O MOTHER of God, as living and ungrudging source, establish those united in spiritual fellowship who sing you hymns of praise, and in your divine glory grant them crowns of glory.
I’ve been exploring the fascinating Biblical allusions to be found in the Canon of the Akathist. The next line I thought I’d look at reads:
HAIL, Sovereign Lady, never failing spring of the living Water.
The Volokolamsk Icon of the Mother of God is a copy of the Vladimir Icon of the Moscow Dormition cathedral. The icon was brought from Zvenigorod to the Dormition monastery of St Joseph of Volokolamsk on March 2, 1572, during the second week of Great Lent and was solemnly met by Igumen Leonid (1563-1566; 1568-1573) and all the monastic brethren.
It is distinguished by its particular depiction on the margins of St Cyprian (right) and St Gerontius (left), Metropolitans of Moscow.
O Angel of God, my holy guardian, given to me from heaven, enlighten me this day, and save me from all evil. Instruct me in doing good deeds, Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »
Byzantium may have perished and did not survive as a state. Nevertheless, it survives spiritually as a genuine way of life and as a culture. I would dare say that Byzantium lives on spiritually within the Holy Mount Athos! Our Lady’s garden exhibits resilience beyond time, as well as a unique way of life and a reviving vigor. read more… Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »
The Abbot of Vatopedi monastery, Archimandrite Ephraim, spoke on the radio programme “Η Γκίζα κάπου αλλού” (Gisa somewhere else) of ΣΚΑΪ (Sky) 100,3 FM on Saturday 14th August 2010, on the eve of the feast of the Dormition of our Lady, Mother of God. Elder Efrem was celebrating the feast at the Vatopedi Metohi of Porto Lagos.
Here is the full text of the interview. read more… Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »
As the Archangel beheld you, immaculate one, a living scroll of Christ, which the Spirit had sealed, he cried out to you: ‘Hail, vessel of joy, in whom the curse of Eve is lifted’. O most holy Mother of God, save us! Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »