Joseph the Betrothed

Saint Joseph with the Infant Jesus by Guido Reni, c 1635

Saint Joseph the Betrothed was of the lineage of King David. In his first marriage, he had four sons and two daughters. After he became a widower, St Joseph led a life of strict temperance. He was chosen to be the husband and guardian of the Most Holy Theotokos, who had taken a vow of virginity.

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Δείτε το θαύμα της ζωής! Έφερε το μωρό της πίσω στη ζωή

Στην δημοσιότητα δόθηκαν πλάνα από το ιατρικό θαύμα που κατά τους γιατρούς συνέβη στην Αυστραλία, όταν τα δάκρυα και τα χάδια μίας μητέρας επανέφεραν στην ζωή το νεογέννητο βρέφος της.

Η Kate δεν έχασε το κουράγιο της, όταν της ανακοίνωσαν οι γιατροί ότι ο Jamie, το πρόωρα γεννημένο παιδί της, δεν έχει καμία ελπίδα να επιβιώσει. Η Emily, η δίδυμη αδερφή του Jamie, τα είχε καταφέρει, μετά από την 20λεπτη μάχη των γιατρών να την κρατήσουν στην ζωή. Όμως ο Jamie δεν είχε δώσει σημάδια ζωής και έτσι το άψυχο κορμάκι του παραδόθηκε στην Kate και στον σύζυγο της David. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

What Is the Mark of the True Christian?

by St. Anastasius the Sinaite

St. Anastasius was a priest and abbot of Mt. Sinai. His zeal for true faith led him to travel through Egypt, Arabia, and Syria to combat the errors of the Acephalites and Eutychians. His writings show not only a thorough command of Holy Scripture and a wide knowledge of the writing of the Church Fathers and other Christian writers, but also classical erudition and a solid grounding in Aristotelian philosophy. Of his prolific output the most important works are Guide Against the Acephalites and Answers to Questions. It is from the latter that the present passage is translated. St. Anastasius died in great old age in 686. [1] Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

What we have…

Moses and the burning bush

Consider this…

Moses, who spoke with God through the burning bush, who removed his sandals on the ever-holy ground… who led the captives out of Egypt, who ascended the Mount and saw what can only be described in our frail human terminology and way of thought as the ‘back side’ of God… then descended with the Commandments… Moses, who by the power of God, parted the sea and freed the captives from Pharaoh.

He did not have what we have.

David, the Prophet, the King, who wrote most of the Psalter from which we chant and sing, who understood repentance and was considered the apple of God’s eye — David who slew Goliath, being exalted from a young shepherd boy, to Israel’s greatest King…

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St Ephraim on Prayer

Efrem the Syrian

A beautiful, inspiring, and deeply comforting short homily by St Ephraim the Syrian:

Not to sin is truly blessed; but those who sin should not despair, but grieve over the sins they have committed, so that, through grief they may again attain blessedness. It is good, then, to pray always and not to lose heart, as the Lord says, And again the Apostle says, ‘Pray without ceasing’, that is by night and by day and at every hour, and not only when coming into the church, and not bothering at other times. But whether you are working, lying down to sleep, travelling, eating, drinking, sitting at table, do not interrupt your prayer, for you do not know when he who demands your soul is coming. Don’t wait for Sunday or a feast day, or a different place, but, as the Prophet David says, ‘in every place of his dominion’.

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Mărturie athonită în România – Liturghie în Paraclisul universitar «Sf. Ecaterina» (Ρουμανικά, Romanian)

044Arhim Efrem: Prea Sfinţia Voastră, iubiţi fraţi şi studenţi, dăm slavă lui Dumnezeu pentru faptul că harul Stareţei Sfântului Munte, care este Maica Domnului, ne-a adus aici în acest Paraclis Universitar la invitaţia Facultăţii de Teologie a Universităţii din Bucureşti. Această întâlnire a noastră este o întâlnire desăvârşită, ideală, pentru că întâlnirea deplină, ideală a membrilor Bisericii este cea din cadrul dumnezeieştii Euharistii. Centrul vieţii Bisericii, aşa cum este binecunoscut, este sinaxa euharistică în care creştinul face experienţa deosebită a prezenţei harului dumnezeiesc. De aceea noi, monahii în mod special, ne hrănim zilnic din dumnezeiasca Liturghie. Pentru aceasta la Sfântul Munte, care este locul prin excelenţă al slujirii euharistiei, au loc în fiecare zi aproape 300 de sfinte liturghii. De multe ori, în aceeaşi mănăstire se săvârşesc simultan mai multe liturghii. La mănăstirea noastră zilnic avem aproape opt dumnezeieşti liturghii concomitent, în diferite paraclise.

Aşa cum am spus la început, monahul şi creştinul trebuie ca în cadrul liturghiei să facă experienţa prezenţei dumnezeieşti. Însă Sfânta Liturghie nu este săvârşită numai pentru a ne întâlni noi cu Dumnezeu, ci se săvârşeşte pentru lumea întreagă. În această taină mare a dumnezeieştii Liturghii vă întâlnim aşadar astăzi. Cu toţii am venit să-i aducem lui Dumnezeu jertfa cea fără de sânge şi în acelaşi timp să avem o relaţie, o comuniune interpersonală tainică cu Mântuitorul Hristos care este euharistic pe Sfânta Masă, care este cel cu care ne hrănim şi care niciodată nu se sfârşeşte. Împreună cu noi este şi Născătoarea de Dumnezeu prin Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

How to read the Bible and why

 “John the Apostle”: An icon of St. John, as he is sitting in the Cave of the Apocalypse on the island of Patmos, writing the Gospel of John. This is from codex 676, a 13th century Greek Gospels manuscript.

“John the Apostle”: An icon of St. John, as he is sitting in the Cave of the Apocalypse on the island of Patmos, writing the Gospel of John. This is from codex 676, a 13th century Greek Gospels manuscript.

by Archimandrite Justin Popovich

The Bible is in a sense a biography of God in this world. In it the Indescribable One has in a sense described Himself.

The Holy Scriptures of the New Testament are a biog­raphy of the incarnate God in this world. In them it is related how God, in order to reveal Himself to men, sent God the Logos, who took on flesh and became man–and as a man told men everything that God is, everything that God wants from this world and the people in it. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »