Have recourse to Mary in all you necessities – Saint Basil the Great (+379)

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SAINT BASIL THE GREAT

Have recourse to Mary in all you necessities

Saint Basil the Great (+379)

The human being is an animal who has received the vocation to become God. O sinner, be not discouraged, but have recourse to Mary in all you necessities. Call her to your assistance, for such is the divine Will that she should help in every kind of necessity.

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Protection of the Mother of God

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Protection of the Mother of God

The Protection of the Mother of God is one of the most beloved feast days on the Orthodox calendar among the Slavic peoples, commemorated on October 1. The feast is celebrated additionally on October 28 in the Greek tradition. It is also known as the feast of the Virgin Mary’s Cerement.

In most Slavic languages the word “cerement” has a dual meaning of “veil” and “protection.” The Russian word Pokrov (Покров), like the Greek Skepi (Σκέπη), has a complex meaning. First of all, it refers to a cloak or shroud, but it also means protection or intercession. For this reason, the name of the feast is variously translated as the Veil of Our Lady, the Protecting Veil of the Theotokos, the Protection of the Theotokos, or the Intercession of the Theotokos.

The feast

The feast day celebrates the appearance of the Mother of God at Blachernae (Vlaherna) in the tenth century. At the end of St. Andrei (Andrew of Constantinople) Yurodivyi’s life, he, with his disciple St. Epiphanius, and a group of people, saw the Mother of God, St. John the Baptist, and several other saints and angels during a vigil in the Church of Blachernae, nearby the city gates. The Blachernae Palace church was where several of Continue reading “Protection of the Mother of God”

The Annunciation of our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos & Ever-Virgin Mary – March 25

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The Annunciation of our Most Holy Lady,

the Theotokos & Ever-Virgin Mary

March 25

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The Feast of the Annunciation is one of the earliest Christian feasts, and was already being celebrated in the fourth century. There is a painting of the Annunciation in the catacomb of Priscilla in Rome dating from the second century. The Council of Toledo in 656 mentions the Feast, and the Council in Trullo in 692 says that the Annunciation was celebrated during Great Lent.

The Greek and Slavonic names for the Feast may be translated as “good tidings.” This, of course, refers to the Incarnation of the Son of God and the salvation He brings. The background of the Annunciation is found in the Continue reading “The Annunciation of our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos & Ever-Virgin Mary – March 25”

Βιετνάμ, 2017: Η μεταστροφή της Βιετναμέζας Nguyen Thi Mai Anh από το Βουδισμό στην Ορθοδοξία μετά από εμφάνιση της Παναγίας ενώ βρισκόταν σε κώμα

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Βιετνάμ, 2017:

Η μεταστροφή της Βιετναμέζας Nguyen Thi Mai Anh

από το Βουδισμό στην Ορθοδοξία μετά από εμφάνιση

της Παναγίας ενώ βρισκόταν σε κώμα

O π. Γεώργιος, ένας ιερέας από τη Μόσχα, ο οποίος συχνά εξυπηρετεί σε ιεραποστολικά ταξίδια στην Ασία, πόσταρε στο Facebook τα λόγια μιας Βιετναμέζας γυναίκας η οποία μετεστράφη στην Ορθοδοξία κατόπιν εμφανίσεως της Υπεραγίας Θεοτόκου.

Η γυναίκα, Nguyen Thi Mai Anh, που ήταν προηγουμένως Βουδίστρια, δούλευε και εργαζόταν στο Vũng Tàu, στο Βιετνάμ, βαπτίστηκε και εντάχθηκε στην Αγία Ορθοδοξία μας, το Μεγάλο Σάββατο του τρέχοντος έτους [2017].

Γράφει ότι κάτι καταπληκτικό συνέβη στη ζωή της πέρυσι. «Βρισκόμουν ξαπλωμένη, σε κώμα στο νοσοκομείο. Κάποια στιγμή, είδα μια ακτινοβολία, ένα υπέρλαμπρο φως. Αμέσως, είδα μπροστά μου την Υπεραγία Θεοτόκο. Κρατούσε και έτεινε προς εμένα ένα μπουκάλι νερό το οποίο και μου έδωσε. Όσο έπινα το νερό, η λάμψη και η Θεοτόκος εξαφανίστηκαν».

«Το επόμενο πρωί», συνεχίζει, «ξαφνικά επανήλθα από το κώμα, έχοντας απολέσει τις αισθήσεις μου για πολύ ώρα». Η Nguyen επιβίωσε και άρχισε να προσεύχεται στον Κύριο Ιησού Χριστό και την Παναγία Μητέρα Του για ταχεία ανάρρωση και αποφάσισε ότι θα γίνει Χριστιανή, μόλις επιστρέψει στο σπίτι.

«Λίγες ημέρες αργότερα, είδα ένα ακόμη όραμα, με έναν άνδρα ο οποίος με οδήγησε στην Εκκλησία όπου έφαγα άρτο και ήπια Αγιασμό μαζί με όλους. Στην συνέχεια, περπάτησα γύρω γύρω την εκκλησία.»

Όταν πήρε εξιτήριο και επέστρεψε σπίτι της, δέχθηκε επίσκεψη από έναν φίλο της, ο οποίος της έφερε μια Εικόνα της Παναγίας με τον Χριστό. «Ήμουν πάρα πολύ χαρούμενη γιατί η μορφή της Παναγίας στην Εικόνα ήταν ίδια με την Θεοτόκο, όπως την είδα στο όνειρό μου. Εκδήλωσα τη χαρά μου στο φίλο μου και του είπα το όνειρό μου. Εκείνος με οδήγησε σε μια Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία, όπου προσεύχονταν οι Ρώσοι, στην 5η συνοικία της πόλης Vũng Tàu, για να συναντήσω τον Κύριο και την Υπεραγία Θεοτόκο.»

Η γυναίκα αργότερα βαπτίσθηκε στην ίδια εκκλησία και γεννήθηκε εκ νέου υπό την προστασία της Πλατυτέρας Θεοτόκου και την ευλογία του Κυρίου.

«Είμαι πανευτυχής!» λέει, συνεχίζοντας «ευχαριστώ Θεέ μου, ευχαριστώ Παναγία μου, για αυτήν την δεύτερη γέννηση και το μέγα δώρο να βρω την Πηγή της Ζωής!»

Ο π. Γεώργιος αναφέρει ότι πριν από την βάπτιση έσπασε το πόδι της, αλλά αυτό δεν την εμπόδισε καθόλου. Βαπτίστηκε και ονομάστηκε Άννα και τώρα διαβάζει προσευχές στα βιετναμέζικα στις Ιερές Ακολουθίες!

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De Ontslaping van de Moeder Gods ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Dutch

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De Ontslaping van de Moeder Gods

15 augustus, vieren we het feest van de Ontslaping van de Moeder Gods. Het is een groot feest, het is het “Pasen van de zomer”.

Over het overlijden en het vervolgens met lichaam en ziel in de hemel worden opgenomen van de Moeder Gods is in het Nieuwe Testament niets te lezen. In de traditie zijn wel verhalen bewaard.

Op de ikoon zijn de twee momenten te zien: het inslapen van de Moeder Gods met de apostelen rond haar sterfbed en de eigenlijke Tenhemelopneming. Bij dit laatste neemt Christus de ziel van zijn Moeder – uitgebeeld als een ingebakerd kindje – mee ten hemel.

De Moeder Gods moet ergens tussen 36 en 50 n.Chr. in Heilige Land. Hierbij zouden alle apostelen aanwezig zijn geweest behalve Thomas. Toen deze arriveerde was Maria’s lichaam al begraven. Om haar toch eer te bewijzen bezocht Thomas in zijn eentje haar graf. Volgens de traditie zou Thomas toen de Tenhemelopneming van Maria hebben gezien. Daarbij zou hij van Maria haar gordel hebben gekregen. De overige apostelen geloofden het niet totdat hij hen de gordel toonde en het lege graf. Een opmerkelijke omkering van de situatie toen Thomas als enige apostel aanvankelijk niet geloofde in de verrezen Christus.

In de orthodoxe landen is de Ontslaping van de Moeder Gods een hoogfeest dat ieder jaar op 15 augustus wordt gevierd.

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The Life of the Holy Theotokos (God-Bearer): Whom the Grave Could Not Contain

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The Life of the Holy Theotokos:

Whom the Grave Could Not Contain

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DEATH TO THE WORLD

The Theotokos (God-Bearer) was born of the elderly Joachim and Anna as an answer to their prayers. After being humiliated and run out of the Temple, Joachim stood in prayer and fasting, in the same cave as once did Elijah the Prophet, begging God to give him and his barren wife a child. In their garden, Anna stood in prayer also, fervently asking God to take away her sorrow. An angel appeared to them both telling them of the great mystery that would be given to them, a daughter who would bear the Life of the World.

Joachim and Anna made a promise that they would give the child back to God, and being very pious and devout, they offered Mary up to be raised in the Temple at the age of three. The High Priest Zacharias, the husband of Anna’s niece and father of John the Baptist, welcomed the child Mary with great delight. Seeing that she would be made the new Ark, carrying within her the New Covenant, he was filled with the spirit and exclaimed, “The souls of the condemned rejoice and the patriarchs exult. Our prophets hoped in thee that they might be delivered from the hands of the devil!” Taking her into the Temple he placed her in the Holy of Holies saying, “Enter into the Holy of Holies, for thou art much purer than myself… For thou art the Temple of God, therefore, remain in Continue reading “The Life of the Holy Theotokos (God-Bearer): Whom the Grave Could Not Contain”

Natività della Santissima Sovrana Nostra la Madre di Dio e Sempre Vergine Maria – 8 settembre – Omelia 42 di S. Gregorio Palamas (+1359) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Italian

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Natività della Santissima Sovrana Nostra la Madre di Dio e Sempre Vergine Maria – 8 settembre – Omelia 42 di S. Gregorio Palamas (+1359)

1. Ogni momento è adatto per porre il principio di un modo di vivere salvifico. E per chiarire questo il grande Paolo diceva: “Ecco il momento ben accetto, ecco un giorno di salvezza: deponiamo dunque le opere delle tenebre ed indossiamo le armi della luce; per procedere convenientemente come in pieno giorno” [Rm 13, 11-13]. Non dice che il momento per la salvezza è una qualche ora o un qualche giorno, ma tutto il tempo dopo la manifestazione di nostro Signore, Dio e Salvatore Gesù Cristo. Infatti, come, sulla terra, quando sorge il sole percettibile con i sensi, per gli uomini è il momento di lavorare con il corpo –come ha detto anche Davide, “È sorto il sole […] uscirà l’uomo per la sua opera e per il suo lavoro fino a sera” [Sal 103, 22-23]- così, quando ci si manifesta attraverso la carne il sole della giustizia, il tempo dopo la sua manifestazione è tutto adatto all’operare spirituale; ed altrove lo stesso profeta chiarisce questo, dopo aver detto della parusia del sovrano che “La pietra che i costruttori avevano scartato, questa è diventata capo d’angolo”, aggiunge: “Questo è il giorno che ha fatto il Signore: esultiamo e rallegriamoci in esso” [Sal 117, 22.24]. Ma, mentre nel caso del sole percettibile attraverso i sensi, in quanto è interrotto dalla notte, dice “esce l’uomo per la sua opera fino a sera”, il sole della giustizia, che è senza tramonto e, secondo l’espressione dell’Apostolo, non ha “variazione né ombra di cambiamento” [Gc 1, 17], fornisce il buon momento ininterrotto dell’operare spirituale.

2. Se è necessario dire che un momento è più adatto degli altri, e se, come esiste un momento per seminare ed un momento per mietere, un momento per piantare e un momento per raccogliere i frutti, ed un momento per qualsiasi altra cosa, così, se ricerchi, per operare bene, un’ora del principio particolarmente adatta, questa è il momento dell’autunno, e di esso soprattutto quel mese che è anche il nostro primo mese e il principio dell’anno*, perché durante questo mese ebbe inizio la nostra salvezza, cosa che oggi festeggiamo. In effetti questa santa festa ed assemblea, che oggi compiamo, è la prima della nostra chiamata per grazia e del nostro rimodellamento, nella quale tutte le cose cominciarono a divenire nuove ed Continue reading “Natività della Santissima Sovrana Nostra la Madre di Dio e Sempre Vergine Maria – 8 settembre – Omelia 42 di S. Gregorio Palamas (+1359) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Italian”