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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).

Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts: "Now, as always, Christ will be magnified in my body"
21.02.2018

Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts: "Now, as always, Christ will be magnified in my body"

The Great Lent continues - a special time in the life of the Church, when, among other things, the liturgical life is also changing. On the days of Lent, a full liturgy is not performed. This is due to the fact that it is the most solemn and joyful event in the liturgical circle.

"A court without mercy has not shown mercy" (James 2, 13)
21.02.2018

"A court without mercy has not shown mercy" (James 2, 13)

We therefore forget about good deeds, that we use excess well-being and, calling ourselves sinners, we say it insincerely. St. John Chrysostom (35, 162). A disgraceful ascetic is a barren tree. Reverend Isaac the Syrian (55, 414).

Posts and their spiritual meaning
20.02.2018

Posts and their spiritual meaning

The fast (especially the Great) holy fathers called the spring of the soul, this is the time when we are particularly attentive to our soul, inner life. The fasting days are set so that we sometimes slow down the crazy run of vain earthly life and can go deeper, look inside ourselves.

The Athonite elders on fasting
20.02.2018

The Athonite elders on fasting

After the Forgiven Resurrection, also called "The Remembrance of Adam's Exile," the Church entered the field of Lent. His task is to help Christians cleanse themselves spiritually, worthily meet the Bright Resurrection of Christ. How with benefit for the soul to spend this time tell Athos ascetics.

The canon of Andrew of Crete: again about how bad we are?
19.02.2018

The canon of Andrew of Crete: again about how bad we are?

Every year in all Orthodox churches, the great penitential canon of Andrew of Crete is read. Again and again throughout the first four days of Lent, Christians are immersed in this tragic text, filled with descriptions of the horrors of sin and weeping for it.

Great Orthodox fasting. Rules for those who fast for the first time
19.02.2018

Great Orthodox fasting. Rules for those who fast for the first time

The measure of your post is determined in a personal conversation with a confessor or a confessing priest. The main idea here - fasting - is not a ritual of "sacred potato eating", but our sacrifice to God. And certainly he should not turn into the shortest way to get to the hospital.

The Merciful Loves God
19.02.2018

The Merciful Loves God

Merciful and philanthropic God accepts and loves, and if it is a righteous man - he weaves fairest wreaths, and if a sinner - forgives his sins as a reward for compassion for such a slave. St. John Chrysostom (37, 408).

7 weeks of Lent
18.02.2018

7 weeks of Lent

What do their names mean? A great fast for Christians is seven weeks (weeks) of intense spiritual work. Each of them ends on a Sunday (week) *, in which believers recall an important event in the life of the Church or a holy man whose feat the Church reveres as particularly significant for all Christians. The names of some of these seven weeks are widely known - such as The Crucifixion, The Passionate.

"As you have done this to one of these my little brothers, you have done it to me" (Matthew 25, 40)
18.02.2018

"As you have done this to one of these my little brothers, you have done it to me" (Matthew 25, 40)

Came a beggar? Remember how wretched you were and how rich! He asks you for bread, or drink, or, perhaps, another Lazarus lies at your gate? Be ashamed of the Mysterious Meal, to which you have started, the Bread that you have tasted.

Forgive and ask for forgiveness. On the eve of a forgiven Sunday
17.02.2018

Forgive and ask for forgiveness. On the eve of a forgiven Sunday

How often - in almost all the troubles with neighbors - for some reason it seems to us that we themselves have nothing to do and are not at all guilty. Already in the biblical account of the fall of the first people, we read how Adam justified himself before God: no, it's not my fault, but the wife you gave me.

Compassion and love for good are the true motivations for mercy
17.02.2018

Compassion and love for good are the true motivations for mercy

Someone gives alms for his field to be blessed, and God blesses his field, and he achieves his goal ... The other gives alms for his children, and God saves and protects his children. Someone gives it to be glorified, and God glorifies it.

Old, but not alone with Christ
16.02.2018

Old, but not alone with Christ

A word for the Lord's Savior. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit! Loneliness and old age, old age and loneliness ... In the perception of the overwhelming majority of modern people these concepts are interconnected indissolubly. And many people wonder whether it is possible to refute this established opinion - a false and erroneous opinion for every faithful disciple of Christ.

Mercy
16.02.2018

Mercy

"I want mercy, not sacrifice" (6, 6, 9, 13) Why are you surprised that charity is the hallmark of humanity? It is a sign of the Divine! (41, 542). A great and wise soul, nothing so encourages to do good things, as a consciousness, that by this it is likened to God. St. John Chrysostom (45, 264).

Need and passion
15.02.2018

Need and passion

Believing in Christ and coming to the Church, we realize the need to purify the soul from passions. But here we are faced with a serious difficulty. The fact is that any passion, being a painful state of the soul, parasitizes on the needs invested in man by God.

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