Wednesday, December 12, 2018

"With every "Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me," it is like casting an atomic bomb in the heart of the devil..."

Jesus Christ enthroned in glory (source)
  
When a man says: "Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me," do you know what happens? It brings energy, it brings the Grace of the Holy Spirit puts it in action. He orders this "fire" of Divine Grace, to be worked throughout the earth. And how is this done? It brings joy to the angels, and brings sadness and enflames the demons. It is a further hell for the demons.
  
With every "Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me," it is like casting an atomic bomb in the heart of the devil (and because of this, [the devil] fervently puts up roadblocks) and it will be heard unto the ages of ages, not because we ourselves have this Grace, but because the name of Jesus Christ itself carries this energy and Grace and has so much power, as much power and Grace that His Godhead has!
  
For this Grace to be energized in essence in ourselves, we must have the following presuppositions:
A) frequent sacramental life
B) to have been forgiven by all men,
C) to proceed through life with purity in body and soul,
D) to have a spiritual guide, and,
E) to have an order and daily program of spiritual duties in the realm of silence and compunction.
-Elder Ephraim of St Andrew Skete, Mount Athos
  
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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, December 11, 2018

"The Lord glorified you with a multitude of wonders and awesome deeds..."

St. Spyridon the Wonderworker (source)
  
The Lord glorified you with a multitude of wonders and awesome deeds, O blessed one, for in the holy Synod, you proclaimed the Holy Trinity, and you raised the dead, and transformed the snake into gold, and paradoxically, you turned back and passed through the raging river through your prayers.
-Exaposteilarion for the feast of St. Spyridon the Wonderworker
  
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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, December 4, 2018

"Well done, good and faithful servant!"

St. Nicholas the Wonderworker (source)
  
Well done, good and faithful servant! Well done, worker in the vineyard of Christ! You bore the heat of the day, and to you was given the talent, while you did not grumble against those who came after you. Therefore, the gate of the heavens have been opened unto you. Enter into the joy of your Lord, and intercede on behalf of us, O St. Nicholas.
-Idiomelon of the 50th Psalm, Matins for St. Nicholas
  
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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, December 2, 2018

"You were mystically illumined with the radiance of the Spirit..."

St. Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia (source)
 
You were mystically illumined with the radiance of the Spirit, and were thus shown forth to be a true prophet of noetic and divine things, O Porphyrios. For through your zeal for ascetic deeds, you overtook all, reaching a height of virtues hard to climb. And having received a multitude of gifts from the Spirit, you grant many gifts and wonders to those who entreat you, while your life instructs all, calling them to repentance. But, O venerable and compassionate Father, intercede for salvation of souls for those who of those who take refuge in your boldness [before God].
-Idiomelon from the Great Vespers for St. Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia
   
   
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!