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Man always makes a choice between sin and the Kingdom of Heaven
17.08.2017

Man always makes a choice between sin and the Kingdom of Heaven

Man constantly makes a choice between sin and the Kingdom of Heaven. And gradually it is rebuilt and re-brewed until one long-cherished thought is left in his soul: he wants only the Kingdom of Heaven and nothing more.

How can you develop perseverance if you do not have it?
16.08.2017

How can you develop perseverance if you do not have it?

From the spiritual heritage of the bishop-confessor Vasily Kineshma (1876-1945), sermons were preserved, but most fully - "Conversations on the Gospel of Mark," a fragment of which we publish on the day of the memory of the bishop-confessor (13 August).

14-28 August 2017: The Assumption Post
16.08.2017

14-28 August 2017: The Assumption Post

The Assumption fast is one of four multi-day fasts of the Orthodox Church. It ends with a holiday, in honor of which it is named - The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin (28 August). This and one more holiday - the Transfiguration of the Lord (19 August) - create the mood of the Assumption fast, reminding us of the amazing humility and readiness to go through all that He has prepared, which the Lord and the Mother of God showed throughout their earthly life. Likewise, we should not perceive fasting as a constraint imposed on us, but as an act voluntarily taken and leading us to God.

Fasting is no reason for sadness
15.08.2017

Fasting is no reason for sadness

The Holy and Divine Scripture says: When you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, and do not be dull as hypocrites, for they take on grim faces (cf. 6, 16-17).

Prologue in the teachings for each day of the year. The vanity of earthly acquisitions
15.08.2017

Prologue in the teachings for each day of the year. The vanity of earthly acquisitions

There are many, and still today, gospel rich men dressed in purple and fine linen, feasting on all the days of light, but at the same time not knowing what love and compassion are. Many and now still can be found in the soul of exclaimers: I will tear down my granaries, and great creatures (LK.12: 18).

The Lord awaits every man's conversion
14.08.2017

The Lord awaits every man's conversion

A man came to Jesus, "and kneeling before Him, said: Lord, have mercy on my son." That is, he confessed Christ to the Lord and asked Him for God's pardon. Therefore, the Lord healed this unfortunate boy, who, since childhood, was demoniac. Demonized by all the people, but we mostly call the demoniacs of those who can not cope with themselves, with whom the will is completely enslaved by the devil.

Philokalia favored for the laity. Friends
14.08.2017

Philokalia favored for the laity. Friends

Rev. Maximus the Confessor - Many friends, but in time of prosperity, during temptations you will hardly find one. "Everyone should love from the heart, trusting in God alone and serving the One with all the strength."

The vagina of married life, or the conversation of a married man with an unmarried woman
13.08.2017

The vagina of married life, or the conversation of a married man with an unmarried woman

About the first way of salvation - monastic - monks should write, and they do it. About the second way - family life - said a lot, and I believe that they will say even more. It is wonderful.

About how much we care about the body and how little about the soul
13.08.2017

About how much we care about the body and how little about the soul

In the Gospel it is said: "Kai ba favor to man, if he acquires the whole world, and bridles his soul?" (Mk 8: 36). That's how precious the human soul is! It is more expensive than the whole world, with all its treasures and goods. But it's terrible to think how little we understand the dignity of our immortal soul.

If God is all-powerful, what are we doing?
12.08.2017

If God is all-powerful, what are we doing?

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. Reasonable questions of an atheist can confound even the most sincerely believing Christian.

How great is virtue in the eyes of God - with patience to endure undeserved insults and insults
12.08.2017

How great is virtue in the eyes of God - with patience to endure undeserved insults and insults

It is difficult, brethren, to bear the insults and insults you suffer, and the undeserved ones - and you will not say how difficult it is. In fact: nothing is guilty before a man, nothing but good, you have nothing to do with him, but he does everything he can for you, insults you at every turn, curses, and, moreover, often simply plead with you. What to do here?

To love means to sympathize with each other.
11.08.2017

To love means to sympathize with each other.

The love of God is manifested in the fact that a person begins to love everyone else. And to love means to sympathize with each other, to love - it means also to sympathize. As the apostle Paul says: "Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep."

On the Different Names of Christ
11.08.2017

On the Different Names of Christ

The treatise offered to the attention of readers is not scholasticism at all. This is what happens to us every day when we pray to the Lord Jesus Christ and call Him the Lamb of God, the Word-Father, the True and Living Way, the Physician of Souls and Body and many other sacred names dear to us.

On the softening and capacity of the heart
10.08.2017

On the softening and capacity of the heart

We all face this misfortune. We are at the service, we pray at home, we read the Holy Scriptures and books about spiritual life, we think about the things of the Divine, and our heart ... Our heart does not respond to all this. No, it does not simply not respond - it does not open, it does not seem to want to let in what is supposed to fill it, to become its content, its life. He does not want to let in grace.

House of the soul. About the Fishery of God
10.08.2017

House of the soul. About the Fishery of God

Whether somebody will do good to us or suffer an evil from someone, we must look to heaven and thank God for everything that happens to us, always reproaching ourselves and saying, as the fathers said, that if something good happens to us, then This is the work of God's Providence, and if evil, it is for your sins. For truly, whatever we tolerate, we suffer for our sins.

Reverend Abba Dorofey
09.08.2017

Reverend Abba Dorofey

Rev. Abba Dorotheus is venerated by believers as an outstanding God-pleaser, a zealous warrior of Christ. Despite the wide popularity of his name as the author of moral precepts and ascetic teachings, about the facts of his biography, details of his personal life, we do not know much.

Heavenly Anchor
09.08.2017

Heavenly Anchor

We live in an era of great confusion, confusion and chaos. And also tremendous spiritual poverty. Our era is prophetic and eschatological. The saints said that the time will come when people become so confused and distraught that they will call the light darkness. And vice versa: darkness will be called light. There will be no understanding in people, and literally everyone will go crazy and, upon seeing a normal person, they will say: "Look at this crazy man!"

St. Theophan the Recluse. A Guide to Spiritual Life: Faith
09.08.2017

St. Theophan the Recluse. A Guide to Spiritual Life: Faith

"Do not look at the fact that such a shakiness has gone everywhere." There is an immutable truth in faith, and here is proof ... How faith was first planted through preaching, the Lord hastened and the word affirms the subsequent signs, so after that it was supported and up to now The tangible presence of the power of God among believers, in the Holy Church, witnessed by signs. "The Lord says:" Behold, I am with you ", as he promised to be with us until the end of the age.

How to save the family?
08.08.2017

How to save the family?

§ No one should be told about the troubles that have befallen the family and the temptations. It is not ethical to talk about the infirmities of a loved one. Most often, the spouse or husband discuss the painful problems that have arisen with their parents. They are looking for support and comfort, but do not know what harm it does to the family.

"The time of our belly in the world and repentance to end ..."
08.08.2017

"The time of our belly in the world and repentance to end ..."

The Orthodox Church attaches great importance to the time as an instrument of our salvation. Therefore, the Church constantly prays: "Other times of belly (life) in our world and repentance to finish the Lord's request." How important it is that the remaining days of our lives pass in "peace and repentance"!

Who is in charge of the family?
07.08.2017

Who is in charge of the family?

Good afternoon, dear visitors! Who is in charge of the family? How does the Christian supremacy of a husband differ from despotism? Biblical women. Their purpose is to bear children and take care of their husbands. In today's world, the role of women has changed, and very often the woman is the head of the family. Why did the position of a man change so much? Is not this the Providence of God and the forgiveness of Eve for the apple?

How should wives behave in order to deserve praise from God and from people
07.08.2017

How should wives behave in order to deserve praise from God and from people

How should Christian wives behave in order to deserve praise from God and from people? What on this to answer? In the ecclesiastical word on the 23-th day of July, we read: "The Lord said to Eve:" Your turn is to your husband, and he will have you. "

Holy Mary Magdalene: "I saw the Lord!"
06.08.2017

Holy Mary Magdalene: "I saw the Lord!"

In the autumn of 1997, the Russian society was stirred up by a loud scandal - 9 November NTV broadcast for the first time on domestic air a film by the Italian director Martin Scorsese "The Last Temptation of Christ." The output of this tape on the screens very painfully hit the feelings of believers - Orthodox, Catholics, Protestants and even Muslims.

What is repentance?
06.08.2017

What is repentance?

It does not mean: here I drink, I make moonshine - I'm sinful. And tomorrow he drinks again and brews moonshine. Is this repentance? No. Repentance is: Lord, I realized, Lord, I will not do it again. And everything - everything broke, everything was poured into the toilet and forgotten.

Coal, to which it is not useful to touch
05.08.2017

Coal, to which it is not useful to touch

And as soon as we started talking about the priests at the Holy Liturgy, let's be very careful to look at them with great reverence and respect. Because the priest during the Holy Liturgy is not the same person who can drive a car, go shopping, take children to school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Holy Divine Liturgy
05.08.2017

Holy Divine Liturgy

The theme of the Holy Liturgy is very important. That prayer at the Holy Liturgy, which says that none of those bound by carnal desires and pleasures is unworthy to start and serve the Holy Liturgy [1], applies to those who are going to talk about the Holy Liturgy.

Russian ecclesiasticality is alive!
04.08.2017

Russian ecclesiasticality is alive!

A conversation with Archpriest Alexis Duncan, rector of the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin in Albany (USA). His ancestors 300 years ago came to America. And he himself often now in Russia and turns to the Russian roots of our compatriots who are leaving for the West. Why? This is our conversation with Archpriest Alex Duncan, rector of the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the capital of the State of New York, Albany.

Clean conscience
04.08.2017

Clean conscience

A clear conscience is a sign of a short memory. "A man who behaves well" does not always mean "good man". It's just that he had no reason to show his meanness. - Protodeacon Andrew.

Corruption and the evil eye: is it there or not?
03.08.2017

Corruption and the evil eye: is it there or not?

"I'll take away the damage," "I'll spoil" - these and similar announcements in the "nineties" were filled with advertising stripes of newspapers of almost all stripes and calibers. And advertising gave its "results". "Father, they damaged me" - or: "Father, advise a strong icon of the evil eye," - after two decades, these phrases are often heard from a variety of people entering the temple. And not only from "I'm dead" - it also happens that for many years the grandmother who goes to the temple will breathe a sigh at the confession: "Now, they spoiled it - it was hard to walk."

Everyone in need is your responsibility
03.08.2017

Everyone in need is your responsibility

The preaching of Metropolitan Surozhskogo Antoniya in 8-th week after Pentecost, on the Gospel reading of the saturation of the people with five loaves miracle. In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. From year to year and from generation to generation, we read the Gospel in new contexts and in the face of new circumstances, historical or personal. And each time this or that passage can strike us in a new way.

How to behave in the temple?
02.08.2017

How to behave in the temple?

A person comes to the temple to thank the higher powers, repent of their sins, to be morally regenerated, and sincere prayers will be surely heard by the Lord. However, today the common ignorance of the rules of behavior in the temple of God becomes a frequent obstacle to visiting the church.

Why do we not understand God?
02.08.2017

Why do we not understand God?

The second time we see the word "pity" in the Gospel. And we never find it in prayers, theological works and evangelical ethics. But it's written in black and white, purposely drawn attention to pity.

Day of the Holy Prophet Elijah
02.08.2017

Day of the Holy Prophet Elijah

The Holy Prophet Elijah is one of the greatest prophets born in 900 years before the advent of Christ the Savior into the world. The Prophet Elijah saw the glory of the Transfiguration of Christ on Mount Tabor (Matthew 17: 3; MK 9: 4; LX 9: 30). He was the first in the Old Testament to perform the miracle of the resurrection of the dead (3 17: 20-23) and was himself taken alive to Heaven, representing the coming resurrection of Christ and the general destruction of the dominion of death.

The rule of the Monk Seraphim of Sarov for the laity
01.08.2017

The rule of the Monk Seraphim of Sarov for the laity

§ Among worries and labors, not every Christian can read fully the morning and evening prayers. Clearly aware of this, Father Seraphim commanded a brief, accessible to everyone prayer rule, which remained under the name "The Rule of Father Seraphim," or

About that, with what disposition of spirit should go to church and how to behave in church and after an exit from it
01.08.2017

About that, with what disposition of spirit should go to church and how to behave in church and after an exit from it

When, on holidays, bell ringing invites us to church, we usually say: "They call, it means we must go." And how to go, with what disposition of the spirit, how to behave in the church and when you leave it, we do not think much about this. And yet, for our soul, this whole thing, and a matter of great importance. Therefore, a few words from the teachings of the holy fathers about him and say.

The world that bestows the Church. Conversation with students of the University of Cyprus
31.07.2017

The world that bestows the Church. Conversation with students of the University of Cyprus

Great comfort and relaxation for a person after the tiring worries of the day - give prayer at least a little time. Devote some part of the day to your soul, so that by prayer it is possible to attract to oneself the grace of the Holy Spirit, so generously poured out upon a person in the Church.

Philokalia favored for the laity. DISCOURSE OF MIND AND SIN
31.07.2017

Philokalia favored for the laity. DISCOURSE OF MIND AND SIN

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

Husbands, love your wives
28.07.2017

Husbands, love your wives

Let's continue our conversation about family life. Reading your comments on the first part of my article, I met interesting reflections: "The families of the priests are so ideal in family relations and the upbringing of children that they can not serve as examples, since they are practically" foreign "in the" people's body. "

The priest as a family man
28.07.2017

The priest as a family man

Family life ... What is it? Family happiness - is it, and if so, how to achieve it? These questions are old as the world, they excite and interest many people - always and everywhere. But as before, the veil and mystery surround what is connected with family happiness, and a true family life is a task with many unknowns.

To obey is to love
27.07.2017

To obey is to love

The problem of modern women is that they themselves create husbands, idlers, when they take upon themselves the masculine functions. Guys begin to drink, walk, live their lives, because in the families of the wife they are pushed under their heels.