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Once more about the post
29.11.2017

Once more about the post

First of all, fasting is something without which we can not overcome the forces of evil, which, as it is said, "are only expelled by prayer and fasting" (Matthew 17: 21). Fasting strengthens prayer, and in itself, as an action connected with our body, weakens the sinful desires of the body.

About the Nativity of the Lord and the time of the favorable - how not to lose?
29.11.2017

About the Nativity of the Lord and the time of the favorable - how not to lose?

Coming the beginning of the Christmas fast. About fasting, about its meaning, about goals and methods, measure and reasoning, so much has already been said by the holy fathers of our Orthodox Church, and by our kind instructors, pastors-feeders, that there is practically nothing to add.

Do not lose sight of Christ
28.11.2017

Do not lose sight of Christ

These words concern all of us. We all have a calling and an invitation from God, He calls all people, and there is not a person in the world who could say: "I did not have an invitation from God!" - because Christ is calling us to Himself with His Cross, His blood, the victim, the Resurrection.

Philanthropy, favorites for the laity. The power of God
28.11.2017

Philanthropy, favorites for the laity. The power of God

Rev. Anthony the Great - How much the power and might of God is incomprehensible, so much is incomprehensible and His actions. How immeasurable is His wisdom, so are His ways unsearchable (Rom., 11, 33).

About humility and vigilance
27.11.2017

About humility and vigilance

The book of the Swedish Orthodox writer Titus Colliander (1904-1989) "Narrow road", published in the publishing house of the Sretensky Monastery, is devoted to the most important topic of the Christian spiritual life - the daily ascetic feat of struggle against passions and purification of the heart for the Kingdom of God.

Commandments of bliss according to the Gospel of Luke
27.11.2017

Commandments of bliss according to the Gospel of Luke

In today's Gospel, we heard about how the Lord Jesus Christ, healing a lot of bodily diseases and becoming already well known among people, sets out the commandments of bliss, the commandments on which all Christianity is based.

There is no room for cunning and wickedness in the spiritual life
26.11.2017

There is no room for cunning and wickedness in the spiritual life

Jerusalem! Jerusalem! He who kills the prophets and stabs those sent to you! How many times have I wanted to gather your children, like the birds of their young under their wings, and you would not! (LX13: 34).

Philanthropy favorites for the lay people
26.11.2017

Philanthropy favorites for the lay people

"Everything that God does with us, whatever temptations may be imposed on us, He will do everything for our benefit, loving and pardoning us. And we must, as the apostle said, give thanks to all (Eph. 5, 20; 1 Saul 5, 18), and never be sad, and do not be unhappy about what is happening to us, but everything that happens to us, is taken without embarrassment with humility and with hope in God, believing that whatever God does to us, He does according to His goodness, out of love for us, and does well, and that it can not be otherwise good, if only in this way.

Approaching the end of the world
25.11.2017

Approaching the end of the world

In one of his recent speeches, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia mentioned the end of the world - which caused a lot of feedback, from which it became clear that this topic, on the one hand, deeply disturbs the audience, on the other - many people are completely unaware of this an important aspect of the Christian faith, and somehow even somewhat shocked that the hierarch of the Christian Church turns out to believe in the end of the world.

Prologue in the teachings for each day of the year
25.11.2017

Prologue in the teachings for each day of the year

St. Chrysostom of charity says thus: "The alms have much boldness: bound ones will solve the bonds, destroy the darkness, quench the fire, kill the worm, drive out the gnashing with a tooth and open the heavenly gate with much joy." Is it just so expressed about the charity of St.. Chrysostom? Yes, you know, brother, that is expressed quite rightly, and in the truth of his words should not be doubted.

"Do you want to turn off the Light of the world?"
24.11.2017

"Do you want to turn off the Light of the world?"

What happens when Christ is removed from life. Hurricanes, earthquakes, floods - why does God let them go? Now, the earth shook, and collapsed at home. But what are these houses? I once listened to the conversation of former Metropolitan Florinsky Augustine and was shocked by it. He spoke of blasphemy and said something I had never realized before. He said:

If we are so guided by at least one word from the Holy Scripture
24.11.2017

If we are so guided by at least one word from the Holy Scripture

If we are guided by at least one word from the Holy Scripture: "Thank everything for everything" - we will immediately see that our life will change very much, it will be very different from the life of all other people. And if we add the second: "pray unceasingly"?

"Serve God with fear and understanding"
23.11.2017

"Serve God with fear and understanding"

On the temptations in the life of the shepherd. Article 1. The word "temptation" is ambiguous. The most common interpretations of this term are: "temptation" and "test." When in the prayer "Our Father" we ask the Heavenly Father not to introduce us "into temptation," we ask that we not let ourselves be tempted beyond measure, that is, save us from temptations that exceed the measure of our spiritual strength and experience.

Philanthropy, favorites for the laity. Perfection of the spiritual life
23.11.2017

Philanthropy, favorites for the laity. Perfection of the spiritual life

Rev. John of Carpathia - The fire of the desire of higher blessings and holy meditation on the words of the Spirit let it burn incessantly on the altar of your soul. Blah. Diadhod Limit or top of the perfection of faith is the impassive immersion of the mind in God. The limit of hope (hope) - the suppression of the mind to the desired benefits. The limit of patience is invisible, as seen, in vain by clever eyes, steadfastly standing in patience. The limit of non-covetousness is to wish not to have, as one wishes to have.

Our Christianity: for the sake of the spirit or for the sake of form?
22.11.2017

Our Christianity: for the sake of the spirit or for the sake of form?

To heretics with love? We know that in our country the majority of its citizens are people baptized into Orthodoxy. But is it possible to say that each of these 60, 70 or 80 percent of Russians is a Christian? Of course, no, because if this were so, then the life of our country would have developed quite differently.

Philanthropy, favorites for the laity. Righteousness, joy, holiness, purity
22.11.2017

Philanthropy, favorites for the laity. Righteousness, joy, holiness, purity

Blah. Diadoch - The soul of the pure is peculiar: the word is invisible, zeal is not slight, and the exculpation of the glory of the Lord is unceasing. Then (when the soul is pure), and the mind correctly establishes its bowls (as are the weights on the scales) and remains sober in its judgment of all, as in the purest and incorruptible judgment.

Rev. Sergius of Radonezh and his role in reviving the traditions of the Russian Orthodox monasticism
21.11.2017

Rev. Sergius of Radonezh and his role in reviving the traditions of the Russian Orthodox monasticism

The Mongol yoke not only destroyed the ancient Russian statehood, but also caused irreparable spiritual damage to Kievan Rus. By fire and a sword, Batyevo invaded the land of Russia, exacerbating the political princely fragmentation of cultural and spiritual absent-mindedness.

Pastoral methods of St. Paisius to extract the good and joyful in the surrounding
21.11.2017

Pastoral methods of St. Paisius to extract the good and joyful in the surrounding

As one of the means of pastoral counseling, Elder Paisius determines the acquisition, the extraction of experience from events surrounding the person, circumstances, from communication with people who meet him on the journey. The Reverend offers the following ways.

"Someone touched Me"
20.11.2017

"Someone touched Me"

I remember one incident from my seminar life. The educational process was always interspersed with various works for the benefit of the seminary. Before lunch, as usual, we studied, and then systematically went to different obediences.

On the importance of the Lord's Prayer "Our Father" and about diligence in prayer
20.11.2017

On the importance of the Lord's Prayer "Our Father" and about diligence in prayer

Dear brothers and sisters, in the Gospel passage, which we heard today after the Divine Liturgy, Jesus Christ gives us a pattern of prayer, and, taking this opportunity, I would like to say a few words about it today.

Return your soul
19.11.2017

Return your soul

When was the last time you heard someone seriously worried about the state of their souls? And when patiently listened to a friend's complaints about his psychological or emotional problems? Do you feel the difference? It seems that we have become a society of soulless people, but crazy about psychology.

Hardness and perseverance are the fundamental factors of prayer
19.11.2017

Hardness and perseverance are the fundamental factors of prayer

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit! Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you, for everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to the one knocking is opened! (LX 11: 9-10).

Parental immunity
18.11.2017

Parental immunity

Who, if not the priest, knows how often adults and their elderly parents complain about each other: what kind of claims they do not express to each other! Whom to blame for these situations and how to overcome them? Archpriest Dmitry Roshchin tells about the conflicts between the generations of children and fathers in the pages of the magazine for parents "Grapes".

Philanthropy, favorites for the laity. Piety
18.11.2017

Philanthropy, favorites for the laity. Piety

Rev. Maximus the Confessor - The brother asked: "Who, Father, can fulfill all the commandments when there are so many?" The elder replied: "One who imitates the Lord and follows Him step by step". The brother said: "Who can imitate the Lord? The Lord was God, although he became a man, and I am a sinful person, enslaved to innumerable passions. How can I imitate the Lord? "

Biblical requirements for power
16.11.2017

Biblical requirements for power

The saints did not care who rules the people and how they rule. The very fact that John the Baptist, the greatest of all women born, denounced Herod for illegitimate marriage to his brother's wife, says so. He needs it, like, who with whom he sleeps and who has changed whom to whom?

Man grows either in sin or in grace
16.11.2017

Man grows either in sin or in grace

In the process of life, a person grows either in sin or in grace. There is no third; It does not happen that he lingered at some level and remained. A person either works, cultivates virtues through hard work and through falls, temptations, some spiritual difficulties still increases good in oneself.

Athonite Abbot Grigory (Zumis): "The priest is not the governor of God on Earth, but his novice!"
15.11.2017

Athonite Abbot Grigory (Zumis): "The priest is not the governor of God on Earth, but his novice!"  

During the traditional trip to Athos on his birthday, His Beatitude Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine Onuphrius met in the monastery Dohiar with his hegumen - Archimandrite Grigory (Zumis). Gerond Grigory is one of the most respected Athonite elders, widely known outside the Holy Mountain.

Philanthropy, favorites for the laity. Spiritual Wisdom and Mind
15.11.2017

Philanthropy, favorites for the laity. Spiritual Wisdom and Mind

- The mind acts by its nature, when it contains passions in obedience, contemplates the meaning of all things and dwells with God. The Christian manages these three ways: commandments, dogmas and faith. Commandments remove the mind from passions, dogmas introduce it into the knowledge of Jehovah, and faith - in the contemplation of the Trinity.

May we not be slaves to sin!
14.11.2017

May we not be slaves to sin!

The Lord is everything to us believers. He is the bread of life, He is the living water, He is the light, He is the good shepherd. So He is everything for our life. By believing in Him, we live by Him and by this we realize the meaning and purpose of our life and become able to enter into the eternal bliss of the Kingdom of Heaven.

Pray!
14.11.2017

Pray!

How many situations in life, circumstances, when our forces are decisively insufficient to provide the desired result! Or when it is generally clear: whatever we do, everything will be useless or even turn to harm.

The evil fate of the evil slave
13.11.2017

The evil fate of the evil slave

In the sacraments of Baptism and Chrismation, every Christian receives the gift of the Holy Spirit, the pledge of adoption to God, the pledge of our unity with Christ. But this is only a pledge that a person must develop and multiply.

That's what annoys you
13.11.2017

That's what annoys you

We endure all tribulations in our lives, that is, we bear every cross. Without a cross, there is not a single person on earth. And to easily bear the cross of Christ (as the Lord says, "My yoke is easy and My burden is easy"), which the Lord gives, the grace of God is needed.

In order not to get lost in the network
12.11.2017

In order not to get lost in the network

It's been three years since I've been living on Facebook ... I wrote and shuddered myself. Do I really live in it? No! I only use Facebook, but I live in life. Is it so? .. To be, not to seem. Why is there no certainty that I do not model there, in virtual space, in front of people, most of whom do not see me in everyday life - another myself and my other life? .. What? I do not represent anything in front of these people? .. What I do not fork in this way? ..

Philanthropy, favorites for the laity. Obsession of the mind and sin
12.11.2017

Philanthropy, favorites for the laity. Obsession of the mind and sin

- Evil is not in nature, and there is no one evil in nature, for God did not do anything evil. But, when someone with a lustful heart embraces the image of evil, then it, in spite of what is not in nature, begins to be in the form that the one who does so wanted.

"In Russian Orthodoxy, my faith has become clear"
11.11.2017

"In Russian Orthodoxy, my faith has become clear"

"And we came to the Greek land, and brought us where they serve their God, and did not know - in heaven or on earth we: for there is no such spectacle and beauty on earth, and we do not know how to tell about it, - we only know that God is there with people, and their service is better than in all other countries.

Philanthropy, favorites for the laity. Pretty
11.11.2017

Philanthropy, favorites for the laity. Pretty

- No one, hearing about the feeling of the mind, but does not imagine that the word of God is sensual to him. We say that the soul, when it is pure, inaccessible by some suggestion, feels the Divine consolation, but not so that it sensually reveals to her something of the invisible: for now we walk by faith, and not by sight, as the Apostle Paul said (2 Kor 5, 7).

Hegumen Vitaly (Grishin): "Disease is the grace of God"
10.11.2017

Hegumen Vitaly (Grishin): "Disease is the grace of God"

Hegumen Vitaly (Grishin) lived for more than twenty years on Mount Athos, served as rector of the church in honor of the icon of the Mother of God "The Execution of the Dead" in Cheboksary; now serves in the Moscow church of the Sovereign Icon of the Mother of God in Chertanovo. We got acquainted with him in the department of nephrology of the Central Clinical Hospital № 1 JSC "RZD", where he underwent treatment. Large, gray-haired, with meek eyes, Father Vitali is a good shepherd who helps to understand the meaning of suffering, to understand how one can not whine to God, becoming ill with such an incurable disease as diabetes.

How can a Christian be freed from the influence of fallen spirits?
10.11.2017

How can a Christian be freed from the influence of fallen spirits?

Today, at the Liturgy, a passage from the Gospel was read, in which the Lord cast out demons from the sick person. Seeing this miracle, the Jews begin to denounce Christ in that he casts out demons by the power of the demon prince.

How to live when everything is bad
09.11.2017

How to live when everything is bad

Your high-ranking, honorable fathers, dear brothers and sisters, I congratulate you on the feast in honor of the Mother of God and Her image of "Joy of All Who Sorrow"! She very often comes to our aid, when we can not expect help from anybody else, we do not hope for anyone else.

The spiritual path of man
09.11.2017

The spiritual path of man

Where does the spiritual path of man begin? Not that the grace of God immediately overshadows him and he becomes a saint. No, first he must believe. Here the Church teaches: fulfill the commandments, and then, as a result of the fulfillment of these commandments, the grace of God will come upon you.