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

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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

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

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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

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.”

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

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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

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:

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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)

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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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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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

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.”

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Books of St Paisios

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

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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

PDF Books & Quotes of Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994) in 13 Languages

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PDF Books & Quotes

of Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994)

in 13 Languages

Source:

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English Books:

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Albanian Books:

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Arabic Books:

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Bulgarian Books:

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French Books:

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German Books:

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Greek Books:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXcnRIY1U1YlIzSEE
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Spanish Books:

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Italian Books:

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Persian Books:

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Russian Books:

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https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXX2dkTmNndVdSSzA
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXc25hVWVYNDNRbjg

Serbian Books:

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https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXY1JzT0IxRnlleXc
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXVjVMZDVuaEVfZVE

Turkish Books:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXRlJIVGtJTlFuYWM
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXdVBkZVVHN3VQTG8
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https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXUjV2R253c25nNjQ

СО­БОР СВЯ­ТЫХ СЕ­МИ­ДЕ­СЯ­ТИ АПО­СТО­ЛОВ ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Russian

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RUSSIA OF MY HEART

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СО­БОР СВЯ­ТЫХ СЕ­МИ­ДЕ­СЯ­ТИ АПО­СТО­ЛОВ

Со­бор свя­тых се­ми­де­ся­ти апо­сто­лов был уста­нов­лен Пра­во­слав­ной Цер­ко­вью для то­го, чтобы по­ка­зать рав­но­че­стие каж­до­го из се­ми­де­ся­ти и тем са­мым предот­вра­тить раз­но­гла­сия в по­чи­та­нии их. Они бы­ли из­бра­ны Гос­по­дом Иису­сом Хри­стом, чтобы бла­го­вест­во­вать Еван­ге­лие Continue reading СО­БОР СВЯ­ТЫХ СЕ­МИ­ДЕ­СЯ­ТИ АПО­СТО­ЛОВ ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Russian