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Christmas yesterday and the day, the same and forever
08.01.2018

Christmas yesterday and the day, the same and forever

The Elder, who has just left 2017 in the year, celebrated 85 years, almost never speaks about himself, but for the sake of the holiday he made an exception. This is a story about Christmas in the length of such a difficult, but joyful life, through which the more than two thousand-year history of this truly important in human life celebrates ...

Christmas paremia. Text, translation and interpretation
08.01.2018

Christmas paremia. Text, translation and interpretation

Every year on the eve of Christmas, on Christmas Eve, in all Orthodox churches eight special Christmas paremias are read. What is paremia? Where did the tradition of such readings come from? What is the meaning of those paremias that we hear on Christmas Eve?

Christmas Eve. The Nativity of the Nativity of Christ: Why You Need to Fast to the First Star
07.01.2018

Christmas Eve. The Nativity of the Nativity of Christ: Why You Need to Fast to the First Star

Christmas Eve, or, as it is called, the Nativity of the Nativity of Christ is a day before the holiday, in its own way very joyful.

We are the relatives of the Lord Jesus Christ
07.01.2018

We are the relatives of the Lord Jesus Christ

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. We begin to celebrate the feast of the Nativity of Christ, a manifestation in the flesh of our Lord Jesus Christ. He appeared as a baby, incarnated from a seedless womb and lies in a manger. God descended to earth so that His creation, man, could be raised to Heaven.

Monastic history. The Teaching of the Last Times
05.01.2018

Monastic history. The Teaching of the Last Times  

Brothers and sisters, I greet you. Today I would like to turn to the word of the great man, the Monk Anthony the Great - Megalos Antonios. And this is what he writes: "There will be no time, and men will grow up. When they see that they are not subject to a common illness, they will rise up against him, saying: you are mainly in ailment, because you are not like us. "

God came to earth, and man - to heaven
05.01.2018

God came to earth, and man - to heaven

I see the mystery extraordinary and wonderful: the shepherds read my ears, uttering not a desolate song, but chanting a heavenly hymn. The angels sing, the archangels sing, the cherubim cry, the seraphim glorify, everyone triumphs, seeing God on earth and man in heaven, high - down, according to His economy, and low - up, according to (God's) philanthropy.

10 sayings of the Athonite ascetics about the purity of the heart
04.01.2018

10 sayings of the Athonite ascetics about the purity of the heart

The purity of the heart makes a person able to see God (Matthew 5, 8). It is the prerequisite of the sanctity and likeness of man to God. "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew the spirit of the rights in my womb" (Psalm 50,12), - we pray every day.

The crucifixion
04.01.2018

The crucifixion

"If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." (Mark 8, 34) Each of us has his own cross. It is composed of everything that disturbs and burdens our spirit, which tears the heart on the right path to the Lord all the days of our life.

How a Christian does not get lost among the New Year's bustle. Councils of priests
03.01.2018

How a Christian does not get lost among the New Year's bustle. Councils of priests

The great and bright holiday of the Nativity of Christ is approaching, on the eve of which we fast, pray and in every possible way prepare for a worthy meeting. In our time, it becomes more difficult for a Christian to set himself up for the attentive experience of this holiday.

Sign of the Cross
03.01.2018

Sign of the Cross

Not only the Cross of the Lord, but also the most sign of the cross is given to us, as circumcision is to the Israelites; By this sign, the faithful differ from the infidels. Reverend John Damascene (113, 323).

Marathon around the Sun
02.01.2018

Marathon around the Sun

Once again, the earth completes its marathon around the sun. And although nothing special happens from the point of view of astronomy - the earth is just beginning its new turn around the main luminary, - in our life there comes a special event, and for some even a big holiday is the New Year.

Tune in to the Divine Frequency
02.01.2018

Tune in to the Divine Frequency

There is something else that I thought about when reading about the lives of saints. Let's not always indulge in such a feeling, as if we live in a space of routine and habits, and perceive every day as "everyday routine". If you ask someone how things are, they often reply: "Eh ... well, let's just say: everything is in order."

New Year in the Orthodox family: from scratch. Mother's notes
01.01.2018

New Year in the Orthodox family: from scratch. Mother's notes

New Year's Eve is tangerines, salad "olivier", "Irony of Fate", Christmas tree, Santa Claus with gifts. Chimes, champagne and coveted wishes at midnight. New year school lights, parties, fireworks. Pianki ... Of course, in every family, every holiday has its own special traditions of celebration. But still, if you believe magazines and newspapers, blogs and TV - a national set of "accessories" is about this.

Night Prayer
01.01.2018

Night Prayer

The New Year is one of those rare days in the year when a lot of people do not sleep, making a drunken and gluttonous parody of the all-night vigil near the salad olivier, the blue (in different senses) screen, etc. This despite the fact that our people are not used to not sleeping at night.

"Good morning, my Christ!"
31.12.2017

"Good morning, my Christ!"

Now that we are on the verge of a new beginning, when we feel that something new is coming, some kind of change in our life, let's reassess our forces, review our lives and take the necessary measures. Let's do it right now, when we start all over again, now, when we stand at the beginning.

To sang the soul: On religious education in school and at home
30.12.2017

To sang the soul: On religious education in school and at home

The first thing I would like to say about the upbringing of children: children are not our future, children are our present. From the moment they are baptized, they are already full members of the Church of Christ. And that's why it's a very big mistake to think that now they are small animals, but when they grow up, then people will get out of them.

Christmas song
30.12.2017

Christmas song

The Savior's Christmas is sung by the earth and the sky, sings the Church, sings the gospel itself. It seems that the human soul becomes a musical instrument to glorify the born Infant ...

The Word of St Gregory Palamas On the Honest and Life-giving Cross
29.12.2017

The Word of St Gregory Palamas On the Honest and Life-giving Cross

Since ancient times the Cross of Christ has been foretold and presented in the form of images, and if there was no power of the Cross, no one could ever reconcile with God. Because after the ancestral crime the sin revived through the tree in the paradise of God, we died, and before the death of the body were subjected to the death of the soul, which consists in the removal of the soul from God.

On the worship of the Cross
29.12.2017

On the worship of the Cross

... "The word about the cross for perishing fools is, but for us, the saved - the power of God" (1 Corinth 1, 18) For "the spiritual judge about everything, and the spiritual person does not take what is from the Spirit of God" (1 Corp. 2, 15, 14).

What does it mean to live "truth for the sake of"
28.12.2017

What does it mean to live "truth for the sake of"

When Christ speaks of righteousness, He does not mean the worldly truth. For example, the terrorists went and began to bomb America - worldly truth (justice) demands that America, in response, begin to bomb terrorists. And they say that this is justice: you hit me, and I'll hit you too! Since you have treated me unfairly [1], I also have the right to treat you unfairly.

Cross
28.12.2017

Cross

Who can sufficiently explain the mystery of the Cross, which served as an instrument of the Savior's suffering? In fact, how many other ways, through which He could fulfill His advice concerning suffering for us! And yet of all He wished and chose this one, as He Himself foretold about Himself: "The Son of Man must suffer a lot" ... (Luke 9, 22).

On the eve of Christmas. Conversation with the Metropolitan of Mesogin and Lavraotikysky Nikolay
26.12.2017

On the eve of Christmas. Conversation with the Metropolitan of Mesogin and Lavraotikysky Nikolay

This conversation with Metropolitan Nicholas took place during the Christmas Lent on the air of the TV program "The Other Dimension." Vladyka answered questions, first and foremost, to a secular audience - about why he, an astrophysicist scientist, left his scientific career and became a monk, why it is useful to doubt God and how to find a different dimension in everyday life.

Evidence of Truth
26.12.2017

Evidence of Truth

Truth is witnessed on earth by the Holy Spirit ... Where there is no testimony from the Spirit, there is no evidence of Truth (111, 509). Truth is the Holy Spirit. He is the Spirit of Truth. Lying is co-existent and promoted by the spirit of the devil, who is a lie and the father of lies (108, 115).

"Charity, mercy, compassion is the projection of our love for God and people"
25.12.2017

"Charity, mercy, compassion is the projection of our love for God and people"

"Monasteries need the modern world no less, and perhaps more than the ancient one." Monasteries are a place of concentration of the grace of God. Such places are necessary for people so that they, driven by different winds along the waves of everyday life, could have islands where they will receive favorable support.

Each of us is preparing for ourselves
25.12.2017

Each of us is preparing for ourselves

We know that the robber in a single hour on the cross repented, a revolution took place in him, but we do not need to postpone for later, because we may be paralyzed. And in what, then, will we repent, if our language does not toss?

About the priceless pearl
24.12.2017

About the priceless pearl

You know your weakness and see yourself lying as dust, before the Almighty, and from the consciousness of your own insignificance, your love for your neighbors, the Lord created and enlightened them, grows. In the depths of their nature they carry the image of God; and therefore you are ready to sacrifice yourself for them.

Truth
24.12.2017

Truth

"I am the way and the truth and the life" (John 14, 6) Encyclopedia of the sayings of the Holy Fathers and teachers of the Church on various issues of spiritual life Truth is our Lord Jesus Christ, as He testified of Himself: "I am the way and the truth and the life" (In. 14: 6). Truth is the Word of God: "Your word is truth" (John 17: 17) (111, 165).

What did Christ say about the INN?
22.12.2017

What did Christ say about the INN?

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit! Dear brothers and sisters, today the Holy Church offers us for reading and reflection an extract from the Gospel of Luke about the tribute to Caesar.

The view of St. Ignatius on the state of the church society contemporary to him
22.12.2017

The view of St. Ignatius on the state of the church society contemporary to him

What to do to those who want to follow the path of salvation and seeks help from the leader? St. Ignatius explains the reason for the spiritual decline of the pastors and gives advice on what will help to go the right way and keep a firm faith. At the same time, the saint does not just reproach the priesthood, but also reveals the consequences of improper relations between lay people and pastors.

Sidel'tsy
21.12.2017

Sidel'tsy

If it is a matter of helping and sacrificing, it is most likely that they are sacrificed to young children. Because children are sweet, sinless and defenseless. You can make them "hsi-shu" or "bo-bo", pat on the cheek, smile, kiss them in the forehead.

Evil comes from the fact that we can not show love
21.12.2017

Evil comes from the fact that we can not show love

All the evil in the world happens, by the way, only because we can not show love. This is not someone, not an uncle of some in Africa is to blame, it's us, Christians, Orthodox, are to blame for the fact that the world lies in this evil. The apostles had such a love that the whole world, during one of their lives, turned to God.

Angel in the altar
20.12.2017

Angel in the altar

People want the priests to be holy. So it seems to them. In fact, true holiness not only heats, but also burns at times. One can only imagine what it would be like to deign the Lord to put on garments and put in the altar at the Throne not people but Angels.

19 December 2017: Nicholas the Wonderworker
19.12.2017

19 December 2017: Nicholas the Wonderworker

St. Nicholas in the Orthodox church calendar is devoted to more than one holiday. 19 December, according to the new style, the day of the saint's death is remembered, 11 August - his birth. In the people these two holidays were called Nikola Zimny ​​and Nikola Osenniy.

"Because of the multiplication of iniquity, love has cooled in many"
19.12.2017

"Because of the multiplication of iniquity, love has cooled in many"

In general, all the evil that a person does in his life, as a result, always turns out to be meaningless. There are meaningless revolutions, and wars are meaningless. In our country, several million children are killed each year.

Ingratitude
18.12.2017

Ingratitude

Today's gospel reading reminded us of a very important story for our salvation. This is not a parable, but a historical reality. One day, when Christ was walking along the road, from afar a group of ten people appeared, sick with a terrible disease of leprosy.

We did not learn to thank
18.12.2017

We did not learn to thank

We often heard in childhood a story about a magic word. In the children's story this word "please". It makes the loved ones sympathetic and attentive to the requests of the boy - the hero of the story, although only recently his rude demands irritated them and caused reciprocal rudeness.

Live in peace, but not in a worldly way
17.12.2017

Live in peace, but not in a worldly way

All that is in the world affects the priest. For example, the pre-revolutionary pastor was always in cassock - this was the law. Today's priest often wears civilian clothes. And it can not be said that such a seemingly trifle did not affect the image of his life. So in everything. The laws of civil society, written and unwritten, affect us. It would be foolish to deny this.

Pray without ceasing
17.12.2017

Pray without ceasing

The book of the Orthodox writer Titus Colliander (1904-1989) "Narrow road", published in the publishing house of the Sretensky Monastery, is devoted to the most important topic of the Christian spiritual life - the daily ascetic feat of struggle against passions and cleansing of the heart for the attainment of the Kingdom of God.

Dreaming is not harmful
16.12.2017

Dreaming is not harmful

4 thesis about a combination of self-realization and faith in God. There are questions in the spiritual life that can not be answered unambiguously. Not because there is no answer or it is too complicated for perception. But because the spiritual life of a person in Christianity is not a concrete slab, fixed once and for all, with rules and regulations applied to it.

Rare virtue. About why grateful little
15.12.2017

Rare virtue. About why grateful little

About two centuries ago, Saint Ignatius (Bryanchaninov) expressed a very sad moral constant, the understanding of which was revealed to him by spiritual experience: "Gratitude is a rare virtue between people" [2]. In the fact that this, alas, is a constant, and not a variable one, we can be sure that we have carefully looked at the moral state of the society in which we live.