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God is closer than we think
13.03.2018

God is closer than we think

This story, told by a woman agitated by a personal grief, struck me to the depths of my soul. In her once-happy family, a discord suddenly broke out, destroying the relationship with her husband, with whom they lived together for more than a decade.

Confirmation
13.03.2018

Confirmation

"The Spirit of the Lord God is on Me, for the Lord has anointed Me ..." (Isaiah 61, 1) It is fitting for those who are educated at Baptism to be anointed with the Anointing of Heaven and become partakers of the Kingdom of God. 48 rule of the Laodicean Cathedral (113, 505).

Ten instructions of the Athonite fathers about the cross
12.03.2018

Ten instructions of the Athonite fathers about the cross

1. The Lord loves us so much that we can not comprehend this. We see the cross, we know that He was crucified for us and died in suffering, but still the soul itself can not understand this love, but it is known only by the Holy Spirit. The Monk Silouan of Athos

"Whoever wants to be a friend to the world becomes an enemy of God" (James 4, 4)
12.03.2018

"Whoever wants to be a friend to the world becomes an enemy of God" (James 4, 4)

The word "peace" has two meanings in the Holy Scripture. 1. The word "peace" denotes all of mankind in the following and similar expressions of Scripture: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

Forerunner: Going ahead
11.03.2018

Forerunner: Going ahead

John the Baptist is given a very large place in the church tradition. From the history of his birth, the gospel narrative begins; Christ is often spoken about in His speeches; Many churches, monasteries and even cities are dedicated to him. But why?

"And breathed into his nostrils the breath of life"
11.03.2018

"And breathed into his nostrils the breath of life"

(Gen. 2, 7) ... The word "breathed in" the divine Moses points to the simplicity of the soul, to its inconsistency. St. John Chrysostom (40, 789-790).

Images of the theologian and pastor in the spiritual heritage of St. Paisius the Sacristy
10.03.2018

Images of the theologian and pastor in the spiritual heritage of St. Paisius the Sacristy

The Monk Elder Paisius of the Holy Trinity is one of the most respected and widely revered saints of the 20th century. He is known not only for his holy life, but also for creations in which he touches upon various aspects of spiritual life. The topic of his article, Archpriest Timofei Fetisov, rector of the Don Theological Seminary, chose the image of pastoral care in the elder's heritage.

The Creation of Man
10.03.2018

The Creation of Man

The Divine Goodness was not content with contemplating Himself; it was necessary that the blessing spread, went on and on. God is inventing, first, the angelic and heavenly powers. And thought was a matter that was filled with the Word and perfected by the spirit.

Such a "complex" Orthodoxy
09.03.2018

Such a "complex" Orthodoxy

The difference between "right glory" and "the right dogma", mentioned by me in other articles, is actually much deeper and is connected not only with the liturgical sphere. True, throughout the whole of its history, the Church has been concerned that the events in the worship express our faith - there should not be a gap between them.

Creation of life
09.03.2018

Creation of life

God said: "Let the earth bring forth grass, grass ... and a fruit tree yielding fruit according to its kind" (Gen. 1, 11). Then God said: "Let the earth bring forth the living creature ... cattle ... and beasts" (Gen. 1, 24). Why does the Scripture say: "Let it grow", but in another place: "Let it produce"?

Why does the church insist on abstaining before marriage and fidelity in marriage?
08.03.2018

Why does the church insist on abstaining before marriage and fidelity in marriage?

One of the areas in which the Christian and worldly morals are significantly divergent is ethics in the field of sex. The church insists that Christians should keep abstinence before marriage and fidelity in marriage. Many people have questions.

Creation of matter
08.03.2018

Creation of matter

Moses distinguishes two main types of creation, which followed one after another. The first creation in the proper sense, which was at the very beginning, when the Creator produced everything from nothing: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Gen. 1, 1), produced the very substance of the world, which contained the beginnings or embryos for all of its creatures .

Orthodox by faith, heretical behaviorist
07.03.2018

Orthodox by faith, heretical behaviorist

A few years ago, an inspector came to school once and said: - Let the students (the senior classes) write the task from memory of "Our Father". Not for testing and not for evaluation, but just to see how they write it. And let them translate into modern Greek.

"In the beginning God created the sky ..."
07.03.2018

"In the beginning God created the sky ..."

(Gen. 1, 1) Heaven is that which covers both visible and invisible creations. For within him are the forces of the angels comprehended and confined only by the mind, and all that which is subject to the senses. Indescribably, only one Deity Who fills everything and embraces everything, and limits everything, because It is above all and created everything.

I confess that I'm not an angel
06.03.2018

I confess that I'm not an angel

Time of confession. People bring to the analogy with the Gospel and utter, extract from the soul at times real gravities, and at times some set of Church Slavic words, ascetic rhetoric, is not always appropriate.

St. Gregory Palamas: Ten sayings about true life and death
06.03.2018

St. Gregory Palamas: Ten sayings about true life and death

St. Gregory Palamas (1296-1357 (9)) is a great saint of the Church, an Athonite ascetic, a preacher of grace and deification, of union with God as the goal and true life of man. The editors of the portal "Russian Athos" collected ten precepts of St Gregory about the true life and death.

The Gospel of the Good Shepherd
05.03.2018

The Gospel of the Good Shepherd

Lent is an absolutely unique period in the church year. Every day, every service is filled with a special meaning. The most important place is occupied by the gospel readings of the Sunday days of fasting and preparatory weeks.

God created the world out of nothing
05.03.2018

God created the world out of nothing

People can do anything not from nothing, but through matter. But God, in fact, surpasses people by the fact that He Himself called to the being the matter of His creation, which previously did not exist. Sainted Irenaeus of Lyons (113, 149).

The Gospel of healing the relaxed. Week of the Great Lent
04.03.2018

The Gospel of healing the relaxed. Week of the Great Lent

On the last day of the week we heard the gospel conception about the miraculous action of the great and powerful presence of Christ. Nathanael, who doubted the words of the apostle Philip, that the long-awaited Messiah appeared in the face of Jesus of Nazareth, that Nathanael, as soon as he was in the presence of the Lord Himself, immediately recognized and confessed Him as the Son of God and King of Israel.

God is the Creator of the world of the invisible and visible
04.03.2018

God is the Creator of the world of the invisible and visible

If the world has a beginning and is created, then ask ourselves: Who gave him the beginning and Who is his Creator? But in order that you, when seeking this through human reasoning, should not evade somehow from the truth, Moses preceded you with his teaching, instead of printing and shielding our souls, imposing the venerable name of God when he said: "In the beginning God created ..."

The Kingdom of Heaven: Where is it and how to get there?
03.03.2018

The Kingdom of Heaven: Where is it and how to get there?

Where to seek the Kingdom of Heaven, what is it and how can you be late there? Not every person, even a church person, can answer these questions from the point of view of the Church. We addressed them to Archpriest Pavel Velikanov.

The Divine Order and the Beauty of the World - a Revelation of the Creator
03.03.2018

The Divine Order and the Beauty of the World - a Revelation of the Creator

In fact, all the people who had no knowledge of God, who could not know Jehovah from visible perfection, were truly vain by nature, and, looking at deeds, they did not know the Culprit, but were revered for the gods ruling the world, or fire, or wind, or moving air , or a starry circle, or stormy water, or heavenly bodies.

To build support in your own soul
02.03.2018

To build support in your own soul

We know that Lent is the time of not only abstinence, not only prayers, not only trials and temptations, but also a particularly acute struggle against the shortcomings that we in ourselves day after day notice. And at the same time, we remember how many times we had to enter this holy arena, how many times we began to exterminate passions and sins in ourselves and how little we succeeded in this, to what insignificant extent we managed to change.

Peacemaking
02.03.2018

Peacemaking

Be a peacemaker to be worthily called the son of God. Rev. Ephraim the Syrian (25, 197). The Savior appealed to the peacekeepers and announced that they would become sons of God, first, staying in peace with themselves and not erecting rebellion, but stopping internal warfare by the fact that the body is conquering the spirit, putting the world in others, living in strife and with it, and together.

Godlessness
01.03.2018

Godlessness

It can be verbal and wordless. Atheism becomes verbal when it comes up with a theory for its own justification. In this capacity, it becomes especially dangerous, like an infection that has grown to an epidemic. Now the teaching can be taught from the department, writing scenarios based on it, making treatises and so on. There will be disciples, followers, political forms, built on the attempt to live without God.

Reconciliation
01.03.2018

Reconciliation

Strive peace in yourself - and peace with you will have heaven and earth. Reverend Isaac the Syrian (82, 280). If your brother is angry with you, then the Lord is angry with you. But if you were reconciled with your brother on earth, then you were reconciled to your Lord in Heaven.

How to raise a happy child
28.02.2018

How to raise a happy child

Without love between father and mother, the child will be unhappy. - Hello, dear brothers and sisters. I'm not an educator or a psychologist by education, therefore, rather, I will share experience - both positive and negative. I 26 years in marriage, I have 8 children's children. The oldest is 25 years, the youngest 3,5. And there are a lot of children in the parish, many families with many children, so the topic is close, over which I always think, and therefore I can tell something about it.

The action of Christ in the world. The world is true and the world is false
28.02.2018

The action of Christ in the world. The world is true and the world is false

The world is a consequence of a good order, and from the world light is born in the soul, the mind clears from light and the world. As the heart moves away from the world to spiritual wisdom, it accepts joy from God and feels the difference between spiritual wisdom and worldly wisdom, because in spiritual wisdom the soul takes possession of silence, and in the wisdom of the world it is the source of the floating of thoughts. Reverend Isaac the Syrian (55, 401).

What kind of people do I like
27.02.2018

What kind of people do I like

I like people who are not afraid to grow old. Without braces, without liposuction, but with a thought in the eyes, with grandchildren, with a concrete deed in hands. If a person meets old age without hysterics, then there is something behind the person's soul.

Taste and see how the Lord is good
27.02.2018

Taste and see how the Lord is good

Our whole life is a path of change, and from the moment you knew Christ (many years ago, when you were still a child, or more recently), you, like any man, walk this way. And this is very important.

Unanimity: Problems and Perspectives
26.02.2018

Unanimity: Problems and Perspectives

In 1800 year, 150 years after the great schism of the Russian Church, Metropolitan Moscow Platon (Levshin) and Emperor Paul I established the Uniform Faith. According to them, the Old Believers listed in the schism were received into communion with the Church and supplied the priests with old books.

Peace distributor - Church
26.02.2018

Peace distributor - Church

Try to gather more often for the Eucharist and the glorification of God. For if you often come together, the power of Satan is being cast down and the destructive deeds are being destroyed by the unanimity of your faith. There is nothing better than the world, for it destroys every battle of the heavenly and earthly spirits. Sainted Ignatius the God-bearer (1, 275).

The Spiritual Struggle of Lent
25.02.2018

The Spiritual Struggle of Lent

These days we enter the spiritual stage of the blessed Lent. The Holy Lent is a period of prayer, a period of repentance, tears, the transformation of a person, a period that elevates it to a new level of spiritual life.

"The most important thing is not to hide from yourself"
25.02.2018

"The most important thing is not to hide from yourself"

What is the difference between a spiritual life and a cultural, intellectual life? What is the role of the confessor in this life, and can anyone become one? Is confession possible by Skype? Do priests confess to each other? And what is better for preparation - a book with a list of sins or the simplest words? We talk about this with the monk Sretensky monastery and the teacher of the Sretensky Seminary hieromonk Irenaeus (Pikovsky).

Sin and Fighting It
24.02.2018

Sin and Fighting It

What is sin? Sin is lawlessness, "says the Apostle John the Theologian (1 Ying 3, 4). That is - a violation of the laws of spiritual life. A violation of both physical and spiritual laws leads to trouble, to self-destruction.

God is the source of peace
24.02.2018

God is the source of peace

Unanimity leads from the Trinity, because it is inherent in nature and unity and inner peace. It is assimilated by the angelic and divine Forces, who are at peace with God and with each other. It extends to the whole creature, for it is the ornament of serenity.

Cooling in faith. Faith fades when you do not want to give up anything in yourself
23.02.2018

Cooling in faith. Faith fades when you do not want to give up anything in yourself

Cooling in faith is, in my opinion, one of the most painful problems of modern church life. This is something that you very often have to talk about in confession, just in conversations with people and what more often you have to think about.

"The Kingdom of God ... peace and joy in the Holy Spirit" (Rom. 14, 17)
23.02.2018

"The Kingdom of God ... peace and joy in the Holy Spirit" (Rom. 14, 17)

The world surpasses all feeling and protects the hearts and minds of saints. It is the clarity and tranquility of a peaceful soul, removing it from all anxieties and turmoil. To such clarity, love is led with faith, which God also gives the Father and Son, that we from the bottom of our hearts love God and others as ourselves, and pray for our enemies.

Great penitential canon: we read and understand
22.02.2018

Great penitential canon: we read and understand

Jesus Christ begins His sermon with actual words for all time: "Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand" (Matthew 4: 17). And how to repent? - we ask. What is the standard of repentance? King David also "made it", that is, he put us as a monument forever - an image of repentance in his psalm.

Compassion
22.02.2018

Compassion

With many sorrows and diseases our body is filled. Therefore, knowing the infirmity of our nature, we will not be proud and uncomplaining, but by mutual compassion we will propitiate the Creator, Who sends illnesses and heals, reduces to hell and builds from hell (26, 514).