Protection of the Mother of God

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Protection of the Mother of God

The Protection of the Mother of God is one of the most beloved feast days on the Orthodox calendar among the Slavic peoples, commemorated on October 1. The feast is celebrated additionally on October 28 in the Greek tradition. It is also known as the feast of the Virgin Mary’s Cerement.

In most Slavic languages the word “cerement” has a dual meaning of “veil” and “protection.” The Russian word Pokrov (Покров), like the Greek Skepi (Σκέπη), has a complex meaning. First of all, it refers to a cloak or shroud, but it also means protection or intercession. For this reason, the name of the feast is variously translated as the Veil of Our Lady, the Protecting Veil of the Theotokos, the Protection of the Theotokos, or the Intercession of the Theotokos.

The feast

The feast day celebrates the appearance of the Mother of God at Blachernae (Vlaherna) in the tenth century. At the end of St. Andrei (Andrew of Constantinople) Yurodivyi’s life, he, with his disciple St. Epiphanius, and a group of people, saw the Mother of God, St. John the Baptist, and several other saints and angels during a vigil in the Church of Blachernae, nearby the city gates. The Blachernae Palace church was where several of Continue reading “Protection of the Mother of God”

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Ιερά Λείψανα & Άγια Αντικείμενα – Αρχιμ. Ιωάννης Κωστώφ

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ΑΓΙΟΣ ΙΩΑΝΝΗΣ Ο ΔΑΜΑΣΚΗΝΟΣ

Ιερά Λείψανα & Άγια Αντικείμενα

Αρχιμ. Ιωάννης Κωστώφ

Στήν Ἁγ. Γραφή τονίζεται ἡ ἀξία τοῦ ἀνθρωπίνου σώματος, προανάκρουσμα τῶν ἱερῶν Λειψάνων: «Παρακαλῶ οὖν ὑμᾶς, ἀδελφοί, διά τῶν οἰκτιρμῶν τοῦ Θεοῦ, παραστῆσαι τά σώματα ὑμῶν θυσίαν ζῶσαν, ἁγίαν, εὐάρεστον τῷ Θεῷ, τήν λογικήν λατρείαν ὑμῶν»(Ρμ 12, 1).

«Οὐκ οἴδατε ὅτι τά σώματα ὑμῶν μέλη Χριστοῦ ἐστιν; Ἆρα οὖν τά μέλη τοῦ Χριστοῦ ποιήσω πόρνης μέλη; μή γένοιτο»(Α´ Κορ 6, 15).

«Ἤ οὐκ οἴδατε ὅτι τό σῶμα ὑμῶν ναός τοῦ ἐν ὑμῖν Ἁγίου Πνεύματός ἐστιν, οὗ ἔχετε ἀπό Θεοῦ, καί οὐκ ἐστέ ἑαυτῶν (: κι ὅτι δέν ἀνήκετε στόν ἑαυτό σας);»(Α´ Κορ 6, 19).

• Ἡ ἕνωσι μέ τό Χριστό καινοποιεῖ τά πάντα· τά σώματα γίνονται «εἰκόνα τοῦ ἐπουρανίου»(Α´ Κορ 15, 49)· μέλη Χριστοῦ καί ναός τοῦ Ἁγ. Πνεύματος (Α´ Κορ 6, 15, 19-20· βλ. καί: Α´ Θεσ 5, 23)· μεταμορφωνόμασθε «ἀπό δόξης εἰς δόξαν»(Β´ Κορ 3, 18)· γινόμασθε «καινή (: καινούργια) κτίσις· τά ἀρχαῖα παρῆλθεν, ἰδού γέγονε καινά τά πάντα»(Β´ Κορ 5, 17· βλ. καί: Γαλ 6, 15)· «καινός ἄνθρωπος»(Ἐφ 2, 15· 4, 24)· σέ καινούργιους οὐρανούς καί γῆ (Β´ Πέτρ 3, 13· Ἡσ 65, 17· 66, 22· Ἀπκ 21, 5).

• «Ἡ ἐπιγραφή πάνω σέ μία λειψανοθήκη μάρτυρος: “Ιn isto vaso sancto congregabuntur membra Christi” (Σ᾽ αὐτό τό ἅγιο δοχεῖο εἶναι μαζεμένα μέλη τοῦ Χριστοῦ) δίδει μία σωστή εἰκόνα ὅλου τοῦ ρεαλισμοῦ τῆς Βιβλικῆς ἀντιλήψεως γιά τό Σῶμα (Υves Congar, Εsquisses du Μystère de l᾽ Εglise, Ρaris 1953 σ. 115]»(ΠΕ, 193)

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Which Came First: New Testament or the Church? – Fr. James Bernstein, WA, USA

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Which Came First: New Testament or the Church?

by Fr. James Bernstein, WA, USA

Source:

http://journeytoorthodoxy.com

http://journeytoorthodoxy.com/2011/05/which-came-first-new-testament-or-the-church/

JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

A convert to Christianity from Judaism, Fr. James was a teenage chess champion whose dramatic conversion experience at the age of 16 led him to Christianity, and is also one of the founders of Jews For Jesus. His journey led him directly to the Orthodox Christian faith, and his journey is recounted in his book “Surprised By Christ,” the story of a man searching for the truth and unable to rest until he finds it. He is the priest at St. Paul Church in Brier, WA.

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As a Jewish convert to Christ via evangelical Protestantism, I naturally wanted to know God better through the reading of the Scriptures. In fact, it had been through reading the Gospels in the “forbidden book” called the New Testament, at age sixteen, that I had come to believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and our promised Messiah. In my early years as a Christian, much of my religious education came from private Bible reading.

By the time I entered college, I had a pocket-sized version of the whole Bible that was my constant companion. I would commit favorite passages from the Scriptures to memory, and often quote them to myself in times of temptation-or to others as I sought to convince them of Christ. The Bible became for me-as it is to this day-the most important book in print. I can say from my heart with Saint Paul the Apostle,

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).

That’s the good news!

The bad news is that often I would decide for myself what the Scriptures meant. For example, I became so enthusiastic about knowing Jesus as my close and personal friend that I thought my own awareness of Him was all I needed. So I would mark verses about Continue reading “Which Came First: New Testament or the Church? – Fr. James Bernstein, WA, USA”

Αγάπησε τον Ένα για να σε αγαπήσουν όλοι – Άγιος Αμφιλόχιος Μακρής της Πάτμου (+1970)

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Αγάπησε τον Ένα για να σε αγαπήσουν όλοι

Άγιος Αμφιλόχιος Μακρής της Πάτμου (+1970):

“Αγάπησε τον Ένα για να σε αγαπήσουν όλοι. Θα σε αγαπούν όχι μόνο οι άνθρωποι, αλλά και αυτά τα άλογα ζώα, γιατί η θεία χάρη όταν βγαίνει έξω, ηλεκτρίζει και μαγνητίζει ότι βρει μπροστά της. Αλλά όχι μόνο θα σε αγαπούν, θα σε σέβονται κιόλας, γιατί στο πρόσωπο το δικό σου θα εικονίζεται το αγνό παρθενικό πρόσωπο Εκείνου, που θα αγαπάς και θα λατρεύεις”.

Πηγή:

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TRUTH TARGET – ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΗ ΑΠΟΛΟΓΗΤΙΚΗ

Kaart met alle orthodoxe kerken en kapellen in Nederland ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Dutch

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NETHERLANDS OF MY HEART

http://www.orthodoxen.nl/kerken.php

Kaart met alle orthodoxe kerken en kapellen in Nederland


AMERSFOORT

Heilige Cornelius de Honderdman : www.orthodox-amersfoort.nl         facebook
Moeder van God : http://rum-orthodox.de/gemeinden/amersfoort/         facebook

ARNHEM
HH. Basilius de Grote en Ludger: http://parohiaarnhem.freewb.ro
Moeder Gods Bescherming: http://www.orthodox-arnhem.nl/index-nl.html

AMSTERDAM
H. Katharina – zie website www.orthodoxekerk.net         facebook
Heilige Maria van Egypte: www.hmvekerk.nl
Heilige Nikolaas van Myra: www.orthodox.nl         facebook
Sf. Ioan Gura de Aur: www.bisericaamsterdam.nl/nl_index.html         facebook

ASTEN
Klooster van de Geboorte van de Moeder Gods: www.orthodoxasten.nl

BREDA
Heilige Myrondraagsters: www.orthodoxekerkbreda.nl         facebook
H. Nektarios: www.svetinektarijeeginski.com

DEVENTER
Heilige Eersttronende Apostelen Petrus en Paulus: http://petrusenpaulus.eu         facebook

EINDHOVEN
Heilige Nektarios van Egina: www.orthodox-eindhoven.nl
Sf. Cuvioasa Parascheva van Iaşi: www.biserica-eindhoven.nl

EMMER-COMPASCUUM

Geboorte van de Alheilige Moeder Gods: www.pravoslavlje.nl

GOES
Heilige Grootmartelares Anastasia: www.bisericazeeland.nl         facebook

GORINCHEM

Heilige Maximos de Belijder: https://orthodox-gorinchem.blogspot.nl

GRONINGEN

Heilige Transfiguratie: www.orthodoxekerkgroningen.nl         facebook
Heilige Apostel en Evangelist Johannes: www.bisericagroningen.nl

DEN HAAG
Heilige Joannes de Doper: www.johannesdevoorloper.nl/
Heilige Maria Magdalena: www.rus-kerkdenhaag.nl
Heilige Eerbiedwaardige Païsiï Hilendarski en de Heilige Aartsengelen Michaël en Gabriël:
www.bgorthodoxekerk.nl
H.Bonifatius en H.Xenia van St. Petersburg: www.orthodoxdenhaag.nl

HEMELUM
Heilige Nikolaas de Wonderdoener: www.kloosterhemelum.nl

ST. HUBERT
Heilige Profeet Elias: www.eliasklooster.nl

KOLLUMERPOMP
Heilige Panteleimon: www.orthodoxfriesland.nl         facebook

LEEUWARDEN
parochie: http://kloosterhemelum.nl/nl/diensten/diensten-in-leeuwarden

MAASTRICHT
H. Johannes Chrysostomos en Servatios: www.destem-maastricht.nl         facebook
Missie van de H. Apostel Thomas : www.facebook.com/OBHeiligeApostelThomas         facebook

NIJMEGEN
Heilige Theophano: zie website www.orthodoxekerk.net
Heilige Sava: www.spc-nijmegen.nl
Hl. Tichon, patriarch van Moskou: http://www.orthodox-nijmegen.nl/

ROTTERDAM

H. Rechtgelovige Grootvorst Alexander Nevskij: www.ruskerk.nl         facebook
Heilige Drie-eenheid: http://svetatrojicaroterdam.com/
Heilige Nikolaos: www.agiosnikolaos.nl

SCHIEDAM
Heilige Gregorios de Theoloog : www.biserica.nl

TILBURG
Heilige Porfirius: http://orthodox-tilburg.nl

UTRECHT
Verkondiging aan de Moeder Gods : www.orthodox-utrecht.nl
Heilige Simeon de Myronvloeiende: www.pravoslavlje.nl

VIANEN-EVERDINGEN
HH. Constantijn en Helena: www.biserica.nl

VLISSINGEN
Heilige Grootvorst Lazarus van Servië: www.orthodoxekerkvlissingen.com/

ZAANDAM
Heilige Nikolaas van Myra: http://pravoslavna-crkva-nl.xl.rs/

Video: Ορθόδοξη Βάπτιση Ολλανδού στον ποταμό Waal της Ολλανδίας

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NETHERLANDS OF MY HEART

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Ορθόδοξη Βάπτιση Ολλανδού στον ποταμό Waal της Ολλανδίας

Answering Main Street Canada

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CANADA OF MY HEART

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Answering Main Street Canada

Source:

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http://journeytoorthodoxy.com/2013/05/answering-main-street-canada/

JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

We offer you an article written by Fr. Geoffrey Korz, Managing Editor of Orthodox Canada and the Dean of All Saints of North America Orthodox Church in Hamilton ON, Canada.

Some years ago, I had the pleasure of dining in Toronto’s “Greek Town” with a sister in Christ, a Greek grandmother who had been around the Church all her life, and who was a true realist. As we walked through the warm summer streets, surrounded by mobs of young people – many of them Greek, and presumably Orthodox Christians – my friend let out an audible exclamation.

“Look at them, Father – they don’t even know what an Orthodox priest is! Why aren’t they at Church?! They should be ashamed of themselves!”

Of course hearing this, all these young people heard the voice of their own yia-yia, or grandmother, confronting them with their own lack of piety, spiritual observance, and Continue reading “Answering Main Street Canada”

The Life of the Holy Theotokos (God-Bearer): Whom the Grave Could Not Contain

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The Life of the Holy Theotokos:

Whom the Grave Could Not Contain

Source:

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DEATH TO THE WORLD

The Theotokos (God-Bearer) was born of the elderly Joachim and Anna as an answer to their prayers. After being humiliated and run out of the Temple, Joachim stood in prayer and fasting, in the same cave as once did Elijah the Prophet, begging God to give him and his barren wife a child. In their garden, Anna stood in prayer also, fervently asking God to take away her sorrow. An angel appeared to them both telling them of the great mystery that would be given to them, a daughter who would bear the Life of the World.

Joachim and Anna made a promise that they would give the child back to God, and being very pious and devout, they offered Mary up to be raised in the Temple at the age of three. The High Priest Zacharias, the husband of Anna’s niece and father of John the Baptist, welcomed the child Mary with great delight. Seeing that she would be made the new Ark, carrying within her the New Covenant, he was filled with the spirit and exclaimed, “The souls of the condemned rejoice and the patriarchs exult. Our prophets hoped in thee that they might be delivered from the hands of the devil!” Taking her into the Temple he placed her in the Holy of Holies saying, “Enter into the Holy of Holies, for thou art much purer than myself… For thou art the Temple of God, therefore, remain in Continue reading “The Life of the Holy Theotokos (God-Bearer): Whom the Grave Could Not Contain”

π. Γεώργιος Χριστοδούλου: Αποδέχονται ένα παιδί που αλλάζει φύλο & όχι ανθρώπους σαν την Ναταλία Λιονάκη

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CONVERSIONS TO ORTHODOXY

 

Η διάσημη Ελληνίδα ηθοποιός Ναταλία Λιονάκη

στις 14 Αυγούστου 2017 έγινε μοναχή στην Κένυα στην Ιεραποστολή

της Αφρικής & ονομάστηκε Αδελφή Φεβρωνία

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π. Γεώργιος Χριστοδούλου:

Αποδέχονται ένα παιδί που αλλάζει φύλο και όχι ανθρώπους

σαν την Ναταλία Λιονάκη

Μου είπε η μαμά ενός παιδιού στο κατηχητικό: «Εμένα το παιδί μου δε θα το κάνετε μοναχή, εγώ την προορίζω για μοντέλο, για να μη χαραμίσει την ομορφιά της. Απλά την αφήνω, διότι είναι και οι φίλες της».

Σαν τη Ναταλία τη Λιονάκη υπάρχουν και άλλες και άλλοι, με ομορφιά που συγκρίνεται με αυτή των κοσμικών μοντέλων.

Δεν υπάρχουν όμως μόνο όμορφες και όμορφοι. Υπάρχουν άνθρωποι καλλιεργημένοι, μορφωμένοι με διδακτορικά και με πρότερη κοινωνική κατάσταση, πολλές φορές, αξιοζήλευτη.

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Eastern Orthodox Parishes in the Netherlands

Eastern Orthodox Parishes in the Netherlands

http://www.orthodox-christendom.com/orthodoxy/countries/netherlands/nlparishes/

http://www.orthodox-christianity.org/orthodoxy/countries/netherlands/nlparishes/

Also:

http://www.ruskerk.nl/ru/index.php?Itemid=40

http://www.orthodox.nl:8088/orthodox/?lang=nl&nav=index

https://ruskerkdenhaag.wordpress.com/

Welcome

http://www.orthodoxamsterdam.nl/#/

http://www.bisericaamsterdam.nl/nl_index.html

http://petrusenpaulus.eu/

http://www.orthodox-eindhoven.nl/

http://www.biserica.nl/

http://orthodox-arnhem.nl/?page_id=10&lang=nl

http://www.orthodox-amersfoort.nl/

http://orthodoxekerkgroningen.nl/pages/home.php?lang=EN

http://www.bgorthodoxekerk.nl/

http://www.rokmp-bielefeld.de/