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)”

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

Die Sondag van die Ortodoksie ╰⊰¸¸. •¨* Afrikaans

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Die Sondag van die Ortodoksie

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BEDEHUIS BETHANIË

Verlede Sondag het ons die Sondag van die Sege van die Ortodoksie gevier. Hier is ‘n uittreksel uit ons bisdomlike blad oor dié fees.

Vandag, op die eerste Sondag van die Groot Vastyd, gedenk ons die oorwinning van die Ortodoksie oor die kettery van die ikonoklasme. In die agste eeu is die Kerk uitmekaar geskeur deur hulle wat beswaar gemaak het teen die verering van die ikone, en in 787 het die Tweede Konsilie van Nicea daarop gereageer deur die rol van ikone in die Kerk te bevestig en te verklaar dat “Wanneer hierdie voorstellings beskou word, dit hulle wat daarna kyk hulle prototipe sal laat gedenk en liefhê .” Die Konsilie het onderskei tussen aanbidding, wat God alleen toekom, en die verering wat ons aan ikone gee, en verklaar dat wanneer ons ‘n ikoon vereer, ons eintlik die werklikheid vereer wat dit verteenwoordig.

Selfs na die Konsilie het die ikonoklasme voortgeduur totdat die keisering Theodora in 844 die Ortodoksie opnuut gevestig het met ‘n plegtige prosessie en verering van die ikone op die eerste Sondag van die Vastyd. Dit was die begin van vandag se fees en vier die sege van die ware leer oor kettery.

Die sege van die Ortodoksie wat ons vandag vier, staan in volledige samehang met die vroeëre stryd vir die Ortodokse geloof, want wat op die spel was, was nie bloot die geldigheid van die verering van die ikone nie, maar juis die werklikheid van die Vleeswording van Christus, wat die Kerk in vroeëre eeue geworstel het om te bely. Omdat God in Christus volledig mens geword het, is die stoflike self geheillig en het dit ‘n geskikte medium geword om Sy beeltenis weer te gee. Soos Sint Johannes van Damaskus geskryf het: “As ‘n mens eers verstaan dat die Onliggaamlike vir jou mens geword het, is dit vanselfsprekend dat jy Sy menslike beeld kan weergee.”

Onomskryfbare Meester, in u goddelike natuur, en in die laaste tye vlees geword, het dit U behaag om omskryfbaar te word; want deur vlees aan te neem, het U ook al die eienskappe daarvan aangeneem. Wanneer ons daarom die vorm van u gelykenis weergee, gee ons dit ‘n relatiewe verering en word ons verhef tot liefde vir U, en in die navolging van die tradisies van die apostels, verkry ons daaruit die genade van heling.

Uit die Vespers vir die Sondag van die Ortodoksie

Uittreksel uit Evangelion. ‘n Bulletin van die Ortodoks-Christelike Geloof, 4 Maart 2012.

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:

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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

The Uncovering of the Honorable Relics of the Hierarch and Wonderworker John, Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco (+1966)

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The Uncovering of the Honorable Relics of the Hierarch and Wonderworker John, Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco (+1966)

“The Lord keepeth all their bones, not one of them shall be broken” (Ps.33)

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

In the year 1993 from the Nativity in the Flesh of God the Word, on the feast of St. Chariton the Confessor, October 11, the All- merciful Lord revealed to us sinners the greatest mercy through the uncovering of the holy and much-healing relics of the Hierarch and Wonderworker John, Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco who rests in the beautifully embellished and prayer-filled sepulchre, untouched for twenty-seven years after burial, under the Cathedral of the Most Holy Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow.

Monday was a strict fast day for all those who took part in this holy obedience to the Church. Many prepared by serving the Divine Liturgy and through Confession. In the evening, after Vespers was served at the altar of our Holy Father John of Kronstadt, Wonderworker of all Russia, in whose canonization the ever-memorable Vladyka John took part, a blessing was taken from the ruling Archbishop Anthony around eight o’clock in the evening by Priest George Kurtov, Priest Alexander Krassovsky, Protodeacon Nikolai Porshnikoff, Deacon Alexei Kotar, and Reader Vladimir Krassovsky. After the blessing these participants entered the holy sepulchre in order to make the necessary preparations which earlier had been blessed by His Grace, the ruling Archbishop. In the sepulchre the caretaker, Boris Michailovich Troyan, was already working and waiting.

A long table was prepared on which was later placed the new, temporary, pine casket. Crowbars, hammers and other instruments were brought in. All candle stands, analoys, and flowers were placed aside to make more room for the work. Candles were burning on the candle stands and the entire sepulchre was fully illumined.

After the initial preparation work was completed, and after the exclamation “Blessed is our God,” and the beginning prayers, they began to read the Gospel from St. John over the casket, In the beginning was the Word. Around nine o’clock in the evening during the reading of the Holy Gospel, the ruling bishop of Western America, Vladyka Archbishop Anthony, Archbishop Laurus of Syracuse and Holy Trinity, Bishop Kyrill of Seattle, Archpriest Stephan Pavlenko, Archpriest Peter Perekrestov, Priest Sergey Kotar, Hieromonk Peter (Loukianoff), Priest Paul Iwaszewicz and Hierodeacon Andronik (Taratuchin) arrived at the holy sepulchre. All together there were fifteen people: three hierarchs, seven priests, three deacons, one reader, and one layman.

All three bishops, as well as all the priests, read from the Holy Gospel. Around 9:07, after the Gospel readings, the bishops began to serve a full Pannykhida which was sung by the clergy. This ended around 9:45 P.M. Before the chanting of Memory Eternal the “Prayer Before the Beginning of Every Good Work” was read. Vladyka then turned to all those present with the following words, “Honored Vladykas, Fathers, and Brethren; the Lord has sent us in holy obedience to our Church in order to examine and report concerning the Continue reading “The Uncovering of the Honorable Relics of the Hierarch and Wonderworker John, Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco (+1966)”

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”

Muire, mar mháthair Íosa, an Máthair Dé agus an Theotokos ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Irish

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Muire, mar mháthair Íosa, an Máthair Dé agus an Theotokos

Bean Ghiúdach as Nazarat na Gailíle ba ea Muire, Naomh Muire, an Mhaighdean Mhuire, Muire Mhaighdean nó Muire Ógh, máthair Íosa agus bean chéile Iósaf. D’aithin an Tiomna Nua í [Mt 1:16,18-25] [Lk 1:26-56] [2:1-7] mar mháthair Íosa le lámh Dé.

Thug na soiscéil canónta na Matha agus Lúcás tuairisc ar Mhuire mar mhaighdean.

Thosaíonn an Tiomna Nua cuntas beatha Muire leis an teachtaireacht an Aingil, nuair a thaispeáin an tArdaingeal Gaibriéil agus fhógair a roghnúchán diagach a bheith ina máthair Íosa. Maíonn traidisiún eaglaise agus luath scríbhinní neamh-bhíobalta gur scothaosta a bhí a tuismitheoiri, Naomh Joachim agus Naomh Áine. Taifeadaíonn an Bíobla róil Muire sa tarluithe tábhachtach sa bheatha Íosa, as a ghiniúint go a Dheascabháil.

Creideann Críostaíthe go bhfuil Muire, mar mháthair Íosa, an Máthair Dé agus an Theotokos.

Tugtar urraim di Muire ó shin an Ré Aspalda.

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

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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.

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