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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.

Merciful Heart
27.07.2017

Merciful Heart

If you only knew how the merciful heart promotes prayer! If you want to pray truly, as it should, you need to become a merciful person. Gracious in the full sense of the word. When a person tells someone a good word that supports him, does some kind of good deed or gives someone charity, then his heart will certainly feel the emotion, which, in turn, will propel him to prayer.

About Salvation
26.07.2017

About Salvation

There is a close connection between flesh and spirit. That is why death is mysterious and terrible, just like a break. Therefore the ascetics of the past, humbling and exhausting one (the flesh), attained the humility of the other (soul). A soul that does not reconcile, God, as it should, can not bow. Will demand, as a conscious citizen, first compensation for the humiliation. And instead of leaving their sins as dirt, as an extra burden, such a soul will fight for them, as a part of itself, as for its own right and property.

Philokalia favored for the laity. NEEDS
26.07.2017

Philokalia favored for the laity. NEEDS

Rev. Isaac Syrin - Do not judge anyone, do not reprove, do not abuse, even extremely thin in your life. Spread your clothes over the falling one and cover it. And without work, do not get out of the door of the cell, so as not to know the evil deeds of men, but then, in ignorance of your mind, in all we will see the people of the saints and the good.

world creation
25.07.2017

world creation

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness was upon the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. (Gen. 1, 1-2).

Works of everyday life then benefit us, when we ask them for the blessing of God
25.07.2017

Works of everyday life then benefit us, when we ask them for the blessing of God

There are many rich, many and poor among us, and this is not surprising; But that's what is worthy of remarks: he is working his whole life, - he works and torments day and night, and all his work does not argue, and, with all his efforts, he can not get out of need; And the other knows less about him at work, and works less, but more and more he gets it, and happiness and contentment flow to him. "Why is this?"

Russian Church Abroad and the Communist State
24.07.2017

Russian Church Abroad and the Communist State

The tragedy of 1917 and the subsequent persecution of the Church led to serious difficulties in communication between Patriarch Tikhon and the Russian emigration. 1920 year was the beginning of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR; Russian Church Abroad). From 1931 to 2007 the Russian Church Abroad did not have a prayerful communion with the Moscow Patriarchate.

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.