St. Justin Popovic: Whither does humanistic culture lead?

VatopaidiFriend: Today, June 14 we commemorate for the first time, the memory of Saint Justin Popovic that has been recently declared  a Saint from the Orthodox Church of Serbia. On our site, there are a lot of articles concerning his life, personality and teachings.

What is the objective of Orthodox culture? It is to introduce and to realize, to the greatest extent possible, the Divine in man and in the world around him; to incarnate God in man and in the world, wherefore Orthodox culture is an incessant service to Christ our God, an incessant divine service. Man serves God by means of all creation; all around himself he systematically and regularly introduces that which is of God into his every effort, into his creativity. He awakens everything divine in nature around him, in order that all of nature, under man’s guidance, might serve God, and thus does all creation participate in a general and mutual divine service, for nature serves that man who serves God. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

St. John Maximovitch, the wonderworker.

SaintJohnArchbishop John was born on June 4, 1896, in the village of Adamovka in the province of Kharkov in southern Russia. He was a member Maximovitch family, to which St. John of Tobolsk also had belonged. His father, Boris, was a marshal of nobility in one part of Kharkov province; and his uncle was rector of Kiev University. He received at baptism the name of Michael, his heavenly protector being the Archangel Michael. He was a sickly child and ate little. …

In 1924 Vladika was ordained reader in the Russian church in Belgrade by Metropolitan Anthony, who continued to exert great influence over him; and Vladika in his turn showed the utmost respect and devotion to his superior. In 1926 Metropolitan Anthony tonsured him a monk and ordained him hierodeacon in the Milkov Monastery, giving him the name John, after Vladika’s own distant relative, Saint John Maximovitch of Tobolsk. On November 21 of the same year Vladika was ordained hieromonk by Bishop Gabriel of Chelyabinsk. From 1925 to 1927, Vladika was an instructor of religion at the Serbian State High School, and from 1929 to 1934 he was a teacher and tutor at the Serbian Seminary of St. John the Theologian at Bitol. There he served the Divine Liturgy in Greek for the local Greek and Slavic communities, who had the greatest esteem for him.

The city of Bitol was in the diocese of Okhrida, and at that time the ruling bishop of this diocese was Nicholas Velimirovitch, a Serbian Chrysostom, a noted preacher, poet, writer, and organizer and inspirer of the popular religious movement. He, as much as Metropolitan Anthony, valued and loved the young Hieromonk John, and himself exerted a beneficial influence upon him. More than once he was heard to say, «If you wish to see a living saint, go to Bitol to Father John. » … Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »



by Archimandrite Justin Popovich

All the truths of Orthodoxy emerge from one truth and converge on one truth, infinite and eternal. That truth is the God-man Christ. If you experience any truth of Orthodoxy to its limit, you will inevitably discover that its kernel is the God-man Christ. In fact, all the truths of Orthodoxy are nothing other than different aspects of the one Truth–the God-man Christ. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Condemned to Immortality: A meditation on the Resurrection

resurection2by Archimandrite Dr Justin Popovic

People condemned God to death; with His Resurrection He condemned them to immortality. For striking Him, God returned embraces; for insults, blessings; for death, immortality. Never did men show more hate towards God than when they crucified Him; and God never showed His love towards people more than when He was resurrected. Mankind wanted to make God dead, but God, with His Resurrection, made people alive, the crucified God resurrected on the third day and thereby killed death! There is no more death. Immortality is surrounding man and his entire world.

With the Resurrection of the God-Man, the nature of man is irreversibly led toward the road of immortality and man’s nature becomes destructive to death itself. For until the Resurrection of Christ, death was destructive for man; from the Resurrection of Christ, man’s nature becomes destructive in death. If man lives in the faith of the Resurrected God Man, he lives above death, he is unreachable for her; death is under man’s feet. Death where is thy sting? Hell, where is thy victory? And when a man who believes in Christ dies, he only leaves his body as his clothes, in which he will be dressed again on the Day of Last Judgment.

Before the Resurrection of the God-Man, death was the second nature of man; life was first and death was second. Man became accustomed to death as something natural. But after His Resurrection the Lord changed everything: and it was only natural until Christ’s Resurrection, that the people became mortal, so after Christ’s Resurrection it was natural that the people became immortal.

Through sin, man becomes mortal and temporal; with the Resurrection of the God-Man, he becomes immortal and eternal. In this lies the strength, in this lies the power, in this lies the might of Christ’s Resurrection. Without the Resurrection there is no Christianity. Among the miracles, this is the greatest one; all other miracles begin and end with it. From it sprouted the faith and the love and the hope and the prayer and the love toward God.

 from «Philosophical Cliffs»

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 »

«Καταδικασμένοι» να είναι αθάνατοι


Οσίου Ιουστίνου Πόποβιτς

Οι άνθρωποι καταδίκασαν τον Θεό σε θάνατο· ο Θεός όμως με την Ανάσταση Του ″καταδικάζει″ τους ανθρώπους σε αθανασία. Για τα κτυπήματα τους ανταποδίδει τους εναγκαλισμούς· για τις βρισιές τις ευλογίες· για τον θάνατο την αθανασία. Ποτέ δεν έδειξαν οι άνθρωποι τόσον μίσος προς τον Θεό, όσον όταν Τον σταύρωσαν· και ποτέ δεν έδειξε ο Θεός τόσην αγάπη προς τους ανθρώπους, όσην όταν αναστήθηκε. Οι άνθρωποι ήθελαν να κάνουν τον Θεό θνητό, αλλ᾽ ο Θεός με την Ανάσταση Του έκανε τους ανθρώπους αθάνατους. Αναστήθηκε ο σταυρωμένος Θεός και σκότωσε τον θάνατο. Ο θάνατος δεν υπάρχει πλέον. Η αθανασία γέμισε τον άνθρωπο και όλους τους κόσμους του.

Με την Ανάσταση του Θεανθρώπου η ανθρώπινη φύση οδηγήθηκε τελεσίδικα στο δρόμο της αθανασίας, και έγινε φοβερή και γι αυτόν τον θάνατο. Διότι πριν από την Ανάσταση του Χριστού ο θάνατος ήταν φοβερός για τον άνθρωπο, μετά όμως από την Ανάσταση του Κυρίου γίνεται ο άνθρωπος φοβερός για τον θάνατο. Αν ζει με την πίστη στον Αναστημένο Θεάνθρωπο ο άνθρωπος, ξεπερνά τον θάνατο. Γίνεται απρόσβλητος από αυτόν. Ο θάνατος μετατρέπεται εις «υποπόδιον των ποδών αυτού»: «Πού σου, θάνατε, το κέντρον; πού σου, άδη, το νίκος;» (πρβλ. Α’ Κορ. 15, 55-56). Έτσι, όταν ο εν Χριστώ άνθρωπος πεθαίνει, αφήνει απλά το ένδυμα του σώματός του για να το φορέσει ξανά κατά τη Δευτέρα Παρουσία. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Ιουστίνος Πόποβιτς – Justin Popović – Јустин Поповић +25 Μαρ 1979

Εορτασμοί για τον αββά Ιουστίνο στη Μονή Τσέλιε.

Στις 7 Απριλίου (25 Μαρτίου με το παλαιό ημερολόγιο) γίνονται εορτασμοί προς τιμή και μνήμη του Γέροντος Ιουστίνου Πόποβιτς στη Μονή Τσέλιε στην Σερβία για την επέτειο των 30 χρόνων από την κοίμησή του. Στη Μονή Τσέλιε βρίσκεται ο τάφος του, όπου με τις πρεσβείες του έχουν γίνει και πολλά θαύματα. Να σας θυμίσουμε ότι ο χαρισματούχος αυτός Γέροντας της Σερβικής Εκκλησίας γεννήθηκε και κοιμήθηκε την ημέρα του Ευαγγελισμού. Στους εορτασμούς θα παρευρίσκονται πολλοί ιεράρχες της Εκκλησίας της Σερβίας. Ελπίζουμε ότι σύντομα θα καταταγεί και επίσημα στο Αγιολόγιο της Ορθόδοξης Εκκλησίας.
Στο video μπορείτε να δείτε κάποια πολύ ωραίες εικόνες από στιγμές της ζωής του. Οι ύμνοι που συνοδεύουν τις εικόνες έχουν αποδοθεί από τη Χορωδία των Πατέρων της Μονής Kovilj.

Justin Popović

Fresco of Elder Justin Popovic, in the church of Pantanassa (of Vatopedi monastery) in Porto Lagos

Fresco of Elder Justin Popovic, in the church of Pantanassa (of Vatopedi monastery) in Porto Lagos

Justin Popović (Serbian Cyrillic Јустин Поповић) (1894-1979) was a theologian, Dostoyevski scholar, a champion of anti-Communism, a writer, a critic of the pragmatic church (celestial) life, a philosopher of the Eastern Orthodox theology and archimandrite of the Ćelije Monastery, near Valjevo.

The early years
Archimandrite Justin was born to pious and God-fearing parents, Prota (Priest) Spiridon and Protinica (Presbytera) Anastasija Popović, in Vranje, South Serbia, on the Feast of Annunciation, March 25, 1894. At baptism, he was given the name Blagoje, after the Feast of the Annunciation (Blagovest means Annunciation or Good News). He was born into a priestly family, as seven previous generations of the Popovićs (Popović in Serbian actually means «family or a son of a priest») were headed by priests.

Blagoje Popović completed the nine-years’ studies at the Theological Faculty of St. Sava in Belgrade in 1914. In the early twentieth century the School of St. Sava in Belgrade was renowned throughout the Orthodox world as a holy place of extreme asceticism as well as of a high quality of scholarship. Some of the well-known professors were the rector, Fr. Domentian; Professor Fr. Dositheus, later a bishop; Athanas Popović; and the great ecclesiastical composer, Stevan Mokranjac. Still, one professor stood head and shoulders above the rest: the then hieromonk Nikolaj Velimirović, Ph.D., the single most influential person in his life.
 World War I
During the early part of World War I, in autumn of 1914, Blagoje served as a student nurse primarily in South Serbia-Skadar, Niš, Kosovo, etc. Unfortunately, while in this capacity, he contracted typhus during the winter of 1914 and had to spend over a month in a hospital in Niš. On January 8, 1915, he resumed his duties sharing the destiny of the Serbian army, passing a path of Golgotha from Peć to Skadar (along which one hundred thousand Serbian soldiers died) where on January 1, 1916 he entered the monastic order in the Orthodox cathedral of Skadar and took the name of St. Justin, after the great Christian philosopher and martyr for Christ, St. Justin the Philosopher.

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Justin Popović (Σερβικά, Serbian)



Justin Popović (1894-1979) je bio arhimandrit manastira Ćelije, doktor teologije, profesor Beogradskog univerziteta i duhovnik. Blagoje Popović, potonji otac Justin, je rođen u Vranju 6. aprila (25. marta po starom kalendaru) 1894. godine od oca Spiridona i majke Anastasije. Familija Popovića je kroz generacije bila sveštenička, jedino je Blagojev otac Spiridon bio samo crkvenjak. Blagoje je bio najmlađe dete, a imao je starijeg brata Stojadina i sestru Stojnu. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »