Wednesday, May 27, 2020

"O Lord, wishing to fulfill the mystery of Your economy..."

The Ascension of Christ, depicted with the Holy Trinity, the Preparation of the Throne, and various Saints (source)
  
O Lord, wishing to fulfill the mystery of Your economy, You took Your Disciples up to the Mount of Olives, and behold, You departed for the firmament of Heaven, You Who had become poor for me, and You were lifted up, therefore, You did not leave us, but You sent down Your All-Holy Spirit, to enlighten our souls.
-Idiomelon of the Stichera from the Great Vespers of the Ascension

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

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

"You were led away like a stranger and a slave..."

Christ is risen! Truly He is risen!
St. John the Russian (source)
  
You were led away like a stranger and a slave, by the hands of the Hagarenes, O Father, and lived a strange life, O glorious one, living in a stable like another Job upon a dunghill, amidst struggles and trials, and ever shedding streams of fervent tears, which reached Him Whom you desired, O John, truly the namesake of grace.
-Prosomoion from the Aposticha

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Christ is risen from the dead, by death trampling down upon death, and upon those in the tombs He has granted life!
Truly the Lord is risen!

Friday, May 22, 2020

"You have risen from the dead as You said, O Giver of life..."

Christ is risen! Truly He is risen!
Christ healing the man born blind (source)
  
You have risen from the dead as You said, O Giver of life, and You appeared to Your holy Disciples after Your Resurrection, and worked wonders, giving sight to the blind, with whom we magnify You unto the ages.
-from the Matins Canon of the Sunday of the Blind Man

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Christ is risen from the dead, by death trampling down upon death, and upon those in the tombs He has granted life!
Truly the Lord is risen!

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

"We celebrate your memory out of duty, O Constantine, and Equal-to-the-Apostles..."

Christ is risen! Truly He is risen!
St. Constantine the Great (source)
  
We celebrate your memory out of duty, O Constantine, and Equal-to-the-Apostles, the foundation and boast of all rulers, for you were illumined by the rays of the Spirit, and thereby gladden the whole Church of Christ, and the ranks of the faithful, who have gathered from all places to the radiant city of Nicea, in which the insolence of the impious ones was quenched, and the tongues of the heretics were proven foolish, while the ranks of the Orthodox were uplifted, and the faith was revealed. Therefore, you were glorified by them as being most Orthodox, and were proclaimed the father among rulers, as the first to have received the royal robe from God. Therefore, we entreat you, that we who celebrate your memory in faith might be granted forgiveness of sins upon our souls.
-Idiomelon of the Litia in the First Tone.
  
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Sts. Constantine and Helen the Equals-to-the-Apostles (source)
   
Christ is risen from the dead, by death, trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs, He has granted life!
Truly, the Lord is risen!

Thursday, May 14, 2020

"Let Heaven rejoice, and let those upon the earth dance..."

Christ is risen! Truly He is risen!
Christ speaking with the Samaritan Woman (source)
   
Let Heaven rejoice, and let those upon the earth dance, for Christ, Who was born of the Virgin, has appeared as a man to deliver all mankind from corruption through His own death, and He has shown forth with wonders, as the Samaritan Woman seeks water to be granted to her from the Spring of healings, as the Only Immortal One.
-Kathisma from the feast of the Samaritan Woman

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Christ is risen from the dead, by death, trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs, He has granted life!
Truly, the Lord is risen!

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

"You pour forth the water of wisdom and of life upon the world, O Savior..."

Christ is risen! Truly He is risen!
The Feast of Mid-Pentecost (source)
  
Standing in the middle of the temple, at the godly middle of the feast, He cried out: "Let him who is thirsty, come to me and drink, for he who drinks from this divine water, from his belly will pour forth rivers of my teachings, and he who believes in Him Who sent me, the divine Begetter [Father], will be glorified together with me." Therefore, we cry out to you: Glory to You, O Christ God, Who richly pours forth the steams of Your philanthropy upon Your servants.
  
You pour forth the water of wisdom and of life upon the world, O Savior, calling all to drink of the waters of salvation, for Your divine law, received by men, quenches the burning coals of delusion. Therefore, he will not thirst unto the ages, but will be satiated with You, O Master and heavenly King. Therefore, we glorify Your might, O Christ God, and we entreat that the remission of offenses might be sent down richly upon Your servants.
-Kathismata from Matins of the Feast of Mid-Pentecost

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Christ is risen from the dead, by death, trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs, He has granted life!
Truly, the Lord is risen!

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Elder Symeon on Healing and God's Providence

Christ is risen! Truly He is risen!
Christ healing the Paralytic (source)
   
"The sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is for the healing of our illnesses. If we are not healed, we don't need to be healed. This is why we were not healed. If you comprehend this lack of healing, you already healed. You know already that an illness, which lingers and does not leave, is precious.

"Whatever needs to go, God will remove. Whatever doesn't need to stay, God removes, whether it is an illness or a demonic influence. And for whatever things that continue on and hurt us, we should pray to God. We should pray multiple times, again and again we should pray, not only for deliverance from our soul's illnesses and the demonic influences, but also for deliverance from bodily illnesses, as well.

"Let us pray to God for everything again and again. Not because God needs to hear our prayers repetitiously, but because we need to demonstrate by our seeking of Him, our faith. For modern man such lessons are learned from repetition.

"If you pray again and again and you will need to do this, and God does not answer your prayer or remove your illnesses, realize this: either you have not shown as much faith as He wants and expects from you, or the illness should not go because it is necessary for you.

"If you understand your illness from God's perspective, then, when it remains, you will feel twice healed. If He heals you, you are healed once. If the illness lingers, you will feel healed twice. Both when the time comes to be healed from your illness and at the right time your soul will experience healing also. When this occurs your inner person will be healed, this is the person who suffers from illness, from the leprosy of sin.

"The same goes for all mental illness and whatever else hurts us.

"If man sees all his issues within the providence of God, he will feel such a relief, as if all his problems are solved.

"Because in God all is resolved!"
-Elder Symeon Kragiopoulos (+2015),
Excerpt from the Book: Are You in Pain? Looking deeply into the mystery of pain
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Christ is risen from the dead, by death, trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs, He has granted life!
Truly, the Lord is risen!