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

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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”

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Qui est le célébrant, pendant la Divine Liturgie? – Le prêtre seul ou toute la communauté dans son ensemble? – Père Stéphane Anagnostopoulos ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French

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Qui est le célébrant, pendant la Divine Liturgie?

Le prêtre seul ou toute la communauté dans son ensemble?

Père Stéphane Anagnostopoulos

Qui est le célébrant, pendant la Divine Liturgie? Le prêtre seul ou toute la communauté dans son ensemble?

Toute la communauté: le peuple de Dieu et le prêtre.

L’Église constitue le Corps mystique de Jésus-Christ dont nous tous, le clergé et le peuple, nous sommes les membres. L’Église en tant que Corps du Christ prie pour le monde entier. Elle s’intéresse au salut de tous. Cependant, elle célèbre la Divine Liturgie seulement avec les fidèles chrétiens orthodoxes, c’est-à-dire avec ceux qui ont reçu le saint Baptême et le saint Chrême. Eux seuls, constituent les membres de l’Une Église, Sainte, Catholique et Apostolique. Eux, ils sont le peuple de Dieu. La Divine Liturgie est le culte public de tous les fidèles. Elle est offerte à Dieu de la part du peuple de Dieu et du prêtre célébrant. Son don divin et son fruit salutaire, c’est-à-dire le sacrifice rédempteur, sont offerts à nous tous, qui constituons le peuple de Dieu.

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Père Stéphane Anagnostopoulos:

Un fidèle m’a raconté un événement similaire qui a eu lieu à l’église de la Mère de Dieu qui s’appelle «Ecatontapyliani» et qui se trouve à Paros (dans les Cyclades, Grèce), pendant la Divine Liturgie de la veille de l’Épiphanie, en 1998.

Des dizaines de passereaux et d’autres oiseaux entraient et sortaient et au dehors de l’église par les fen êtres ouvertes de la coupole, gazouillant et chantant avec vivacité. Pourtant, à l’heure de la consécration des saints dons, ils se sont tus et immobilis és tous pour recommencer après l’ecphonèse: «Et en premier lieu pour notre très sainte…» [Notes personnelles de l’auteur].

Les propres paroles du Seigneur «Ceci est mon corps…ceci est mon sang…» (Marc 14, 22-24) à la sainte Cène, le soir du jeudi saint, témoignent de cette réalité du Changement du pain et du vin en Corps et en Sang du Christ. La constitution donc du saint sacrement est divine. C’est le Christ lui même qui en est l’auteur.

Les signes visibles du saint sacrement sont le pain au levain, le vin et la prière secrète «envoie ton Saint-Esprit sur nous et sur ces Dons…». Ce n’est pas seulement la grâce du Christ qui est transmise par la sainte communion comme c’est le cas d’ ailleurs pour d’autres sacrements, mais c’est le Christ, le Seigneur lui-même. Les fidèles qui reçoivent dignement le Corps et le Sang du Christ, s’ y intègrent, ayant les mêmes corps et sang que Lui. L’adhésion au Corps de l’église, c’est-à-dire l’incorporation, commence par le saint Baptême et s’achève avec la sainte communion, c’est-à-dire l’intégration. Cela veut dire que notre être tout entier reçoit d’une façon mystique la Vie-même, notre Seigneur et Rédempteur et l’incorpore.

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The Priest, the Bishop and the Holy Angel – Experiences during the Divine Liturgy – Fr. Stephan Anagnostopoulos

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The Priest, the Bishop and the Holy Angel

Experiences during the Divine Liturgy

Fr. Stephan Anagnostopoulos, Greece:

There once lived a most devout priest; (this incident was narrated to me by the blessed departed Spiritual Elder Gabriel, who for a great period of time was the abbott at the Holy Monastery of Dionysios on Mount Athos).

Even though he barely knew how to read and write, he was a priest, a clergyman of strong faith,great virtue and of many spiritual struggles. He used to stand up-right for hours during the Proskomedia,despite the fact that the veins of his feet had been affected and were hemorrhaging. There were times when one could see the blood running down since he was standing up-right commemorating the names of numerous people. He was a man of sacrifice to Continue reading “The Priest, the Bishop and the Holy Angel – Experiences during the Divine Liturgy – Fr. Stephan Anagnostopoulos”

My All-Holy Mother! I shall light the vigil lamp because the day which is breaking is of great significance to our faith; however, You take care and feed my children – Fr. Stephan Anagnostopoulos

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My All-Holy Mother! I shall light the vigil lamp

because the day which is breaking is of great significance to our faith;

however, You take care and feed my children

Fr. Stephan Anagnostopoulos, Greece:

Why do we use olive oil? So that we would be reminded of the night when Jesus prayed in the garden of olives. The Lord prayed in the garden of Gethsemane where an oil grove was situated.

The following is a true story that is directly connected to the vigil lamp…

On the 24th of March 1942, the eve of the annunciation, we were in the Northern part of Greece, in my hometown called Drama. It was then under bulgarian occupation.

Deprivation, disease and famine had reached dreadful proportions and death was decimating both young and old, especially children, on a daily basis. Amongst my relatives was a distant aunt who was a widow with five children.
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He touched the Blood of Christ… – Experiences during the Divine Liturgy – Fr. Stephan Anagnostopoulos

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He touched the Blood of Christ…

Experiences during the Divine Liturgy

Fr. Stephan Anagnostopoulos:

Father Anthony Tsigas was a priest at the Church of Prophet Elijah in the area of Kastella located in Piraeus (Greece). When the deceased Metropolitan of Piraeus, Chrysostom Tavladorakis was still alive.

One Saturday morning, as Father Anthony was performing the Divine Liturgy he reached the point where he had to Consecrate the Holy Gifts.
As he was on bent knees saying the Prayer, his hands were leaning on the Holy Table.

During the moment when he was about to get up in order to bless the Precious Gifts, a drop of Blood falls on his hand from up high; in fact, It spattered him!!

He was in a state of terror when he saw It!! Terrified as he was,he was looking at It and then he was captured by holy awe, fear; he was ecstatic and astonished,in other words he experienced various mixed, incomprehensible feelings that could not of course be described by Father Anthony. As soon as he got up he did not know what to do! He licked the Blood of Christ… he did not know what had come over him. Nevertheless, the Grace of our Holy God, after this miracle, made him look at the Holy Chalice only to realize that it was empty!

He had forgotten to fill it with wine. Next,when he looked at the Body he saw that It was in fact unpierced. That is to say, he had not completed the Holy Proskomedia.

The chanter continued chanting “We hymn thee, we bless Thee…” the priest told him to continue with a nod (there were not as many people since it was Saturday), he took the Holy Spear, pierced the Holy Bread and said; one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear,and at once there came out blood and water”.

Afterwards he filled the Holy Cup,then poured the wine and water,as usual, blessed it, made the sign of the Cross and after having completed all this, he was on bent knees once again in order to read the consecration Prayer, got up blessed the Precious Gifts and our All Holy God transformed the bread and wine-the way it is always done every time there is a Divine Liturgy-into the Body and Blood of Christ. Following the Consecration and the end of the Divine Liturgy, he consumed the Holy Cup cleaning it entirely.

Immediately after the Divine Liturgy which was held on a Saturday,he told Metropolitan Chrysostom all about his experience. The latter then took Father Anthony’s hand so that he could smell it. It had an inexpressible sweet-smelling savor!! He took it and started kissing it many times.

—My Bishop!, Says Father Anthony.

—I am not kissing your own hand he said,even though it should also be kissed, for you are a Celebrant of the Most High.

It does not matter if you are a priest and I a bishop. I have touched in you hand the Blood of God,the Blood of God!!!!!

I recall that after Father Anthony’s falling asleep the bishop narrated the story to me.

Since the bishop was very expressive,he stood up and said;

—Father Stephan, the BLOOD OF CHRIST!!, and started crying!

All this takes place during the Divine Liturgy!!

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