The Commandment to Love

By Bishop John (Kallos) of Thermon

The first and great commandment of Christ was the commandment to love. “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.” Luke 10:27. This commandment of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ passed through my mind as I read the book “Why Pray” by Fr. Mark Gibbard. In the chapter entitled, ‘Praying is Exploration,’ he says, ‘Seldom in the history of mankind has there been such real concern for our fellow man, than there is today. There are the demands that poverty should be wiped out. There are the protests against the horror of war. There are the struggles against unjust racial discrimination. Concern about man and unconcern about God. Demand for action and disregard for prayer.’ Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

The commandment of love

jesus bearing the cross

By Bishop John (Kallos) of Thermon

The first and great commandment of Christ was the commandment to love. “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.” Luke 10:27. This commandment of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ passed through my mind as I read the book “Why Pray” by Fr. Mark Gibbard. In the chapter entitled, ‘Praying is Exploration,’ he says, ‘Seldom in the history of mankind has there been such real concern for our fellow man, than there is today. There are the demands that poverty should be wiped out. There are the protests against the horror of war. There are the struggles against unjust racial discrimination. Concern about man and unconcern about God. Demand for action and disregard for prayer.’

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Ο Άγιος Ευτυχής Ιερομάρτυρας μαθητής του Αγίου Ιωάννη Θεολόγου – Hieromartyr Eutyches the Disciple of St John the Theologian (Commemorated on August 24)

st eutychesΟ Άγιος Ιωάννης ο Ευαγγελιστής, θέλοντας να δείξει τον άνθρωπο που έχει αληθινά πνεύμα Θεού, είπε: «Παν πνεύμα ο ομολογεί Ιησούν Χριστόν εν σαρκί εληλυθότα, εκ του Θεού εστί». Δηλαδή, κάθε άνθρωπος που παρουσιάζεται με χάρισμα Πνεύματος, αν ομολογεί όχι μόνο με λόγια αλλά και με έργα ότι ο Ιησούς Χριστός πράγματι σαρκώθηκε και έζησε σαν άνθρωπος φέροντας την ανθρώπινη φύση, αυτός ο άνθρωπος είναι από το Θεό. Ένας τέτοιος άνθρωπος ήταν και ο Άγιος Ευτυχής. Σαν γνήσιος μαθητής του Αγίου Ιωάννη του Ευαγγελιστή, απέδειξε περίτρανα στη ζωή του ότι είναι πραγματικά άνθρωπος του Θεού. Κήρυξε με ανδρεία το Ευαγγέλιο, γκρέμισε πολλούς ναούς ειδώλων, υπέμεινε δαρμούς και κακοπάθησε πολλά χρόνια δέσμιος μέσα στη φυλακή. Κατόπιν τον έριξαν στη φωτιά και μετά στα πεινασμένα θηρία. Επειδή, όμως, ένα από τα θηρία μίλησε με ανθρώπινη φωνή, αλλά και επειδή στη συνέχεια έμεινε αβλαβής από τα υπόλοιπα μαρτύρια, όλοι εξεπλάγησαν. Εξ’ αιτίας, λοιπόν, αυτών των θαυμάτων, τον άφησαν ελεύθερο να γυρίσει στην πατρίδα του Σεβαστή, όπου ειρηνικά παρέδωσε στον Κύριο το πνεύμα του.

Απολυτίκιο. Ήχος δ’. Ο υψωθείς εν τω Σταυρώ.

Ως φοιτητής των ιερών Αποστόλων, της ευσέβειας υποφήτης εδείχθης, και την του Λόγου σάρκωσιν εκήρυξας τρανώς, όθεν ενδιέπρεψας, μαρτυρίου τοις πόνοις, θαύμασι της πίστεως, βεβαιώσας τον λόγον. Ιερομάρτυς Πάτερ Ευτυχές, Χριστόν δυσώπει, υπέρ των ψυχών ημών.

Hieromartyr Eutyches the Disciple of St John the Theologian

The Hieromartyr Eutyches, a disciple of the holy Apostles John the Theologian and Paul, lived from the first century into the beginning of the second century, and was from the Palestinian city of Sebastea.

Although St Eutyches is not one of the 70 Apostles, he is called an Apostle because of his labors with the older Apostles, by whom he was made bishop. After hearing about Christ the Savior, St Eutyches first became a disciple of the Apostle John the Theologian. Later he met the Apostle Paul, and preached together with him on the early journeys.

St Eutyches underwent many sufferings: they starved him with hunger, beat him with iron rods, they threw him into the fire, and then to be devoured by wild beasts. Once, a lion was let loose upon the saint, which astonished everyone because it praised the Creator with a human voice. The hieromartyr Eutyches completed his labors in his native city, where he was beheaded with a sword at the beginning of the second century.

Πηγή: Συναξαριστής και OCA

SAINT MARY MAGDALENE

Saint Mary Magdalene. Drawing by a 5-year-old.

Saint Mary Magdalene. Drawing by a 5-year-old child.

by St Nicholas Velimirovic

Mary Magdalene was one of the myrrh-bearing women and «equal to the apostles». She was born in the town of Magdala along the shore of Lake Gennesaret and was from the tribe of Issachar. She was tormented by seven evil spirits from which the Lord Jesus freed her and made her whole. She was a faithful follower and servant of the Lord during His earthly life. Mary Magdalene stood beneath the Cross on Golgotha and grieved bitterly and mourned with the All-Holy Birth-giver of God. After the death of the Lord she visited His sepulchre three times. When the Lord resurrected she saw Him on two occasions: once alone and the other time with the other myrrh-bearing women. She traveled to Rome and appeared before Tiberias Caesar and presenting him with a red colored egg, greeted him with the words: «Christ is Risen!» At the same time, she accused Pilate before Caesar for his unjust condemnation of the Lord Jesus. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »