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Against pride (the Word of the majestic and ascended)
24.07.2017

Against pride (the Word of the majestic and ascended)

It is known that the highest of the angels, Dyennitsa, was killed with pride and pride, and also that pride was the cause of the fall of our forefathers. Seduced the last words of the devil: be as bosi (Gen. 3: 5), and now because of pride and disobedience to God appeared, and the commandment of God is broken, and the condemnation for sin to death, and expulsion from paradise followed.

Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Grand Duchess Russian Olga - Memorial Day 24 July
23.07.2017

Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Grand Duchess Russian Olga - Memorial Day 24 July

"The head of the faith" and "the root of Orthodoxy" in the Russian land from ancient times, called the holy Equal of the Apostles Olga people. The baptism of Olga was marked by the prophetic words of the patriarch who baptized her: "Blessed are you in the wives of the Russians, for you have left darkness and loved the Light.

Sleep infants
23.07.2017

Sleep infants

One of the unavoidable theological truths in history is the fact that infants can see God. Their gentle, transparent and pure world does not prevent the glimpses of light from penetrating from the spiritual realm. Their inner eyes are still strong enough to perceive the outbursts of heavenly lightning, and the ability to cognize is deeply rooted in Adam's lexicon passing through the heart and giving meaning and the name of the whole universe.

Yes, my ancestor committed a grave sin
22.07.2017

Yes, my ancestor committed a grave sin

Today's admirers of Ivan the Terrible "do not see" his crimes, and those who point to these crimes are called "liberals and Russophobes." And in the XVII century no one Ivan Vasilyevich did not justify - neither the people nor Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich. Why? And what is the difference between people's attitude toward tyrants then and now? The publicist and theologian Sergey Khudiev is contemplating.

"God gives grace to the humble": virtues and spiritual skills that heal the passion of pride
22.07.2017

"God gives grace to the humble": virtues and spiritual skills that heal the passion of pride

The heavier the disease, the harder the treatment. The same can be said about the passions of men: the deeper roots they let in the human heart, the more complex the principle of healing. What are the ways to heal a person who is ill with pride, you will learn in this article.

Heresy
21.07.2017

Heresy

The Lord "appointed some as apostles, others prophets, some as evangelists, some as pastors and teachers, to the performance of the saints, to the work of ministry, to build the Body of Christ, until we all come to the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God, to the perfect man, to the measure of the full age of Christ ; That we may not be infants, who are wavering and carried away by every wind of doctrine, by the craftiness of men, by the crafty art of deceit "(Eph. 4: 11-14).

Healing with sorrows, exhortations and reproof: about overcoming the passion of pride
21.07.2017

Healing with sorrows, exhortations and reproof: about overcoming the passion of pride

In order to understand what the overcoming of the passion of pride is, it is necessary to understand which obstacle must be overcome in the first place: it will be the spiritual blindness of passion. You can fight with it in different ways. In this, first of all, God helps - trials, sorrows and illnesses, and people can help - both exhorting and denouncing.

Our inner rival
20.07.2017

Our inner rival

There are phenomena in the world about which, it would seem, all people are fully aware, and no special spiritual knowledge is needed to find the right place in their life. To such things, perhaps, is conscience.

"The kingdom of God is within you"
20.07.2017

"The kingdom of God is within you"

... The Lord calls bliss not the opportunity to know anything about God, but to have God in him, because blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. But not as a sight for the cleansed of the spiritual eye, God is offered. On the contrary, the height of this saying may be the same as the opening of the Word, telling others: "The kingdom of God is within you" (Luke 17: 21).

The sayings of the Holy Fathers and Church teachers on various issues of spiritual life
19.07.2017

The sayings of the Holy Fathers and Church teachers on various issues of spiritual life

Many seem to be trying to be pious, but because they do not heed the word of God as a true and perfect rule, they do not believe in piety what it consists of, but in whatever their blind mind and flesh want, they are mistaken. Many of them what the person wrote, are unshakably kept, but what God forbade or commanded, the more they are neglected.

How can Jesus Christ be both God and man?
19.07.2017

How can Jesus Christ be both God and man?

We can feel the righteousness of our faith, but we can not always explain or prove it to a person who is not a believer, especially to someone whose worldview is somehow irritating.

Deep dislike for sin
18.07.2017

Deep dislike for sin

We need to come to such a dispensation, so that in our heart there was a deep dislike for sin, which became one of the components of our feelings and our thoughts. Sometimes it is difficult for us even to discern where good is in our souls and where evil is; Where we are, and where that which the devil has brought and sowed in our heart.

St. Sergius of Radonezh
18.07.2017

St. Sergius of Radonezh

Rev. Sergius was born in the village of Varnitsa, near Rostov, 3 May 1314 year in the family of pious and noble boyars Cyril and Mary. The Lord chose him from his mother's womb.

Acquisition of the relics of St. Sergius
18.07.2017

Acquisition of the relics of St. Sergius

The relics of St. Sergius († 1392; commemoration of his 25 September) were found 5 July 1422 under the reverend Nikon (** 1426; commemorated on 17 November). In 1408, when Moscow and its environs were invaded by Tatar hordes of Yedigei, the Trinity monastery was devastated and burned, the monks led by the abbot Nikon took shelter in the forests, preserving icons, sacred vessels, books and other shrines connected with the memory of St. Sergius.

Contemplating the "Trinity"
17.07.2017

Contemplating the "Trinity"

The image of "Trinity" by Andrei Rublev is the most famous and mysterious image of God in the history of Orthodox iconography. Who, besides the Rev. Andrew, had to do with the creation of the icon? What do the symbols behind the angels' backs and the window in the throne mean? For whom the fourth place is left behind the throne, and how can one "communicate" with this icon?

How to condemn a conviction
17.07.2017

How to condemn a conviction

The sin of condemnation is one of the most insidious, insinuating, unreadable and therefore the most common sins. He is easily camouflaged: condemning, we see in this a manifestation of our own morality, justice, and intelligence, insight: "I see who he is, I can not be fooled."

Vladimir Putin visited the Konevsky Monastery
17.07.2017

Vladimir Putin visited the Konevsky Monastery

During his visit to the island Konevets on Lake Ladoga Vladimir Putin familiarized himself with starting large-scale works on restoration of the complex Konevsky Monastery and talked with the representatives of the Diocese of Viborg, the website of "The President of Russia."

Instructions of the Monk Abba Dorotheus
17.07.2017

Instructions of the Monk Abba Dorotheus

Fathers said how each person should gradually purify himself. Every evening he must feel himself how he spent the day, and again in the morning, as he spent the night, and repent before God, in what he happened to sin. And each of us must say to himself: Did I say something that aggravated my brother?

Life as a school of humility
15.07.2017

Life as a school of humility

There are various virtues that a Christian needs to gain during his earthly life. But there is not a single virtue that man needs so much as humility.

What does God want from a priest and what do people want from him?
15.07.2017

What does God want from a priest and what do people want from him?

23 years ago, in the feast of the saints of the first-ever apostles Peter and Paul blessedly the elder Paisius of the Svyatogorets blessed, ranked in 2015 year to the rank of saints. Reflections of the Reverend Elder Paisius on the priesthood and pastoral vocation.

What is power?
14.07.2017

What is power?

They say that Christians worship corpses, but they themselves call them the strange word "power". For example, recently brought to Russia the relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker - the turn costs several kilometers. Slides of "Foma": we understand.

Reasoning
14.07.2017

Reasoning

Rev. John the Ladder - Reasoning is the true comprehension of the will of God at all times, in every place and in every thing; It is only in the pure in heart. Rev. Anthony the Great - Remember incessantly to people who are judicious, that raising this small and short-lived works in life, after death we will receive the greatest consolation and eternal bliss.

The relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker arrived in St. Petersburg
13.07.2017

The relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker arrived in St. Petersburg

The relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker arrived in St. Petersburg, the solemn meeting will be held in the Alexander Nevsky Lavra, the St. Petersburg Metropolitanate reported.

The root of all evil: the interaction of the passion of pride with other passions
13.07.2017

The root of all evil: the interaction of the passion of pride with other passions

Pride enters the heart of a person, opening the door to all other sins. It, like the root of a large tree, gives power and strength to all human sinful passions ...

Interpretation of the "prophecy" from Venediktov
13.07.2017

Interpretation of the "prophecy" from Venediktov

Bishop Egorievsky Tikhon (Shevkunov) categorically rejected any involvement in the decision to postpone the premiere of the ballet "Nureyev" at the State Academic Bolshoi Theater (Bolshoi Theater) of Russia. The head of the patriarchal council for culture expressed regret at the fact that journalists are increasingly resorting to the publication of dubious or frankly false data.

V.R. Legoyda: In boundless network "battles" a person is infinitely far from crying for his sins
12.07.2017

V.R. Legoyda: In boundless network "battles" a person is infinitely far from crying for his sins

Speaking on the air of the program "Bright Evening" on the radio "Vera" the chairman of the Synodal department for the relationship of the Church with society and the media VR. Legoyda called for restraint in the network disputes that unfold on various issues of social and religious life.

Think about your sins
12.07.2017

Think about your sins

One brother said to Abba Pimen: "I am troubled by thoughts and does not allow me to think about my sins, but they make me notice only the faults of my brother." How similar it is to us! Then Abba Pimen told him about Abba Dioscore, who was crying about himself in the cell.

Faith and unbelief: the mystery of man's conversion to God
11.07.2017

Faith and unbelief: the mystery of man's conversion to God

In 2009 year in London on 800 city buses were posted posters with the inscription: "In all likelihood, there is no God. So do not worry and enjoy life. " In response, the Orthodox Christians of London placed on the other buses the inscription: "God is, believe me! Do not worry and enjoy life! "On whose side is the truth?

In the West, no one is chasing ... and people do not go to church ...
11.07.2017

In the West, no one is chasing ... and people do not go to church ...

It turns out that there is a law: the more the material and spiritual sphere of life is oppressed, the more the spiritual flourishes. It is natural. Let's take a vegetable garden: the more we weed the weeds, the better the good seed will grow. Because a person has a highly developed carnal and spiritual sphere, this interferes with spiritual life.

Is it possible to be saved by the rich
10.07.2017

Is it possible to be saved by the rich

The Lord says: it is more convenient for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God (Matthew 19: 24). How to understand these words of the Savior? Is it not possible for the rich to be saved?

Intercessor of Russia. About the Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God
10.07.2017

Intercessor of Russia. About the Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God

As the first centuries, and the last fifty and a few years of the history of the miraculous image of the Mother of God, already the seventh century known as Tikhvinsky, are hidden under the cover of secrecy. According to legend, this image was written during life by the Most Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke, who gave it to his disciple Theophilus in the city of Antioch.

Protestants return under the control of the Pope
09.07.2017

Protestants return under the control of the Pope

Radio Vatican reported on an epoch-making event: Protestants and papists will sign a joint declaration on "ecumenical mutual understanding", which, in fact, will be the beginning of the unification of "churches".

Metropolitan of Damascene Velesinsky: Our rulers are separated from God
09.07.2017

Metropolitan of Damascene Velesinsky: Our rulers are separated from God

In the church of the holy martyr Kiriakia of the Athens district of Galatsi solemnly celebrated the feast day. Many holy believers gathered to honor the holy Kyriakia, the Greek portal "Romphea" reported.

Day of Remembrance of the Saints Prince Peter and Princess Fevronia of Murom. Day of Family, Love and Fidelity
08.07.2017

Day of Remembrance of the Saints Prince Peter and Princess Fevronia of Murom. Day of Family, Love and Fidelity

The blessed Prince Peter was the second son of Murom Prince Yuri Vladimirovich. He joined the Murom throne in 1203 year. A few years before, Saint Peter had fallen ill with leprosy, from which no one could cure him. In a dream vision, the prince was revealed that he could be healed by the daughter of a beekeeper, the pious maiden Fevronia, a peasant from the village of Laskova in the Ryazan land. Saint Peter sent his people to that village.

St. Theophan the Recluse. Thoughts for every day of the year
08.07.2017

St. Theophan the Recluse. Thoughts for every day of the year

Whoever is awakened by spiritual needs, under the influence of God's fear and the demands of conscience, he has a kind of feeling by which he guessed the meaning of the speeches relating to the subjects of the spiritual realm, even if they were clothed in a supply form.

On the freedom of genuine and imaginary
07.07.2017

On the freedom of genuine and imaginary

In the Apostolic Conquest of the 4 Week on Pentecost, the Apostle Paul speaks of freedom. "When you were slaves of sin, then you were free from righteousness. What kind of fruit did you have then? Such deeds, which are now ashamed of yourself, because the end of them is death. But now, when you are freed from sin and become slaves to God, your fruit is holiness, and the end is eternal life "(Rom., 6: 20-22).

ROC: the rights of Orthodox Christians in Europe were violated for a year more than 150 times
07.07.2017

ROC: the rights of Orthodox Christians in Europe were violated for a year more than 150 times

The Center for monitoring the rights of Orthodox Christians in Europe has registered 164 violations over the past year, and the situation in Ukraine and Kosovo is of the greatest concern, the representative of the Moscow Patriarchate to the Council of Europe and the European Union Hegumen Philip (Ryabykh) said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

About conscience
07.07.2017

About conscience

Abba Dorotheus - When God created man, He invested in him something Divine, some kind of thought, having in him, like a spark, both light and warmth; A thought that enlightens the mind and shows him that what is good and what is evil - this is called a conscience, and it is a natural law. Following this law, that is conscience, the patriarchs and all the saints of the law that was written before pleased God.

good and evil
06.07.2017

good and evil

Abba Dorotheus - God created man in His image, that is, immortal, autocratic and adorned with all virtue. But when he transgressed the commandment, having tasted the fruit of the tree from which God commanded him not to eat, then he was banished from paradise (Gen. 3), fell from the natural state and fell into the unnatural, and was already in sin: in popularity, in love To the pleasures of this world and in other passions, and had them, for he himself became their slave through a transgression. Then, little by little, evil began to grow and death began to reign.

Patriarch Kirill: Freedom from righteousness is death
06.07.2017

Patriarch Kirill: Freedom from righteousness is death

"In today's apostolic reading from Romans (Rom. 6: 18-23), the apostle Paul teaches us that there are two freedoms - freedom from sin and freedom from righteousness," the Patriarch drew attention.