Let’s not shoot at people in the name of Christ! (Elder Paissios the of Hoyly Mount Athos)

I told someone once: ‘What are you? Are you Jesus’ warrior or a fighter for the tempter? Do you realize that there are also fighters for the evil one? A Christian ought not to be a fanatic but ought to love all people’.

Whoever speaks without discretion, he harms people even when he is right. I met a writer who was very devout, but when he was talking to laymen, he was very blunt to the extent that they were shocked. He told me once: ‘I said such and such to a lady during a meeting’. However, he had talked in such a way that he had ‘damaged’ her, offending her in front of everyone.

‘Look’, I said to him. ‘You throw wreaths with diamonds at people. But the way you do it, breaks their heads, even the heads which are not very sensitive. Let’s not throw stones at people, in the name of Christianity. Whoever… Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Christ is Risen! Indeed He is risen!

russian-anastasi1Ecumenical wishes…

English: Christ is Risen! Indeed He is risen!
Aleut: Khristus anahgrecum! Alhecum anahgrecum!
Alutuq: Khris-tusaq ung-uixtuq! Pijii-nuq ung-uixtuq!
Amharic: Kristos tenestwal! Bergit tenestwal!
Anglo-Saxon: Crist aras! Crist sodhlice aras!
Arabic: El Messieh kahm! Hakken kahm!
Armenian: Kristos haryav ee merelotz! Orhnial eh harootyunuh kristosee!
Aroman: Hristolu unghia! Daleehira unghia!
Athabascan: Xristosi banuytashtch’ey! Gheli banuytashtch’ey!
Bulgarian: Hristos voskrese! Vo istina voskrese!
Byelorussian: Khrystos uvaskros! Sapraudy uvaskros!
Chinese: Helisituosi fuhuole! Queshi fuhuole!
Coptic: Christos anesti! Alithos anesti!
Czech: Kristus vstal a mrtvych! Opravdi vstoupil!
Danish: Kristus er opstanden! I sandhed Han er Opstanden!

More…

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Saudis Pressure Christian Prisoners to Convert to Islam

Saudi Arabian officials sent a Muslim preacher to pressure Christian prisoners into converting to Islam, according to International Christian Concern (ICC).

Saudi Arabia arrested 29 Christian women and six Christian men, all Ethiopian citizens, on Dec. 15 after they held a prayer meeting in Jeddah.

“The Muslim preacher vilified Christianity, denigrated the Bible and told us that Islam is the only true religion. The preacher told us to convert to Islam. When the preacher asked us, we didn’t deny about our Christian faith. I was so offended with her false teachings that I left the meeting,” said one of the female prisoners who spoke to ICC in a telephone interview from Briman jail in Jeddah. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

50+ Photos from the Feast of Humbleness – 50+ Φωτογραφίες από την γιορτή της ταπεινώσεως

The Feast of Saint Evdokimos – the feast of humbliness

Sărbătoarea Sfântului Evdokim – sărbătoarea smereniei

Η γιορτή του Αγίου Ευδοκίμου – η γιορτή της ταπεινώσεως

English

In the cycle «Spiritual Picture of the Day» we will offer a small glimpse from the feast of Saint Evdokimos which ended a while ago. It is the feast of the humbleness, the feast of the power to wish to remain unknown.

Saint Evdokimos is an unknown saint found in the Vatopaidi’s ossuary in 1840, during some reconstruction works. He was found by the beautiful fragrance of his holy relics. He was found dead in a prayer position with an icon of Virgin Mary on his chest. Judging from his clothes, he was dead 100 – 150 years before. From then, the saint does many miracles to the ones who pray to him.

..but besides that, there is a very important aspect: he knew that he will die and he went away from the glory of the humans to be with God. Only with God. And God accepted him.

Nowadays, we do exactly the opposite: we go away from the true glory which came only from God and hunt the vain glory that comes from humans – soap bubbles which is several seconds disappear in the thin air.

Perhaps God urges us to bend our knees in front of the virtue of humbleness of this unknown saint and ask for his help, in order to show us that we are in the wrong way.

See the photos to convince for yourself.

Romanian

În ciclul „Fotografia Duhovnicească a Zilei” vă oferim o mică privire din sărbătoarea Sfântului Evdokim ce s-a terminat cu puțin timp în urmă. Este sărbătoarea smereniei, sărbătoarea puterii de a rămâne necunoscut.

Sfântul Evdokim este un sfânt necuonscut găsit în osuarul Mănăstirii Vatoped în 1840, în timpul unor lucrări de reconstrucție. Sfântul a fost găsit datorită miresmei extraordinare a sfintelor sale moaște. A fost găsit mort, în poziție de rugăciune cu icoana Maicii Domnului pe piept. Judecând după hainele sale, sfântul a adormit întru Domnul în urmă cu 100 – 150 de ani. De atunci, sfântul face multe minuni celor ce i se roagă.

…însă dincolo de asta, lucrul cel mai important este faptul că el știa că va muri și a plecat departe de slava oamenilor pentru a fi cu Dumnezeu. Numai cu Dumnezeu. Și Dumnezeu l-a primit.

Astăzi, noi facem exact contrarul: ne îndepărtăm de slava cea adevărată care vine de la Dumnezeu și vânăm slava deșartă care vine de la oameni – bule de săpun care dispar în câteva secunde…

Poate că Dumnezeu ne îndeamnă să îngenunchem în fața smereniei acestui sfânt necunoscut și să-i cerem ajutorul cu scopul de a ne arăta că suntem pe un drum greșit.

Vedeți fotografiile ca să vă convingeți singuri.

Greek

Στην σειρά των «Πνευματικών φωτογραφιών της ημέρας» σας δίνουμε τη δυνατότητα να δείτε κάτι από την γιορτή του αγίου Ευδόκιμου που τελείωσε πριν από λίγο. Είναι η γιορτή της ταπεινότητας, η γιορτή της δύναμης να ευχόμαστε να παραμένουμε άγνωστοι.

Ο άγιος Ευδόκιμος είναι ένας άγνωστος άγιος που βρέθηκε στο οστεοφυλάκιο του Βατοπαιδίου το 1840 κατά την διάρκεια εργασιών ανακατασκευής. Βρέθηκε χάρη στην ευωδία που ανέδιδαν τα άγια λείψανα του. Όταν τον βρήκαν, ήταν σε γονατιστή στάση προσευχής κρατώντας μια εικόνα της Παναγίας στο στήθος του. Κρίνοντας από τα ρούχα του, είχε κοιμηθεί πριν από 100-150 χρόνια. Από τότε, ο άγιος επιτελεί πολλά θαύματα σε αυτούς που προσεύχονται σε αυτόν.

Όμως εκτός από αυτό, το σημαντικότερο είναι ότι ήξερε ότι θα αποδημήσει εν Κυρίω και απομακρύνθηκε από την «δόξα» του κόσμου, για να είναι κοντά στον Θεό. Μόνος με τον Θεό. Και Εκείνος τον δέχτηκε κοντά Του.

Σήμερα κάνουμε ακριβώς το αντίθετο: Απομακρυνόμαστε από την αληθινή δόξα που προέρχεται μόνο από τον Θεό και κυνηγούμε την εφήμερη ανθρώπινη «δόξα» – σαπουνόφουσκες που σκάνε σε μερικά δευτερόλεπτα…

Ίσως ο Θεός μας προτρέπει να λυγίσουμε τα γόνατά μας μπροστά στην αρετή της ταπεινοφροσύνης του αγίου και να ζητάμε την βοήθειά του για να μας δείξει ότι είμαστε στον λάθος δρόμο.

Δειτε τις φωτογραφίες για να πειστήτε μόνοι σας.

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The Old Byzantine Tower – Ο παλιός Βυζαντινός πύργος (Photoreport)

General view of the tower - Γενική άποψη του Πύργου

English

The photo report for this week depicts the byzantine tower of Kolitsou which is the last remnant from an old italian Athonite monastery called the monastery of Kaletzes. The monastery was abandoned after the Great Schisma and the tower, one of the finest example of Byzantine towers, entered in the possesion of Vatopaidi.

The later construction phase may date to the second half of 14th century, when John Cantacuzene ordered the building (or repair) of the tower.

See all the photos here.

Romanian

Fotoreportajul din această săptămână are ca subiect turnul bizantin de la Colciu care este ultima rămășiță dintr-o veche mănăstire italiană Atonită numită Μănăstirea Kaletzi. Mănăstirea a fost abandonată după Marea Schismă și turnul, una dintre cele mai frumoase exemple de turnuri bizantine, a intrat în posesiunea Mănăstirii Vatoped. Ultima etapă în construcția turnului este datată în a doua jumătate a sec. XIV, când Ioan Cantacuzino a poruncit reconstrucția (sau repararea) turnului.

Găsiți toate fotografiile aici.

Greek

Το φωτορεπορτάζ για αυτή την εβδομάδα αφορά τον Βυζαντινό πύργο της Κολιτσούπου αποτελεί τη τελευταία ανάμνηση από ένα παλαιό Ιταλικό Αθωνικό μοναστήρι με το όνομα Μονή του Καλετζή. Η μονή, εγκαταλείφθηκε ύστερα από το σχίσμα των Εκκλησιών και ο πύργος, ένα από τα ωραιότερα παραδείγματα Βυζαντινών πύργων, πέρασε στην κατοχή της Μονής Βατοπαιδίου. Η τελική κατασκευαστική φάση, χρονολογείται στο δεύτερο μισό του 14ου αιώνα, όταν ο Ιωάννης ο Κατακουζηνός διέταξε την κατασκευή (ή αναστήλωση) του πύργου…

Θα δείτε όλες τις φωτογραφίες εδώ.

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Spiritual Picture of the Day (S.P.O.D) – Πνευματική Φωτογραφία της Ημέρας (Π.Φ.Η.) (24)

English

Yes, working hard together is a source of joy. Working hard together means practical love, and this brings God’s grace in a very practical way. The one who has this experience is a happy man.

But unfortunatelly we don’t have the courage to serve others, to try to love others…See photo

Romanian

Da, a lucra împreună din greu e o sursă de bucurie. A lucra împreună înseamnă dragoste practică și aceasta aduce harul lui Dumnezeu într-un mod foarte concret. Cel care are această experiență este un om fericit.

Însă din păcate nu avem curajul să-i slujim pe ceilalți, să încercăm să-i iubim pe ceilalți.

Greek
Δυστυχώς όμως δεν έχουμε το θάρρος να θέτουμε τον εαυτό μας στην υπηρεσία, στη διακονία των άλλων, να αγαπάμε τους άλλους….Ναι, το να δουλεύεις σκληρά, είναι αιτία χαράς. Το να δουλεύεις σκληρά μαζί με κάποιον είναι δείγμα έμπρακτης αγάπης και αυτό φέρνει αισθητά την χάρη του Θεού. Αυτός που έχει αυτή την εμπειρία είναι ευτυχισμένος. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Spiritual Picture of the Day (S.P.O.D) – Πνευματική Φωτογραφία της Ημέρας (Π.Φ.Η.) (23)

English

One of the worse things which are to be seen today in our culture is that we try to reinvent the wheel. Even worse, we reached at the point in which we say «the wheel isn’t good anymore as it is, let’s build it from the beginning. Α square one».

However, in order to see far away we must stand on shoulders of giants. We must use the experience of forerunners. We must use our tradition. I think that’s a nonsense to invent the «new» for the sake of new.

In order to have the power to go forward we must know where we come from.

Photo shot at the thomb of the Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi…See photo

Romanian

Unul dintre cele mai rele lucruri pe care le vedem în „civilizaţia” actuală este faptul că încercăm să reinventăm roata. Chiar mai rău, am ajuns la un punct în care spunem „roata nu mai este bună aşa cum e, hai s-o reconstruim de la început. Şi s-o facem pătrată”

Însă, pentru a vedea departe trebuie să stăm pe umerii unor giganţi. Trebuie să valorificăm experienţa înaintaşilor. Trebuie să ne valorificăm tradiţia. Socotesc că e absurd să inventezi „noul” de dragul noului.

Pentru a avea puterea de a merge înainte trebuie să ştim de unde venim.

Fotografia este un instantaneu de la mormântului părintelui Iosif Vatopedinul.

Greek

Ένα από τα χειρότερα πράγματα που βλέπουμε σήμερα στον «πολιτισμό» μας, είναι ότι προσπαθούμε να ξανα-ανακαλύψουμε τον …τροχό.

Ακόμα χειρότερα δε, προσπαθούμε να φτάσουμε σε ένα σημείο που λέμε: «Ο τροχός δεν είναι πια καλός έτσι, ας τον ξαναφτιάξουμε από την αρχή…τετράγωνο!»

Όμως, για να δούμε μακριά, πρέπει να ανέβουμε στους ώμους «γιγάντων». Πρέπει να αξιοποιήσουμε την γνώση των προγόνων μας. Πρέπει να αξιοποιήσουμε την παράδοση μας. Πιστεύω ότι είναι ανόητο να προσπαθούμε να εφεύρουμε το καινούργιο για χάρη του «καινούργιου».

Για να έχουμε τη δύναμη να πάμε μπροστά πρέπει να γνωρίζουμε από που ερχόμαστε…. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »