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Does Christ exist without the Church, and the Church without Christ?
24.08.2017

Does Christ exist without the Church, and the Church without Christ?

I think that everyone knows the popular expression now: "God in the soul." "I believe in God, but I do not go to church" - so often people say. And what would Apostle Paul say in response to such a statement?

What is the place of health in our life?
23.08.2017

What is the place of health in our life?

It is unlikely that there will be a person who would say: "I really want to be sick." It would seem natural to wish yourself and other people bodily health. And, for example, if you ask a young mother what she wants her child, she will first of all say: "The main thing is to be healthy" - and may not mention anything else. But is it always useful to be healthy and pray for health? What general place does health occupy in the hierarchy of Christian values?

Prologue in the teachings for each day of the year. Without effort, one can not enter the kingdom of God
23.08.2017

Prologue in the teachings for each day of the year. Without effort, one can not enter the kingdom of God

Sure, we all want to enter the Kingdom of God, but not all are struggling to achieve it. Many say: "The Lord is merciful: the Lord will forgive everyone, give everyone pleasure!" And, speaking thus, remain in sloth, do nothing to save themselves. Such people are mistaken.

If we were God ...
22.08.2017

If we were God ...

Do not forget that the taste of God in our lips and in our soul should change with time. Of course, God, in Whom we believe, remains the One and the Same, but it would be good if the way we believe changed over time. St. Porphyry says that when he was young, God seemed very strict to him: "I looked at God as very strict and judged people very strictly, because I thought that God was like that.

Where did suffering come from? On the comprehension of evil and suffering in the world. Part of 2
22.08.2017

Where did suffering come from? On the comprehension of evil and suffering in the world. Part of 2

The sin of the first man caused suffering in the world. Because of the first error, a person began to die from the very beginning of his existence and, taking an example from the devil, became himself an inventor of vice, that is, he himself was to blame for all the evil that began to spread like a chain reaction around the world because of His propensity for sin.

Who opens the doors of paradise
21.08.2017

Who opens the doors of paradise

If you ask a person: "Do you know the commandments?" He will reply: "I know. Do not steal; Do not kill; Honor father and mother ... "Will remember what was inscribed on the stone tablets. But there are many commandments. For example, the Lord says at the Last Supper: "Take, eat: this is my body, for which you are broken for the forgiveness of sins." This is a commandment. "Drink from Ney Allah ..." is a commandment. Any word of Christ, spoken in the imperative mood, is a commandment for all who believe in the Lord.

On the comprehension of evil and suffering in the world. Part 1: Where did evil come from?
21.08.2017

On the comprehension of evil and suffering in the world. Part 1: Where did evil come from?

This article is devoted to understanding the appearance of evil in the world, comparing the appearance of evil and suffering in human life and, accordingly, to the thoughts of consolation for the suffering person, for which so often the grieving man turns to the priest.

The child does not listen to the confessor, if everything is different in the family
20.08.2017

The child does not listen to the confessor, if everything is different in the family

Pregnancy lasts nine months. Nine months you carry a baby in the womb, and then you give birth to it. And that is all? Of course not. You gave birth to a child, but did not make it to the saints yet. You feed him, but this is not enough for true satiation. You gave him a separate room, with air conditioning, carpets and a computer, but that's not enough.

Crying baby
20.08.2017

Crying baby

"The priest baptized the baby, while he was crying inconsolably and resisting the sacrament as best he could." He pushed the priest out and cried: when the boy was dipped into the font three times, he shouted as if he had been immersed in a cauldron of boiling water, the adults who were with him shuddered seeing it all Finally, the mother of the child could not stand it, went to the priest who performed the Sacrament of Epiphany and said: "Well, will it continue for a long time?" "Approximately the same." "Is it possible to accelerate this process somehow, you see that the child is already exhausted "No, it's impossible, the rank should be Olnen from beginning to end, otherwise the Sacrament will not take place.

Athos and Tabor
19.08.2017

Athos and Tabor

Over the centuries, on the eve of the Transfiguration, many monks leave the Great Lavra with animals loaded with provisions, vestments, sacred vessels, and climb to the top of Athos to a height of 2033 meters, above the clouds, where the small chapel of the Transfiguration of the Lord is located.

The essence of life is to acquire eternity
19.08.2017

The essence of life is to acquire eternity

What is the essence of life - tell me? The essence of life is to acquire eternity. When God created man, he was eternal. Christ ... why did Christ suffer? To enable man to win not only his infirmities, his passions, but also to defeat the devil, which exists without fail.

Transfiguration of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ
19.08.2017

Transfiguration of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ

To explain the mystery of this festival and the comprehension of the truth, we need to turn to the very beginning of the present reading of the Gospel: "And in a few days, Jesus Peter, James and John his brother are sung, and bring them to the mountain high together" (Mt. 17, 1).

In search of the lost happiness
18.08.2017

In search of the lost happiness

Probably everyone at least a little, sometimes unconsciously, but feels that lies behind this amazing, warm word. Happiness - is when you love and mutual love, and when love each other close.

Cross: the main symbol of Christianity
18.08.2017

Cross: the main symbol of Christianity

What do the southern Russian city of Stavropol and stauropegic monasteries have in common? Let me remind you that these are the most important monasteries of the Russian Church, which are directly subordinate to the Patriarch, for example, the Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, the Moscow Danilov Monastery or the Optina Pustyn (today there are 28 14 male and 14 female monsters in all of the Stavropegial monasteries in the ROC XNUMX).

Lily-of-the-valley
17.08.2017

Lily-of-the-valley

Father George, having supped, was going to see the books that his friends had brought him from the capital the day before. Only he opened the top, thickest, tempting smell of fresh typographic glue, as a late call came to his mobile phone.

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.

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