIESA DEI SS. PIETRO E PAOLO DEI NAZIONALI ELLENI

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AL NASCENTE MOVIMENTO

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INVECE DI PREMESSA

Nell’ottobre dell’anno scorso 1954 è sorto a Catania ed a Firenze, promosso da Italiani di puro sangue, un movimento che mira non ad un Cattolicesimo riformato, ma addirittura ad un ritorno completo e sincero alle origini, cioè alla genuina Chiesa Cristiana esistente prima del funesto grande scisma tra Oriente ed Occidente consumato dal Papa Urbano II nell’anno 1098 nel Sinodo di Bari da lui ivi convocato. I pionieri di tale movimento hanno trovato tale Chiesa primitiva nella Chiesa Ortodossa Cristiana che è infatti l’unica genuina continuatrice della Chiesa fondata da Gesù Cristo e divulgata dai SS. Apostoli.
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Holy Confession: Confidentiality

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Holy Confession: Confidentiality

From “Guidelines for Clergy” (Orthodox Church in America):

“The secrecy of the Mystery of Penance is considered an unquestionable rule in the entire Orthodox Church. Theologically, the need to maintain the secrecy of confession comes from the fact that the priest is only a witness before God. One could not expect a sincere and complete confession if the penitent has doubts regarding the practice of confidentiality. Betrayal of the secrecy of confession will lead to canonical punishment of the priest.

St. Nicodemus the Hagiorite exhorts the Spiritual Father to keep confessions confidential, even under strong constraining influence. The author of the Pedalion (the Rudder), states that a priest who betrays the secrecy of confession is to be deposed. The Metropolitan of Kos, Emanuel, mentions in his handbook (Exomologeteke) for confessors that the secrecy of confession is a principle without exception.”

In St. Nicodemus the Hagiorite’s Exomologitarion, he writes:

“Nothing else remains after confession, Spiritual Father, except to keep the sins you hear a secret, and to never reveal them, either by word, or by letter, or by a bodily gesture, or by any other sign, even if you are in danger of death, for that which the wise Sirach says applies to you: “Have you heard a word? Let it die with you” (Sir. 19:8); meaning, if you heard a secret word, let the word also die along with you, and do not tell it to either a friend of yours or an enemy of yours, for as long as you live. And further still, that which the Prophet Micah says: “Trust not in friends… beware of thy wife, so as not to commit anything to her” (Mic. 7:5).

For if you reveal them, firstly, you will be suspended or daresay deposed completely by the Ecclesiastical Canons, and according to political laws you will be thrown in jail for the rest of your life and have your tongue cut out. Secondly, you become a reason for more Christians not to confess, being afraid that you will reveal their sins, just as it happened during the time of Nektarios of Constantinople when the Christians did not want to confess on account of a Spiritual Father who revealed the sin of a woman. The divine Chrysostom both witnessed these things and suffered because of them on account of his trying to convince the people to confess. It is impossible for me to describe in words how much punishment this brings upon you, who are the cause of these things.”

St. John of the Ladder writes:

“At no time do we find God revealing the sins which have been confessed to Him, lest by making these public knowledge, He should impede those who would confess and so make them incurably sick.”

The Byzantine Nomocanon states, in Canon 120:

“”A spiritual father, if he reveals to anyone a sin of one who had confessed receives a penance: he shall be suspended [from serving] for three years, being able to receive Communion only once a month, and must do 100 prostrations every day.”

Source:

ORTHODOX WIKI

 

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Η Θεία Λειτουργία,

ο Άγιος Μηνάς της Ρουμανίας & τα πτηνά του Ουρανού –

Εμπειρίες κατά τη Θεία Λειτουργία

Ζούσε σ’ ένα μοναστήρι της Ρουμανίας, ένας κεχαριτωμένος ιερεύς, ό πατήρ Μήνας, ό μετέπειτα Όσιος Μηνάς. Αυτός, μετά τη Θεία Λειτουργία, για να ξεκούραστη, έβγαινε στο δάσος, διότι το μο­ναστήρι ήταν μέσα σε δάση, κι εκεί έψελνε και δοξολογούσε τον Θεό με αναστάσιμα τροπάρια καίμε πολλά άλλα.
Τότε μαζεύονταν τα πουλιά του δάσους γύρω του: στο κεφαλάκι του, στους ώμους του, στα χέρια του, αυτός δε τρυφερά τα χάιδευε. Τις περισσότερες φορές, όταν ό πατήρ Μηνάς έψελνε, τα πουλιά βουβαίνονταν και τον άκουγαν.
Επειδή οι Λειτουργίες άρχιζαν νύχτα και τελείωναν με το χάραμα, ώσπου να κάνη Κατάλυσι και να ξεντυθή, ξημέρωνε, έβγαινε ό ήλιος κι έτσι έβγαινε έξω πρωί- πρωί μέσα στο δάσος και χαιρόταν τη φύση και την παρουσία των πουλιών. Κι εκεί Όλοι μαζί αινούσαν και δοξολο­γούσαν τον Θεό.
Παρατηρήθηκε, λοιπόν, στα τελευταία χρόνια της ζωής του, ότι, όταν είχαν πανηγυρική Θεία Λειτουργία και αργούσε να τελείωση, και μάλιστα αργούσε πολύ μετά την ανατολή του ηλίου, τα πουλιά μαζεύον­ταν πάνω στην ‘ Εκκλησία! Την ώρα της Μεταβολής των Τιμίων Δώρων, πού ό ιερεύς έλεγε “τα Σα εκ των Σων”, τότε όλα τα πουλιά πάνω στην Εκκλησία βουβαίνονταν! Και στο “έξαιρέτως της Παναγίας, Άχραντου…”, στα Ρουμανικά βέβαια, και ενώ ή χορωδία έψαλλε το “”Άξιον εστί”, τότε πάλι τα πουλιά άρχιζαν να κελαηδούν!'”

Παρόμοιο γεγονός μου αφηγήθηκε κάποιος πιστός, πού συνέβη και στον Ναό της Παναγίας της Εκατονταπυλιανής στην Πάρο, κατά την Θεία Λειτουργία της παραμονής των Θεοφανείων του έτους 1998.
Δεκάδες σπουργίτια και άλλα πουλιά, φτερουγίζοντας μέσα κι έξω από τον Ναό, από τα ανοικτά παράθυρα του τρούλου, κελαηδούσαν και τιτίβιζαν ζωηρά. Την ώρα, όμως, του Καθαγιασμού των Τιμίων Δώρων βουβάθηκαν και ακινητοποιήθηκαν όλα, για να ξαναρχίσουν μετά το “Έξαιρέτως της Παναγίας Άχραντου…”.

Πηγή:

π. Στέφανος Αναγνωστόπουλος

Εμπειρίες κατά τη Θεία Λειτουργία

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Η Ορθοδοξία στη Νορβηγία

Αγία Σουννίβα (St Sunivva) η Ιρλανδή

Παρθενομάρτυς στη Νήσο Selje της Νορβηγίας (+10ος αι.)

8 Ιουλίου

Η Αγία Σούννιβα (St Sunniva) μεγάλωσε στα δυτικά της Ορθόδοξης Χριστιανικής Ιρλανδίας γύρω στα μέσα του δέκατου αιώνα. Ήταν μια σοφή και συνετή πριγκίπισσα, κόρη ενός τοπικού βασιλιά. Όταν πέθανε ο πατέρας της, ανέλαβε τη διακυβέρνηση του λαού της. Επειδή ήταν μια όμορφη και δυναμική παρθένος, πολλοί επίδοξοι μνηστήρες ζητούσαν το χέρι της. Ένας από αυτούς, άγριος και ισχυρός Βίκινγκ, την απείλησε επανειλημμένα, ότι θα επιτεθεί και θα αφανίσει το λαό της αν δεν τον παντρευτεί. Τότε η Αγία Σούννιβα, για να σώσει το λαό της, αποφάσισε να φύγει από τον τόπο της και να εμπιστευτεί την τύχη της στην πρόνοια του Ιησού Χριστού. Επειδή όμως η Αγία αγαπήθηκε από το λαό, τόσο για τη φροντίδα της προς τους φτωχούς καταπιεσμένους, όσο και για την ευσέβεια και την αρετή της, πολλοί επέλεξαν να την ακολουθήσουν στην αυτοεξορία της. Όχι μόνο άντρες, αλλά και γυναίκες και παιδιά. Όπως αναφέρουν λοιπόν τα αρχαία ιρλανδικά κείμενα, βγήκαν στην ανοιχτή θάλασσα μιμούμενοι την κιβωτό του Νώε, χωρίς κουπιά, πηδάλιο ή πανί και χωρίς όπλα, εναποθέτοντας πλήρως τη ζωή τους στα χέρια του Κυρίου.

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Confession in the Bible

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Confession in the Bible

Old Testament

“He shall confess his sin that he has committed. And he shall make full restitution for his wrong, adding a fifth to it and giving it to him to whom he did the wrong.” (Num. 5:7)
“Those of Israelite descent separated themselves from all foreigners, and they stood and confessed their sins and the guilt of their fathers. While they stood in their places, they read from the book of the law of the LORD their God for a fourth of the day and spent another fourth of the day in confession and worship of the LORD their God.” (Nehemiah 9:2-3)

“And read out publicly this scroll which we send you, in the house of the LORD, on the feast day and during the days of assembly: ‘Justice is with the LORD, our God; and we today are flushed with shame, we men of Judah and citizens of Jerusalem, that we, with our kings and rulers and priests and prophets, and with our fathers, have sinned in the LORD’S sight and disobeyed him. We have neither heeded the voice of the LORD, our God, nor followed the precepts which the LORD set before us.'” (Baruch 1:14-18)

John the baptist

John the baptist practiced confession

“Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.” (Matthew 3:6)

“And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.” (Mark 1:5)

The Church

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16

“Also many of those who were now believers came, confessing and divulging their practices.” Acts 19:18

“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6:12)

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

Source:

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Carismi e miracoli – San Paisios del Mone Athos, Grecia (+1994) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Italian

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Carismi e miracoli

San Paisios del Mone Athos, Grecia (+1994)

Non è possibile esaurire la lunga lista di eventi inspiegabili che hanno caratterizzato la vita e sono avvenuti dopo la morte di Paisios a causa sua.

Per dare solo una vaga idea di essi se ne farà due rapidissimi accenni tratti da testimonianze.

Al di là delle leggi naturali

Costantino Coutsoyannis racconta: “Un giorno stavo trasportando l’Anziano dal monastero della Preziosa Croce, in Calcidica, fino a Sourotì [località in cui si trova un monastero femminile]. Durante questo tragitto fummo immersi in una pioggia torrenziale al punto che, si avrebbe detto, le cataratte del cielo si fossero aperte. Al nostro arrivo le monache ci attendevano con ombrelli e mantelli da dare all’Anziano affinché non si bagnasse. Mi fecero segno di avvicinarmi il più possibile all’edificio. Ma in modo sorprendente in un istante e per un raggio di due metri attorno alla vettura la pioggia cessò di cadere mentre poco più in là c’era il diluvio. Quando l’Anziano discese e mi ebbe salutato entrando, ricominciò a piovere normalmente pure sulla vettura”.

Eventi di guarigione

“Qualche anno fa, quando il buon padre viveva ancora, caddi malata. Mi diagnosticarono un tumore. Mio figlio andò a trovare l’Anziano e gli disse che mi avrebbero condotta all’Ospedale Théageneio di Salonicco come fu. In una sala operatoria, con una rapida biopsia, mostrarono che avevo un cancro. Sei giorni dopo i medici mi dissero che se il sangue non si fermava di scendere dalla piaga mi avrebbero condotto in sala operatoria. Mio figlio tornò a vedere il buon padre che gli disse: ‘Tua madre non s’inquieti, non è nulla. I chirurghi hanno sbagliato di fare un’operazione’. Gli donò un komboskìni (=una specie di rosario) dicendogli: ‘Dallo a tua madre e dille che con questo appenderà i medici alla parete’. Il settimo giorno, quando l’Anziano era nella Santa Montagna, apparse in Ospedale! ‘Vidi l’Anziano accanto a me mentre sistemava i tubicini che drenavano il sangue. Prima del tempo di ringraziarlo sparì’. La sera giunsero i medici e constatarono che il sangue non colava più, l’incisione si era chiusa e, conseguentemente, gli esami furono tutti negativi. Non avevo bisogno né di aspirina né di chemioterapia. Più tardi, dopo la mia uscita dall’Ospedale, incontrai l’Anziano nel monastero del Venerabile Precursore e lo ringraziai d’essere giunto in Ospedale per vedermi. Egli mi rispose: ‘Bambina mia, sono venuto perché i medici ti hanno ingiustamente maltrattata’ “.

Visioni

Un altro fenomeno inspiegabile di cui fu protagonista padre Paisios e che lui stesso riferiva, furono alcune visioni. Non era oggetto solo di visioni demoniache ma, più spesso, di visioni di santi. Riportiamo solo un esempio. Paisios narrò che, in un determinato periodo, dei vescovi greci gli avevano sottoposto alcuni gravi problemi ai quali non erano riusciti trovare risposta. L’asceta non potendo aiutarli, iniziò a ricorrere alla preghiera chiedendo l’aiuto di sant’Eufemia, un’antica santa del IV secolo alla quale era devoto. Passato un certo tempo in cui chiedeva questo aiuto, un pomeriggio sentì bussare alla porta della sua casetta. Alla sua domanda chi fosse, una voce femminile risposte: “Sono io, Eufemia”. “Eufemia, chi?”, riprese l’asceta. Si fece silenzio e la visitatrice riprese a bussare. L’asceta chiese nuovamente chi fosse e gli fu risposto al medesimo modo. Ad un certo punto, il monaco vide la figura della visitatrice entrare nella sua casetta, nonostante la porta fosse rimasta chiusa. Appena Paisios si accorse che l’apparizione non era demoniaca (la santa apparsa venerò l’icona della Trinità), le chiese la soluzione ai problemi che gli erano stati posti. Poi aggiunse: “Vorrei che tu mi dicessi come hai sopportato il tuo martirio”. Al che, l’apparizione rispose: “Padre, se allora avessi saputo come sarebbe stata la vita eterna e la bellezza celeste che le anime godono nello stare vicino a Dio, onestamente avrei chiesto che il mio martirio durasse sempre, dal momento che non fu assolutamente niente in confronto dei doni della grazia di Dio!”.

Fonte:

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ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΟΣ ΜΟΥΤΣΟΥΛΑΣ, ΑΣΤΥΝΟΜΙΚΟΣ (+1964) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* ΤΟ ΧΑΜΟΓΕΛΟ ΤΟΥ ΘΕΟΥ – ΑΝΘΡΩΠΟΙ ΠΟΥ ΑΦΗΝΟΝΤΑΝ ΣΤΗΝ ΠΡΟΝΟΙΑ ΤΟΥ ΘΕΟΥ

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PAINTING LEAVES

chile-flower-1

Δημήτριος Μουτσούλας, αστυνομικός (+1964) – Το Χαμόγελο του Θεού – Άνθρωποι που αφήνονταν στην Πρόνοια του Θεού

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TRUTH TARGET

Δημήτριος Μουτσούλας (1897-1964), ἀστυνομικός. «Ἕνα πρωΐ, κατά τά τέλη τῆς Κατοχῆς, ὁπότε ἡ ζωή τῶν μισθωτῶν ἦταν ἰδιαίτερα δύσκολη, ἑτοιμαζόταν νά φύγη ἀπό τό σπίτι του γιά τήν ὑπηρεσία. Ἡ σύζυγός του τοῦ παραπονέθηκε, ὅτι δέν συζήτησαν τί θά φᾶνε. Ἐκεῖνος ἀπάντησε: “Τοῦ τά εἶπα, Μαρία μου, μήν ἀνησυχῆς. Θά δῆς τί καλά θά φᾶμε τό μεσημέρι!”. Μ᾽ αὐτά ἐννοοῦσε ὅτι τά ἀνέφερε στόν Κύριο διά τῆς προσευχῆς. Ἡ σύζυγος ἐπέμενε ὅτι δέν εἶχαν τίποτε νά μαγειρέψουν κι ἐκεῖνος τή διαβεβαίωνε ὅτι ἀφοῦ Τοῦ τά εἶπε, δέν μποροῦσε παρά Ἐκεῖνος θά ἔστελνε ὅ,τι χρειαζόταν. Μέ αὐτή τήν πίστι καί τή βεβαιότητα ἄφησε τή γυναῖκα του χωρίς χρήματα, διότι φυσικά δέν εἶχε. Σ᾽ αὐτή τήν ψυχική κατάστασι ἦταν ἐκείνη, ὅταν σέ λίγο σήμανε τό κουδούνι καί παρουσιάσθηκε ἕνας μετανάστης ἀπό τήν Ἀμερική φέρνοντας γιά τό Δ. Μουτσούλα ἕνα σημαντικό ποσό σέ δολλάρια ἀπό ἕνα πρωτεξάδελφό του γιά “χαιρετίσματα”. Περιχαρής ἡ κυρία Μουτσούλα τοῦ τηλεφώνησε γιά νά τοῦ ἀναγγείλη τό ἀπίθανο δῶρο. Ἐκεῖνος, σάν νά ἄκουε κάτι τό φυσικό καί ἀναμενόμενο, τῆς εἶπε: “Τό ἤξερα, Μαρία μου. Δέν σοῦ εἶπα ὅτι θά φᾶμε καλό φαΐ τό μεσημέρι;”».

Πηγή:

Ἀρχιμ. Ἰωάννου Κωστώφ,

Τό Χαμόγελο τοῦ Θεοῦ,

ἐκδ. Ἁγ. Ἰωάννης ὁ Δαμασκηνός,

Ἀθήνα 2012

ΚΟΝΓΚΟ, 2001: ΕΜΦΑΝΙΣΗ ΑΓΙΟΥ ΣΕ ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΟ ΝΑΟ & Η ΜΕΤΑΣΤΡΟΦΗ ΜΙΑΣ ΕΙΔΩΛΟΛΑΤΡΙΣΣΑΣ ΣΤΗΝ ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΙΑ

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AFRICA OF MY HEART

Κονγκό, 2001: Εμφάνιση Αγίου σε Ορθόδοξο Ναό

& η μεταστροφή μίας ειδωλολάτρισσας στην Ορθοδοξία

«Μιά γυναῖκα εἰδωλολάτρισσα ἐκείνη τήν Κυριακή τό πρωΐ, στεκόταν λίγο μακριά ἔξω ἀπό τήν πόρτα εἰσόδου τῆς ἐκκλησίας τῶν ἁγίων Θεοδώρων Μουσονόι. Ἐκοίταζε μέ περιέργεια ἕνα εὐρωπαῖο Καλόγερο, πού στεκόταν ἔξω ἀπό τήν πόρτα τῆς ἐκκλησίας καί κατέγραφε σ᾽ ἕνα βιβλίο κάθε Χριστιανό πού ἔμπαινε ἐκεῖνο τό πρωΐ μέσα. Ἐνόμισε ὅτι θά ἦταν κάποιος λευκός ἱεραπόστολος ἀπό τούς Πατέρες τῆς Ἱεραποστολῆς τοῦ Κολουέζι. Ἐκείνη τή στιγμή ὁ π. Ἰσαάκ, ἱερεύς καί Λειτουργός ἐκείνη τήν ἡμέρα στήν ἐκκλησία, τελοῦσε τήν Ἀκολουθία τῆς Προσκομιδῆς. Ἡ γυναῖκα ἐκείνη πού ἔβλεπε τόν Καλόγερο, ἐπειδή γνώριζε τόν ἱερέα, πῆγε ἀπό πλάγια πλησίον τοῦ παραθύρου τῆς Προσκομιδῆς καί τοῦ ἔκανε νόημα νά βγῆ ἔξω νά ὑποδεχθῆ ἕνα Πατέρα τῆς Ἱεραποστολῆς πού ἦλθε ἀπό τό Κολουέζι. Ἐκεῖνος, ἄνοιξε τό παράθυρο καί τῆς εἶπε ὅτι δέν καταλαβαίνει τί τοῦ λέγει, διότι σήμερα δέν εἶχαν εἰδοποιήσει ὅτι θά ἔλθουν Πατέρες ἀπό τό Κολουέζι.

Ἡ γυναῖκα ἐπέστρεψε στή θέσι της, χωρίς νά ἐπιμείνη στήν πρότασί της. Παρακολουθοῦσε περίεργα τόν ἐπισκέπτη πού τόσο ὑπομονετικά ρωτοῦσε καί ἔγραφε τό ὄνομα κάθε Χριστιανοῦ πού ἔμπαινε στήν ἐκκλησία. Πλησίασε κι αὐτή νά μπῆ, ἀλλά ὁ Καλόγερος τήν ἐμπόδισε καί ἀμέσως ἐξαφανίσθηκε ἀπό μπροστά της. Αὐτή καί πάλι ἀποσβολώθηκε ἀπό τό φόβο της καί στάθηκε ἐκεῖ μέχρι νά τελειώση ἡ Θεία Λειτουργία. Στάθηκε ἀνάμεσα σέ ὅλους τούς Χριστιανούς μας καί τούς εἶπε τά ἑξῆς: “Ἀπό σήμερα θά εἶμαι κι ἐγώ Κατηχουμένη στή δική σας ἐκκλησία. Αὐτό πού εἶδα σήμερα δέν τό ἔχω ξαναδῆ στή ζωή μου”. Τούς ἐξήγησε ὅσα εἶδε. Οἱ Χριστιανοί μας ἐνθουσιάσθηκαν, διότι Ἅγιοι τῆς Ἐκκλησίας μας τούς συντροφεύουν, τούς παρακολουθοῦν μέ ἀγάπη, τούς θεραπεύουν καί φροντίζουν γιά τή σωτηρία τῶν ψυχῶν τους»(Μοναχοῦ Δαμασκηνοῦ Γρηγοριάτου, Ἀληθινές ἱστορίες, Μαγεία καί θαύματα ἀπό τήν ὀρθόδοξη ἱεραποστολή στήν Ἀφρική, ἐκδ. Ὀρθόδοξος Κυψέλη, Θεσ/νίκη 2001, 21)

Από το Βιβλίο: Ἀρχιμ. Ἰωάννου Κωστώφ, Ἡ Μητέρα μας η Εκκλησία, ἐκδ. Ἅγιος Ἰωάννης ὁ Δαμασκηνός, Σταμάτα 2014

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St. Emperor Justinian (+565): DIALOGUE WITH PAUL OF NISIBIS

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EASTERN ORTHODOX CHURCH

St. Emperor Justinian (+565):
DIALOGUE WITH PAUL OF NISIBIS

Translated by Dr. Jeffrey Macdonald, 1998.

Extract of the Discussion which the Emperor Justinian had with Paul the Bishop of Nisibis, who was a Nestorian.

Cæsar: Do you confess with us that God the Word, who has the same nature as the Father, is incarnate and has become man from the womb of the Virgin Mary and that He has taken a body which has the same nature as us and has made himself an indivisible unity [1], and that there is not another man, who would exist in a separate hypostasis, or be known apart from Himself, do you confess [this] or not? [2]

Nestorian: We confess, as we have taken from the Prophets and the Apostles, that the one who has taken the form and likeness of God has taken the form of a servant from the womb of the Virgin and is conjoined in an indivisible unity.

Orthodox: Thus I say, this is His own body, as for each of us there is a proper body.

Nestorian: Then Christ is not a particular man in His human nature, but is only God, because He does not subsist as a complete and hypostatic man in a natural unity. [3]

Orthodox: Christ is perfect man in His human nature, as He is truly also perfect God because He is one hypostasis which possesses two perfections. [4] But if there are two hypostases as you suppose, and not one, He is not able to be called one so as to possess two complete things, but each hypostasis being complete in itself, there would be no intermediary to unite the completed things. For that Continue reading St. Emperor Justinian (+565): DIALOGUE WITH PAUL OF NISIBIS

ΠΩΣ ΕΞΟΜΟΛΟΓΟΥΣΕ Ο ΜΑΡΤΥΡΙΚΟΣ Π. ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΟΣ ΜΠΕΖΑΝ ΣΤΙΣ ΦΥΛΑΚΕΣ ΤΟΥ ΑΙΟΥΝΤ ΤΗΣ ΡΟΥΜΑΝΙΑΣ

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HOLY CONFESSION OF YOUR HEART

Πώς εξομολογούσε ο μαρτυρικός π. Δημήτριος Μπεζάν

στις φυλακές του Αϊούντ της Ρουμανίας

—Πῶς ἐξομολογούσατε στίς φυλακές τοῦ Ἀιούντ, π. Δημήτριε [Μπεζάν];

—Πολύ εὔκολα. Τούς ἐξομολογοῦσα στό κελί τους ἤ ἀπ’ τόν τοῖχο. Ἄν καθόμουν μέ τό στόμα στόν τοῖχο, μέ ἄκουγε πολύ καλά.

—Πῶς, ἐξομολογούσατε διά μέσου τοῦ τοίχου;

—Πρῶτα ἔβαζα ἐγώ τό αὐτί στόν τοῖχο κι ἄκουγα τήν ἐξομολόγησι τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν. Μετά ἔβαζαν αὐτοί τό αὐτί στόν τοῖχο καί τούς ἔδινα συμβουλές.

—Τή συγχωρητική εὐχή πῶς τή διαβάζατε;

—Πάλι μέσω τοῦ τοίχου. Μόνο σ’ αὐτούς πού ἦταν στό κελί μου, ἔκανα τήν κανονική ἐξομολόγησι.

—Ἐξομολογήσατε πολλούς διά μέσου τοῦ τοίχου;

—Ἑκατοντάδες».

Πηγή:

Ἀρχιμ. Ἰωάννου Κωστώφ

Θεός Ἐφανερώθη – Ἀπό τόν Ἀθεϊσμό στό Χριστό

ἐκδ. Ἅγ. Ἰωάννης ὁ Δαμασκηνός

Ἀθήνα 2011

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TRUTH TARGET – ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΗ ΑΠΟΛΟΓΗΤΙΚΗ

The moving change of a former prostitute in Athens, Greece ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* The Greek Nun Porphyria when she was a taxi driver in Athens helped a prostitute woman to meet God & the Orthodox Faith

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ATHEISTS MET ORTHODOXY

The moving change of a former prostitute in Athens, Greece

╰⊰¸¸.•¨*

The Greek Nun Porphyria

when she was a taxi driver in Athens helped a prostitute woman

to meet God and the Orthodox Faith

Sister Nun Porphyria (+2015) was born and raised in Piraeus, Athens, Greece. Exercise at times various professions. For ten years (1997-2007) he worked as a taxi driver in Athens and Piraeus. Meet the modern virtuous and inserts Elder Porphyrios (now he is Saint Porphyrios) of books on the life and teachings. This acquaintance brought her closer to Christ and conscious Christian life. With a strong faith and deep love to God has been working His glory and the salvation of others. So the taxi became a modern pulpit, which led many to change life, blessed lesions. In recent years she became a nun with dual purpose: to fight distractions for salvation and to minister to the modern investigational human. Nun Porphyria died in Piraeus (Athens, Greece) on 2015.

The Nun Porphyria, tells us:

“The shift is my night, eleven o’clock in the evening. I driving in the street Piraeus to Square Omonia, the center of Athens. Inside the taxi, as usual, I was talking to my sweet Jesus. Spontaneously I told myself to Christ: “The first man who would I bore signal to stop, I will go him without money, sufficient to bring him near You. Does not stop it until it reached at the streets Piraeus and Continue reading The moving change of a former prostitute in Athens, Greece ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* The Greek Nun Porphyria when she was a taxi driver in Athens helped a prostitute woman to meet God & the Orthodox Faith

LINK: PHOTOS ORTHODOXES – TOUS LES PAYS ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French

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Photos Orthodoxes: Tous les pays

Sfânta Muceniță Daniela din România (+2004) – Mărturii zguduitoare din viaţa muceniţei Daniela din Bucureşti ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Romanian

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ROMANIA OF MY HEART

SAINTS OF MY HEART

 

Sfânta Muceniță Daniela din România (+2004)

Mărturii zguduitoare din viaţa muceniţei Daniela din Bucureşti

Această floare aleasă a răsărit pe pământul românesc în anul 1967. De micuţă era foarte apropiată de Dumnezeu. Când ieşea de la şcoală trecea totdeauna pe la biserică. Pentru aceasta era mustrată foarte aspru de tatăl ei: „Unde ai fost? Toata ziua la biserică? La popii tăi? Ce ţi-a dat ţie Dumnezeu?” Iar ea nu zicea nimic, numai lacrimile îi curgeau pe obraji.

Era evlavioasă şi stătea mult timp la rugăciune. La banchetul de la sfârşitul liceului n-a vrut să se ducă. Diriginta ei o ruga: „Hai, Dănuţa, vino şi tu cu noi!”, însă ea a zis: „Nu pot, dar să ştiţi că eu vă iubesc foarte mult pe toţi, însă la banchet nu pot veni…iertaţi-mă…”. Era foarte blândă şi foarte bună cu toţi. Îi ajuta pe colegi la lecţii; stătea şi noaptea să scrie pentru ei. Învăţa foarte bine, atât la şcoală, cât şi la facultate. Îi plăcea foarte mult să lucreze. Toate hăinuţele ei erau făcute de ea.

A fost fiică duhovnicească a Cuviosului Părinte Sofian de la Sfânta Mănăstire Antim.

Studentă fiind, avea în grijă o bătrână paralizată, uitată de toţi – mama Ioana. Cuvioasa Daniela se ducea zilnic la ea: dimineaţa, înainte de facultate şi seara. Era drum destul şi Continue reading Sfânta Muceniță Daniela din România (+2004) – Mărturii zguduitoare din viaţa muceniţei Daniela din Bucureşti ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Romanian

ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ ΑΝΕΣΤΗ – FLASH MOB ΠΑΣΧΑ 2012, VORONEZH, ΡΩΣΙΑ ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* VIDEO

Flash Mob Πάσχα 2012, Voronezh, Ρωσία

復活節星期天 EASTER ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Chinese

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CHRIST IS RISEN! INDEED, HE IS RISEN!

復活節星期天 Easter

復活節是教會一整年各項活動的重心。整個教會祭典都必須依賴這一個日子;因為復活節的日期決定了教會年曆中各項儀式每年不同的日期。

時間來到復活之日;在這一天我們唱著:<讓我們受這場祭典的啟發。讓我們相互擁抱。讓我們稱呼人們「兄弟」,即使他們討厭我們,讓我們藉由復活原諒所有的人…>。

在復活節星期天的早晨時分,我們宣布耶穌基督的復活。這項儀式會在星期六的午夜到星期天的清晨時分舉行。在此時神父唱道,<來吧,受取這光…>。教會再一次表現出基督化身成光的神秘性。

基督,也就是光,祂的誕生是由星辰指引,而今再次閃耀並且從墳墓的黑暗中露出光芒。祂再次出現在我們之中,眾人手握點燃的蠟燭,宣示著祂的勝利。神聖的光芒在我們之中閃耀著,同時也照亮了我們。

如果救世主所帶來的這道光無法戰勝那存在我們心靈之中罪惡的黑暗,那們麼我們就無須慶祝基督的復活

當蠟燭點燃之後,我們形成了一個隊伍;隊伍離開內殿,然後停在教堂的門口外面。有關復活的說明擷取自聖馬可福音書(16:1-8);接下來我們開始唱著偉大復活節的勝利詩篇:

<基督從死者中復活,

藉著死亡踐踏死亡,

然後那些躺在墓裡的人就獲得重生>。

詩歌中的讚美詞會重複數次;而這些重複的詩句則是取自詩經:

<讓主復活,讓祂的敵人被潰散>。

<主就是在這天創造一切;我們將歡欣鼓舞…>。

之後隊伍再次進入教會。神父在唱誦著連禱文,而合唱團唱著復活節的典文,將它獻給St. John of Damascus。在晨禱之後就是St. John Chrysostom神聖的禮拜儀式。

在禮拜儀式之後,(或者在晨禱結束之後會比較好),神父朗讀St. John Chrysostom位復活節祭典所寫下的優美佈道內容。在此摘錄部份文句:

<如果他從最初的時候,就開始努力的話,那麼讓他能在今天獲得回報…如果他在第六個小時抵達,那麼別讓他感到困惑;因為他同樣不會有任何損失。如果有人延遲了,直到第九個小時才到的話,讓他可以無畏無懼,能夠更靠近。如果他直到第十一個小時才到的話,讓他不要因為自己的遲到而害怕;因為主是慷慨的,祂能包容最先抵達者,也能包容最後一位參加者…

…那麼讓我們一同參與主的喜樂。最先和最後加入的人同樣得到祢的獎勵。貧窮的人和富有的人一齊歡樂。認真的人和懶惰的人一同慶祝這一天…桌上

擺滿豐盛物品,大家莊嚴地進食。獻祭的牛肉讓大家不致挨餓。大家盡情享用這信仰的盛宴;大家一同獲得這豐沛的、充滿愛的仁慈…沒有人會因為自己的過錯而傷心落淚,因為原諒已經從墓中復活了>。

在復活節星期天的下午舉行簡短的晚禱。所閱讀的福音書是耶穌基督在房門深鎖的房間裡在使徒面前顯現(約翰福音 20:19-25)。如果可能的話,可用不同語言朗讀,顯示基督所傳遞訊息的國際性。

在復活節那天,基督的信徒們互道:<基督復活了>,而且彼此回應:<他真的復活了>。這是從復活節開始直到基督升天為止大家用來打招呼的方式。

来源:

http://theological.asia

http://theological.asia/2015/04/%E5%BE%A9%E6%B4%BB%E7%AF%80%E6%98%9F%E6%9C%9F%E5%A4%A9-easter/

SAINT PORPHYRIOS OF ATHENS, GREECE (+1991) & THE HIPPIES

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HIPPIES MET ORTHODOXY

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Saint Porphyrios of Athens, Greece (+1991) & the hippies

Saint Porphyrios of Athens & Kafsokalivia, Greece (+1991) once said:

One day a hippie visited me. He was dressed in something colorful, strange clothes, and wore an amulet and jewelery, and he asked to see me. The nuns were worried, so they came and asked me, and I told them to have him enter. As soon as he sat across from me, I could see his soul. He had a good soul, but was wounded which was why he was a revolutionary.

I spoke to him with love and he was moved. “Elder”, he said, “nobody until today has ever spoken to me like this.” I had told him his name, and he was confused as if I knew him. “Well,” I told him, “God revealed your name and that you travelled as far as India where you met a guru and you followed him.” He was in even greater wonder. I told him other things about himself, and he left pleased. The next week he arrived with a group of hippies.

They all gathered together within my cell and sat around me. A girl was also with them. I liked them very much. They were good souls, but wounded. I did not speak to them about Christ, because I saw they weren’t ready to hear of it. I spoke their own language about topics that interested them. When we were finished and they got up to leave, they told me: “Elder, we would like a favor: allow us to kiss your feet.” I was embarrassed, but what could I do, I allowed them. After they gave me a blanket as a gift. I will call for it to be brought, so you can see it. It’s very nice. After a time the girl visited me, the hippie, by herself. They called her Maria.

I saw that Maria was more advanced in her soul than her friends and she was the first I spoke to about Christ. She received my words. She has come other times, and has taken a good path. Maria also told her friends: “Hey naughty children, I would never have imagined that I would come to know Christ through hippie friends.”

ΓΡΑΜΜΑ ΠΡΟΣ ΕΝΑΝ ΑΡΡΩΣΤΟ

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HAVE FAITH – ORTHODOXY

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Γράμμα προς έναν άρρωστο

Αγαπητέ εν Χριστώ αδελφέ, εσύ υποφέρεις και εγώ όσο γράφω σκέφτομαι το πόνο σου. Έχω άραγε το δικαίωμα να σου γράψω; Έχει το δικαίωμα κάποιος από τα μετόπισθεν να γράφει σ’ αυτόν που βρίσκεται στην πρώτη γραμμή; Σκεφτόμουν εδώ και πολύ καιρό να σου γράψω αλλά δεν τα κατάφερνα. Ούτε τώρα αισθάνομαι ικανός να παρηγορήσω τη ψυχή σου. Αισθάνομαι βάρος τ’ ότι οι άλλοι υποφέρουν κι εγώ δεν μπορώ να κάνω κάτι γι’ αυτούς. Καταλαβαίνω ότι όταν λάβεις το γράμμα αυτό θ’ αναρωτηθείς: « Γιατί μου γράφει αυτός ο άνθρωπος, αφού δε βρίσκεται στη θέση μου, αφού δε μπορεί να με καταλάβει;».

Σου γράφω ακριβώς επειδή και εμένα με γονάτισαν οι πόνοι της αρρώστιας κάποτε και επειδή καταλαβαίνω ότι οι πιθανότητες να σε βοηθήσω είναι ελάχιστες. Γι’ αυτό σου γράφω. Προσευχήθηκα και προσεύχομαι στο Θεό για να με φωτίσει να σου γράψω κάτι χρήσιμο.

Αφού σκέφτηκα πολύ αποφάσισα να επικαλεστώ μια ωραία ιστορία που άκουσα και μ’ έβαλε σε σκέψεις. Δε θα σου απαλύνει τον πόνο αλλά ίσως σε βοηθήσει να τον Continue reading ΓΡΑΜΜΑ ΠΡΟΣ ΕΝΑΝ ΑΡΡΩΣΤΟ

What is the origin of the different races?

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EASTERN ORTHODOX CHURCH

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What is the origin of the different races?

The Bible does not explicitly give us the origin of the different “races” or skin colors in humanity. In actuality, there is only one race—the human race. Within the human race is diversity in skin color and other physical characteristics. Some speculate that when God confused the languages at the tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9), He also created racial diversity. It is possible that God made genetic changes to humanity to better enable people to survive in different ecologies, such as the darker skin of Africans being better equipped genetically to survive the excessive heat in Africa. According to this view, God confused the languages, causing humanity to segregate linguistically, and then created genetic racial differences based on where each racial group would eventually settle. While possible, there is no explicit biblical basis for this view. The races/skin colors of humanity are nowhere mentioned in connection with the tower of Babel.

At the Tower of Babel, when the different languages came into existence, groups that spoke one language moved away with others of the same language. In doing so, the gene pool for a specific group shrank dramatically as the group no longer had the entire human population to mix with. Closer inbreeding took place, and in time certain features were emphasized in these different groups (all of which were present as a possibility in the genetic code). As further inbreeding occurred through the generations, the gene pool grew smaller and smaller, to the point that people of one language family all had the same or similar features.

Another explanation is that Adam and Eve possessed the genes to produce black, brown, and white offspring (and everything else in between). This would be similar to how a mixed-race couple sometimes has children that vary in color. Since God obviously desired humanity to be diverse in appearance, it makes sense that God would have given Adam and Eve the ability to produce children of different skin tones. Later, the only survivors of the flood were Noah and his wife, Noah’s three sons and their wives—eight people in all (Genesis 7:13). Perhaps Noah’s daughters-in-law were of different races. It is also possible that Noah’s wife was of a different race than Noah. Maybe all eight of them were of mixed race, which would mean they possessed the genetics to produce children of different races. Whatever the explanation, the most important aspect of this question is that we are all the same race, all created by the same God, all created for the same purpose—to glorify Him.

Source: Elmer L. Towns, Bible Answers for Almost All Your Questions, THOMAS NELSON / 2003 / PAPERBACK

Święty Antoni Supraski, Polska i Grecja (+1516) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Polish

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POLAND OF MY HEART

Suprasl, Polska

Ikona

Ikona Świętych Antoniego i Teodozjusza Kijowsko-Pieczerskich

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Święty Antoni Supraski, Polska i Grecja (+1516)

Święty Antoni Supraski urodził się na terytorium Wielkiego Księstwa Litewskiego w rodzinie prawosławnej, o której statusie społecznym nic nie wiadomo. Również jego imię świeckie jest nieznane. Według tradycji w młodości odznaczał się gwałtownym charakterem i w gniewie popełnił zbrodnię zabójstwa. Pragnąc odpokutować za grzech, wstąpił do monasteru w Supraślu, co miało miejsce przed 1506.

Uważając sprawowaną pokutę za niewystarczającą, Antoni prosił przełożonego monasteru o zezwolenie na udanie się do kraju muzułmańskiego, by mógł zostać męczennikiem. Ihumen nie wyraził jednak zgody. Antoni otrzymał jedynie pozwolenie na wyjazd na Górę Athos (Grecja), gdzie złożył śluby wielkiej schimy i przyjął imię Onufry. Następnie udał się do Tesalonik (Grecja) i wszedł do meczetu urządzonego w dawnej cerkwi Matki Bożej, po czym demonstracyjnie zaczął się modlić. Został aresztowany i wtrącony do więzienia, żądano od niego przejścia na islam. Mnich Continue reading Święty Antoni Supraski, Polska i Grecja (+1516) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Polish

Π. ΓΕΩΡΓΙΟΣ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΔΟΥΛΟΥ: ΑΠΟΔΕΧΟΝΤΑΙ ΕΝΑ ΠΑΙΔΙ ΠΟΥ ΑΛΛΑΖΕΙ ΦΥΛΟ ΚΑΙ ΟΧΙ ΑΝΘΡΩΠΟΥΣ ΣΑΝ ΤΗΝ ΗΘΟΠΟΙΟ ΝΑΤΑΛΙΑ ΛΙΟΝΑΚΗ ΠΟΥ ΕΓΙΝΕ ΜΟΝΑΧΗ ΣΤΗΝ ΚΕΝΥΑ

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CONVERSIONS TO ORTHODOXY

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Η διάσημη Ελληνίδα ηθοποιός Ναταλία Λιονάκη

στις 14 Αυγούστου 2017 έγινε μοναχή στην Κένυα στην Ιεραποστολή της Αφρικής

& ονομάστηκε Αδελφή Φεβρωνία

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π. Γεώργιος Χριστοδούλου:

Αποδέχονται ένα παιδί που αλλάζει φύλο και όχι ανθρώπους

σαν την Ναταλία Λιονάκη

Μου είπε η μαμά ενός παιδιού στο κατηχητικό: «Εμένα το παιδί μου δε θα το κάνετε μοναχή, εγώ την προορίζω για μοντέλο, για να μη χαραμίσει την ομορφιά της. Απλά την αφήνω, διότι είναι και οι φίλες της».

Σαν τη Ναταλία τη Λιονάκη υπάρχουν και άλλες και άλλοι, με ομορφιά που συγκρίνεται με αυτή των κοσμικών μοντέλων.

Δεν υπάρχουν όμως μόνο όμορφες και όμορφοι. Υπάρχουν άνθρωποι καλλιεργημένοι, μορφωμένοι με διδακτορικά και με πρότερη κοινωνική κατάσταση, πολλές φορές, αξιοζήλευτη.

Άφησαν τα εγκόσμια, με βαθιά συναίσθηση της αλλαγής που πρόκειται να Continue reading Π. ΓΕΩΡΓΙΟΣ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΔΟΥΛΟΥ: ΑΠΟΔΕΧΟΝΤΑΙ ΕΝΑ ΠΑΙΔΙ ΠΟΥ ΑΛΛΑΖΕΙ ΦΥΛΟ ΚΑΙ ΟΧΙ ΑΝΘΡΩΠΟΥΣ ΣΑΝ ΤΗΝ ΗΘΟΠΟΙΟ ΝΑΤΑΛΙΑ ΛΙΟΝΑΚΗ ΠΟΥ ΕΓΙΝΕ ΜΟΝΑΧΗ ΣΤΗΝ ΚΕΝΥΑ

Advice about Confession – Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994)

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SAINT PAISIOS OF MOUNT ATHOS, GREECE

Advice about Confession

Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994)

Source:

http://stjohntheforerunnerblog.blogspot.com

http://stjohntheforerunnerblog.blogspot.com/2015/10/advice-about-confession-st-paisios.html

ST. JOHN THE FORERUNNER

We all know the importance of Confession, but yet so few take advantage of it. Here Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994) shows us why it is so important.

A young man went to see the Elder. I arrived the moment he was ringing the bell, and waited behind him. After a while, Father Paisios opened the door and came to the fence.

-What’s up, young man, what do you want? asked the Elder.

-Father, I would like to see you and get your advice on something.

-Have you gone to confession? Do you have a spiritual father?

-No, Father, I don’t have a spiritual father and I haven’t gone to confession.

-Well, then you better go to confession and then come to see me.

-Why can’t I see you, Father?

-I will explain to you, so you can understand. Your mind is confused and troubled by the sins you have fallen into; as a result, you cannot realize the Continue reading Advice about Confession – Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994)

Video: Blessing the ground for St Katherine Orthodox Chapel in Vermont, USA

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HEAVEN ON EARTH – ORTHODOXY

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Blessing the ground for

St Katherine Orthodox Chapel in Vermont, USA

聖母誕辰紀念日:意義與聖像畫解說 The Nativity of the Theotokos (Mother of God) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Chinese

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TAIWAN & HONG KONG OF MY HEART

HOLY VIRGIN MARY

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聖母誕辰紀念日:意義與聖像畫解說

The Nativity of the Theotokos (Mother of God)

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http://theological.asia/theotokos-nativity/

台灣基督東正教會 The Orthodox Church in Taiwan

九月八號)由於教會一年的行事曆是從九月一號開始的,聖母誕辰的聖宴,是教會一整年第一個隆重的祭典。將這個祭典放在此時是很適當的。聖母誕辰可視為是救贖過程的開幕儀式。因為她的誕生,我們可以期待她的兒子,耶穌基督的誕生,進而期待祂以血肉之軀完成救贖。

我們在這場盛宴的晚禱時唱著:

<今天這不孕的大門已經敞開,而主的童貞之門已經來臨。今天恩典已經開花結果,向世界證明天主之母,因為有她世上萬物與天同慶,我們的靈也得救贖>。

根據神聖傳統,瑪利亞的雙親,約雅新(Joachim)和安娜(Anna)多年來膝下無子﹔他們兩位都是主忠貞虔誠的信徒,但是他們懇求一子的祈禱卻一直沒有回應。有一天,當約雅新到教堂獻祭。由於他自覺羞愧,所以避開了上次指責他膝下無子的大祭司。為了隱藏自己的恥辱,約雅新在洩氣和懊惱之餘,跑到一個偏僻的山莊去,那兒到處是牧羊人和羊群。

當約雅新在山莊那兒對著上帝禱告的同時,他的妻子,安娜,也在同一個時刻在耶路撒冷自家的院子裡禱告著。此時有位天使在他們面前現身,並宣布他們將會有個孩子,而這孩子將會留名在往後的世世代代裡。

安娜發誓,無論這孩子是男是女,她將會把這孩子獻給主。頓時,所有的沮喪消失,約雅新急忙地趕回家。而他的妻子也急於和他分享這個好消息,便匆忙地跑了出去﹔他們在城門口那兒遇到 Continue reading 聖母誕辰紀念日:意義與聖像畫解說 The Nativity of the Theotokos (Mother of God) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Chinese

Video: Holy Archangels Orthodox Monastery in Levin, New Zealand

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NEW ZEALAND OF MY HEART

Holy Archangels Orthodox Monastery in Levin, New Zealand

VIDEO – LEVIN, ΝΕΑ ΖΗΛΑΝΔΙΑ: Η ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΗ ΜΟΝΗ ΤΩΝ ΑΡΧΑΓΓΕΛΩΝ

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NEW ZEALAND OF MY HEART

Levin, Νέα Ζηλανδία: Η Ορθόδοξη Μονή των Αρχαγγέλων

Saint Paisios of Mount Athos (+1994), the temptation of atheism when he was 11 years old & the appearance of Jesus Christ to him

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Saint Paisios of Mount Athos (+1994)

the temptation of atheism when he was 11 years old

& the appearance of Jesus Christ to him

From the age of eleven [says Saint Paisios], I would read the lives of the Saints, I would fast and keep vigil. My older brother would take the books and hide them, but that didn’t stop me. I would just go into the forest and keep reading there.

Later, when I was fifteen, a friend of my brother named Costas told my brother, “I’ll make him willingly give up all this nonesense.” He came and explained to me Darwin’s theory of evolution. I was shaken by this, and I said, “I’ll go and pray, and, if Christ is God, He’ll appear to me so that I’ll believe. I’ll see a shadow, hear a voice—He will show me a sign.” That’s all I could come up with at the time.

So, I went and began to pray and make prostrations for hours; but nothing happened. Eventually I stopped in a state of exhaustion. Then something Costas had said came to mind: “I accept that Christ is an important man,” he had told me, “righteous and virtuous, Who was hated out of envy for His virtue and condemned by His countrymen.” I thought to myself, “since that’s how Christ was, even if He was only a man, He deserves my love, obedience, and self-sacrifice. I don’t want paradise; I don’t want anything. It is worth making every sacrifice for the sake of His holiness and kindness.”

God was waiting to see how I would deal with this temptation. After this, Christ Himself appeared to me in a great light. He was visible from the waist up. He looked at me with tremendous love and said, “I am the resurrection, and the life; he that believeth in Me, even if he dies, he shall live” (Jn. 11:25). He was holding the Gospel in His left hand, open to the page where the same words were written.

With this event, the uncertainties that had troubled my soul were overcome, and in divine grace I came to know Christ as true God and Savior of the world. I was convinced of the truth of the God-man, not by men or books, but by the very Lord Himself, who revealed Himself to me even at this young age. Firmly established in faith, I thought to myself, “Come back now, Costas, if you want, and we’ll have a talk.”

Source:

Books of St Paisios

Saint Elfleda (Ælfflæd), Abbess of Whitby, England (+714) – February 8

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GREAT BRITAIN OF MY HEART

Saint Elfleda (Ælfflæd), Abbess of Whitby, England (+714)

February 8

Saint Ælfflæd (654–714) was the daughter of King Oswiu of Northumbria and Eanflæd. She was abbess of Whitby Abbey, an abbey of nuns that were known for their skills in medicine, from the death of her kinswoman Hilda in 680, first jointly with her mother, then alone. Ælfflæd was particularly known for her skills in surgery and her personal attention to patients, as was Hilda, who was known for her personalized medical care.

Most of Ælfflæd’s life was spent as a nun. When she was about a year old, her father, King Oswiu of Northumbria, in thanksgiving for his victory over Penda of Mercia at the Battle of the Winwæd, handed her over to abbess Hilda to be brought up at Hartlepool Abbey. When Hilda left to found Whitby Abbey in Continue reading Saint Elfleda (Ælfflæd), Abbess of Whitby, England (+714) – February 8

Pastoral Trips to Vietnam

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ORTHODOX HEART SITES

VIETNAM OF MY HEART

Pastoral Trips to Vietnam

Source:

https://orthodoxmissions.wordpress.com

https://orthodoxmissions.wordpress.com/2009/11/11/pastoral-trips-to-vietnam/

ORTHODOX MISSIONS

TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH

With the blessing of Archbishop Benjamin of Vladivostok and the Primorsky area, a delegation of the Vladivostor Diocese will be in the Republic of Vietnam with a pastoral visit from 31 October to 14.

It will be headed by Archpriest Sergiy Yakutov, dean of the central diocesan district. Visits are planned to the city of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Vung Tau and Kamran, reports the Diocesan website.

“On November 4, the day of the commemoration of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God, we will have a festal divine service in honor of the parish patronal feast in the town of Vung Tau; this is perhaps the main goal of our regular pastoral visits to Vietnam,” stated Archpriest Sergiy on the eve of his departure.

In addition to divine services, there are plans for familiarization tours and formal meetings, including one with the newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Russia in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam A. Kovtun.

Source: Orthodoxy in China
An article about the first pastoral visit and liturgy in Vietnam in March 2009 can be found here.
Also, I think that the picture above is from the first pastoral visit in March.

Sfânta Sofia din Klisura, Grecia “cea nebună pentru Hristos” și animalele sălbatice (+1974) – 6 mai ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Romanian

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ANIMALS OF MY HEART

SAINTS OF MY HEART

Sfânta Sofia din Klisura, Grecia

“cea nebună pentru Hristos” și animalele sălbatice (+1974)

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Dragostea Sfintei Sofia din Klisura nu se răsfrângea numai asupra oamenilor, ci și către întreaga zidire, cuvântătoare sau necuvântătoare, sălbatică sau domestică.
În preajma muntelui sălbatic de lângă mănăstire circulau mulți urși, lupi și alte sălbăticiuni. Cu toate aceste animaluțe reușise să se împrietenească Sfânta Sofia.
Din multele istorioare care circulă cu privire la aceasta, ne vom referi la doar trei, care sunt mai deosebite.

Un soldat pensionar, care obișnuise să o viziteze pe Sfânta Sofia până în clipa morții ei, povestește ceva de neconceput pentru oamenii din zilele noastre.
Sfânta avea o ursoaică, care venea și mânca din mâna ei pâine sau orice altceva. Și puteai vedea acea dihanie imensă, dar fără răutate, luând hrana și lingându-i apoi mâinile și picioarele în semn de mulțumire. Apoi se furișa în pădure. Pe ursoaică o botezase Rusa.

Dimitrie G. născut în anul 1960 în Ptolemaida, povestește că și el o văzuse pe Sfânta Sofia la pârâu împreună cu ursoaica, pe care o ținea legată cu o curelușă. Dacă vreun necunoscut ar fi văzut această priveliște neobișnuită, ar fi înlemnit de spaimă.
Pe Rusa o văzuse și Vasilica K. din Bariko. Odată un soldat, văzând din depărtare fiara împreună cu Cuvioasa, a vrut să o împuște, crezând că îi va face rău. Îndată, însă Sfânta a început sa strige și apropiindu-se de el i-a explicat că animalul sălbatic era blând și fără de răutate.

Alți pelerini au văzut trei serpișori care dormeau la capul Cuvioasei, fără a-i face însă nici un rău și spunându-le oamenilor să nu se teamă pentru ca nu au obiceiul de a mușca.

Unii pelerini care o însoțeau la Biserica Sfintei Treimi, unde îngrijea candela, au văzut un șarpe mare încolăcit și s-au speriat foarte tare vrând să îl omoare. Sfânta i-a certat cu cuvintele: “De vreme ce nu vă deranjează, lăsați-l în pace. Este al bisericii.”

Atât de mare este dragostea Sfinților pentru animale, pentru toată zidirea și în special pentru Ziditorul ei, Care le-a creat pe toate întru adânc de înțelepciune!

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