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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) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Chinese

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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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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

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A Ortodoxia – Em Fé Ortodoxa – Bispo Alexander ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Portuguese

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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 Continue reading A Ortodoxia – Em Fé Ortodoxa – Bispo Alexander ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Portuguese

Confession: The Healing Sacrament – By Jim Forest, USA & the Netherlands

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Confession: The Healing Sacrament

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Jim Forest, USA & the Netherlands

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http://www.antiochian.org/content/confession-healing-sacrament

A young monk said to the great ascetic Abba Sisoes: “Abba, what should I do? I fell.” The elder answered: “Get up!” The monk said: “I got up and I fell again!” The elder replied: “Get up again!” But the young monk asked: “For how long should I get up when I fall?” “Until your death,” answered Abba Sisoes. —Sayings of the Desert Fathers

“When I went to my first confession,” a friend told me, “tears took the place of the sins I meant to utter. The priest simply told me that it wasn’t necessary to enumerate everything and that it was just vanity to suppose that our personal sins are worse than Continue reading Confession: The Healing Sacrament – By Jim Forest, USA & the Netherlands

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)

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TROSBEKÄNNELSEN – SVERIGE 4K VIDEO – Swedish

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ORTHODOXIN ÄR KÄRLEK

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ANGELS – ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY

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ORTHODOXY IS LOVE

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Angels – Orthodox Christianity

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IF A ROMAN CATHOLIC OR A PROTESTANT WANTS TO CONVERT TO ORTHODOXY (EASTERN ORTHODOX CHURCH), WHAT ARE THE STEPS? – Q&A IN “SIMPLY ORTHODOX”

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If a Roman Catholic or a Protestant wants to convert to

Orthodoxy (Eastern Orthodox Church), what are the steps?

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Hello,

The best is first to be willing to spend the time to really understand the commonalities and differences between Roman Catholicism or Protestantism and Orthodoxy (Eastern Orthodox Church).

In most cases, a person begins the process of conversion by speaking with a local Orthodox priest, who gives instructions (or catechism) on the teachings and beliefs of the Orthodox Church. These beliefs and doctrines have continued unchanged for over 2000 years, since the time of Jesus and the Twelve Apostles. This process of catechism could take many months. Once you have learned about the faith and teachings of the church, you would then be ready to be baptized as a member of the Orthodox Church, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (ie. the Holy Trinity). Baptism is by triple immersion in water. At the same time, you would be Chrismated, which means receiving the Holy Oil and the Holy Spirit.

Thanks for your message! If you need anything, I am here 🙂

I thank God that the truth of the Orthodox Church is being revealed to all over the world!!!

PS. Some very useful sites are:

http://simplyorthodox.tumblr.com – SIMPLY ORTHODOX

http://romancatholicsmetorthodoxy.wordpress.com – ROMAN CATHOLICS MET ORTHODOXY

http://gkiouzelis.wordpress.com – ORTHODOX HEART SITES

http://journeytoorthodoxy.com – JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

TEACH YOUR CHILDREN LOVE – THE ORTHODOX MONASTERY OF ALL CELTIC SAINTS IN ISLE OF MULL, HEBRIDES ISLANDS, SCOTLAND

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“Build Christian values in them, not Christian knowledge.

Work with their hearts, rather than their minds, because the theology of the heart cannot be erased”

(Fr. Seraphim, Orthodox Monastery of All Celtic Saints)

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Teach your children love

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What exactly is there to teach a child (or a teenager, for that matter)? In what ways is it beneficial for a child to sit down and learn about the Holy Trinity or Christ’s two natures? Is that where we should start? Are dogmas the central focus?

To me, church school is an interesting, but completely alien concept. The idea that I may go to church for anything else except worship feels strange. The notion that I can be taught about worship – by any other means except worship itself – is also strange. I instinctively dislike the thought that someone would try to ‘school’ me about God.

As a monastic, I haven’t had the experience of raising my own children. But I was a child once, and my memories of those years are all built around emotions, not knowledge: I remember playing, I remember my best friends, I remember some of the naughty jokes we played on the old people (that is, anyone over 20). I also remember nice old ladies (and their pockets filled with sweets) and grumpy old men (who always had some seriously boring advice to share). I remember colours, singing, the smell of incense. The only services I remember are the commemorations of the departed (because we always got a lot of koliva and candy) and singing Christmas carols (for the same reason: candy, candy, candy).

As a teenager, things changed. The nice old ladies and the grumpy old men became my enemies – it wasn’t their fault, but hormones do strange things to people. The only thought I had concerning church was: never again. It was boring, attended by old people (this time, anyone over 30) and completely irrelevant to my own life. The worst thing would have been having to confess or attend some sort of church school. I tried once to confess as a teenager and I couldn’t deal with it; it felt as an intrusion, almost like an abuse. I also refused to study religion in school – we had to choose between religion and applied science. I preferred to dissect frogs and look at their insides. THAT was cool.

I do have some good church memories from that time, though. I remember visiting an asylum for old people. I remember an old lady (really old, in her 90s), who used to be a French teacher in her youth. She asked me if I spoke any French. We then spoke for a few minutes and she was crying all the time. We talked about the weather and my age and things like that, and she silently cried through the whole conversation. I remember realising for the first time that the world is filled with suffering and that I can actually do something to take some of that suffering away.

That was the first time I felt a real connection between me and Christ. When I went back to church, the Cross suddenly had a different look. Out of everything in the church, that Christ on the Cross seemed to be looking straight at me and calling me; we had a secret, I had been revealed something – this time, it was about me. It was relevant; and personal.

Perhaps it may help to look at these things from the child’s perspective. When they are young, make sure they create beautiful memories in church. Build a small playground for them, be nice to them – help them feel loved. If you help them associate Love and Christ, Love and Church, you’ve introduced them to the deepest theology. As they grow older and become teenagers, get them involved in the real things: visits to orphanages, asylums, hospitals, prisons etc. Make their time count.

All they need to know about dogmas and doctrine they’ll get from attending the services, from the random things they pick up from sermons, from the bits and pieces of an accidental discussion. Build Christian values in them, not Christian knowledge. Work with their hearts, rather than their minds, because the theology of the heart cannot be erased. If you teach them love and compassion, you’ve taught them enough. If you help them love God and the world around them, you’ve introduced them into a living experience of Christ’s commandments. Rather than knowing what His commandments are, your children will be living them. Trust Christ to do the rest.

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復活節星期天 EASTER ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Chinese

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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:

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