The Jesus Prayer – Metropolitan Anthony Bloom




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 “The Jesus Prayer – Metropolitan Anthony Bloom”


Creation – Fr. Antonios Alevizopoulos, Greece


Creation – Fr. Antonios Alevizopoulos, Greece

Orthodox Christians believe that God is “the Creator of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invis­ible”. The world is not eternal; only God is eternal. He created the entire world out of nothing: “for he spoke, and it came to be; He commanded, and it stood forth” (Ps. 33,9).

Man cannot determine the manner in which the world came into being; for it is not an object of scien­tific examination, for it transcends man’s “rational” ability (his logic). Man is part of created reality, he cannot become an “observer” of the manner in which he himself was created!

The world is not of the same nature with God; “by nature” it is entirely different. The world is not a creation from the essence of God, “light from light” but the fruit of God’s volition and freedom; there is an insurmountable chasm separating God’s essence from the essence of the created world.

God need not have created the world. The world, however, was pre-eternally in God’s “thought”. Thus the creation of the world does not mean a change in God’s life. The world came into being according to God’s plan and at a time which pre-eternally existed in God’s will.

Before making visible creation, God created the spiritual world, i.e. the angels: “When the stars were created, all my angels with a loud voice praised me”, says God to Job (Job 38,7). Neither angels nor men existed pre-eternally. Angels are spiritual persons. They were created in time and are limited by space; the swiftness, however, of the angelic nature allows them to act everywhere; only God is not limited by space.

Also, the angels, like men, were created mutable, but through God’s grace and their own disposition, they became firm and unshakable in virtue and remain faithful in their original mission: to glorify God and to minister unto man’s salvation (Isaiah, 6,3; Luke 2,14; Hebr. 1,14).

Man was from the beginning created as body and soul; man’s soul did not pre-exist. Holy Scripture states: “And God created man, taking earth from the ground and breathed into his face the spirit of life, and man became a living being” (Gen. 2,7).

Underlining the distinction between the Creator and the creatures, the Orthodox Christian does not make an idol of nature or of himself. He does not hope that in “identifying” with nature, he will broaden his existence; he does not seek out certain apocryphal transcendental powers within nature, believing that by “activating” them he will solve the problems he faces. His hope has reference to God the Creator, for He has created us from the beginning “according to His image” with a purpose to achieve the “according to the Image” (Gen. 1,26); he does not refer to the created world or to his own self. The meaning of life is to be found in achieving the “according to the likeness”, our Archetype, which is outside our own essence and not “within us”.

All that exists was created by God “very good”; “And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good” (Gen. 1,31). The Orthodox Christian therefore evaluates all of material creation positively.

All things are the fruit of God’s love, all things are sanctified in the Orthodox Church: not only man’s soul, but his body as well, and all of material creation: all things contain within them the “seed” of perfection and are foreordained to life, free from corruption and death.



Advice about Confession – Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994)


Advice about Confession

Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994)



We all know the importance of Confession, but yet so few take advantage of it. Here Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994) shows us why it is so important.

A young man went to see the Elder. I arrived the moment he was ringing the bell, and waited behind him. After a while, Father Paisios opened the door and came to the fence.

-What’s up, young man, what do you want? asked the Elder.

-Father, I would like to see you and get your advice on something.

-Have you gone to confession? Do you have a spiritual father?

-No, Father, I don’t have a spiritual father and I haven’t gone to confession.

-Well, then you better go to confession and then come to see me.

-Why can’t I see you, Father?

-I will explain to you, so you can understand. Your mind is confused and troubled by the sins you have fallen into; as a result, you cannot realize the Continue reading “Advice about Confession – Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994)”

पवित्र क़ब्र में एक चमत्कार का जन्म – The Holy Fire (Holy Light) Jerusalem Christ’s Holy Tomb Sepulchre ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Hindi (India)



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।

മെറ്റെയോറ, ഗ്രീസ് Meteora ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Malayalam (India)



മെറ്റെയോറ, ഗ്രീസ്

ഗ്രീസിലെ പൗരസ്ത്യ ഓർത്തഡോക്സ് സഭയുടെ സന്യാസിമഠ സമുച്ചയങ്ങളാണ് മെറ്റെയോറ. ഇവിടെയുള്ള 6 മഠങ്ങൾ പ്രകൃതിയിൽ സ്വാഭാവികമായി കാണപ്പെടുന്ന ചെങ്കുത്തായ മണൽക്കൽ ശിലകളുടെ ഉച്ചിയിലാണ് പടുതുയർത്തിയിരിക്കുന്നത്. തെസ്സല്ലിയിലെ പിനിയോസ് നദിക്കും പിൻഡോസ് പർവ്വതനിരയ്ക്കും സമീപത്തായാണ് മെറ്റെയോറ സ്ഥിതിചെയ്യുന്നത്.



예수 그리스도 나의 구세주 나의 방패 Jesus Christ My Messiah My Shield ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Korean




예수 그리스도 나의 구세주 나의 방패

Jesus Christ My Messiah My Shield


예비신자 Catechumen


Deep Roots In Fresh Soil – Orthodox Christianity Comes To Erie, Colorado, USA



Deep Roots In Fresh Soil

Orthodox Christianity comes to Erie, Colorado, USA

250-member St. Luke grew from tiny Lafayette church established nearly two decades ago

By John Aguilar



The building is brand-new, the land never before scraped, but the site in Erie where St. Luke Orthodox Christian Church now sits has roots going back nearly two millennia.

A vivid, larger than life-size image of the Virgin Mary, accompanied by a young Jesus, stretches her arms out above the altar. The Messiah — surrounded by painted prophets — gazes down from the dome inside the church’s temple, which is adorned with Byzantine arches and columns.

There’s no organ here — all music is chanted or sung a cappella. There are no statues — warm-hued iconography is the rule.

Standing inside St. Luke evokes a different time, a different era.

”It’s the one that was established by the Lord and the apostles,” said the Rev. David Mustian, pastor at St. Luke. ”When people look at the Orthodox Church, it feels new to them, but when they start digging, they see it has old Continue reading “Deep Roots In Fresh Soil – Orthodox Christianity Comes To Erie, Colorado, USA”