Monday, April 22, 2019

"It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God..."

The Betrayal of Christ (source)
 
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God, for He is the Judge Who tries consciences and thoughts of the heart. Let no one enter troubling the spotless faith, but in meekness and fear let us approach Christ, that we might receive mercy and find grace, and receive help at the proper time.
-Idiomelon at the lighting of the lamps for Holy Monday
 
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Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

"He Who is seated upon the Cherubim and upon the foal for us..."

Christ's Entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday (source)
 
He Who is seated upon the Cherubim and upon the foal for us, and has arrived at His Passion willingly, today He hears from the Children the: "Hosannah", the multitudes crying out: "O Son of David, hasten to save those whom You have fashioned, O Blessed Jesus! For because of this You have come, that we might come to know Your glory."
-Kathisma from the Matins for Christ's Entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.
 
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Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

"O Lord, Your voice destroyed the kingdom of Hades..."

Christ raising Lazarus from the dead (source)
  
O Lord, Your voice destroyed the kingdom of Hades, and the word of Your authority raised up a man four-days-dead from the tomb. And Lazarus became a foretaste of regeneration and salvation, for all things are possible for You, O Master and King of All. Grant your servants forgiveness of sins and great mercy.
-from the Vespers Stichera for the Raising of Lazarus, written by Leo the King
  
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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, April 16, 2019

The Cross-bearing Theotokos of Paris

Icon of the Cross-bearing Theotokos painted by St. Maria of Paris (source)
  
The Theotokos and St. Genevieve, the Protectors of Paris (source)
 
 
Notre Dame de Paris in flames (source)
  
Most-holy Theotokos, save, protect, heal and guide your children who suffer throughout the world!
Most-holy Theotokos, save us!
 

Bishop Kallistos (Ware) on his Spiritual Father, St. Amphilochios of Patmos

This video is of a talk of Bishop Kallistos (Ware), in which he gives an overview of the life, sayings, and his personal experiences of St. Amphilochios of Patmos, his spiritual father. Bishop Kallistos' talks are typically wise, humorous and generally edifying, and so, on the first feast day of the newly-canonized St. Amphilochios of Patmos, may this new Saint pray for all those who are suffering throughout the world.
  
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

St. Amphilochios of Patmos: "Your heart must really be aflame..."

Jesus Christ the Bridegroom (source)
   
Please put this commandment into practice:  Cultivate love towards the Person of Christ to such an extent that, when you pronounce His name, tears fall from your eyes. Your heart must really be aflame. Then He will become your teacher. He will be your Guide, your Brother, your Father, and your Geron (Elder).
-St. Amphilochios of Patmos
  
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Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

Friday, April 12, 2019

"Panagia had a silent life..."

Copy of the wondrous icon of Panagia Vimatarissa of Vatopedi Monastery (source)
  
Panagia had a silent life. Within, however, she prayed ceaselessly! Her prayer of the heart did not have any measure of comparison. It is something inconceivable to men, and even to the Angels, and because of this Panagia is the rector of all of the teachers of noetic prayer.

A short time before Panagia left this world, the disciples of Christ entreated her to give them a unique teaching, as a spiritual inheritance. Panagia told them:
"Life is like trade, and man resembles a merchant. Blessed is he who trades rightly with the time of his life! Trade your life as my Son said, that you might gain the Kingdom of the Heavens."

We use our time, either doing good works to obtain the Kingdom of the Heavens, or working sins, towards our damnation.
-Elder Ephraim of St. Andrew Skete
  
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Most-holy Theotokos, save us!