Miracles by the Holy Belt of Most Holy Theotokos (Virgin Mary) [Volume 5]


The Holy Belt has performed innumerable miracles over the years. We will only refer to some of them, here.

1.    The ship stays montionless
Once, the inhabitants of Ainos invited the Holy Belt. The monks who were accompanying it were being offered hospitality at the house of a priest, whose wife secretly cut off a small piece.     When the monks boarded the vessel, the ship stayed motionless, even though the sea was calm. When the woman saw this extraordinary event she realized her mistake and handed back the missing piece. The ship sailed off only after the piece was handed over. Since then a second casket was crafted to accommodate this piece to this day. read more… Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Miracles by the Holy Belt of Most Holy Theotokos (Virgin Mary) [Volume 4]

The history of the Holy Belt chapter

The Holy Belt of the Mother of God, divided these days in three parts, is the only relic or remains, which endures from her life on earth and is being safeguarded at the Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopedi. According to the tradition, the belt was woven from camel hair from the Mother of God herself, and after her Repose, while she was ascending to heaven, she handed it over to Thomas the Apostle. The apolytikio of the feast for the deposition of the Holy Belt of the Mother of God says: “While you were ascending to the forthcoming glory, you have given your most venerable belt to Thomas the Apostle”.  read more… Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Miracles by the Holy Belt of Most Holy Theotokos (Virgin Mary) [Volume 3]

The Holy Apostles became the vessels of the Grace of the Holy Spirit. Miracles are events beyond nature, which use and are being energized by material things (handkerchiefs and aprons), which are full of Grace. Our Orthodox Church celebrates the worship of the “chains” of Saint Peter in January. When he had been imprisoned by Herod in Jerusalem, his hands were chained. An angel sent by the Lord, freed him. The Christians have preserved the chains and they have been honoring and worshiping them for the benefit of their souls. The chains have received “eternal grace” and became “the cure of ailments, the consolation of those afflicted, the harbor for those distressed”. In a troparion of the Canon of the feast it is written: “Peter, drive away demonic disturbances, pacify the tempest of sin and eradicate all sicknesses, dangers and afflictions as well as the assaults by barbarians from all those who revere your chains”. read more… Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Miracles by the Holy Belt of Most Holy Theotokos (Virgin Mary) [Volume 2]


Introduction

Our Church honors the holy and sacred relics, whether they are derived from the bodies of Saints, or are items belonging to them. One such relic, the only one which has been found to this day and belongs to the Most Holy Mother of God, is her Holy Belt. It constitutes a precious treasure and the most sacred relic which the Great, Holy Monastery of Vatopedi possesses. The Grace of the Holy Spirit continues to act through the holy relics. As Saint Chrysostomos says: “Jesus Christ, honoring the struggles, the blood they have shed and the martyrdom of the saints, has safeguarded their souls in heaven. But He left on earth their body and their holy relics to assist in our salvation”. read more… Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Miracles by the Holy Belt of Most Holy Theotokos (Virgin Mary) [Volume 1]

 

Prologue

The works of God and His Saints, which cannot be rationally explained, are called miracles. God performs miracles ad infinitum. This is revealed by our Lord Jesus Christ who says: “My father is working until now” ( John 5, 17). By His uncreated energies, God provides, preserves and controls the whole universe, the whole creation. That is, God preserves the creation in the mint condition He had created it. He conserves and protects it by His divine consideration. Therefore, God’s uncreated energies are constantly and incessantly being revealed in the physical world and cause natural and physical results.Therefore, we are living a constant miracle. All of our abilities are being set in motion by God’s will. If God withdraws His energy from one of our abilities, we are going to lose it. Now I am able to see. I can see because God allows it. If God withdraws his energy I will become blind. read more… Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Mieux organiser ou faire patience ? – (9) Tourner l’esprit là où est le Christ

Le Christ, notre Dieu

Il n’y a pas de solution sur le plan extérieur. La solution est ailleurs, à l’intérieur. Par exemple, pendant la persécution des Chrétiens en Russie, les communistes avaient toute latitude pour leur faire tout ce qu’ils voulaient, et ils en ont tourmenté des millions et des millions. Mais on supportait cela comme un martyre, au Nom du Christ. Il ne s’agit pas d’une psychologie d’esclaves mais de celle de fils de Dieu. Vous comprenez la différence ? Je voudrais que l’esprit de lutte soit dépassé par le désir de saisir le Christ-Dieu dans Sa vie, dans Ses sentiments. Et ainsi nous pourrons devenir semblables au Christ, ce qui est nécessaire. Encore… Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Mieux organiser ou faire patience ? – (8) Avoir l’amour d’une mère

Chacun de nous doit avoir l’amour d’une mère : même si ses enfants sont révoltés, elle les aime tous.

Comprenez bien que c’est la mère qui est le ciment de la famille, pas le père. Aussi longtemps que la mère vit, la famille reste unie. Mais si la mère meurt, le père est incapable de garder la famille unie.

Pourquoi cela ? Parce que l’amour d’une mère est tel qu’elle ne connaît pas de jalousie ou d’humiliation : elle fait tout, étant mue par l’amour. Parce qu’elle assume toutes les faiblesses de ses enfants, toutes leurs perversions, elle devient comme un ciment, comprenez-vous ? Ici chacun de nous doit être comme une mère. La seule solution découle de la phrase du Christ : « Si vous vous aimez les uns les autres, on saura que vous êtes mes disciples » (cf. Jean 13, 35). Encore… Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Vie de Joseph l’Hésychaste (15) : Repos à Néa-Skiti

La chapelle funéraire et le tombeau de l'Ancien Joseph l'Hésychaste, en bas des bâtiments de l'Annonciation, à Néa-Skiti

Les jeunes disciples, dans leur enthousiasme, aspiraient à mener la même ascèse que les deux Anciens, mais ils n’avaient pas la même constitution. Devant leur insistance, l’Ancien les autorisa pourtant à suivre sa règle de jeûne pendant le Carême de Pâques, à leur grande joie. Mais la cinquième semaine, ils ne se réveillèrent pas à l’heure convenue. Le Père Arsène prévint l’Ancien Joseph : « Révérend Père, les enfants sont malades, ils ne se lèvent pas. Mais non, Arsène, ne soit pas naïf ; ils n’ont rien du tout ! Donne-leur seulement un peu de pain. » Et de fait, quand ils prirent ce “médicament”, ils se rétablirent immédiatement ! Encore… Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

La Raison contre la Foi

La foi chez beaucoup de chrétiens en Occident a cessé d’être un état pour devenir une idée qu’on a sur Dieu.

Quand on fait un travail théologique d’ordre intellectuel, il faut le faire dans un esprit de prière, car c’est la seule garantie de ne pas tomber dans des erreurs. Si quelqu’un veut nous contredire au sujet de la foi, nous adresse des objections dans un esprit de malignité, il faut faire intérieurement une prière au Saint-Esprit afin qu’il nous éclaire et nous indique ce qu’il faut répondre.

Il ne faut pas se laisser accabler par les pensées des choses matérielles, et ne pas se crisper sur elles, mais garder au contraire vis-à-vis d’elles un certain détachement. En ayant ce détachement nous pourrons d’ailleurs mener plus facilement à bien toutes nos entreprises. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

The role of women in the Eastern Orthodox Church (Part 2)

Continued from Part 1

Divine priesthood is a “functional imaging of the divine priesthood of God the Father through Jesus Christ” (Voulgaris 1996 : 35). It can thus only be imaged by man who is connected to the imaging of divine fatherhood. A woman’s role differs in that she images functionally the role of the Paraclete who is the assistant of Jesus Christ in His work in the Ekklesia. Both men and women are considered in Orthodoxy, to be harmonious and mature persons with a sense of great personal responsibility. Each of the sexes has a deep gnosis or knowledge of their total dependence on the Triune Godhead for their salvation by the Grace of God the Father. Holy Scripture teaches us that Salvation is the task of the entire Triune Godhead. The Father wills that certain things happen. The Son fulfills the will of the Father and the will is then perfected in each individual believer by the Paraclete. This is the foundation upon which the teachings of the early Church was based concerning priesthood as a specifically masculine function. Men and women thus have distinct roles and functions within the Church. There is expected to be synergy in what men and women do in the Church in the same way that Jesus Christ and the Paraclete co-operate. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Becoming «All things to all people in order to save them.» (Elder Porphyrios)

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The holy elder Porphyrios.

Elder Porphyrios throughout his whole life received all those who came to him; becoming, like St. Paul, «All things to all people in order to save them.»

All kinds passed by his humble cell; both holy ascetics and sinful thieves, Orthodox Christians and people of other denominations and religions, insignificant people and famous personalities, rich and poor, illiterate and literate, lay people and clergy of all ranks. To each one he offered the love of Christ for their salvation.

This does not mean that all those who went to the Elder or who knew him, for however long, adopted his message or acquired his virtue, and thus were as worthy of our complete trust as he was. A great deal of care, vigilance and good sense is required, because as the Elder becomes well known, the temptation will come to some people to claim some type of attachment or connection with him. They will want to boast or to create the false impression that they are speaking for him. Apart from pure devotion and true love, apart from humble approach and honest learning, there is also conceit and personal gain. Naivety exists, but so does guile. Ignorance exists but so does error and deception. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Sunday before Pentecost (Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh)

Ο απόστολος Παύλος. Ψηφιδωτό από το αρχιεπισκοπικό παρεκκλήσιο της Ραβέννας (494-495 μΧ).

The apostle Paul (mosaic). Ravenna, Archiepiscopal Chapel, 494-495 A.D. Ο απόστολος Παύλος. Ψηφιδωτό του αρχιεπισκοπικού παρεκκλησίου της Ραβέννας (494-495 μ.Χ.).

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost

We have heard in the Acts of the Apostles how, as the Feast of Pentecost was approaching, Paul the Apostle had started on his journey to Jerusalem to be there together with all those who on that very day received the Holy Spirit. Of all of them he was the only one who had not been present in the High Room where the event took place. And yet, God had given him a true, a perfect conversion of heart, and of mind and of life, and had given him freely the gift of the Holy Spirit in response to his total, ultimate gift of self to Him, the God Whom he did not know but Whom he worshipped.

We also are on our way to the day of Pentecost, next week we will keep this event. When Paul was on his way, he thought of what had happened to himself in the solitude of his journey from Jerusalem to Damascus and in the gift of the Spirit mediated to him by Ananias. And we also, each of us singly and all of us together should reflect on all that God has given us. He has given us existence and breathed life into us, – not only the life of the body, but a life that makes us akin to Him, His life. He has given us to know Him, the Living God, and He has given us to meet, in the Gospel and in life, His Only Begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. In Baptism, in the Anointment with Holy Chrism, in Communion to the Body and Blood of Christ, in the mysterious, silent communion of prayer, in the moments when God Himself came near, although we were not thinking of Him, He has given us so much. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »