Icon of Sophia, the Wisdom of God

The Icon of Sophia, the Wisdom of God (Kiev), occupies an unique place in the Russian Orthodox Church. On the icon is depicted the Theotokos, and the Hypostatic Wisdom, the Son of God incarnate of Her.

In Wisdom or Sophia, ponders the Son of God, about Whom in the Proverbs of Solomon it says: «Wisdom has built a house for herself, and has set up seven pillars» (9:1). These words refer to Christ, the Son of God, Who in the Epistles of St Paul is called «Wisdom of God» (1 Cor.1:30), and the word «house» refers to the Most Holy Virgin Mary, of Whom the Son of God is incarnate.

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Various Miracles of Saint Barbara

The Miraculous Icon of Saint Barbara in London, England

This is a miraculous icon of Saint Barbara which currently is in Harrow, London. It belongs to a Greek family from Egypt who has had it for generations. It was handed down to them while living in Alexandria, travelled with them during a pilgrimage to the Holy Lands, and when they decided to move to England they now reside in London where this icon has become well-known among the Greeks and even non-Greeks. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

St. Vladimir, Prince of Kiev

Saint Vladimir (Svyatoslavich), Baptizer of Russia (958-1015) was the Grand Prince of Kiev.

St. Vladimir was a devout pagan in his early life. He was a great conqueror, who had many wives, and erected many pagan statues in the lands that he ruled over.

Upon finding out that other faiths existed beyond his own paganism, he decided to send his envoys out into the world to find out what was true faith on earth.

His envoys met with Muslims, but felt that there was no joy among them, and that their faith was very mechanical. The envoys also met with Jews and Catholics, but were still unimpressed.

Everything, however, changed when St. Vladimir’s envoys arrived in Constantinople. Upon attending Divine Liturgy in the Hagia Sophia, the envoys said “We no longer knew whether we were in heaven or on earth”. Taking the word of his envoys, St. Vladimir had himself and his nation baptized Orthodox. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Άγιος Μάξιμος ο Βατοπαιδινός, ΧΡΟΝΙΚΟ ανακάλυψης τάφου, ανακομιδής και μετακομιδής αγίων λειψάνων (3) [με πλούσιο φωτογραφικό υλικό]

Ο Άγιος Μάξιμος ο Βατοαπιδινός, ο εξ Ιθάκης, ο Νέος Ομολογητής, εθναπόστολος των Ελλήνων και φωτιστής των Ρώσσων ο επιλεγόμενος Γραικός

Πραγματικά, στις 2 μ.μ. της 3 Ιουλίου του 1996 ανέσυραν με προσοχή και ευλάβεια τα ιερά οστά και τα τοποθέτησαν σε μεγάλη ξύλινη θήκη προσωρινής λάρνακας για τη μεταφορά τους, τα εκάλυψαν δε με λαμπροκεντημένα άμφια μεγαλόσχημο να μονάχου. Τη στιγμή εκείνη οι καμπάνες ηχούσαν χαρμόσυνα και άρχισε να συγκεντρώνεται ένα πλήθος από Μητροπολίτες, Επισκόπους, Αρχιμανδρίτες, Ιερείς, Διάκους και Μοναχούς, με ή χωρίς άμφια, με αναμμένα κεριά και θυμιατήρια, οι οποίοι έψελναν όλοι μαζί τροπάρια για τον Άγιο Μάξιμο Γραικό, τον μεγάλο φωτιστή των Ρώσσων. Δόξα τω Θεώ! Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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«Prayer: the test, the source, the driving force… of all things»

First Christians of Kiev. Painting by Vasily Perov (1880)

First Christians of Kiev. Painting by Vasily Perov (1880)

By Fr. Andrew Jarmus

«Prayer is the test of everything; prayer is also the source of everything; prayer is the driving force of everything; prayer is also the director of everything. If prayer is right, everything is right. For prayer will not allow anything to go wrong.» — St. Theophan the Recluse

Perhaps the most popular and basic definition of prayer is that it is a conversation with God. While this is essentially true, Orthodox Christianity, looks upon prayer as something even deeper than «conversation».

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St. Vladimir, Prince of Kiev – July 15

stvladimir-bigSaint Vladimir (Svyatoslavich), Baptizer of Russia (958-1015) was the Grand Prince of Kiev.

St. Vladimir was a devout pagan in his early life. He was a great conqueror, who had many wives, and erected many pagan statues in the lands that he ruled over.

Upon finding out that other faiths existed beyond his own paganism, he decided to send his envoys out into the world to find out what was true faith on earth.

His envoys met with Muslims, but felt that there was no joy among them, and that their faith was very mechanical. The envoys also met with Jews and Catholics, but were still unimpressed.

Everything, however, changed when St. Vladimir’s envoys arrived in Constantinople. Upon attending Divine Liturgy in the Hagia Sophia, the envoys said “We no longer knew whether we were in heaven or on earth”. Taking the word of his envoys, St. Vladimir had himself and his nation baptized Orthodox. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »