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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? "

How not to make a mistake in choosing a life path?
23.09.2017

How not to make a mistake in choosing a life path?

About the right choice of life path, not only are those who are just starting their own steps along the road of life, but also made a very significant segment of it. Someone realized that it was not going there, someone beckons the side paths, showing other possibilities for realizing their talents ... How to be? How to determine which road is right for you? How can you understand what God's Providence is about you? What should we do to make the road of life open in a clear perspective? And who can help, if you are at a crossroads?

Temptations
23.09.2017

Temptations

Rev. Isaac the Syrian - Know that if fire comes out of you (temptation) and burns others, then God will seek from your hand the souls that are burning with your fire. And if you do not throw in fire, but you agree with the plunger and enjoy it, then you will be among his accomplices in court.

The Patriarch warned the clergy against a formal attitude towards their ministry
22.09.2017

The Patriarch warned the clergy against a formal attitude towards their ministry

Patriarch Kirill called on the clergy of the Russian Orthodox Church to strictly enforce his instructions.

Shepherds of Humility
22.09.2017

Shepherds of Humility

The Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos is celebrated by the Church as a day of universal joy, because through the birth of the "Honest Cherubim" our salvation became possible. However, I would like to speak on this day about our immutable companions - sorrows, which even the Mother of God did not escape in His life, and the humility with which She was so rich. This and the pedagogical lessons of this holiday are discussed by the priests Demetrius Shishkin, Sergiy Begiyan, Dimitry Fetisov and deacon Valery Dukhanin.

How to grow spiritually. About daily confession
22.09.2017

How to grow spiritually. About daily confession

The 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 should say to himself:

Do not achieve what you want before the abdominal pain
21.09.2017

Do not achieve what you want before the abdominal pain

Our anxiety leads us to illness. Is it possible to calm down, looking at the saints - thinks Archimandrite Andrey (Konanos).

There is no sin that overcometh the mercy of God.
21.09.2017

There is no sin that overcometh the mercy of God.

Although, fortunately, rarely, but still there are people who, knowing a lot of sins, think that God will not forgive them, and thinking so, more and more come to the depths of evil and do not rejoice about their salvation. "Brethren!" this sin, called the sin of despair, is the most serious of all sins and inevitably leads a person to ultimate ruin.

We do not need to look for anything, because we have everything
20.09.2017

We do not need to look for anything, because we have everything

We do not need to look for anything, because we have everything. So I was in the south and I was surprised: there local women go somewhere in the mountains for twenty kilometers, walk along the steep paths to the holy spring, they take water there. The water tastes simply amazing, beautiful, legends are associated with it, and the holy place is all very well.

Most pray for peace!
20.09.2017

Most pray for peace!

In the last year and a half of the life of Abbess Theosemni, the sisters of the Greek monastery of Chrisopigi recorded the instructions of their abbess. We offer you a fragment from the book, which was published in the publishing house "Nikea" under the title "Most pray for peace. Words to the sisters. "

Home Goal - Christ
19.09.2017

Home Goal - Christ

On the eve of the feast of the Nativity of the Most-holy Lady of Our Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary, the Monastic Herald asked to answer questions about the monastic life of the Abbess Viktorin (Perminov), a member of the Collegium of the Synodal Department for Monasteries and Monasticism, rector of the Theotokos-Rozhdestvensky Stavropegic Women's Monastery in Moscow.

Philanthropy, favorites for the laity. Prayer
19.09.2017

Philanthropy, favorites for the laity. Prayer

St. Basil the Great Prayer is a pleading of blessings, sent by the godly to God. - But it is not necessary to supply prayer alone in words, but more so in the spiritual arrangement of the prayer. And we must always pray, at any rate.

Against anger and rancor
18.09.2017

Against anger and rancor

(From the word about anger, for example, keep anger at your friends in the region is given to the devil) Someone Isaac the monk told the following incident from his life. Once, he says, I quarreled with my brother and became angry with him. Meanwhile, sitting once for my needlework, I remembered my quarrel, repented and, worried by the fear of responsibility before God, thought: what should I do? At that time a young man came to me and, not creating, as it were, a sign of the cross, said: "You have sinned and are worried; surrender yourself to me and you will be at peace. " I, after learning that it was the devil, answered: "Go away, for you are not from God."

The rules of Christian hatred
18.09.2017

The rules of Christian hatred

How can you hate sin, but love a sinner?

The Birth of the Church of Christ
17.09.2017

The Birth of the Church of Christ

When the Holy Spirit fell on the disciples and followers of Christ gathered together, then the Church of Christ was born. After the ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ, returning from Mount Eleon to Jerusalem, the disciples of Christ gathered together and were unanimous in prayer.

When the end of the world will be, what number ...
17.09.2017

When the end of the world will be, what number ...

Many are now looking for the elders of the spiritual, they want to know the truth, when the end of the world will be, what number. And no one will find such an old man, and if he does, the old man will never tell him, because there are many questioners, but there are not people who can fulfill the will of God.

The Science of Thanksgiving God: Step by Step
16.09.2017

The Science of Thanksgiving God: Step by Step

Today I want to reflect together with you, dear readers, about gratitude. Do you know why? Because the more grateful a person is, the closer he is to perfection, and hence to God. These wonderful words were uttered by my beloved saint Nikolai Serbsky.

"I always saw the Lord before me"
16.09.2017

"I always saw the Lord before me"

God, who is omnipotent, all containing and controlling power, is with every man, with evil and good, as being everywhere and doing everything. As "He commands His sun to ascend above the wicked and good and sends rain on the righteous and unrighteous" (Matthew 5: 45), so does the life of all: good and evil, righteous and sinful, "for we live and move and exist "(Acts 17: 28).

Meeting point
15.09.2017

Meeting point

For a long time I could not understand what kind of "spiritual poverty" there is in the Gospel and why the poor in spirit are "blessed", that is, happy if we are used to believe that a person for happiness should be spiritually rich, the wealth of the individual is considered to be her dignity.

Should I give my children to an orthodox school?
15.09.2017

Should I give my children to an orthodox school?

On the first of September all our children go to school. Therefore, this time we decided to ask our pastors whether the Orthodox person should always try to send his children to study in an orthodox school. What here can be pluses, and what disadvantages?

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