Θεέ μου…

 

Panagia Antifonitria, Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopaidiou, Holy Mount Athos

Η Παναγία η Αντιφωνήτρια. Εικόνα της Ιεράς Μεγίστης Μονής Βατοπαιδίου

Θεέ μου και Κύριε του κόσμου, Συ ο αγαθότατος πατέρας των ανθρώπων, Σύ που είσαι άναρχος και αιώνιος και αναλλοίωτος και αμετάβλητος, Σύ που η ουσία σου και το μέγεθός σου και η αγαθότητά σου η άπειρη, δεν χωρεί στον μικρό και περιορισμένο νου μας, Σύ που είσαι η πλουσιώτατη πηγή και η απερίγραπτη άβυσσος της δύναμης και της σοφίας, σ΄ευχαριστώ και σε δοξάζω που είδες με συμπάθεια και αγάπη κι εμένα το μικρό και αδύνατο και αμαρτωλό. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Kίνδυνος καρκίνου από αλκοόλ

Η μεγάλη κατανάλωση οινοπνευματωδών όπως η βότκα ή το ουίσκι, αλλά και η κατανάλωση μπίρας μπορούν σχεδόν να διπλασιάσουν τον κίνδυνο εμφάνισης ορισμένων μορφών καρκίνου, σύμφωνα με νέα μελέτη. Δεν φαίνεται να ισχύει πάντως το ίδιο για τους λάτρεις του κρασιού, όπως ανακάλυψαν ερευνητές του Πανεπιστημίου ΜακΓκιλ στο Μόντρεαλ του Καναδά.
Οι επιστήμονες συνέκριναν άτομα που κατανάλωναν μεγάλες ποσότητες αλκοολούχων ποτών με άλλα που δεν έπιναν καθόλου ή έπιναν πολύ σπάνια. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Άλλα τα μέτρα του Θεού (ανέκδοτο)

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Αναρωτιόταν κάποιος για το πώς μετράει ο Θεός τον χρόνο.
– Άραγε τι είναι για τον Θεό ένα λεπτό ; Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Cuvânt la Duminica a II-a a lui Luca (sau a XIX-a după Rusalii) (Ρουμανικά, Romanian)

predica-de-pe-munteArhim. IOIL Konstantaros, Predicator al Sfintei Mitropolii de Driinoupolis, Pogoniani şi Koniţa

Dacă într-adevăr oamenii ar vrea să studieze şi să aplice Sfânta Evanghlie, atunci nu doar societatea noastră ar fi deosebită şi cu adevărat umană, ci ne-am fi apropiat şi de virtuţile pe care le are Însuşi Părintele nostru cel Ceresc.

Exact acest adevăr ne învaţă şi pericopa evanghelică pe care o vom auzi duminică în sfintele noastre biserici. Prin deosebita sa harismă literară şi prin darul excepţional al dumnezeieştii insuflări de care a dispus, Sfântul Evanghelist Luca descrie cuvintele pe care Domnul nostru Iisus Hristos le dezvăluie în Predica de pe Munte.

Fără doar şi poate nu trebuie să existe credincios care să ignore aceste cuvinte din „Predica de pe Munte”, care rezumă Revelaţia evanghelică şi-l povăţuiesc pe om în a deveni copil adevărat al lui Dumnezeu.

Acum, să ne oprim înaintea unui diamant ceresc şi să încercăm să aruncăm câteva priviri asupra lui, însă cu hotărârea statornică să împlinim în viaţa noastră îndrumările pe care ni le dăruieşte. „După cum voiţi să vă facă vouă oamenii, şi voi faceţi lor asemenea” (Luca 6:31).

Nu ştiu, fraţii mei – chiar dacă noi vrem să ne numim creştini credincioşi – nu dacă împlinim acest cuvânt, ci dacă măcar am conştientizat înălţimea şi adâncimea lui…

Evident că nu! Cel puţin nu la dimensiunea la care ar trebui. Din nefericire, şi acest text face parte dintre acele cuvinte ale Domnului pe care noi le-am dispreţuit. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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The Holy Apostles (3) – St. Barnabas.

Apostolos Varnavas1Continued from (2)

St. Barnabas.

Barnabas (originally Joseph), styled an Apostle in Holy Scripture, and, like St. Paul, ranked by the Church with the Twelve, though not one of them; b. of Jewish parents in the Island of Cyprus about the beginning of the Christian Era. A Levite, he naturally spent much time in Jerusalem, probably even before the Crucifixion of Our Lord, and appears also to have settled there (where his relatives, the family of Mark the Evangelist, likewise had their homes, Acts 12:12) and to have owned land in its vicinity (4:36-37). A rather late tradition recorded by Clement of Alexandria (Strom. II, 20, P.G. VIII, col. 1060) and Eusebius (H. E. II, 1:P. G. XX, col. 117) says that he was one of the seventy Disciples; but Acts (4:36-37) favours the opinion that he was converted to Christianity shortly after Pentecost (about A.D. 29 or 30) and immediately sold his property and devoted the proceeds to the Church. The Apostles, probably because of his success as a preacher, for he is later placed first among the prophets and doctors of Antioch (13:1), surnamed him Barnabas, a name then interpreted as meaning “son of exhortation” or “consolation.” (The real etymology, however, is disputed. See Encyl. Bibli. I, col. 484.) Though nothing is recorded of Barnabas for some years, he evidently acquired during this period a high position in the Church.

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