Saint Joasaph, Saint Barlaam & Saint Abenner of India (+4th century)

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SYNAXARION – HAGIOLOGY

Saint Joasaph, Saint Barlaam

& Saint Abenner of India (+4th century)

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August 28 & November 19

Feast days

In the time of Constantine the Great (4th century) there lived in India a pagan king named Abenner, who had only one son, Joasaph (yo-sahf). Abenner was a wise administrator and fearless warrior, loyal to the Indian code of honor, courage and the hatred of Christians.

When the Prince was born, astrologers and wise men were called to prophesy the Prince’s destiny as king. All of them said the same: that he would be a wise and powerful king. But one dared to tell the truth: the Prince would become Christian and give up his throne. The King was furious. He ordered every Christian to be killed or banned from the kingdom, and he put the Prince in a private, guarded castle to shield him from any possible Christian influence.

For twenty years of his life–his entire childhood and youth–Joasaph was confined to the castle. During this time he was taught the skills of wisdom and warfare. The King visited his son often, and was pleased to find his boy qrowing into a fine, strong young man. Finally, convinced that the prophecy was false, Abenncr agreed to let the Prince see his future kingdom. The impression Joasaph received seemed mixed. The world was indeed a very beautiful place, but the sins, sorrows and eventual death of man dimmed its beauty in Joasaph’s eyes, and made him doubtful. No longer content with his luxuries in the palace, he strove to find a life that was soul-fulfilling, unlike what he felt succession to the throne would be.

At the same time, the holy monk Barlaam was told by God that he must bring the salvation of God’s word to the Prince over 1,000 miles away. In time Barlaam arrived and, disguised as a merchant with a “pearl of great price,” was able to get into the castle. Barlaam explained the Orthodox Christian faith to the young Prince, who in turn was immediately devoted and demanded to be baptized. In the months that followed the entire household was converted, including King Abenner who eventually became a hermit and a Saint of the Orthodox Christian Church.

Barlaam left, and Joasaph became king. But he was not content there and missed his spiritual father. Finally he gave his kingdom to relatives and went away to a desert monastery, doing many great things in his time.

(Compiled and illustrated by Martinian Prince, age 14: original Life in the writings of St. John Damascene)

Conseils du Saint Ambroise sur la Prière de Jésus ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French

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Conseils du Saint Ambroise d’Optina sur la Prière de Jésus

“Tu me décris dans ta dernière lettre comment une pensée t’a forcé à prier Dieu qu’Il fasse descendre ton esprit dans ton coeur. Mais chez aucun des Saints Pères nous ne voyons que l’un d’eux ait jamais prié ainsi. Il vaut mieux prier humblement :” Ô Seigneur, aie pitié de moi comme Tu le sais, Toi”. Nous avons reçu du Seigneur le commandement de prier : Notre Père ! Que ta volonté soit faite ! Mais chez toi on voit partout transparaître, même dans la prière, que tu veux que tout se fasse absolument selon ta volonté, ou selon la suggestion de l’ennemi. Que le Seigneur nous protège de tout mal, en particulier de la fourberie de l’ennemi dont le signe manifeste est la confusion désordonnée, la pensée de vaine gloire, avec ce qui s’ensuit: pensées froides ou désirs du monde, ou encore colère et irritation.” (1er mars 1869)

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PRIÈRE ORTHODOXE

Eastern Orthodox Churches, Chapels, Schools to visit in Indonesia

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Eastern Orthodox Churches, Chapels, Schools to visit in Indonesia

St. Kirillos and Methodios Grasak
Grasak Rt 02 Rw04 Kismoyoso Ngemplak
Boyolali, Central Java
Indonesia
Parish Priest: Fr. Methodios Sri Gunarjo

St. Katherine
Pandeyan Rt 12 Rw 04,Pandeyan Ngempak
Boyolali, Central Java 57102
Indonesia
Parish Priest: Fr. Methodios Sri Gunarjo

Holy Trinity Church
Sumber Tranqkilan Rt 02
Rw 15 Solo Central Java 57100
Indonesia

St. Demetrios
Jl. Sinoman VI/20, Mojokerto 61322
East Java, Indonesia
Telephone: (+62) 321 328498
Parish Priest: Yohanes B. Wicaksono

St. Katherine
JI Serutu a 23/409 Cilacap
Central Java Indonesia
Telephone: (+62) 274 589881
Parish Priests: Fr. Matthew Budiharjo

Holy Epiphany
Jl Meriam Block D/109
Kodam, Kalimalang Jakarta Timur
Indonesia
Telephone: (+62) 21 9199553, 0818 252242
Parish Priest: Fr. Gabriel Rehatta

St. Dionysios of Zakynthos
Kricak Kidul TR I/1225
Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta Indonesia
Telephone: (+62) 274 589991
Parish Priest: Fr. Lazaros B. Sucanto

Orthodox Community of St. Demetrios Medan
Jl Kapiten Purba IV Simalingkar, Medan 20131
North Sumatra Indonesia
Telephone: (+62) 8363229
Fax: (+62) 61 8363229
Email: orthodox@medan.wasantara.net.id
Parish Priest: Fr. Chrysostomos Manalu

Orthodox Community Bali
J1. Dewi Uma No1 Dusun Bangkang
RT O4 Bakti SeragaSingaraja, Bali
Telephone: (+62) 362 31150
Fax: (+62) 362 21108
Director: Stephanos Boik Nino
Fr Stephanos serves in Despansar every first Sunday of the month

St. Savvas of Kalymnos – under construction
Gading Rt 12 Rw 03, Driyorejo, Gresik,
Gresik, 61177 East Java
Indonesia
Telephone: (+62 ) 321 328498
Parish Priest: Fr. Yohanes Bambang Wicaksono

St. Evdokia and the Chapel of the Resurrection
Jl. Kapiten Purba IV
Simalingkar, Medan 20131
North Sumatra
Indonesia
Telephone: (+62) 61 8363229, (+62) 812 6015121
Fax: (+62) 61 8363229
Email: orthodox@medan.wasantara.net.id.
Director: Fr. Chrysostomos Manalu

Chapel of the Resurrection
Desa Siparbue Kec PaParmonangan
Huta Tinggi Tarurutung
North Sumatra
Tel/ Fax (+62) 618363229
Parish Priest: Fr. Timotheos Umbarwibowo

Ha Amarim Orthodox Youth Association
P.O.Box 148 Solo
Central Java 57100
Indonesia
Telephone: (+62) 271 24243
Fax: (+62) 271 712114
Advisor: Fr. Mathew Bambang Wahyu Budiharjo

Indonesia-Philanthropy

Orthodox Community of St.Demetrios Medan
J1 Kapiten Puba IV Simalingkar, Medan 20131
Noth Sumatra Indonesia
Tel/Fax +62 61 8363 229
Email: Orthodox@medan.wasantara.net.id
Contact: Fr. Chrysostomos Manalu

St. Sophia Orthodox School, Tanjung Anom
Established in 1999
Started with Kindergarten, later opened a Primary School(2000) and Junior High School(2002)
167 students in all three schools and 1 staff
Formally recognized by Indonesian government and recognized by other Schools in the State

St. Nikitas Orthodox School, Krakatau Medan
Established in 2001 with a Kindergarten for 16 students
Classes take place in rented local residence
Licensed by local government
Currently enrolled are 25 Kindergarten and 30 Primary School students
Employed are two teachers and one administrator
Funds are being sought to build a schoolhouse

Boarding House of St. Demetrios, Medan
Provides housing to allow children of poorer families to continue education
Fifteen students currently are housed, fifty are projected for the next academic year

Academy of Management and Computers, Medan
Established in 2001 under the license of Ministry of Education and Culture of Indonesia to arrange a 3-4 year computer and management education program
80 students, 15 staff

Orthodox Community, Bali
J1. Dewi Uma No1 Dusun Bangkang
RT O4 Bakti SeragaSingaraja, Bali
Telephone: (+62) 362 31150
Fax: (+62) 362 21108
Contact: Fr. Stephanos Boik Nino

St Thomas Home for Children
A project to provide housing for the poor children
Food and clothes distribution
Contact: Fr. Stephanos Boik Nino

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TIMOTHEOS HUTAGALUNG

Holy Fathers: Saint John Maximovitch of Shanghai & San Francisco (+1966)

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AMERICA OF MY HEART

Holy Fathers:

Saint John Maximovitch of Shanghai

& San Francisco (+1966)

“Holiness is not simply righteousness, for which the righteous merit the enjoyment of blessedness in the Kingdom of God, but rather such a height of righteousness that men are filled with the grace of God to the extent that it flows from them upon those who associate with them. Great is their blessedness; it proceeds from personal experience of the Glory of God. Being filled also with love for men, which proceeds from love of God, they are responsive to men’s needs, and upon their supplication they appear also as intercessors and defenders for them before God.” (St. John Maximovitch)

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What better description could be found to portray the essence of a man whose love for Christ drew him to such heights of spiritual perfection that he enkindled the faith of thousands from East to West? The life of St. John Maximovitch demonstrates more vividly than any words that true Christianity far exceeds the bounds of human “goodness”. Here is a shining reflection of the supernatural love of God which works miracles, a living proof that the burning faith of the early Christian saints still warms the earth at a time when the love of many has grown cold.

St. John did not isolate himself from the world, but he was not of this world. First and foremost he was a man of prayer. He completely surrendered himself to God, presenting himself as a “living sacrifice” and he became a true vessel of the Holy Spirit. His work as an apostle, missionary and miracle worker continues even now.

This saint of the latter times was born June 4, 1896 in the province of Kharkov. At baptism he was given the name Michael. As a child he was serious for his years and he later wrote: “From the first days when I began to become aware of myself, I wished to serve righteousness and truth. My parents kindled in me a striving to stand unwaveringly for the truth, and my soul was captivated by the example of those who had given their lives for it.”

Following the desire of his parents, he entered law school in Kharkov. He was a naturally gifted student but spent more time reading the Lives of Saints than attending academic lectures. “While studying the worldly sciences,” he wrote, “I went all the more deeply into the study of the science of sciences, into the study of the spiritual life.”

After the Revolution, he was evacuated together with his family to Belgrade where he entered the faculty of theology at the University. In 1926, a year after his graduation, he was tonsured a monk and given the name John, after his own distant relative, St. John of Tobolsk. In November of that same year, he was ordained hieromonk. Soon he became a teacher at Continue reading “Holy Fathers: Saint John Maximovitch of Shanghai & San Francisco (+1966)”

Saint Paisios of Mount Athos in Greece (+1994) and the young George the Tibetan Buddhist monk

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Saint Paisios of Mount Athos in Greece (+1994) 

and the young George the Tibetan Buddhist monk

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Elder Paisios and the young George from the Far East

ORTHODOX PATH

George, a young man of sixteen or seventeen, came to Mount Athos in Greece to go from one monastery to another. Though Greek by blood, he had been raised abroad from early childhood among Tibetan Buddhist monks in their monastery. He had made a great deal of progress in meditation, and he had become an accomplished sorcerer, able to summon any demon he wanted. He was also an expert in the martial arts. Using the power of Satan, he made impressive displays of his abilities: he broke hazelnuts in his palm, and tossed away the shells while the nuts remained attached to his hand. He could read closed books. He struck large rocks with his bare hand, and they shattered like walnuts.

Some monks brought George to Saint Paisios so that he could help him. George asked Saint Paisios what powers he had, what he could do, and the St Paisios answered that he himself didn’t have any power, and that all power is from God.

George, wanting to demonstrate his power, concentrated his gaze on a large rock in the distance, and it shattered. Saint Paisios took a small rock and made the sign of the Cross over it, and told him to destroy it too. He concentrated and performed his magic, but he couldn’t shatter it. Then he started trembling, and the satanic powers―which he thought he controlled―since they weren’t able to break the rock, turned against him and hurled him to the opposite bank of the river. Saint Paisios picked him up in a miserable condition.

“Another time,” recounted St Paisios, “while we were talking, he suddenly stood up, grabbed me by the arms and spun me around backward. ‘Let’s see Hadjiefendis get you lose, if he can,’ he said. I felt it was like blasphemy to say that. I moved my hands a little, like this, and he was jerked away. He jumped up in the air and tried to kick me, but his foot stopped near my face, like it had hit an invisible wall! God protected me.

“At night, I kept him there, and he slept in my cell. The demons dragged him down into the pit and thrashed him for failing. In the morning he was in a bad state, injured and covered in thorns and dirt. He confessed, ‘Satan beat me up because I couldn’t defeat you.’”

St Paisios convinced George to bring him his magical texts, and he burned them. “When he came here”, St Paisios recalled, “he had some sort of charm or amulet with him. I went to take it, but he wouldn’t give it to me. I took a candle and said, “Lift the leg of your pants up a little.” Then I put the lit candle against his leg―he yelled and jumped up. “Well,” I said, “if the flame from a little candle is for you, how are you going to endure the fire of hell that you’re going to end up in because of what you’re doing?”

St Paisios kept the young man close to him for a little while and helped him, so long as he was willing to be obedient. He felt such compassion for him that he said, “I would leave the desert and go out into the world to help this boy.” He made an effort to learn if he had been baptized and even found out the name of the church where his baptism had taken place. Shaken by the power and the grace of the Elder, George wanted to become a monk, but he wasn’t able to.

Saint Paisios would refer to George’s case to show what a delusion it is to think that all religions are the same, that everyone believes in the same God, and that there’s no difference between Tibetan Buddhist and Orthodox monks.

From the Book:

Elder Paisios of Mount Athos

©2012 For the English Language by The Holy Monastery Saint Arsenios the Cappadocian

100+ Stories of Our Days – Coming to Orthodoxy

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ORTHODOX HEART SITES

100+ Stories of Our Days – Coming to Orthodoxy

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February 2017: Archbishop Sergiy of Solnechnogorsk visits Vietnam

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ORTHODOX HEART SITES

VIETNAM OF MY HEART

February 2017:

Archbishop Sergiy of Solnechnogorsk visits Vietnam

From February 11-13, 2017 Archbishop Sergiy of Solnechnogorsk, chancellor of the Moscow Patriarchate in East and South Asia, was on a visit to Vietnam.

On February 11, His Eminence and his party were met at the Hanoi airport by Russian Ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam K. Vnukov and Russian diplomats.

On the same day, His Eminence met with the deputy head of the Government’s Committee for Religious Affairs, Duong Ngoc Tan. They exchanged opinions on organizing the Russian Orthodox Church’s pastoral care for Russian-speaking compatriots in Vietnam, noting the positive experience of the work carried out by the Parish of Our Lady of Kazan in Vung Tau, which has been established by the ROC Holy Synod after the visit made by Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad (now Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia) to Vietnam in November 2001. They also discussed prospects for cooperation and development of humanitarian interaction in the religious sphere between Russia and Vietnam.

In the evening, Archbishop Sergiy met with Ambassador K.Vnukov. They considered a wide range of issues concerning organization of pastoral care for compatriots in Hanoi and other cities in Vietnam. The archbishop presented the ambassador with the ROC jubilee medal ‘In Memory of the Millennium of the Demise of Prince Vladimir Equal-to-the-Apostles’ awarded him by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.

On February 12, the Sunday of the Prodigal Son, Archbishop Sergiy celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Russian Center of Science and Culture in Hanoi. It was attended by numerous faithful from Russia, Greece, various cities in Vietnam and other countries; over 50 people communicated. Among the worshippers were Russian diplomats and members of the delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Addressing the worshippers, Archbishop Sergiy conveyed them greetings from His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, who was the first hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church to visit the capital city of Vietnam, in 2001. His Eminence spoke at length about the spiritual meaning of the Sunday divine services preceding Lent.

Mr. A. Gankin greeted His Eminence on behalf of the Russian Orthodox community in Hanoi. He thanked Patriarch Kirill for his care for the faithful in Asia including Vietnam. He also thanked Archbishop Sergiy for the celebration, his homily and his work to organize the life of Orthodox communities in South-East Asia.

In response to an earlier request of the compatriots to establish a ROC parish in Hanoi, Archbishop Sergiy, after a discussion with the faithful, gave his blessing upon the forming of a community dedicated to Blessed Xenia of St. Petersburg and called everyone to lift up ardent prayers to this woman of God, now the patron saint of the parish in Vietnam.

On February 13, Archbishop Sergiy left Vietnam for Cambodia.

DECR Communication Service

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RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH IN SINGAPORE

旧約聖書=イエス・キリスト登場前。 新約聖書=イエス・キリスト登場後 Holy Bible: Old and New Testament ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Japanese

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日本人 JAPANESE ORTHODOX SITES

旧約聖書=イエス・キリスト登場前

新約聖書=イエス・キリスト登場後

聖書の原典は、旧約聖書がヘブライ語で、新約聖書がギリシャ語で書かれてる。

なので、「英語聖書」とか「日本語聖書」というのは、正確には「各国語に翻訳された聖書」。

Saint Stylianos de Paphlagonie, Asie Mineure – 26 Novembre ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French

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SAINTS OF MY HEART

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Saint Stylianos de Paphlagonie, Asie Mineure

26 Novembre

Choisi par Dieu depuis le sein de sa mère, Saint Stylianos se détacha des illusions de ce monde, distribua ses biens aux pauvres et embrassa la vie monastique. Il s’illustra avec vaillance dans les combats de l’ascèse et, au bout de quelques années de vie commune, partit pour mener la vie solitaire dans une grotte. Il y recevait sa nourriture de la main d’un Ange et devint bientôt intercesseur efficace auprès de Dieu pour le soulagement des malades: en particulier pour la guérison des maladies infantiles et pour la délivrance des femmes restées stériles. C’est dans ces circonstances que la prière du Saint reste toujours efficace pour ceux qui l’invoquent avec foi de nos jours.

 

양구 성 안드레아 수도원 Yanggu Orthodox Monastery, South Korea ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Korean

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KOREA OF MY HEART

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양구 성 안드레아 수도원

주소: 강원도 양구군 동면 바랑길 189-12
전화: 033 481 5740

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Link: Philippines of my heart – Orthodox Philippines

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Philippines of my heart – Orthodox Philippines

Link: Pilipinas ng aking puso – Simbahang Ortodokso Ng Silangan ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Filipino

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Pilipinas ng aking puso

Simbahang Ortodokso Ng Silangan

Link: Timotheos Shutagalung – Orthodox Indonesia

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ORTHODOX HEART

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Timotheos Shutagalung – Orthodox Indonesia

Saint Matrona of Moscow, Russia (+1952) – April 19 & May 2

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SAINTS BOOK – ORTHODOXY

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Saint Matrona of Moscow, Russia (+1952)

April 19 & May 2

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ARCHDIOCESE OF NORTH AMERICA

Saint Matrona was born in 1881 into a poor family in the village of Sebino-Epifaniskaya (now Kimovski) in the Tula region of Russia. Blind from birth, she bore her infirmity with humility and patience, and God made her a vessel of grace. At the moment of her baptism, the priest saw a cloud above the child, which shed forth a sweet fragrance as a sign of divine favor. From the age of six or seven, she exhibited an extraordinary gift of insight, discerning sicknesses of soul and body in the many people who visited her, revealing to them their secret sins and their problems, and healing them through prayer and wise counsel. Around the age of fourteen, she made a pilgrimage to the great holy places in Russia along with a devout benefactress. When they arrived at Kronstadt to receive the blessing of St. John, they became lost in the crowd. St. John suddenly cried out, “Matrona, come here! She will be my heir, and will become the eighth pillar of Russia.” At that time, no one understood the meaning of this prophecy.

When she turned seventeen, Matrona became paralyzed and was unable to walk from then on. Knowing that this was God’s will, she never complained but thanked the Lord. For the rest of her life – over fifty years – she lived in a room filled with icons, sitting cross legged on her bed. With a radiant face and a quiet voice, she received all who came to seek divine consolation through her presence. She foretold the great misfortunes that were to sweep down upon the country after the Bolshevik revolution, placing her gift of Continue reading “Saint Matrona of Moscow, Russia (+1952) – April 19 & May 2”

Living places of Saint John Maximovitch (+1966)

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ST JOHN MAXIMOVITCH OF SAN FRANCISCO

LIVING PLACES OF SAINT JOHN MAXIMOVITCH

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ST JOHN MAXIMOVITCH IN FRANCE

Reminiscences of his Spiritual Daughter

by Zinaida V. Julem

The period of Blessed John’s life in France has so far been rather obscure, and not much information about it has been available. A devoted spiritual daughter of his, the author of these memoirs, Zinaida V. Julem, fills in this gap, giving us a view from the “inside” and disclosing the mystical world of perhaps the holiest man of the 20th-century. Surely a prophet of such calibre could not get by without evoking envy and hatred, just as did the prophets of old. But to conceal this righteous man from the view of the thirsting new generation would be a sin, because the glory of God, revealed in the lives of the righteous, serves to enkindle that divine fire which Christ our Lord wishes to have burning upon this earth. (St. Luke 12:49).

In anticipation of the forthcoming 20th anniversary of Blessed John’s repose, which will occur on June 19/July 2, 1986, we here present a spiritual portrait of this wonderworker who once walked among us. This account comes from a simple loving heart, guarded by the Patristic awareness of sobriety. Realizing that Blessed John was touched by Divinity and was in contact with the mind of his Creator, the author was able to peer into the mystery of his sanctity. Although her observations only give us glimpses, they offer clear testimony to the close presence of the other world for which the Holy Orthodox Church prepares its children, and to the ability of God’s saints to penetrate that realm even while on earth. That mystery, that revelation beyond our glimpses, remains hidden in God. It is opened to those who, like Blessed John, ascend on the wings of divine love for God and their neighbor. And those of us who watch from below are given renewed hope and the inspiration to increase our upward striving.

Abbot Herman of Platina

ST JOHN MAXIMOVITCH IN SHANGHAI, CHINA

REMINISCENCES OF NUN EUPHEMIA, AS TOLD TO THE NUNS OF HOLY CROSS SKETE

from THE ORTHODOX WORD, No. 189, pp. 176-181

THE ORPHANAGE

There were always wars in China. The Chinese had large families with many children, and there was very little to eat. To save on food, they would get rid of newborns, placing them out on the street to freeze to death. Vladika John would pick them up and bring them to the orphanage. On these outings, the deacon of the cathedral would follow him in order to help and protect him. Once Vladika said to this deacon about a child, “Pick him up.” The deacon objected, “But he’s Chinese.” “But he is made in the image of God,” said Vladika. 

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ქრისტიანეთა მიცვალებისათვის – იოანე ოქროპირი (For the death of Christians – St John Chrysostom) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Georgian

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SAINTS OF MY HEART


ქრისტიანეთა მიცვალებისათვის –

იოანე ოქროპირი

For the death of Christians

St John Chrysostom

საყვარელნო! ქრისტიანეთა მიცვალებასა ზედა ანგელოსნი მოივლინებიან ზეცით მეუფისა მიერ, და მოუწოდებენ მონასა მას ღირსსა: ჰოი, ვითარ დიდი საიდუმლო აღესრულების, საშინელი და შესაძრწუნებელი, და ღირსი გალობისა და სახე დიდისა მის სიბრძნისა საღმრთოჲსა! ვითარ განვალს სული ხორცთაგან, ვითარცა სახლისა რაჲსაგანვე, და მივალს მეუფისა თვისისა. ვითარცა ოდეს იგი იშვებოდეს ყრმა, ეგრეთვე მიცვალებაჲცა კაცისა: შობა არს ფრიად უაღრესი მის შობისა, რამეთუ მივალს სული იგი ნათლად ბნელისა ამის სოფლისაგან, – განიხსნების, ვითარცა საკრველისაგან – განვალს დიდებისა ამისგან, განთავისუფლდების ღვაწლისაგან, და მივალს განსვენებად. რამეთუ, ვითარცა მზე ცისკარსა განწმედილსა აღმობრწყინდეს რა, ეგრეთვე სული, განვიდის რა ხორცთაგან, გონებითა წმიდითა ბრწყინავენ, და ვითარცა მეფე შარავანდითა შერავალნ პალატად შემკობილი, ესრეთ არს სული განმავალი ხორცთაგან, და მიმავალი ღმრთისა დიდებასა.

ამას უკვე ესე ვითარსა საღმრთოდ განგებულსა ვიხსენებდეთ, საყვარელნო, და ნუ ვიგლოვთ მიცვალებულთა ზედა უწესოდ და უშვერად, არამედ ვიქმოდეთ მათთვის ქველის საქმესა, და საღმრთოსა მსხვერპლისა შეწირვასა, გლახაკთა მიმართ წყალობასა, ქვრივთა და ობოლთა გამოზრდასა, ლოცვასა და ფსალმუნებასა. ესე არს წესი ქრისტიანეთა და სათნო ღმრთისა შესაწირავი, მიცვალებულისა მის ფრიადი შესაძინელი, და თავთა ჩვენთა დიდი სარგებელი. ამას ვიქმოდეთ, ძმანო, რათა მათცა და ჩვენცა სასუფეველი ღმრთისა დავიმკვიდროთ, რომელსა ღირსმცა ვართ ყოველნი მიმთხვევად მადლითა და კაცთ-მოყვარებითა უფლისა ჩვენისა იესო ქრისტესითა, რომლისა არს დიდება თანა მამით, და სულით წმიდითურთ, აწ და მარადის, და უკუნითი უკუნისამდე, ამინ.

日本: 日本正教会 Orthodox Japan ビデオ ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Japanese

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私は日本が大好きです I LOVE JAPAN – ORTHODOXY 日本正教会

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日本: 日本正教会 Orthodox Japan

Préparation pour la Confession Saint – Jean de Kronstadt, Russie (+1908) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French

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HOLY CONFESSION OF YOUR HEART

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Saint Jean de Kronstadt, Russie (+1908)

20 décembre

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Préparation pour la Confession

Saint Jean de Kronstadt, Russie (+1908)

Méditation pour ceux qui s’apprêtent à se tenir devant le Créateur et la communauté de l’Église devant le mystère imposant de la sainte confession, à qui est ainsi donné le renouvellement d’un second baptême.

Moi, âme pécheresse, je confesse à Dieu Notre Seigneur et Sauveur Jésus-Christ, tous les actes mauvais que j’ai faits, dits ou pensés depuis le baptême, jusques à ce jour.

Je n’ai pas gardé les vœux de mon baptême, mais je me suis rendu indésirable devant la Face de Dieu.

J’ai péché devant le Seigneur par manque de foi et par des doutes concernant la foi orthodoxe et la Sainte Eglise, par l’ingratitude pour tous les dons importants et continuels de Dieu ; j’ai péché malgré Sa patience et à Sa providence pour moi, pécheur, par manque d’amour pour le Seigneur, ainsi que par la crainte, par le fait de n’avoir pas accompli les saints commandements de Dieu et les canons et règles de l’Église.

Je n’ai pas gardé l’amour de Dieu et de mon prochain et je n’ai pas fait assez d’efforts, à cause de ma paresse et de ma négligence, pour apprendre les Commandements de Dieu et les préceptes des Saints Pères. J’ai péché en ne priant pas le matin et le soir et au cours de la journée, en n’assistant pas aux offices, ou en ne venant à l’église qu’à contrecœur.

J’ai péché en jugeant les membres du clergé. J’ai péché en ne respectant pas les Fêtes, en rompant le jeûne, et par ma démesure dans l’absorption de nourriture et de boisson.

J’ai péché par orgueil, par désobéissance, par entêtement, par autosatisfaction, et par la recherche de l’approbation et de la louange.

J’ai péché par incrédulité, par manque de foi, par doutes, par désespoir, par découragement, par des pensées de violence, par le blasphème et les jurons.

J’ai péché par fierté, par une haute opinion de moi-même, par le narcissisme, par la vanité, par la suffisance, par l’envie, par l’amour de la louange, l’amour des honneurs et par la prétention.

J’ai péché en jugeant, par la médisance, par la colère, en me souvenant des offenses, par la haine et en rendant le mal pour le mal, par la calomnie, les reproches, le mensonge, la ruse, la tromperie et l’hypocrisie, par les préjugés, la controverse, l’entêtement et la réticence à céder à mon prochain, par jubilation, méchanceté, railleries, insultes et moqueries, par les commérages, en parlant trop et en parlant pour ne rien dire.

J’ai péché par le rire inutile et excessif, par les injures et le retour à mes péchés antérieurs, par un comportement arrogant, par l’insolence et le manque de respect.

J’ai péché en ne tenant pas mes passions physiques et spirituelles en échec, par ma jouissance des pensées impures, par la licence et l’impudicité en pensées, en paroles et en actes.

J’ai péché par manque d’endurance dans mes maladies et mes douleurs, par une dévotion aux commodités de la vie et en étant trop attaché à mes parents, mes enfants, mes parents et mes amis.

J’ai péché par le durcissement mon cœur, par une volonté faible et, en ne me forçant pas à faire le bien.

J’ai péché par avarice, par amour de l’argent, par l’acquisition des choses inutiles et par l’attachement immodéré aux choses.

J’ai péché par l’auto-justification, un mépris pour les avertissements de ma conscience et en ne confessant pas mes péchés par négligence ou par fausse fierté.

J’ai péché à plusieurs reprises par ma confession: en rabaissant, en justifiant et en gardant le silence sur mes péchés.

J’ai péché contre les Très Saints et Vivifiants Mystères du Corps et du Sang de notre Seigneur, en venant à la Sainte Communion sans humilité ou sans crainte de Dieu.

J’ai péché en acte, en parole et en pensée, sciemment ou inconsciemment, volontairement et involontairement, de manière réfléchie et sans réfléchir, et il m’est impossible d’énumérer tous mes péchés à cause de leur multitude. Mais je me repens vraiment de ces péchés et tous ceux que je n’ai pas mentionnés à cause de mon oubli, et je demande qu’ils soient pardonnés en vertu de l’abondance de la Miséricorde de Dieu.

Vidéo: “Le Christ est ressuscité” – City Mall, Beyrouth, Liban ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French

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FRANCE OF MY HEART

“Le Christ est ressuscité” – City Mall, Beyrouth, Liban

東方から全世界へ From the East to the whole world ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Japanese

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私は日本が大好きです I LOVE JAPAN – ORTHODOXY 日本正教会

東方から全世界へ

From the East to the whole world

正教会は東方正教会とも呼ばれます。ローマ・カトリック教会やプロテスタント諸教会が西ヨーロッパを中心に広がったのに対し、キリスト教が生まれた中近東を中心に、ギリシャ、東欧から、ロシヤへ広がりました。20世紀になり共産主義革命による迫害を受け、多くの信徒や聖職者が世界各地に散らばっていきましたが、その結果西ヨーロッパやアメリカをはじめ世界各地に教会が設立され、西方教会しか知らなかった人々にも伝道されるようになりました。現在では移民や亡命者の子孫だけでなく、カトリックやプロテスタントからの改宗者たちも大勢出るようになり、欧米主導の現代文明の行き詰まりとともに停滞する西方キリスト教に新鮮な刺激を与えています。

日本へは江戸時代末期、函館のロシヤ領事館づきの司祭として来日したニコライ(「亜使徒大主教聖ニコライ」として聖人の列に加えられています)によって伝道されました。

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