Η ιστορία μιας θαυμαστής θεραπείας από τον θυμό (Αγίου Νικολάου Βελιμίροβιτς)

Ό Άγιος Τύχων του Ζάντονσκ είχε φύση εκρηκτική. Θύμωνε συχνά με τους ανθρώπους, μετάνιωνε, καί πάλι θύμωνε. Αυτή τήν αδυναμία του όμως τήν συναισθανόταν πιο έντονα άπ’ ότι οποιοσδήποτε άλλος. Πολύ προσευχόταν στο Θεό, να τον διορθώσει και να τον σώσει ο Θεός από τον τόσο οργίλο χαρακτήρα του. Καί πράγματι, κατά την Πρόνοια του Θεού του συνέβη κάτι που θα τιθάσευε γιά πάντα το θυμό του και θα τον οδηγούσε στην ταπεινοφροσύνη καί τη συντριβή. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

The Holy female martyr Marina

St. Nikolai Velimirovich

The Prologue of Ochrid

Marina was born in Pisidian, Antioch of pagan parents. At the age of twelve Marina learned about the Lord Jesus Christ; how He became incarnate of the All-Pure Virgin, how He worked many miracles, how He suffered death on the Cross and gloriously resurrected. Her young heart became inflamed with love for the Lord and she vowed that she would never marry and further desired in her soul to suffer for Christ and to be baptized in the blood of martyrdom.

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The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom

St Nicholas Velimirovic

«The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom» (Proverbs 1:7).

If someone were to know the number of stars in the heavens and the names of the fish in the sea and the amount of the grass in the field and the habits of the beasts in the forest and would not have the fear of God, his knowledge is as water in a sieve. And before death, his knowledge makes him a greater coward than the completely ignorant. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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Ανατολή και Δὐση…

Του Αγίου Νικολάου Βελίμιροβιτς

Ή ΔΥΣΗ ευρίσκεται στην σπασμώδη ταραχή, ενώ ή Ανατολή στην παραίτηση και την υποταγή στο πεπρωμένο.

Η ΔΥΣΗ συνεχώς τρώγει εκ του Δένδρου της Γνώσεως και αισθάνεται ολοένα και περισσότερον την πείνα δια την γνώση, ή Ανατολή κάθεται κάτωθεν του Δένδρου της ζωής, άλλα δεν μπορεί να φθάση εως τον καρπόν.

Η ΔΥΣΗ έχει μανία δια την οργάνωση. Ή Ανατολή έχει μανία δια τον οργανισμό.

Η ΔΥΣΗ απαύστως τακτοποιεί τα εξωτερικά πράγματα, ενώ οι εσωτερικές αξίες ή μία μετά την άλλη εξαφανίζονται. Η Ανατολή απαύστως καλλιεργεί τας εσωτερικός αξίας, καθώς αϊ εξωτερικοί πίπτουν και χάνονται.

Η ΔΥΣΗ κτίζει τους τερατώδεις βαβυλώνιους πύργους, άλλ’ επειδή οι πύργοι αυτοί κτίζονται από ακατέργαστο πέτρα και επειδή πάντοτε τείνουν προς μία πλευρά, ταχέως καταρρέουν ή Ανατολή εν ιδρώτι κατεργάζεται «πέτρα την πέτραν» και κατάφερε να κατεργασθεί τας ωραιότερος πέτρας, όμως, καθόλου δεν ημπορεί να τας συναρμολόγηση σε ένα οικοδόμημα. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Saint John Chrysostom, Patriarch of Constantinople (13 November)

Agios Chrysostomos 35

John was born in Antioch in the year 354. His father, Secundus, was an imperial commander and his mother’s name was Anthusa. Studying Greek philosophy, John became disgusted with Hellenic paganism and adopted the Christian Faith as the one and all-embracing truth. Meletius, Patriarch of Antioch, baptized John, and his parents also subsequently received baptism. Following his parents’ repose, John was tonsured a monk and lived a strict life of asceticism. He then wrote a book, On the Priesthood, after which the Holy Apostles John and Peter appeared to him, and prophesied that he would have a life of great service, great grace and great suffering. When he was to be ordained a priest, an angel of God appeared simultaneously to John and to Patriarch Flavian (Meletius’s successor). While the patriarch was ordaining John, a shining white dove was seen hovering over John’s head. Glorified for his wisdom, asceticism and power of words, John was chosen as Patriarch of Constantinople at the behest of Emperor Arcadius. As patriarch, he governed the Church for six years with unequalled zeal and wisdom. He sent missionaries to the pagan Celts and Scythians and eradicated simony in the Church, deposing many bishops guilty of this vice. He extended the charitable works of the Church and wrote a special order of the…

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THE VENERABLE FEMALE MARTYR PARASCEVA [PARASCEVE] (July 26)

Agia Paraskevi

Parasceva was born in Rome of Christian parents and from her youth was instructed in the Faith of Christ. With great fervence, St. Parasceva endeavored to fulfill all the commandments of God in her life. Believing strongly and living according to her faith, Parasceva directed others on the path [of salvation] with the help of the True Faith and pious living. When her parents died Parasceva distributed all of her property to the poor and was tonsured a nun. As a nun she preached the Faith of Christ with an even greater zeal, not hiding from anyone, even though at that time the Roman authorities bloodily persecuted the Faith of Christ. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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 »

THE HOLY MARTYR EMILIAN AND THE VENERABLE PAMBO (JULY 18)

Saints Valentina, Pambo and Emilian (July 18).

Saints Valentina, Pambo and Emilian (July 18).

THE HOLY MARTYR EMILIAN

During the reign of Julian the Apostate, in the Thracian town of Dorostolon, lived a young man, Emilian, a servant of the mayor of the town. When the apostate emperor began to destroy Christianity throughout the realm of the Roman Empire by fire and sword and, when the emperor’s representative came to Dorostolon to kill the Christians, he did not find a single one. Rejoicing at this, he sponsored a great banquet for the citizens of Dorostolon and ordered sacrifices to be offered to the idols and rejoicing ensued throughout the entire town, day and night. That night, St. Emilian entered the pagan temples, markets and the streets of the town and smashed all of the idols with a sledgehammer. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Sts. Eusebius, Zenon and Zenas (June 22)

A modern greek icon depicting Saints Zenon, Eusebius and Zenas

A modern greek icon depicting Saints Zenon, Eusebius and Zenas

1. THE PRIESTLY-MARTYR EUSEBIUS, BISHOP OF SAMOSATA

Eusebius was a great exposer of Arianism. When the throne of Antioch became vacant, Meletius was elected patriarch at the insistence of Eusebius. Meletius was a great beacon of the Church who, after his death, was found worthy of great praise by St. John Chrysostom. However, the Arians quickly banished Meletius from Antioch. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »