Monday, October 23, 2017

"That you might be arrayed, O Demetrios..."

St. Demetrios the Great Martyr and Myrrh-streamer (source)
 
That you might be arrayed, O Demetrios, in the garment which the former Adam was stripped of, you put on the new Adam [Christ], and you put off the skin of the flesh, therefore because of this, myrrh and crowns of the Kingdom were radiantly betrothed to you.
-from the Matins Canon of St. Demetrios
 
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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, October 13, 2017

Metropolitan Athanasios of Lemesos: "Are there virtuous lay people in our contemporary world?"

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

The Holy Belt of the Theotokos to visit Larissa, Greece

Elder Ephraim of Vatopedi carrying the Holy Belt of the Theotokos (source)
  
Larissa and all of greater Thessaly, Greece, will greet the Holy Belt (Zoni) of our Panagia, which is treasured at the Holy Great Monastery of Vatopedi. The reception will occur with honor of the head of state on Tuesday, in front of the square Perifereias, Thessalias, by the Metropolitan of Larissa and Tyrnavou Ignatios There will be a litany of pomp towards the Holy Church of St. Nicholas, where there will be daily services until Sunday November 19th. The Holy Belt will be brought to Larissa by Elder Ephraim, Abbot of the Monastery of Vatopedi.
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The Holy and wondrous Belt (Zoni) of the Theotokos, one of the only treasures of the Theotokos to have survived to our days, and treasured by the Monastery of Vatopedi on Mount Athos, will soon make one of its rare trips outside of the Holy Mountain. This is a great and rare blessing for the people of Greece, especially for women, children, and others who cannot visit the Monastery of Vatopedi themselves. Many miracles occur through the Theotokos, especially helping couples that have difficulty having children. Please pass this on to any friends or family and take advantage of this great gift.
  
Most-holy Theotokos, save us!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Elder Ephraim of Arizona on Pains and Afflictions

Christ crucified (source)
 
Here in this vain world, my child, we shall be afflicted, we shall be embittered, we shall feel pain. But all this is for a limited time; it is temporary—let us pray that God does not abandon us to an eternal degree and measure, for then we would not bear it. 

Whenever you are in pain and are afflicted, call to mind Him Who was Crucified and then you will find much relief. For who could gaze at the Crucified One and reflect on His Passion which He suffered for us, and not find balm for his wounds, whether spiritual or physical? Look up, my child, there on Golgotha, there where the holy Lamb triumphed victoriously in order to wash the wounds of our sins and passions with His Blood. 

His compassion is great; never lose your confidence in Him Who was crucified for you...
-Elder Ephraim of Arizona

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