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Patriarch Kirill: Artistic fiction and lies are different things
15.10.2017

Patriarch Kirill: Artistic fiction and lies are different things

12 October 2017 year His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia headed the regular meeting of the Supreme Church Council of the Russian Orthodox Church. Opening the meeting, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church addressed the opening address in which he shared his thoughts on the evaluation of the events of the revolutionary events of 100-year-old and on the objective assessment of the facts of Russian history.

Do not have seductive books and pictures in houses
15.10.2017

Do not have seductive books and pictures in houses

In your houses sometimes you have to meet very unpleasant things. On the walls, next to St. icons, you see sometimes pictures of the most seductive kind, and among literate on the shelves between sacred books often lie songbooks or books immoral. As it is sinful and dangerous, you can see from the following narrative.

Cover - the main holiday of Russia
14.10.2017

Cover - the main holiday of Russia

The culture of any nation has unique elements that distinguish it from the spiritual traditions of other ethnic groups. And the more these elements, the more unique and richer is the legacy that the nation passes through the ages from generation to generation. A special place in this legacy is occupied by popular festivals, which represent the personification of the world outlook peculiar only to a given people.

Hiding his sins in confession
14.10.2017

Hiding his sins in confession

Concerning the Sacrament of Penance, the Church makes the following definition among other things: whoever conceals his sins in confession, he not only does not receive forgiveness in them, but also doubles them. "If anything is hidden from me," the confessor confesses to confession before the confession: "The sin of Imah is great."

Whom to believe?
13.10.2017

Whom to believe?

"Many will say to me in that day: Lord! Lord! Have we prophesied in your name? And did not they cast out demons in your name? and did not many miracles work in your name? And then I will tell them: I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of iniquity "(Matthew 7: 22-23).

The Apostle Paul speaks
13.10.2017

The Apostle Paul speaks

The apostle Paul says: There are saints like the sun in heaven; the sun is different from the earth in glory; and the stars are also different: one is brighter, the other is shorter. But every Christian is called to holiness.

Planting neopaganism - this is not a revival of the religion of our ancestors
12.10.2017

Planting neopaganism - this is not a revival of the religion of our ancestors

Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk commented on the special report of Alexander Lukyanov "Witnesses of Perun", which was shown on the TV channel "Russia 24".

Scripture is the law of life, and it is necessary to read it
12.10.2017

Scripture is the law of life, and it is necessary to read it

Do not bother yourself with reading, which is not followed by deeds, because the law is performed only by deeds. Rev. Ephraim the Syrian (28, 220). The clay assumes any shape that the hands that mold it from it, so one needs to conform to what God commands ... St. John Chrysostom (35, 185).

Waste yourself for others
11.10.2017

Waste yourself for others

In the Apostolic Conquest of the 18 Week at Pentecost, Saint Paul speaks of charity. "He that soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; but he who sows generously, will reap generously "(2 Corp. 9: 6). The apostle uses images from the world of farming: sowing, harvesting. Here there is wisdom.

Repentance does not save us, if after that we begin again to apply our sins to sins
11.10.2017

Repentance does not save us, if after that we begin again to apply our sins to sins

There are quite a few people who, having repented of their sins and received forgiveness in them, after the confession, are again immediately taken to sin, again blacken themselves with filthy sins, think that this is nothing, and, comforting themselves, they say: "God is merciful, God will forgive you again. "

Time to be protected
10.10.2017

Time to be protected

The most expensive things in life are those that do not have a price. For which, no matter how much you pay, you will not get it, and you will not buy it. There are no such stores and commodity bases. Obviously, there is a lot of expensive, which can be bought, podnatuzhitsya, steal, in the end. But there are things that you can not steal and you will not buy. And the main one is time. We are rich, as long as we have time.

Distorting words of church prayers accept condemnation
10.10.2017

Distorting words of church prayers accept condemnation

While reading church prayers, many of you add to them, which does not follow, or mispronounce the words in them, and distort their meaning. This, brethren, is not good. How dangerous and destructive is such self-will in the use of prayers received by the Holy Church, mostly from holy people, about this, listen to the following narrative.

Can the grace of God be useless?
09.10.2017

Can the grace of God be useless?

Every Sunday we come to the temple, wanting to receive the grace of God. What is grace? Uncreated energies of God; the power of the Lord, aimed at the salvation of man, changing his personality and nature.

Who saw God?
09.10.2017

Who saw God?

Despite God's Everywhere Presence, God can not be seen with physical sight, for God does not have in himself such that the visible world consists of. God is Spirit (John 4: 24). God has a special nature, which has no analogies in the created world.

How not to be strangled by the "money toad"
08.10.2017

How not to be strangled by the "money toad"

"In order to have money in the house, you need ...". If you think that further will be said "a lot of work", then you are an adequate person, sensibly assessing the situation. But it will be said another. "In order to have money in the house, you need to put a" money toad "and" God Hotei ", and they will bring you luck and money." Approximately so write on the majority of sites on "feng shui" and other modern ways of attraction in the house of success and money. And experience shows that many people do just that.

Following Christ
08.10.2017

Following Christ

... If you want to follow our Lord Jesus Christ, then keep his commandments. If you want to crucify with Him your old man, then remove those who take you from the cross. And prepare your heart to bear a complacent humiliation, to love those who insult you - to humble yourself before everyone, to restrain your wishes. Be silent with your tongue and mouth, do not judge anyone in your heart (82, 144).

About cremation
07.10.2017

About cremation

Modern secular culture denies this. She claims that people are one thing, and their (dead) bodies are another, and when cremated, not a person burns, but only his body. That is, a "real" person is identified with his soul, which lives in his body, just like a letter is in an envelope. In this case, the envelope does not have a permanent function and is used only for the safe delivery of the letter.

He condescended to us to ascend ...
07.10.2017

He condescended to us to ascend ...

Let us be likened to Christ, for Christ is likened to us. We will become rich in Him, for He also became a man for us. He took the worst to give the best, impoverished, so that we could be enriched by his poverty. He took the image of a slave, so that we could get freedom.

Faith, Hope and Love ...
06.10.2017

Faith, Hope and Love ...

It so happened that Faith, Hope and Love, which are mentioned in orthodox saints 30 September, are considered to be originally Slavic names. But in fact this is a translation from the Greek language, and the holders of these names were Romans and suffered for Christ in the first half of the II century.

Three love
06.10.2017

Three love

Man is created in three parts: he has flesh, soul and spirit. And all three of these members are capable of love: love can be carnal, love can be spiritual, and love can be spiritual. And in each of us, one of these kinds of love prevails.

Who is God?
05.10.2017

Who is God?

Religion can only be called that worldview in which there is an idea of ​​God, the idea of ​​God, the recognition of God, faith in God. If not, there is no religion. We can call such a faith as you like: shamanism, fetishism, astrology, magic ...

God's providence
05.10.2017

God's providence

If the hair does not fall from the person's head without the will of God, the more so the phenomenon in the world of man is also connected with the providence of God. Therefore, each of us has a specific purpose in the world. And if all people fulfilled this destiny, then we would have a completely different life than the one we have now.

What is the "seed of aphid" in the second prayer "for sleep to come"?
04.10.2017

What is the "seed of aphid" in the second prayer "for sleep to come"?

Orthodox Christians of the Slavic tradition are well acquainted with the words "as if the seed of aphids are in me" - they are part of the second prayer from the rule "for sleep to come" (in the Greek environment, this prayer is not widely known [1]). Saying these words, the worshiper recognizes that the "seed" is invisibly present in it, that is, a certain germ, "decay". How justified is such a bitter confession?

Unskilful should not assume the titles of teachers and interpret the word of God
04.10.2017

Unskilful should not assume the titles of teachers and interpret the word of God

It happens that the literate of you, who have lived in cities for the most part, and who have listened to different scribblers on returning home, take on the title of teachers, gather around themselves simpletons, begin to read to them from the Divine, and the word of Holy Scripture is interpreted as soon as it pleases them , with full confidence that they are doing a good deed.

On biblical names, or How not to confuse the Pharisees and publicans?
03.10.2017

On biblical names, or How not to confuse the Pharisees and publicans?

Continuing the theme of the difficult places of the Gospel, let's talk about names. The Bible contains many names. And even if a person opens it for the first time, some names will be familiar, others will not. I will not now consider the Old Testament, since our main theme is the Gospel. Therefore, we will talk about the New Testament names.

We are the likeness of the Lord
03.10.2017

We are the likeness of the Lord

The Lord created us in his own image and in the likeness. And since the Lord is the Holy Trinity, we also have a trinity that is observed in everything. For example, a person consists of a body, soul and spirit, although he often does not even know this. Some even go so far as to deny the existence of the soul and believe that they consist of only one body - and almost so, in fact, it turns out at times.

Love
01.10.2017

Love

People should love each other. This is a truism truth, at the same time it is almost completely unimplemented and, moreover, littered with long conversations around it and around it. To love, you need grace and willingness to sacrifice. Otherwise, only selfishness and exhausting verbiage.

Everyday affairs and needs do not hinder our salvation
30.09.2017

Everyday affairs and needs do not hinder our salvation

Who ceases to care for his salvation, is lazy to go to the temple of God and at home to pray to God, that his negligence begins always to work. "I'm sinful," such a man usually says, "but you will not do anything."

What does the Lord want?
29.09.2017

What does the Lord want?

The Lord wants us to get rid of our passions in the soul, from our sins, and not that we become people who live by some external rules. For God it is important what we are inside, in essence. There are people who go to church and pray for a dress, and the apartment is sanctified by them, and the lamp is there, and the icons, and the books, and the Bible, and the prayer books - well, everything is there, just to the heart's content, and the eyes are envious, the heart is stone, the tongue is wicked.

We say one thing, we think another
28.09.2017

We say one thing, we think another

When we love, we need to remember that with another person we must live in harmony. That is, "love" - ​​this does not mean that I will agree with you in everything. Similarly, if I do not agree, it does not mean that I do not love you and every time I raise a scandal or a quarrel.

Theophany
28.09.2017

Theophany

Jesus Christ is the head, and we are the body; He is the foundation, we are the building; He is the vine, we are the branches; He is the bridegroom, we are the bride; He is the shepherd, we are sheep; He is the way, we are going, we are the temple, He is the inhabitant; He is the first-born, we are brothers; He is an heir, we are joint heirs; He is the light, we are illuminated. All this speaks of unity and does not allow any gap between Him and us, even the smallest. St. John Chrysostom (113, 279).

All for one
27.09.2017

All for one

I care. I'm worry. What do I worry about? About the problem of another person. Not out of curiosity, but because when I'm worried about his problem, it means I'm alive; if I did not worry about the problem of another person, then I would die. And I would not just die, but, unfortunately, I would not be a dead person, which means that by my presence I would pollute the people with whom I live.

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God"
27.09.2017

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God"

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God" (Mt. 5: 8). God is offered to the eyes of those who have cleansed the heart. But, as the great John says: "No one has seen God at any time" (John 1: 18). This is confirmed by a high understanding of Paul: "Whom none of the people saw and can not see" (1 Tim ... 6: 16) ...

Good life has to know God
27.09.2017

Good life has to know God

A good life has to know God, and the knowledge of God serves to protect life. St. John Chrysostom (46, 1012).

Matilda: the countdown point
26.09.2017

Matilda: the countdown point

Prior to the release of the director Alexei Uchitel's film "Matilda" there was one month left. Nezavisimaya Gazeta appealed to the chairman of the Patriarchal Council for Culture, bishop Egorievsky Tikhon (Shevkunov) with a request to express his personal point of view, and if possible, the official position of the ROC on the conflict around the film "Matilda".

For the souls of children we will answer God
26.09.2017

For the souls of children we will answer God

The birth of children was the greatest comfort for people when they became mortal. Therefore, the humane God, in order to immediately mitigate the punishment of the ancestors and weaken the fear of death, granted the birth of children, showing in it ... the image of the Resurrection (38, 162).

While you are on earth, do not explore the mountainous
25.09.2017

While you are on earth, do not explore the mountainous

While you are still below - in the earthly, do not explore the higher, that is, the heavenly. Ascending upwards, before reaching the altitude, do not be curious about the earthly, so that if you stumble, do not fall or say better so as not to stay below, thinking that you are going up (61, 554).

On the grace of God
25.09.2017

On the grace of God

The Holy Apostle Paul uses two important terms - grace and peace, of course, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I would like to dumb talk about grace (and this issue is inexhaustible): the word grace is often found in the Church.

What for?
24.09.2017

What for?

I watched somehow long documentary about the inhabitants of the Japanese island of Okinawa. On this island there is a famous karate school. And among other characters in the film was an old man who has been practicing this sport for many, many years and coaching young people.

Instruction to those who are jealous of the conversion of sinners
24.09.2017

Instruction to those who are jealous of the conversion of sinners

Often, brethren, lately, from some of you, I hear these words: "Behold, you often tell us that we should teach our neighbors good; but what should we do when they do not listen to us? And not only do not listen, but also often respond with ridicule and curses. Is it possible to teach a bad person? "