Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994)
Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994)
EASTERN ORTHODOX CHURCH
Are you Christian? Forget about doing Yoga!
The Church would like people to replace Yoga with Prayer
The Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church reacted to the UN’s decision to designate June 21 as International Day of Yoga in 2014. The Holy Synod’s statement says that the practice of yoga has “no place in the lives of Christians” since it is a fundamental aspect of Hinduism and as such is not considered a “form of exercise” but of worship!
Though praised for its calming effect and wellness, Christians are urged to seek the same comfort in God – not hindu practises. After all, the postures of yoga were created as adulation to 330 million Hindu gods. The postures are viewed in the Hindu faith as offerings to gods that in Christianity are considered to be idols.
Furthermore, a third of yoga is concerned with emptying the mind – a contradiction to what Christianity teaches. In the Christian faith, there is free choice and transformation through renewal. Furthermore, astral travel that yoga guides people into is a practise that the church continues to frown upon.
“For this reason, yoga is totally incompatible with our Christian Orthodox faith and it has no place in the life of Christians,” the statement said, even though it added that the the Church respects religious freedom.
SAINTS OF MY HEART
Saint Arsenios of Paros Island, Greece (+1877)
2018: Saint Arsenios of Paros Island of Greece,
resurrects a baby girl in Belgium
FULL OF GRACE AND TRUTH
A few minutes ago, Nun Arsenia Tsantouli (the Abbess of the Monastery where St. Arsenios of Paros Island in Greece lived in asceticism), and the Nuns offered the following astonishing miracle:
In Belgium lived for many years the sister of Abbess Arsenia, where she had a family, and her granddaughter was made worthy 5 months ago to become a mother.
The baby girl was baptized this year, 2018, on the feast of Theophany and received the name Arsenia in honor of the Venerable Arsenios.
However, the baby got sick suddenly and they took her to the hospital with dyspnea.
After two days, January 8th 2018, the baby unfortunately left this life, leaving her parents inconsolable.
That very day, a Greek doctor, who was in that very hospital, was making his rounds, and received as a visitor an old man with a cane, whom he told that the baby was dead. The old man told him to go and perform chest compressions and breaths, and even though 24 hours had passed since her death was confirmed by science, that the child would live.
The doctor noted in a letter that he did what the old man said, and the baby Arsenia, glory to God, returned to life!
As the mother returned to the hospital in order to prepare for the funeral, she found her baby girl alive in her bed.
The Elder who spoke to the doctor was St. Arsenios himself, as his appears in his icon.
“God is wondrous among His Saints!”
Fr. Dionysios Tampakis
January 22nd 2018
The Holy Monastery of Christ of Forest – St. Arsenios, Paros Island, Greece
CHRIST IS RISEN! INDEED HE IS RISEN!
पवित्र क़ब्र में एक चमत्कार का जन्म
The Holy Fire (Holy Light) Jerusalem Christ’s Holy Tomb Sepulchre
KATHOLIKON की गंभीर जुलूस तीन बार (चर्च ग्रीक पादरी से संबंधित का हिस्सा), (पवित्र क़ब्र के एक पत्थर की पटिया पर मंदिर के केंद्र में चैपल) Edicule चारों ओर चलता है। तब podrjasnike लिनन में यरूशलेम कुलपति एक Edicule जो पहले से जांच की कोई मेल नहीं, लाइटर, आदि है कि वहाँ है, जिससे प्रकाश निकाला जा सकता है प्रवेश करती है।
और रहस्य शुरू होता है। चर्च रोशनी में इस समय बुझा रहा है। होल्डिंग तिमिराच्छन्न पास्का (बड़े उत्सव मोमबत्ती) वर्तमान प्रार्थना, अपने पापों का पश्चाताप और पवित्र अग्नि प्रदान करने भगवान पूछते हैं। रिया नोवोस्ती के अनुसार, विभिन्न वर्षों में, उम्मीद में कई घंटे पांच मिनट तक चला।
, पहले कभी कभी, और फिर कठिन है और कठिन हवाई क्षेत्र मंदिर घुसना प्रकाश चमक क़ब्र में कुलपति दर्ज करने के बाद। वे एक नीले रंग, चमक और लहरों के आकार में वृद्धि कर रहा है। यहाँ और वहाँ बिजली का एक छोटा सा पर्ची। धीमी गति स्पष्ट रूप से पता चलता है कि वे मंदिर के विभिन्न स्थानों से आते – Edicule से अधिक फांसी आइकन से, मंदिर के गुंबद से, खिड़कियां और अन्य स्थानों से, और सभी चमकदार रोशनी के चारों ओर डालना।
एक पल बाद में, पूरे मंदिर बिजली और फ्लेयर्स कि नीचे इसकी दीवारों और स्तंभों पर zmeyatsya, जैसे कि मंदिर के पैर करने के लिए नीचे प्रवाह और तीर्थयात्रियों के बीच क्षेत्र पर प्रसार करने के लिए से girdled है। एक ही समय में दीपक कि Edicule की दिशा में हैं, तो क्या वो चमकता शुरू होता है और वह Edicule, और आकाश के ताबूत में मंदिर के गुंबद में छेद से बाहर प्रकाश की एक ऊर्ध्वाधर स्तंभ गिर जाता है।
इस समय गुफा दरवाजा खोला, और बाहर रूढ़िवादी पैट्रिआर्क, जो भीड़ आशीर्वाद दिया। यरूशलेम के आचार्य पवित्र अग्नि विश्वासियों जो दावा करते हैं कि आग अभिसरण के बाद पहले मिनट में जला नहीं भेजता है। कभी कभी, चश्मदीद गवाह, लैंप और वफादार प्रकाश स्वयं के हाथों में मोमबत्ती के अनुसार। अधिकांश कुछ मोमबत्ती के हाथों में रखा जाता है, तो उन्हें अपने मंदिरों के लिए ले और प्रियजनों को देने के लिए।
HAVE FAITH – ORTHODOXY
The Jesus Prayer
by Metropolitan Anthony Bloom
Those who have read The way of a Pilgrim are familiar with the expression ‘The Jesus Prayer’. It refers to a short prayer the words of which are: ‘Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner,’ constantly repeated. The Way of a Pilgrim is the story of a man who wanted to learn to pray constantly (1Thes 5:I7). As the man whose experience is being related is a pilgrim, a great many of his psychological characteristics, and the way in which he learned and applied the prayer, were conditioned by the fact that he lived in a certain way, which makes the book less universally applicable than it could be; and yet it is the best possible introduction to this prayer, which is one of the greatest treasures of the Orthodox Church.
The prayer is profoundly rooted in the spirit of the gospel, and it is not in vain that the great teachers of Orthodoxy have always insisted on the fact that the Jesus Prayer sums up the whole of the gospel. This is why the Jesus Prayer can only be used in its fullest sense if the person who uses it belongs to the gospel, is a member of the Church of Christ.
All the messages of the gospel, and more than the messages, the reality of the gospel, is contained in the name, in the Person of Jesus. If you take the first half of the prayer you will see how it expresses our faith in the Lord: ‘Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God.’ At the heart we find the name of Jesus; it is the name before whom every knee shall bow (Is 45:3), and when we pronounce it we affirm the historical event of the incarnation. We Continue reading
EASTERN ORTHODOX CHURCH
Eastern Orthodox worship
Eastern Orthodox worship in this article is distinguished from Eastern Orthodox prayer in that “worship” refers to the activity of the Christian Church as a body offering up prayers to God while ‘prayer’ refers to the individual devotional traditions of the Orthodox.
The worship of the Orthodox Church is viewed as the Church’s fundamental activity because the worship of God is the joining of man to God in prayer and that is the essential function of Christ’s Church. The Orthodox view their Church as being the living embodiment of Christ, through the grace of His Holy Spirit, in the people, clergy, monks and all other members of the Church. Thus the Church is viewed as the Body of Christ on earth which is perpetually unified with the Body of Christ in heaven through a common act of worship to God.
This article will deal first with the various characteristics of Orthodox worship, aside from its theological foundations as laid forth above, and will then continue to give the services of worship themselves and their structure.
Characteristics of Orthodox worship
As explained above, the Orthodox draw no distinction between the Body of Christ in heaven and that on earth, viewing both parts of the Church as inseparable and in continuous worship together of God. Orthodox worship therefore expresses this unity of earth and heaven in every possible way so that the earthly worshippers are continually reminded through all their senses of the heavenly state of the Church. The particular methods for doing this are very far from arbitrary but have been passed down from the earliest periods in Christian history through what the Orthodox call “Holy Tradition”.
Probably the most striking aspect of Orthodox worship are its visual characteristics. These are many and varied always conveying in the most striking colors and shapes possible the various phases and moods of the Church both as they change throughout the year and in individual services.
Icons are used to bring the worshippers into the presence of those who are in heaven, that is, Christ, the Saints, the Theotokos and the angels. The Orthodox believe these icons do more than visually remind the viewer of the fact that there are saints in heaven, they believe that these icons act as ‘windows’ into heaven through which we see those saints, Christ and the Theotokos. It is for this reason that God the father is traditionally not Continue reading
ORTHODOXY IS LOVE
Is there biblical evidence in support of Icons?
In the Holy Bible, Cherubim are Angels. Icons (images) of Angels.
Exodus 26:31 > “Make a curtain of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen, with cherubim woven into it by a skilled worker.
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Exodus 25:17-21 > 17 “Make an atonement cover of pure gold—two and a half cubits long and a cubit and a half wide. 18 And make two cherubim out of hammered gold at the ends of the cover. 19 Make one cherub on one end and the second cherub on the other; make the cherubim of one piece with the cover, at the two ends. 20 The cherubim are to have their wings spread upward, overshadowing the cover with them. The cherubim are to face each other, looking toward the cover. 21 Place the cover on top of the ark and put in the ark the tablets of the covenant law that I will give you.
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Hebrews 9:5 > Above the ark were the cherubim of the Glory, overshadowing the atonement cover. But we cannot discuss these things in detail now.
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Acts 5:15 >As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by.
Peter’s shadow is an icon (image) of Apostle Peter.
HAVE FAITH – ORTHODOXY
What was Adam like?
by Ken Ham
Did Adam have black hair, brown skin, and brown eyes? Was he six feet eleven inches tall? These are questions we cannot answer sure, because we were not there to see Adam. However, from reading Genesis, and armed with a basic knowledge of genetics, we can learn a lot about what Adam was probably like.
Did Adam have a Navel?
But, how much detail can we go into concerning this man? Did he have a navel (belly button) for instance? This is something I have often been asked. Actually, I believe we can have a definite answer here. Your navel is really a scar formed from the attachment via the umbilical cord to your mother. After birth, the cord was cut, and where it was attached to your body it shrivelled up and formed a scar known as your belly button.
Adam was the First Man
Now think about Adam. Was he born in the same way you or I were? He certainly was not. He was made directly by God from the dust of the earth. In Genesis 2:7 we read, ‘And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the Continue reading
SAINTS OF MY HEART
What are Seraphim? Are Seraphs Angels?
The seraphim (fiery, burning ones) are angelic beings associated with the prophet Isaiah’s vision of God in the Temple when God called him to his prophetic ministry (Isaiah 6:1-7). Isaiah 6:2-4 records, “Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.’ At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.” Seraphs are angels who worship God continually.
Isaiah chapter 6 is the only place in the Bible that specifically mentions the seraphim. Each seraph had six wings. They used two to fly, two to cover their feet, and two to cover their faces (Isaiah 6:2). The seraphim flew about the throne on which God was seated, singing His praises as they called special attention to God’s glory and majesty. These beings apparently also served as agents of purification for Isaiah as he began his prophetic ministry. One placed a hot coal against Isaiah’s lips with the words, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for” (Isaiah 6:7). Similar to the other types of holy angels, the seraphim are perfectly obedient to God. Similar to the cherubim, the seraphim are particularly focused on worshipping God.
C. Fred Dickason, Angels: Elect & Evil, Revised, MOODY PUBLISHERS / 1995 / PAPERBACK
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