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Great penitential canon: we read and understand
22.02.2018

Great penitential canon: we read and understand

Jesus Christ begins His sermon with actual words for all time: "Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand" (Matthew 4: 17). And how to repent? - we ask. What is the standard of repentance? King David also "made it", that is, he put us as a monument forever - an image of repentance in his psalm.

Compassion
22.02.2018

Compassion

With many sorrows and diseases our body is filled. Therefore, knowing the infirmity of our nature, we will not be proud and uncomplaining, but by mutual compassion we will propitiate the Creator, Who sends illnesses and heals, reduces to hell and builds from hell (26, 514).

Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts: "Now, as always, Christ will be magnified in my body"
21.02.2018

Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts: "Now, as always, Christ will be magnified in my body"

The Great Lent continues - a special time in the life of the Church, when, among other things, the liturgical life is also changing. On the days of Lent, a full liturgy is not performed. This is due to the fact that it is the most solemn and joyful event in the liturgical circle.

"A court without mercy has not shown mercy" (James 2, 13)
21.02.2018

"A court without mercy has not shown mercy" (James 2, 13)

We therefore forget about good deeds, that we use excess well-being and, calling ourselves sinners, we say it insincerely. St. John Chrysostom (35, 162). A disgraceful ascetic is a barren tree. Reverend Isaac the Syrian (55, 414).

Posts and their spiritual meaning
20.02.2018

Posts and their spiritual meaning

The fast (especially the Great) holy fathers called the spring of the soul, this is the time when we are particularly attentive to our soul, inner life. The fasting days are set so that we sometimes slow down the crazy run of vain earthly life and can go deeper, look inside ourselves.

The Athonite elders on fasting
20.02.2018

The Athonite elders on fasting

After the Forgiven Resurrection, also called "The Remembrance of Adam's Exile," the Church entered the field of Lent. His task is to help Christians cleanse themselves spiritually, worthily meet the Bright Resurrection of Christ. How with benefit for the soul to spend this time tell Athos ascetics.

The canon of Andrew of Crete: again about how bad we are?
19.02.2018

The canon of Andrew of Crete: again about how bad we are?

Every year in all Orthodox churches, the great penitential canon of Andrew of Crete is read. Again and again throughout the first four days of Lent, Christians are immersed in this tragic text, filled with descriptions of the horrors of sin and weeping for it.

Great Orthodox fasting. Rules for those who fast for the first time
19.02.2018

Great Orthodox fasting. Rules for those who fast for the first time

The measure of your post is determined in a personal conversation with a confessor or a confessing priest. The main idea here - fasting - is not a ritual of "sacred potato eating", but our sacrifice to God. And certainly he should not turn into the shortest way to get to the hospital.

The Merciful Loves God
19.02.2018

The Merciful Loves God

Merciful and philanthropic God accepts and loves, and if it is a righteous man - he weaves fairest wreaths, and if a sinner - forgives his sins as a reward for compassion for such a slave. St. John Chrysostom (37, 408).

7 weeks of Lent
18.02.2018

7 weeks of Lent

What do their names mean? A great fast for Christians is seven weeks (weeks) of intense spiritual work. Each of them ends on a Sunday (week) *, in which believers recall an important event in the life of the Church or a holy man whose feat the Church reveres as particularly significant for all Christians. The names of some of these seven weeks are widely known - such as The Crucifixion, The Passionate.

"As you have done this to one of these my little brothers, you have done it to me" (Matthew 25, 40)
18.02.2018

"As you have done this to one of these my little brothers, you have done it to me" (Matthew 25, 40)

Came a beggar? Remember how wretched you were and how rich! He asks you for bread, or drink, or, perhaps, another Lazarus lies at your gate? Be ashamed of the Mysterious Meal, to which you have started, the Bread that you have tasted.

Forgive and ask for forgiveness. On the eve of a forgiven Sunday
17.02.2018

Forgive and ask for forgiveness. On the eve of a forgiven Sunday

How often - in almost all the troubles with neighbors - for some reason it seems to us that we themselves have nothing to do and are not at all guilty. Already in the biblical account of the fall of the first people, we read how Adam justified himself before God: no, it's not my fault, but the wife you gave me.

Compassion and love for good are the true motivations for mercy
17.02.2018

Compassion and love for good are the true motivations for mercy

Someone gives alms for his field to be blessed, and God blesses his field, and he achieves his goal ... The other gives alms for his children, and God saves and protects his children. Someone gives it to be glorified, and God glorifies it.

Old, but not alone with Christ
16.02.2018

Old, but not alone with Christ

A word for the Lord's Savior. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit! Loneliness and old age, old age and loneliness ... In the perception of the overwhelming majority of modern people these concepts are interconnected indissolubly. And many people wonder whether it is possible to refute this established opinion - a false and erroneous opinion for every faithful disciple of Christ.

Mercy
16.02.2018

Mercy

"I want mercy, not sacrifice" (6, 6, 9, 13) Why are you surprised that charity is the hallmark of humanity? It is a sign of the Divine! (41, 542). A great and wise soul, nothing so encourages to do good things, as a consciousness, that by this it is likened to God. St. John Chrysostom (45, 264).

Need and passion
15.02.2018

Need and passion

Believing in Christ and coming to the Church, we realize the need to purify the soul from passions. But here we are faced with a serious difficulty. The fact is that any passion, being a painful state of the soul, parasitizes on the needs invested in man by God.

Serving the neighbor
15.02.2018

Serving the neighbor

If your brother finds it difficult, share your labor with him, in order to be able to hear you from the Lord on the day of the Court: "Since you did this to one of my little brothers, they made me" (25, 40) .

On the attitude towards the sinful neighbor
14.02.2018

On the attitude towards the sinful neighbor

The brother asked Abba Pimen: "If I see my brother's sin, is it useful to hide this sin?" The elder said to him: "When we cover the sins of the brethren, God covers our sins, when we discover the sins of the brother, then God will reveal our sins" . Reverend Pimen the Great (82, 337).

Thy kingdom come. What are we praying for in these words?
14.02.2018

Thy kingdom come. What are we praying for in these words?

The Kingdom of heaven. What is it and where? In philosophical and religious books, imagination or in general in the next world? Not every person, even a church person, can answer these questions from the point of view of the Church. Tell that we can learn about the Kingdom of Heaven from the Gospel and the Old Testament, how to understand the calls of Christ and what we pray for, calling His Kingdom, we asked the priest Sergii Kruglov.

The person - the defendant
13.02.2018

The person - the defendant

The agenda has already been issued to him, but the date has not been set: appearance in court can occur on any day of the year and at any hour. There will be no lawyers. Prosecutors, too. True, there will be guards, with impassive faces standing behind their backs. And there will be a Judge, fair and incorruptible. And of course, there will be a defendant, to whom everything will be clear without further ado.

"Judge not, that ye be not judged" (Matthew 7, 1)
13.02.2018

"Judge not, that ye be not judged" (Matthew 7, 1)

To die for the neighbor is to feel your sins and not to think of anyone else, whether he is good or thin. Do no evil to anyone and no one in your heart is angry with anyone. Do not despise him who does wrong. Do not enter into a society with a man who harms your neighbor, and do not rejoice with the one who does evil to another.

Spiritual food for those who celebrate Shrovetide
12.02.2018

Spiritual food for those who celebrate Shrovetide

Among our readers, of course, there are none who would not have heard, would not know anything about Shrove Tuesday, a special week, otherwise called cheese, because of the church ban on eating meat.

"Death of the sinful sinners"
12.02.2018

"Death of the sinful sinners"

The Scripture says: "The death of sinners is the cruelty." Why is the Lord so slow and does not send us death, and sometimes even gives us a very long time to cheer? In general, why are diseases given to us? In order for us to rebuild our lives, because a sick person somehow breaks out a little from the world of his passions.

Without eternity, a person disappears in everyday life
11.02.2018

Without eternity, a person disappears in everyday life

In today's Gospel of the Last Judgment, God reveals to us how He will come with glory, to judge the world, to restore everything in its true position, and tells us that the criterion on the Court will be the love that we showed to our brothers. The Lord described to us this terrible picture of His last Judgment.

"Whatever you want people to do with you, so do you with them"
11.02.2018

"Whatever you want people to do with you, so do you with them"

(Luke 6, 31) The root, original commandment: love. A small word, but expresses a comprehensive cause. It's easy to say - love, but it's not easy to achieve the due measure of love. It is also not entirely clear how to achieve it; for this reason the Savior furnishes this commandment with other explanatory rules: love "as yourself" (Matthew 22, 39), "whatever you want people to do with you, so do you with them" (Luke 6, 31) .

Marriage is a cross-road
10.02.2018

Marriage is a cross-road

Do not make a mistake, do not try to correct someone. This is a huge mistake in marriage. As in monasticism. When you come to the monastery, you are not allowed to correct the monastery, it is impermissible, you can not correct the elder or the brotherhood.

One day in the world of St. John Chrysostom
10.02.2018

One day in the world of St. John Chrysostom

We live in a changing world. Around life, death, past, aging, transitions from one stage to another. People become what their parents were, children grow into young men and turn into adults, old people go to the ground, and everyone is ruthlessly pursued by the specter of death.

How to help the older generation come to the Church? Pastors' answers
09.02.2018

How to help the older generation come to the Church? Pastors' answers

How to help our parents - those who are much older than we: mothers, fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers - to come to the Church? After all, the older generation grew and formed under the Soviet regime, when atheism was the dominant ideology. They are already rooted in their worldview, in their habits. They find it difficult to come to the temple, especially the first time. Very many of them still relate to the Church with distrust.

Love for neighbor should not be more love for God
09.02.2018

Love for neighbor should not be more love for God

Beautiful and praiseworthy is the love of one's neighbor, unless her cares distract us from the love of God. Reverend Isaac the Syrian (55, 402). "If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he can not be my disciple" (Luke 14, 26).

When to cope with yourself - it's easy. On internal discipline
08.02.2018

When to cope with yourself - it's easy. On internal discipline

At first glance, the concept of discipline may not seem to be directly related to the spiritual life. And this is really so, if we take the relationship with God as something abstract - as "faith in the soul." But for a Christian life, which is exactly a full life with Christ, discipline is one of the absolutely necessary qualities.

Love for neighbor
08.02.2018

Love for neighbor

"Love your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew 22, 39) There is no other path to the spiritual love with which the invisible image of God is inscribed in us, if first of all man does not become merciful in the likeness of Heavenly Father, who revealed His perfection in mercy. The Lord commanded those obeying Him to believe in mercy in the foundation of a God-pleasing life (82, 280).

Why should we repent and ask God for forgiveness?
07.02.2018

Why should we repent and ask God for forgiveness?

An important part of the Orthodox prayer life is repentance, weeping for sins, seeking forgiveness. To many it seems incomprehensible, depressive, humiliating ... In fact it is the proclamation of the greatest dignity and the greatest hope. Why in Orthodox prayers is constantly spoken about the sinfulness of man?

"Taste, and see how good the Lord is!"
07.02.2018

"Taste, and see how good the Lord is!"

(Psalm 33, 9) The one who has love - has God in himself (8, 68). He who does not have love in himself is deprived of divine grace (8, 391). Be brave and strong, try to continually nourish and multiply in yourself the love of God, so that the abundance of goodness that you receive from Him increases. St. Basil the Great (9, 208).

FAST. From the heritage of the Optina elders
06.02.2018

FAST. From the heritage of the Optina elders

In monasteries, there are no questions about fasting, but people living in the world are often at a loss: how to fast when colleagues or family do not fast, when it is necessary to work full-time and have a lot of time to get to work, when diseases and infirmities prevail, fatigue and stress?

About the Great Lent
06.02.2018

About the Great Lent

The time of the great fast is the time of renewal, purification and, most importantly, the time for preparation for the reception of Divine healing Grace. But the main thing the Lord tells us is that He is the only gate to the realm of purity and light.

The Parable of the Prodigal Son
05.02.2018

The Parable of the Prodigal Son

11 Still said: some man had two sons; 12 and the younger of them said to his father: Father! give me the part of the estate that's next to me. And the father shared his estate with them. 13 After a few days, the youngest son, having collected everything, went to the far side and there he wasted his estate, living dissolute. 14 When he lived everything, there was a great famine in that country, and he began to need ...

Conditions of being in love with God
05.02.2018

Conditions of being in love with God

The condition of being in God's love and in union with God is to keep the Gospel commandments. Bishop Ignatius (Bryanchaninov) (108, 519).

Run the evil of wicked usury
04.02.2018

Run the evil of wicked usury

A terrible, very terrible disease, oh, soul, is self-esteem, and this evil nature, having established itself for a long time in our souls, requires great labors and feats until it is banished from us.

The fear of God gives birth to love, but perfect love casts out fear
04.02.2018

The fear of God gives birth to love, but perfect love casts out fear

How will I sing, how will I glorify, how worthily I will praise my God, who has prevailed over my many sins? How in general do I look at the height? How can I raise up my eyes, how shall I open my mouth, Father? How do I move my lips, how will I stretch my hands to the height of heaven?

Makarii the Great about the first step to salvation
03.02.2018

Makarii the Great about the first step to salvation

Dear brothers and sisters, today we are commemorating the Monk Makarii the Great. On the day of remembrance of such saints, it is important for us to consider what is useful from their life, what we can apply in our own, and to hear their spiritual instruction that comes to us from the depths of centuries.