Mărturie Athonită în România – Liturghie în Catedrala din Cluj-Napoca (Ρουμανικά, Romanian)

055PS Vasile Someşanul: Prea Cuvioase Părinte Arhimandrit Efrem, prea cuvioşi şi prea cucernici părinţi, Prea Cucernice Părinte Decan al Facultăţii de Teologie din Cluj, iubiţi elevi şi studenţi teologi, iubiţi credincioşi, în numele ÎPS Arhiepiscop Bartolomeu am bucuria de a-l fi primit aici în Catedrala Arhiepiscopală şi de a fi slujit împreună Sfânta Liturghie cu Prea Cuviosul Părinte Arhimandrit Efrem Vatopedinul, Stareţul Marii Mănăstiri Vatopedi din Sfântul Munte Athos. Părintele se află pentru a doua oară într-o vizită în Biserica Ortodoxă Română şi în Arhiepiscopia Vadului, Feleacului şi Clujului. Vizita precedentă a avut loc în primăvara anului 2000, când am avut din nou bucuria de a-l primi la Cluj, iar Arhimandritul Efrem s-a întâlnit cu studenţii Facultăţii noastre de Teologie şi cu profesorii ei, a vizitat Mănăstirea Nicula unde a fost primit de ÎPS Arhiepiscop Bartolomeu, iar după amiază a avut o conferinţă cu un mare auditoriu la Casa de Cultură a studenţilor. Părintele Arhimandrit Efrem a venit la noi din această inimă pulsând de tradiţie şi de profundă credinţă, de adâncă rugăciune a Sfântului Munte pentru a aduce o mărturie a adevăratei mărturisiri despre lucrarea şi despre puterea credinţei noastre. Părintele s-a întâlnit cu ocazia vizitei precedente cu monahii din sânul cărora îşi duce activitatea şi întreaga viaţă dăruită lui Dumnezeu şi pe care îi simte şi îi susţine în lucrarea lor mărturisitoare spre dobândirea vieţii cu Hristos, viaţă prin care monahii trebuie să întărească credinţa în popor. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

ΔΕΙΞΕ ΣΥΜΠΑΘΕΙΑ, ΟΧΙ ΣΚΛΗΡΟΤΗΤΑ (Αγίου Ιωάννου του Χρυσοστόμου)

Η αγωνία του Χριστού στην Γεθσημανή. Πίνακας του δανού ζωγράφου Carl Bloch. "Ώφθη (=παρουσιάστηκε) δέ αυτώ άγγελος απ' ουρανού ενισχύων αυτόν." (Κατά Λουκάν κβ΄ 43)

Η αγωνία του Χριστού στην Γεθσημανή. Πίνακας του δανού ζωγράφου Carl Bloch. "Ώφθη (=παρουσιάστηκε) δέ αυτώ άγγελος απ' ουρανού ενισχύων αυτόν." (Κατά Λουκάν κβ΄ 43)

Αν προσπεράσεις τον αδελφό σου χωρίς συμπάθεια και ασπλαχνία, ίσως και σένα να σε προσπεράσει άλλος με τον ίδιο τρόπο, όταν θα βρίσκεσαι στην ίδια κατάσταση. Αν λοιπόν θέλεις να μην παραμεληθείς και περιφρονηθείς, όταν θα πέσεις στην ίδια κατάσταση, να μη δείξεις αδιαφορία, αλλά δείξε μεγάλη φιλοστοργία και να θεωρείς πολύ μεγάλο θησαυρό, το να μπορέσεις να διασώσεις τον αδελφό σου. Γιατί καμιά άλλη αρετή δεν θα μπορούσε ποτέ να εξισωθεί μ’ αυτή.

(Εις Γεν. Ομιλ. ΜΓ΄, 4)

ΜΝΗΜΗ ΚΑΙ ΛΗΘΗ ΤΩΝ ΕΞΟΜΟΛΟΓΗΜΕΝΩΝ ΑΜΑΡΤΗΜΑΤΩΝ

Η Άρνηση της Εξομολόγησης. Πίνακας του Ρώσου ζωγράφου Ilya Efimovich Repin (1844-1930).

Η Άρνηση της Εξομολόγησης. Πίνακας του Ρώσου ζωγράφου Ilya Efimovich Repin (1844-1930).

ΟΣΙΟΥ ΘΕΟΦΑΝΗ ΤΟΥ ΕΓΚΛΕΙΣΤΟΥ

«Να θυμάμαι τα εξομολογημένα και με τη χάρη του Θεού συγχωρημένα αμαρτήματα μου;».

Δεν υπάρχει λόγος να θυμόμαστε όσα πια συγχωρήθηκαν. Στην προσευχή μας, όμως, ας τα φέρνουμε στο νου μας, αν η ενθύμησή τους μας ταπεινώνει, όπως μας διδάσκουν οι άγιοι πατέρες.

Το αίσθημα της δικαιώσεως και το αίσθημα της αμαρτωλότητος. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Sunday before Pentecost (Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh)

Ο απόστολος Παύλος. Ψηφιδωτό από το αρχιεπισκοπικό παρεκκλήσιο της Ραβέννας (494-495 μΧ).

The apostle Paul (mosaic). Ravenna, Archiepiscopal Chapel, 494-495 A.D. Ο απόστολος Παύλος. Ψηφιδωτό του αρχιεπισκοπικού παρεκκλησίου της Ραβέννας (494-495 μ.Χ.).

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost

We have heard in the Acts of the Apostles how, as the Feast of Pentecost was approaching, Paul the Apostle had started on his journey to Jerusalem to be there together with all those who on that very day received the Holy Spirit. Of all of them he was the only one who had not been present in the High Room where the event took place. And yet, God had given him a true, a perfect conversion of heart, and of mind and of life, and had given him freely the gift of the Holy Spirit in response to his total, ultimate gift of self to Him, the God Whom he did not know but Whom he worshipped.

We also are on our way to the day of Pentecost, next week we will keep this event. When Paul was on his way, he thought of what had happened to himself in the solitude of his journey from Jerusalem to Damascus and in the gift of the Spirit mediated to him by Ananias. And we also, each of us singly and all of us together should reflect on all that God has given us. He has given us existence and breathed life into us, – not only the life of the body, but a life that makes us akin to Him, His life. He has given us to know Him, the Living God, and He has given us to meet, in the Gospel and in life, His Only Begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. In Baptism, in the Anointment with Holy Chrism, in Communion to the Body and Blood of Christ, in the mysterious, silent communion of prayer, in the moments when God Himself came near, although we were not thinking of Him, He has given us so much. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »