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
  
(source)
  
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
  
(source)
  
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
  
(source)
  
Most-holy Theotokos, save us!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

"Flee from the flames, O my soul..."

Abraham and Lot fleeing the destruction of Sodom, while Lot's wife remained and turned to a pillar of salt (source)
  
The Lord once rained fire from heaven and consumed the land of Sodom.

Seek salvation on the mountain as did Lot, O my soul, and find thy refuge in Zoar.

Flee from the flames, O my soul, flee from the burning heat of Sodom, flee the destruction of the divine fire.

Thou knowest, O my soul, how the cities to which Christ offered the Gospel were cursed. Fear their example and their punishment, for the Master likened them to Sodom and condemned them all to hell.
-Excerpt from the Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete
  
  
The Destruction of Sodom (source)
  
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

St. Paisios on the Donkey that carried Christ

Christ's Entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday (source)
  
I would want very much to be the little donkey that carried Christ, and later I would cry [for Him]!
-St. Paisios the Athonite
  
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!