My All-Holy Mother! I shall light the vigil lamp because the day which is breaking is of great significance to our faith; however, You take care and feed my children – Fr. Stephan Anagnostopoulos

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My All-Holy Mother! I shall light the vigil lamp

because the day which is breaking is of great significance to our faith;

however, You take care and feed my children

Fr. Stephan Anagnostopoulos, Greece:

Why do we use olive oil? So that we would be reminded of the night when Jesus prayed in the garden of olives. The Lord prayed in the garden of Gethsemane where an oil grove was situated.

The following is a true story that is directly connected to the vigil lamp…

On the 24th of March 1942, the eve of the annunciation, we were in the Northern part of Greece, in my hometown called Drama. It was then under bulgarian occupation.

Deprivation, disease and famine had reached dreadful proportions and death was decimating both young and old, especially children, on a daily basis. Amongst my Continue reading “My All-Holy Mother! I shall light the vigil lamp because the day which is breaking is of great significance to our faith; however, You take care and feed my children – Fr. Stephan Anagnostopoulos”

Western Kasai, Congo: Nina & her mother – From Protestantism to Orthodoxy – A miracle of Holy Virgin Mary, Mother of God

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Western Kasai, Congo:

Nina & her mother – From Protestantism to Orthodoxy –

A miracle of Holy Virgin Mary, Mother of God

Nina, a 10-year-old girl, was the third child of a family which lived in Western Kasai (Congo). Her two previous siblings, two boys, died early, making Nina an only child.

Nina was born from a mother with strong religious interests, to such an extent that she had embraced a Protestant heresy and become a “Pastoress” (woman priest).

Nina followed her mother to Protestant gathering. However, the good reputation of the Orthodox Missionary School brought the little girl to the Orthodox school. From then on she underwent a series of internal and external changes.

As time passed, Nina began to become reluctant and unwilling to follow her mother to the Protestant gatherings. She perfectly followed—even though she wasn’t baptized—the Orthodox church gatherings. Not much time passed before the girl sought to be baptized [Orthodox]!

Her parents, and much more so her grandmother, didn’t want to hear of this. This increased Nina’s desire to receive Holy Baptism.

Her father ultimately accepted his daughter’s request, and came to the following decision: “my first two children died, one at age two and the other at age one. My little girl has turned ten. Let her be baptized, as she wants so much, because maybe she might die too!” The rest of the family complied and received his decision with sadness.

Nina thanked her heavenly and earthly father with all her heart. She went through catechism for a short time, and was found ready for baptism. She of course continues to go to her religious studies constantly, and she never missed the Divine Liturgy and Holy Communion on Sundays and Feasts.

Nina’s soul felt a deep and mystical connection with the All-Holy Person of the Most-Holy Theotokos Mary, and she went around her house and placed Her holy icon on the highest cabinet of the dining room, causing several negative reactions by the rest of the family. She withstood, however, and managed to have the holy icon of the Theotokos stay where she placed it.

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Τροπάρια & Ποιήματα

του Ιωάννη Τσιλιμιγκάκη, πρώην τραγουδιστή & στιχουργού

Ελληνικού Rock συγκροτήματος για την Παναγία την Αριζονίτισσα,

τους Αγίους της Ουαλίας & άλλους Αγίους

╰⊰¸¸.•¨*

Τά ἀρχαῖα παρῆλθεν

Μετά από πολλές επικίνδυνες
στροφές του βίου
ήρθε η μεταστροφή κάποιου.

Γλύτωσε από πολλούς
κινδύνους και πειρασμούς,
αλλά στο τέλος δεν γλύτωσε
από την αγάπη του Πλαστουργού.

Ηττήθηκε από την αγάπη του Θεού
και για πρώτη φορά στη ζωή του
αισθάνθηκε άφραστη αγαλλίαση για μια ήττα του!

Μας καταδιώκει πάντοτε το έλεος του Θεού,
κι εμείς τρέχουμε να “σωθούμε”…

Αλήθεια, από τι;

Από τον Σωτήρα…

Ε, κάποτε κουρασμένοι σκοντάφτουμε,
πέφτουμε και ο Θεός μάς σώζει…

╰⊰¸¸.•¨*

Παναγία Αριζονίτισσα – Θαυματουργική Ι. Εικόνα της Παναγίας στην Μονή Αγίου Αντωνίου Αριζόνας των ΗΠΑ

Τῆς Θεοτόκου τῇ ἁγίᾳ εἰκόνι, ἐν Ἀντωνίου τοῦ Μεγάλου τῇ Μάνδρᾳ, πανευλαβῶς προσπίπτομεν βοῶντες αὐτῇ· Πρόφθασον Ἀριζονίτισσα, καὶ τὰ νέφη ἀφάνισον, πειρασμῶν καὶ θλίψεων, ἐκ πιστῶν τοῦ Υἱοῦ σου, τῶν τρυχομένων πάθεσι δεινοῖς, καὶ ἐλπιζόντων, τυχεῖν τοῦ ἐλέους σου.

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Το θαύμα της Παναγίας της Πλατυτέρας των Ουρανών από το 1453 ως σήμερα στην Αγία Σοφία της Κωνσταντινούπολης

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Το θαύμα της Παναγίας

της Πλατυτέρας των Ουρανών από το 1453 ως σήμερα

στην Αγία Σοφία της Κωνσταντινούπολης

Ο ξεναγός μας στην Κωνσταντινούπολη, παρότι Τούρκος, έχει αρκετή ευαισθησία. Μας δείχνει στην Αγία Σοφία την Πλατυτέρα των Ουρανών και μας λέει: “Μετά την άλωση, οι Τούρκοι ασβέστωσαν όλη την εκκλησία. Όμως αυτή την παράσταση της Πλατυτέρας δεν μπόρεσαν να την καλύψουν. Προσπάθησαν πολλές φορές, αλλά ο σοβάς έπεφτε. Η Παναγία τον έδιωχνε! Και τούτο γιατί η Παναγία είναι για πάντα η προστάτισσα της Πόλεως”.

Από το Βιβλίο: Αρχιμ. Ιωάννου Κωστώφ, Η Θεοτόκος, εκδ. Άγιος Ιωάννης ο Δαμασκηνός, τηλ. 2108220542, Αθήνα 2012

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Vestiri – Predică la sărbătoarea Bunei – “Iată vei lua in pântece şi vei naşte Fiu şi vei chema numele Lui Iisus” (Luca 1, 31) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Romanian

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Vestiri – Predică la sărbătoarea Bunei

“Iată vei lua in pântece şi vei naşte Fiu şi vei chema numele Lui Iisus” (Luca 1, 31)

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Comuniune Ortodoxă

Era în timpul domniei Cezarului August, când ostaşii – romani patrulau şi jefuiau pământul Ţării Sfinte, când poporul lui Israel mocnea de ură împotriva cotropitorilor străini care le răpiseră libertatea.
Se aştepta din zi în zi ca cineva să-i anunţe că prima veste bună făcută de Dumnezeu omenirii se împlineşte acum, că cerul a găsit timpul potrivit pentru a-l ridica pe om de la moarte la viaţă.

Astăzi prorocia făcută de Isaia cu o sută de ani în urmă prin cuvintele: „Iată fecioara va lua în pântece şi va naşte fiu şi vor chema numele Lui Emanoil” (7, 14) se împlineşte. În Continue reading “Vestiri – Predică la sărbătoarea Bunei – “Iată vei lua in pântece şi vei naşte Fiu şi vei chema numele Lui Iisus” (Luca 1, 31) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Romanian”

Μάρτυρες της Γεωργίας το 1227 αρνούνται να ποδοπατήσουν τις Εικόνες του Χριστού και της Παναγίας και αποκεφαλίζονται

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Μάρτυρες της Γεωργίας το 1227

αρνούνται να ποδοπατήσουν τις Εικόνες του Χριστού και της Παναγίας

και αποκεφαλίζονται

Τό 1227 κατέλαβαν τή Γεωργία οἱ Χβάρασμοι μέ ἀρχηγό τόν Τζαλαλεντίν.

Ἐκεῖνος ὁ αἱμοσταγής διέταξε νά βγάλουν τίς Εἰκόνες τοῦ Χριστοῦ καί τῆς Παναγίας πού ὑπῆρχαν στήν ἐκκλησία Σιόνι καί νά τίς βάλουν στήν εἴσοδο τῆς γέφυρας καί πρόσταζε ὁ κατακτητής τούς Χριστιανούς νά προσβάλουν τίς Εἰκόνες πατώντας τες μέ τά πόδια τους καί ἀρνούμενοι τήν Πίστι τους.

Ὅσοι ἀρνοῦνταν νά ἐκτελέσουν τή διαταγή του πρόσταξε νά ἀποκεφαλίζωνται. Ἔφερναν πλῆθος Γεωργιανῶν κατοίκων, ἄνδρες, γυναῖκες, νέους, ἐξαναγκάζοντάς τους, μ᾽ αὐτό τόν τρόπο, νά ἀρνηθοῦν τό Χριστιανισμό.

Ὁ πιστός, ὅμως, λαός ἀκόμη μιά φορά ἔδειξε τή βαθειά του εὐσέβεια στήν Ἁγία Πίστι τοῦ Χριστοῦ καί ἀρνήθηκε νά ἐκτελέση τή διαταγή τοῦ κατακτητοῦ, καί πολλές χιλιάδες Γεωργιανοί πῆραν τό Στεφάνι τοῦ Μαρτυρίου.

Από το Βιβλίο: Ἀρχιμ. Ἰωάννου Κωστώφ, ΑΓΙΟΛΟΓΙΑ, εκδ. Ἅγιος Ἰωάννης ὁ Δαμασκηνός, τηλ. 2108220542, Ἀθήνα 2012

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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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