On two types of love – Saint Maria Skobtsova of Paris (+1945)

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On two types of love

Saint Maria Skobtsova of Paris (+1945)

March 31

In this world there are two kinds of love: one that takes and one that gives. This is common to all types of love — not only love for man. One can love a friend, one’s family, children, scholarship, art, the motherland, one’s own ideas, oneself — and even God — from either of these two points of view. Even those forms of love which by common consent are the highest can exhibit this dual character.

Take, for example, maternal love. A mother can often forget herself, sacrifice herself for her children. Yet this does not as yet warrant recognition as Christian love for her children. One needs to ask the question: what is it that she loves in them? She may love her own reflection, her second youth, an Continue reading “On two types of love – Saint Maria Skobtsova of Paris (+1945)”

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

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Orthodox Church Quotes:

Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994)

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Video: Human Relationships in the Light of Christ – Q&A ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Father Zacharias of Essex Monastery, England

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Human Relationships in the Light of Christ

Q&A – Father Zacharias of Essex Monastery, England

“Human Relationships in the Light of Christ”, talk given by Archimandrite Zacharias in the Orthodox Christian Church in Edinburgh, on 8th of November 2012.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

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St. John The Baptist, the Orthodox Monastery, Tolleshunt Knights, Essex, England

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If you want go to the St. John the Baptist Monastery and talk with Father Zacharias.

The address is:

The Old Rectory, Rectory Road,

Tolleshunt Knights, By Maldon,

Essex CM9 8EZ, United Kingdom

Tel.: (+44) (0) 1621 816 471

to get there from LONDON

  1. go to Liverpool Street Station (you can get there by UNDERGROUND)

2. get a train to WITHAM

3. get a taxi to the monastery of Saint John the Baptist (say Tolleshunt Knights if the taxi driver does not know the monastery)

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בלדכילדיס הקדושה ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Eastern Orthodox Christian Church: The Life of Saint Bathildis in Hebrew language

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(+680) St Bathlildis בלדכילדיס הקדושה

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(Saint Bathlildis) בלדכילדיס הקדושה

בלדכילדיס או בלדתילד (Baldechildis וגם Balthild‏, Bathilda‏, Baudour או Bauthieult;‏ נולדה ב-626 לערך – נפטרה ב-30 בינואר 680) הייתה אשתו של כלוביס השני מלך נויסטריה ובורגונדיה.

שתי המסורות מציגות אותה כבת העלית האנגלו סקסית, ייתכן שהייתה קרובת משפחה של ריקברט, מלך ממלכת מזרח אנגליה, המלך הפגאני האחרון שם. אחרי שריקברט הודח מכס השלטון על ידי סיגיברט נמכרה בלדכילדיס לעבדות. היא הגיעה, עדיין כנערה צעירה, למשק הבית של ארכינולד (Erkinoald), שהיה המיורדומוס בנויסטריה, תחת כלוביס השני.

על פי ה-Vita Sanctae Bathildis, בלדכילדיס הייתה נערה יפה, חכמה, צנועה וקשובה לצרכיהם של אחרים. ארכינולד, שאשתו נפטרה, נמשך לשפחה ורצה להנשא לה. בלדכילדיס שלא רצתה להינשא לו התחבאה עד שהוא נישא בשנית. בשלב זה הבחין בה המלך כלוביס עצמו וביקש את ידה בשנת 649. על פי המסופר הייתה בת 19 בהינשאה לכלוביס והוא עצמו היה, לפי הגרסאות השונות, בין גיל 12 ל-16.

לפי המקורות, גם כמלכה נשארה צנועה וחסודה והתפרסמה בזכות תרומותיה הנדיבות ומעשי הצדקה שלה. בין תרומותיה היו מנזר קורבי (וכן מענק קיום שנתי עבורו מתוך המסים שנאספו בעיר פוס) ומנזר של (Chelles). היא תמכה גם בקדוש קלאודיוס ובמנזר שלו.

נולדו לה שלושה בנים שהפכו למלכים: כילדריך, כלותאר ותאודריק.

לאחר שנפטר בעלה, ככל הנראה בין השנים 655 ל-658 (התאריך המדויק אינו ידוע) ירש אותו בנה בן ה-5, כלותאר השלישי והיא הפכה לעוצרת בשמו עד הגיעו לגיל בגרות בשנת 664. כמלכה הייתה מדינאית מיומנת, ביטלה את המנהג של מסחר בעבדים נוצרים ואף ביקשה את שחרורם של ילדים שנמכרו לעבדות. על פי הסיפור, כאשר שלושת בניה הגיעו לגיל מתאים וקיבלו כל אחד נחלה (כלותאר בנויסטריה, כילדריק באוסטרזיה ותיאודוריך כנראה בבורגונדי) ויתרה בלדכילדיס על סמכויות השלטון ועל תוארה והצטרפה (או אולצה להצטרף) למנזר. את שארית חייה הקדישה כדי לשרת את העניים וחולים.

בלדכילדיס נקברה במנזר אותו הקימה, מנזר של מחוץ לפריז. הגיוגרפיה עליה (Vita Baldechildis) נכתבה זמן קצר לאחר מותה, כנראה בקהילת של. בדומה להגוגיורפיות אחרות על קדושים מהשושלת המרובינגית, גם הגיוגרפיה זו מספקת מספר עובדות היסטוריות. פולחן קדושים שלה החל בשנת 833 כאשר שרידיה הועברו מהמנזר הישן לכנסייה חדשה שנבנתה. בלדכילדיס הוכרזה כקדושה כ-200 שנה אחרי מותה על ידי האפיפיור ניקולאס הראשון.

בחקר היסטורי, למרות שההגיוגרפיה שלה מדגישה את צניעותה כשפחה, בהקשר של תרבות המאה השביעית נראה כי בלדכילדיס הייתה פילגש שהעניק ארכינולד כמתנה לכלוביס.

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Finding the Faith of St Joseph of Arimathea: An Interview with Fr. Jonathan Hemmings, England ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* The tradition of faith in Great Britain goes back to the Apostolic era!

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Finding the Faith of St Joseph of Arimathea:

An Interview with Fr. Jonathan Hemmings, England

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The tradition of faith in Great Britain goes back to the Apostolic era!

by Tudor Petcu

Source:

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http://journeytoorthodoxy.com/2016/10/finding-the-faith-of-joseph-of-arimathea/

JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

A Romanian writer, Tudor is a graduate of the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, Romania. He has published a number of articles related to philosophy and theology in different cultural and academic journals. His work focuses on the evolution of Orthodox spirituality in Western societies as well and he is going to publish a book of interviews with Westerners converted to Orthodoxy. In this article, he interviews Fr. Jonathan Hemmings, Orthodox theologian, who is the priest of the Holy Life-Giving Cross Orthodox Church in Lancaster, UK, talks about faith and love in Christ.

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1.) Before discussing your conversion to Orthodoxy, I would appreciate it a lot if you could talk about your main spiritual experiences and journies untill you have discovered the Orthodox Church.

First of all, we need to be sure of what we mean when we use the term convert or “conversion.” We all need to be converted – both those who come from different traditions and confessions and those from traditionally Orthodox countries who are referred to as “cradle Orthodox”. Christianity is not a Philosophy, it is a relationship with the All Holy Trinity. We are converted to Christ and we are received into the (Orthodox) Church through Baptism and/or Chrismation. Sometimes this happens in the other order of events. Those who are Baptised Orthodox as babies need to employ the gift of the Holy Spirit given to them; those who are called to the Orthodox Christian faith are prompted by the same All Holy Spirit. As Metropolitan Kallistos said

“We Orthodox know where the Holy Spirit is but we cannot say where He is not.”

As scripture says

“the Holy Spirit moves where He wills.”

One has to experience the Orthodox Church either through her Liturgy or through the “living signposts of the faith” whom God sets before us if we are open to the Truth. By “ living signposts” I mean men and women who possess grace and in whom we see the light of Christ. Christianity in the west tends to be analytical and logical, Eastern Christianity is synthetic and mystical and engages the whole of our being.

You shall love the Lord your God with all your mind with all your strength, with all your heart and with all your soul.

The fact that we do metanoias (reverences or bows) shows that even prayer is a physical as well as a mental process. I have always believed in God, from a little child. I cannot remember a time when I did not believe in God. I had the right Christ, I just needed the right Church. Of course all this was a preparation for me to discover or rather recover the Orthodox faith.

2.) How would you characterise your own spiritual road to Orthodoxy? According to this question, would it be correct to say that Orthodoxy is able to heal the wounded souls?

I am like the Prodigal son in the parable who returns to his father. The Orthodox faith according to tradition was brought to Britain by St Joseph of Arimathea. An early Archbishop of Canterbury was Greek- St Theodore of Tarsus. St Constantine the Great was made Augustus Emperor here in York when he was in charge of the sixth Legion. So did not choose to find something “foreign” I returned to the Church which was established here in Britain.

The Orthodox Church is Universal as we proclaim on the Sunday of Orthodoxy. The Church is the hospital for souls. As Blessed Augustine said

“Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in God”

Restlessness of the spirit is a characteristic of this age. So I have not discovered something new, I have recovered something authentic and original.

3.) Considering all what you have experienced over the years from the spiritual point of view, why is Orthodoxy so precious and meaningful to you?

Well, I believe Orthodoxy is not only original, unchanged and authentic but it is the teaching and preaching of Christ’s Apostles (Kerygma and Paradosi). Tradition is not simply historical, it is vital and dynamic. The Orthodox way fulfils the needs of the whole person and makes the broken person whole. It is precious because it is the

“pearl of great price.”

Once you find it, then you must share this treasure with others and not keep it to yourself.

4.) Do you think that Orthodoxy could be considered a burning bush?

I have a stone from Mount Sinai which contains the image of the bush which Moses saw burning and yet which was not consumed. If you want to forge metal, you must first heat it and out it into the fire and then you can shape it to the tool you require. When we are put into the fire of God, the same happens. It is so God can shape us into the person that He has called us to be. When we are alive in God then we become all flame. We are standing on holy ground, so when we approach God we must do so with awe before the majestic power of God.

5.) Now, I would like you to tell me what does the Orthodox monasticism mean for you and what impressed you most in your monastic pilgrimage, if I can call it like that?

Orthodox Monasteries are “LightHouses” for souls. They are often remote and inaccessible because the quietness for the soul requires asceticism . They are full of angels because the angelic life is lived there. When we say in the Lord’s Prayer

“Thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven”

then this is what monks are doing. The very walls of the Churches are filled with prayer and so one can feel tangibly the peace of God. It is this peace which passes all understanding that one experiences. Again I say that Orthodoxy is Life in the sense that we experience it, we live it. I have been to many Orthodox Monasteries in Romania. The most memorable moments are when I met Pr Ioanichie Balan in Sihastria Monastery and when I served the Holy Liturgy with Pr. Teofil Paraian( the blind Staretz) at Sambata de Sus. These were moments when the veil between heaven and earth was very thin.

6.) What would be the difference between you as a heterodox and you as an Orthodox?

I am complete. When Our Lord died on the Cross he said in St Johns Gospel

“It is finished”

but this also means

“It is completed”

that is, the work of salvation. In this sense “conversion” is an extension of what I once was. As C. S. Lewis ( much respected by Orthodox) once put it

“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.” (C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity)

As I have said before, I have always loved God but the depths of Orthodoxy provide me with the resources that nourish my soul.

7.) I remember some words which impressed me much while I was discussing with a Swiss writer converted to Orthodoxy. He was saying that he was born to hate but through Orthodoxy reborn to love. How would you characterise these words as a convert to Orthodoxy?

We were all born to love. Christ summarised the Commandments as Loving God and Loving your neighbour. Orthodox Christianity can be summarised in these words. But love is a verb… we must put into action those things which we believe. I am sure the prisons in Romania are full of criminals who would call themselves Orthodox and who have been baptised as such, but sin found a place in their hearts. Glory to God he is merciful and loves mankind! And so we must live out our life in peace and repentance. Being Romanian does not make you Orthodox anymore than being Greek, Russian, Serb or British. There was no ethnic identity in the Garden of Eden before Adam and Eve’s transgressions. May the love of God embrace us all.

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This interview is one of many that will be published in the book “The rediscovery of Orthodox heritage of the West” by Tudor Petcu, containing interviews with different Westerners converted to Orthodoxy. It will be published in two volumes and the first one will appear by the end of this year.

PDF Books & Quotes of Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994) in 13 Languages

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PDF Books & Quotes

of Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994)

in 13 Languages

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English Books:

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Turkish Books:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXRlJIVGtJTlFuYWM
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXdVBkZVVHN3VQTG8
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXeVV4SGUzcnRwSjA
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXUjBRVW16eXctbDA
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXeTEzMVh1TjFHZzQ
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXUjV2R253c25nNjQ

Fear knocked, faith answered, and no one was there! (Anonymous)

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Fear knocked, faith answered, and no one was there! (Anonymous)