The Most Holy Virgin Mary Mother of God, disciplines two children! – Experiences during the Divine Liturgy

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HOLY VIRGIN MARY MOTHER OF GOD

The Most Holy Virgin Mary Mother of God, disciplines two children!

Experiences during the Divine Liturgy

Fr. Stephan Anagnostopoulos, Greece:

A relative of mine told me the following incident: A friend of his who was a doctor, like all the other children who laugh and move aimlessly here and there inside the Church Temple without realizing it,was also laughing with his cousin teasing the other children and running hear and there.

Even though the Liturgy had finished,they had taken the antidoron and the
people had already left,however these two children and the doctor along
with his cousin started being naughty inside the Church Temple.
That is when an austere and at the same time sweet woman’s voice
was heard telling them:

—In my Son’s house we do not play! We do not run here and there. We pray,we receive Holy Communion and partake of His Body and Blood. The Blood of my Son!

And… She grabs them by the neck and in a split of a second both children
were outdoors,in the Churches yard!!

The doctor then replies: “Just let them come to me and tell me that there
is or there is not a God.

God spoke to me through His All-Holy Mother.”

Taken from the book: Fr. Stephan Anagnostopoulos, Experiences during the Divine Liturgy

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

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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)”

La paura bussò alla porta. La fede andò ad aprire; fuori non c’era nessuno! (Anonimo) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Italian

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La paura bussò alla porta.

La fede andò ad aprire; fuori non c’era nessuno! (Anonimo)

A German Protestant comes to know Orthodoxy through the wireless

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A German Protestant

comes to know Orthodoxy through the wireless

On Saturday 8-8-2009, at the Holy Monastery of Dohiariou at the Holy Mountain, in an atmosphere of devotion, the German Dominik Weiel 40 years old Geologist, renounced Protestantism and entered Orthodoxy, receiving the baptismal name Michael.

Michael became acquainted with Athos and Orthodoxy through his communication via the wireless with Radio-amateur brother of the Monastery Fr. Apollo SV2ASP/A, who began in 1991. The experienced German Radio-amateur DL5EBE, then as an undergraduate, when he heard for the first time the inexperienced Agiorite monk with a weak signal calling, he communicated with him and offered to help him. This was the first opportunity for him to come to Athos, meet the monk and set up the station. This visit became a landmark in his life. He met the Elder Gregory, Abbot of the Monastery and the brothers, whom he loved and continued to visit to the Monastery, always following its full daily program.

When he completed his University studies he was employed by a German petroleum products company, active throughout the world. For many years now he works in Moscow and because of this it was many years since he had visited Athos. However, despite of this, he did not cease his communication. All this period he struggled within himself on his conversion and finally decided to be baptized, thus he came to Athos. Those days it happened that we had a lot of work in which he took part. The days would pass and he was anxious to be baptized. Finally on Friday the Elder asked him “do you wish to be baptized?’ “It would be my great pleasure” he replied and immediately his face shined. Then we invited Mr. Stavro Pomaki, Officer in the Army Air Force, radio-amateur and spiritual child of the Monastery, who even though he was far from his home, he eagerly agreed to become his godparent. Very shortly later everything was ready, so the morning of Saturday after the Divine Liturgy, he received the holy baptism at the harbor of our Monastery in the presence of the whole brotherhood and pilgrims and finally very happy he returned to his work.

Let us pray that the Archangel Michael, the protector of our Monastery whose name was given by the Elder, support him on the difficult road of his life he struggles daily.

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100+ Stories of Our Days – Coming to Orthodoxy

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100+ Stories of Our Days – Coming to Orthodoxy

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The Monastery of Saint John the Theologian in Souroti, near Thessaloniki, Greece

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The Monastery of Saint John the Theologian is situated in the village Souroti, 20km away from the airport of Thessaloniki, Greece.

On July 12th 1994, Saint Paisios reposed and was buried at the Monastery, next to the church of St Arsenios the Cappadocian.

TEL: 0030 23960 41320

Monastery typical rule for appropriate clothing:

Entry to the Convent is not allowed to women wearing trousers, short skirts, and sleeveless or backless dresses.

Women should wear a skirt that’s wide and long, reaching below the knee.

The Convent does not provide skirts, shawls/scarves or other articles of clothing.

Entry is also denied to men wearing shorts or sleeveless shirts.

These rules also apply to children.

The Monastery is open:

Tuesday and Thursday

Winter Time: 10 am – 1 pm και 4 pm – 6 pm

Summer Time: 10 am – 1 pm και 5 pm – 7 pm

SATURDAY

Winter Time: 10 am ­ 03 pm

Summer Time: 10 am ­ 03 pm

SUNDAY

Winter Time: 11 am – 1 pm και 4 pm – 6 pm

Summer Time: 11 am – 1 pm και 5 pm – 7 pm

During the Clean Week and the Holy Week the Convent is closed

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Heilige Albanus (Albaan) van Engeland, eerste Britse christelijke martelaar (+250) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Dutch

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Heilige Albanus (Albaan) van Engeland, 

eerste Britse christelijke martelaar (+250)

Heilige Albanus (Albaan) van Engeland, ook wel Albanus van Verulamium genoemd, was een 3e-eeuwse Engelse heilige. Hij was de eerste Britse christelijke martelaar. Zijn feestdag is 22 juni. De Engelse plaats St Albans is naar hem vernoemd.

De vroegst bekende bron over Albanus is de hagiografie over Germanus van Auxerre door Constantius van Lyon, geschreven rond 480. Gildas schreef over Albanus in zijn De Excidio Britanniae (6e eeuw).

Volgens de 8e-eeuwse Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum van Beda was Albanus een inwoner van de Brits-Romeinse stad Verulamium, nu St Albans, iets ten noorden van Londen. Albanus bekeerde zich tot het christendom en werd hiervoor onthoofd op een heuvel boven de stad. Volgens Beda vond deze executie ergens na het jaar 303 plaats. Nieuw onderzoek door de Britse historicus John Morris wees echter op het jaar 209, tijdens de vervolging van christenen door de Romeinse keizer Septimius Severus. Andere historici plaatsen de gebeurtenis ergens in de jaren 250.

Albanus zou onderdak hebben gegeven aan een christelijke priester die op de vlucht was voor de Romeinen, en werd door deze priester bekeerd tot het christendom. Albanus wisselde met hem van kleren en werd in plaats van de priester gearresteerd en onthoofd op een heuvel aan de overkant van de Ver, de rivier waaraan Verulamium lag.

Op de plek waar de executie volgens de overlevering zou hebben plaatsgevonden werd eerst een kerk en vervolgens, in de 8e eeuw, een klooster gesticht dat aan de heilige Albanus gewijd was.

Het Sint-Albanuskruis is een christelijk kruissymbool. Het is een vlag met een diagonaal kruis in geel op een blauwe achtergrond. Het was onder meer de vlag van het Angelsaksische koninkrijk Mercia.

Sfânta Muceniță Heruvima din România (+1998) – Fericita Maică Heruvima de la Petru Vodă, “Golanca” lui Dumnezeu – Mărturisirile colegei de suferinţă, poeta Camelia Răileanu ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Romanian

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Sfânta Muceniță Heruvima din România (+1998)

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Fericita Maică Heruvima de la Petru Vodă,

“Golanca” lui Dumnezeu.

Mărturisirile colegei de suferinţă, poeta Camelia Răileanu

Sursa:

Mărturisitorii

Fericita Maică Heruvima de la Petru Vodă, “Golanca” lui Dumnezeu. Mărturisirile colegei de suferinţă, poeta Camelia Răileanu

MĂRTURISITORII

“Mi-a scris că luptă nu pentru că ar ține cu dinții de viața aceasta iluzorie, ci pentru că vrea să ducă lupta până la capăt.”

Maica Heruvima, drumul muceniciei de la Botoşani la Petru Vodă

Două destine tulburătoare, două vieţi care s-au sprijinit una pe cealaltă înduhovnicindu-se în iubire. O poveste prea puţin cunoscută, poate şi pentru că poartă în sine un incredibil omenesc, o fascinaţie care zdruncină, un inedit al mărturisirilor şi o îndrăzneală a trăirii pe care noi, cei ai cotidianului prezent, nu o mai credem posibilă.

Svetlana Tănasă a trecut la Domnul în straie de muceniţă, cu numele Heruvima. Odihneşte în cimitirul Mănăstirii Petru Vodă, iar povestea ei a devenit o adevărată pildă pentru ortodoxie după ce, în urma unei burse Soroş la Universitatea Central Europeană de la Budapesta (Ungaria), a contactat un cancer de piele (medicii confirmându-i că este vorba despre o iradiere). În urma acestei cumplite boli, Svetlana Tănasă se retrage la Continue reading “Sfânta Muceniță Heruvima din România (+1998) – Fericita Maică Heruvima de la Petru Vodă, “Golanca” lui Dumnezeu – Mărturisirile colegei de suferinţă, poeta Camelia Răileanu ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Romanian”

Orthodox Church Quotes: Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994)

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Orthodox Church Quotes:

Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994)

July 12

Vie et message de Saint Nectaire d’Égine – par Roland Épin ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French

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Saint Nectaire à Égine (+1920)

9 novembre

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Vie et message de Saint Nectaire d’Égine

par Roland Épin

C’est en Sélybie de Thrace, près de Constantinople, le 1er octobre 1846, que vint au monde, l’avant-dernier de six, Anastase Képhalas. Marie, sa mère, vivait douloureusement sa foi orthodoxe sous la persécution turque, mais elle sut donner à tous ses enfants son amour du Christ Pantocrator. Anastase en sera marqué pour la vie. Son père n’était pas souvent à la maison. Pour nourrir sa nombreuse famille, il travaillait tantôt comme agriculteur, tantôt comme pêcheur.

C’est la foi de sa “grand-mère bien-aimée”, de l’inoubliable grand-mère qui marquera le plus l’enfance d’Anastase et qui fera de lui un vrai “ressuscité” – sens de son prénom – avant de devenir le pur “nectar” de la Grèce et du monde.

Chaque soir, il voyait sa mère et sa grand-mère tirer les rideaux de l’unique chambre des enfants pour que les Turcs n’aperçoivent pas toute la famille agenouillée devant les icônes de la Sainte Trinité et de l’archange Michel éclairées par la flamme tremblotante des veilleuses. Aussitôt après la prière, Anastase “le petit garnement tant aimé”, se jetait dans les bras de sa grand-mère. Ainsi blotti sur son cœur, il s’abandonnait à cette sainte tendresse:

–Viens, grand-mère, disons ensemble : Aie pitié de moi, Seigneur.
–Oui, mon cœur.

Et serrant très fort son petit garnement, elle murmurait avec lui le psaume 50 qu’il connaissait par cœur. Au verset, j’enseignerai tes voies aux sans loi et les impies reviendront à toi, il était traversé comme par un courant électrique. Il tendait sa main et la posait sur la bouche de sa grand-mère et terminait seul le psaume, comme si cette phrase et la fin du psaume le concernaient particulièrement. Le feu de la tendresse humaine et le feu divin qui traversent le psaume 50 brûlaient le cœur du petit Anastase. Une ” force magique ” l’habitait alors. Cette force, il la puisait aussi dans la ” Croix de Bois Saint ” qu’il portait toujours à son cou. Ce minuscule morceau de bois de la vraie Croix, un Continue reading “Vie et message de Saint Nectaire d’Égine – par Roland Épin ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French”

Macedonia is Greece – Athens, January 20, 2019

Macedonia is Greece

Athens, January 20, 2019

The conversion of French Photographer Frère Jean (Gérard Gascuel) to Orthodoxy

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CONVERSIONS TO ORTHODOXY

The conversion of French

Photographer Frère Jean (Gérard Gascuel)

to Orthodoxy

Photographer Gérard Gascuel who worked with Marcel Marceau and Salvador Dali and now is Hieromonk Gerasimos says he decided to become a monk after hearing an Athonite monk singing.

«I was 33 when the editor in chief of an influential Japanese magazine sent me to Greece to make a report about the life of Athonite monks,» Father Gerasimos was quoted as saying by the Rossijskaya Gazeta daily on Tuesday.

Going around the monasteries he came upon a monastery where there is an ancient tradition to keep skulls of deceased monks.

«I went into the crypt and then life was divided: ‘before’ and ‘after’. When I was going back I met a Greek monk and we talked about the meaning of life. His English was poor… And suddenly he started singing!» Father Gerasimos recalls.

According to him, it was then that he decided to become a monk.

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Света тајна исповести – Протосинђел Венијамин Ковачић ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Serbian

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HOLY CONFESSION OF YOUR HEART

SERBIA OF YOUR HEART

Света тајна исповести

Протосинђел Венијамин Ковачић

Свету тајну исповести дефинише православна литургика као Тајну покајања, којом се човек чисти од грехова учињених после крштења. Исповест је, дакле, свештена радња у којој свештеник Цркве силом Духа Светога отпушта и разрешава хришћанина од грехова, које он исповеди и за које се каје. На ово упућују и саме Христове речи изговорене Његовим ученицима у јеванђељу по Јовану: „И ово рекавши, дуну и рече им: Примите Духа Светога! Којима опростите гријехе, опраштају им се; и којима задржите, задржани су“ (Јн. 20,22).

Уосталом, и само Јеванђеље Христово почиње речима о покајању, а оно и у целини говори о љубави Божијој према грешнику. Будући да је Црква у свету – Тело Христово, кроз њу Христос у сваком времену поручује: „Јер нисам дошао да зовем праведнике, но грешнике на покајање“ (Мт.9,13). Љубав Божија према људима је, дакле, основ и смисао Оваплоћења Христовог, али Continue reading “Света тајна исповести – Протосинђел Венијамин Ковачић ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Serbian”

Saint Paisios of Mount Athos (+1994), the false evolution & the temptation of atheism when he was 11 years old & the appearance of Jesus Christ to him

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Saint Paisios of Mount Athos (+1994),

the false evolution & the temptation of atheism when he was 11 years old

& the appearance of Jesus Christ to him

From the age of eleven [says Saint Paisios], I would read the lives of the Saints, I would fast and keep vigil. My older brother would take the books and hide them, but that didn’t stop me. I would just go into the forest and keep reading there.

Later, when I was fifteen, a friend of my brother named Costas told my brother, “I’ll make him willingly give up all this nonesense.” He came and explained to me Darwin’s theory of evolution. I was shaken by this, and I said, “I’ll go and pray, and, if Christ is God, He’ll appear to me so that I’ll believe. I’ll see a shadow, hear a voice—He will show me a sign.” That’s all I could come up with at the time.

So, I went and began to pray and make prostrations for hours; but nothing happened. Eventually I stopped in a state of exhaustion. Then something Costas had said came to mind: “I accept that Christ is an important man,” he had told me, “righteous and virtuous, Who was hated out of envy for His virtue and condemned by His countrymen.” I thought to myself, “since that’s how Christ was, even if He was only a man, He deserves my love, obedience, and self-sacrifice. I don’t want paradise; I don’t want anything. It is worth making every sacrifice for the sake of His holiness and kindness.”

God was waiting to see how I would deal with this temptation. After this, Christ Himself appeared to me in a great light. He was visible from the waist up. He looked at me with tremendous love and said, “I am the resurrection, and the life; he that believeth in Me, even if he dies, he shall live” (Jn. 11:25). He was holding the Gospel in His left hand, open to the page where the same words were written.

With this event, the uncertainties that had troubled my soul were overcome, and in divine grace I came to know Christ as true God and Savior of the world. I was convinced of the truth of the God-man, not by men or books, but by the very Lord Himself, who revealed Himself to me even at this young age. Firmly established in faith, I thought to myself, “Come back now, Costas, if you want, and we’ll have a talk.”

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Books of St Paisios

Story about Toll booths (Partial Judgment) – From Experiences during the Divine Liturgy – Fr. Stephan Anagnostopoulos

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HEAVEN ON EARTH – ORTHODOXY

Story about Toll booths (Partial Judgment)

From Experiences during the Divine Liturgy

Fr. Stephan Anagnostopoulos:

The Middle state takes place after the soul’s “First” or “partial judgments”,
which takes place right after the soul is separated from the body. This ‘First”or “Partial Judgment” of man is also our Church Dogma.

We will conclude with an incidence which was mentioned to me by a grandchild of a certain priest many years ago during Confession.

A young man told me this about his grandfather, who was a priest. When he was a boy of about 5 or 6, the grandfather died and they burried him the next day. On the third day the family went to read the memorial prayers at the Continue reading “Story about Toll booths (Partial Judgment) – From Experiences during the Divine Liturgy – Fr. Stephan Anagnostopoulos”

Christianity’s passing grade – Elder Joel Yannakopoulos of Kalamata, Greece (+1966)

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Christianity’s passing grade

Elder Joel Yannakopoulos of Kalamata, Greece (+1966)

A middle school teacher once told Fr. Joel, “Father, in my opinion, it’s completely wrong to do good with the goal of enjoying Paradise or delivering yourself from hell. We should do good only for the sake of love for God.”

Fr. Joel asked the teacher, “When you grade your students, do you give only 0s and 100s? There’re no other grades?”

“Of course there are! I use the whole scale from 0 to 100. Students with a 65 or above pass, the rest do not.”

“And Christianity has its own grading scale. Those who do good exclusively because they desire to fulfill the will of God receive an ‘A.’ Christianity gives a somewhat lower grade to those who do good in order to enjoy Paradise, and those who do good to avoid hell receive a yet lower score. But all three of these grades are higher than a 65, and so all of these people ‘pass.’ If you want, labor spiritually to get an ‘A.’ No one is hindering you. But look sympathetically upon those poor people who are fighting for a ’65.’”

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Heilige Paisos van de Heilige Athos Berg, Griekenland (+1994) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Dutch

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SAINT PAISIOS OF MOUNT ATHOS, GREECE

Heilige Paisos van de Heilige Athos Berg, Griekenland (+1994)

Feestdag 12 juli

Een nieuwe Orthodoxe heilige: Vader Paisos van de Heilige Athos Berg werd gecanoniseerd door de Oecumenische Patriarch tijdens de bijeenkomst van de Heilige Synode op dinsdag 13 januari 2015. De Heilige Paisios was reeds als een heilige erkend door de gelovigen en het was slechts een kwestie van tijd voor hij zou gecanoniseerd worden.

Arsenios Aznepidis werd geboren op 25 juli 1924 in Farasa, Cappadocië in Klein-Azië, kort voor de volkswisseling tussen Griekenland en Turkije na de Turks-Griekse oorlog van 1919 tot 1922. Hij ontving zijn naam van de heilige Arsenios van Cappadocië, die hem doopte, het kind zijn naam gaf en zijn toekomst als kloosterling voorspelde. Kort na zijn doopsel moesten de jonge Arsenios en zijn familie Klein-Azië verlaten als gevolg van het vredesakkoord van Lausanne. De heilige Arsenios leidde zijn volk op deze tocht van 600 km naar Griekenland. De familie Eznepidis settelde zich in Konitsa in Epirus in het noordwesten van Griekenland. Zoals hij voorspeld had, overleed de heilige Arsenios veertig dagen nadat zijn groep zich in Griekenland gevestigd had en liet hij hen als zijn spirituele erfgenaam de jonge Arsenios na. Arsenios groeide op in Konitsa en werd schrijnwerker na zijn middelbare school.

Tijdens de burgeroorlog in Griekenland na de Tweede Wereldoorlog, diende Arsenios als radio operateur. Hij was zeer bezorgd voor zijn landgenoten en hun familie, maar niet bang voor zichzelf omdat hij alleenstaande was zonder kinderen. Hij werd opgemerkt voor zijn moed, zelfopoffering en morele rechtschapenheid. Na de burgeroorlog wou hij het klooster binnetreden, maar hij moest voor zijn zusters zorgen, die nog ongehuwd waren. Tegen 1950 had hij voor de toekomst van zijn zusters gezorgd en kon hij zijn monastieke roeping volgen.

Hij kwam op de Athos Berg toe in 1950, eerst bij Vader Kyril, de toekomstige Abt van het Koutloumousiou Klooster en ging dan naar het Esphigmenou Klooster. In 1954 na vier jaar noviciaat, kreeg hij de monnik tonsuur en de Continue reading “Heilige Paisos van de Heilige Athos Berg, Griekenland (+1994) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Dutch”

Video: Bishop Anthony Bloom’s conversion from atheism to the Orthodox Christian Faith

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GREAT BRITAIN OF MY HEART

Bishop Anthony Bloom’s conversion

from atheism to the Orthodox Christian Faith

Saint Bonosa the Virgin Martyr in Porto Romano, Ostia, Italy (+207)

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ITALY OF MY HEART

SYNAXARION-HAGIOLOGY

SAINTS OF MY HEART

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Ostia, Italy

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Saint Bonosa of Porto Romano, Ostia, Italy (+207)

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Saint Bonosa the Virgin Martyr,

in Porto Romano, Ostia, Italy (+207)

July 15

Saint Bonosa the Virgin Martyr, martyred at Porto Romano, at the mouth of Continue reading “Saint Bonosa the Virgin Martyr in Porto Romano, Ostia, Italy (+207)”

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. 

Thus the orphanage grew. Vladika John asked my mother Lydia to Continue reading “Living places of Saint John Maximovitch (+1966)”