Pourquoi la femme pleure-t-elle? ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French




Pourquoi la femme pleure-t-elle?

Un petit garçon demanda à sa mère:
“Pourquoi pleures-tu?”.
“Parce que je suis une femme”, lui répondit-elle.
“Je ne comprends pas”, dit-il.
Sa mère le prit dans ses bras et lui dit :
“Et jamais tu ne comprendras”.

Plus tard le petit garçon demanda à son père: “Pourquoi maman pleure-t-elle? Je ne comprends pas!”.

“Toutes les femmes pleurent sans raison”, fut tout ce que son père put lui dire.

Devenu adulte, il demanda à Dieu: “Seigneur, pourquoi les femmes pleurent-elles aussi facilement?”.

Et Dieu répondit:

“Quand j’ai fait la femme, elle devait être spéciale.
J’ai fait ses épaules assez fortes pour porter le poids du monde ;
et assez douces pour être confortables.
Je lui ai donné la force de donner la vie,
et celle d’accepter le rejet qui vient souvent de ses enfants.

Je lui ai donné la force pour lui permettre de continuer quand tout le monde abandonne,
et celle de prendre soin de sa famille en dépit de la maladie et de la fatigue.
Je lui ai donne la sensibilité pour aimer ses enfants d’un amour inconditionnel,
même quand ces derniers l’ont blessée durement.

Je lui ai donné la force de supporter son mari dans ses défauts
et de demeurer à ses côtés sans faiblir.
Et finalement je lui ai donné des larmes à verser quand elle en ressent le besoin.

Tu vois mon fils, la beauté d’une femme n’est pas dans les vêtements qu’elle porte,
ni dans son visage, ou dans la façon de se coiffer les cheveux.
La beauté d’une femme réside dans ses yeux.
car c’est la porte d’entrée de son coeur – le lieu où réside l’amour.
Et c’est souvent par ses larmes que tu vois passer son coeur.

Toutes les femmes sont belles,
et nous devons les encourager à s’aimer telles qu’elles sont
et à avoir une juste estime d’elles-mêmes”.



Why do we venerate Constantine the Great as a Saint?







Why do we venerate Constantine the Great as a Saint?

The very name of Constantine is enough to move the heart of any Christian. It moves us because the first to bear the name Constantine I, the Great, was not merely one of the greatest men in world history, but he was something more besides: a saint.

And when they hear the word “saint”, the trumpeters of atheism and unbelief start to sound off. Is he a saint? General, yes. King and Emperor, yes. Great, yes. But saint? No, he’s not a saint, they say. Because, they say, Constantine the Great committed crimes: he killed his son Crispus; he killed his second wife Fausta; and so shouldn’t be considered a saint*.

What can we say in response to those who are against Constantine the Great for no other reason than that he was a Christian? Had he not been a Christian, but an idolater like Julian the Apostate, who betrayed the Church, then they would be praising him. But, no. Constantine, who supported the Orthodox faith and established firm foundations, is slandered and hated by the enemies of Christ.

We would answer: they either forget or do not know that, in our faith, there is a great thing called repentance. One tear from a sinner, whatever act they’ve committed, one tear at the sacrament of confession, redeems any fault. Were there no repentance, paradise would be empty, we wouldn’t have a calendar of feasts nor any saints, because there isn’t a saint who hasn’t cried and hasn’t repented sins. There’s no other way to Paradise, beloved, than the door of repentance. Constantine wasn’t born a saint, he became one. He made mistakes, but he repented. Let’s not forget that he was brought up in the inhuman surroundings of the courts of Diocletian and Galerius, yet he disagreed with people like them.

He’s a saint because his presence in the world is the light of Christ. This light is also shown in his call, which is remarkably like that of Saint Paul and which is why it is mentioned in his dismissal hymn. Saint Paul was called by Christ in a vision when he was walking along the road to Damascus; he saw a shining light and heard a voice saying: “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” In the same way, Saint Constantine was called in a vision. A historic vision which is reported by contemporary historians[2]. What was the vision? When he arrived outside Rome on 28 October, in the year 312 A. D., the army of his rival was three times larger and defeat stared him in the face. As he sat there pondering, in broad daylight, he saw a great sign: the stars in the heavens formed a cross and below the cross he saw the words: “In this conquer” (In hoc vinca). And from that moment on, he was convinced that the future of humanity rested with Christ. He then adopted the banner which proceeded his troops and, with this sign, “In this conquer”, he defeated Maxentius, entered Rome and proclaimed to the whole city that this victory did not belong to his legions but to the Honourable Cross.

His edicts are light. The first edict, in February, 313, was for the persecutions to cease. Just imagine. The persecution of Christians had lasted 300 years. It was forbidden to be Christian. The very word “Christian” was cause enough for conviction, nothing else needed to be investigated: “Are you Christian?”. That was it. Possessions confiscated, incredible sufferings, horrifying tortures. How many martyrs? 12 million. For 300 years, Christians begged: “Lord, give us peace”. And He did. Peace came into the world through the chosen vessel of divine providence[3], Constantine the Great.

How, then, can we not honour him? We ought to do so if for nothing other than that edict which he signed with his holy hands. His nobility of soul and forgiving nature were also light. They say that some idolater enemies once decapitated a statue of him. When the news was brought to him he raised his hands, took hold of his head and said: “This is my head here. There’s nothing missing. Don’t punish them”. On another occasion he said that if he saw a cleric sinning, he would cover him with his robes, so as to prevent other people seeing his sins. This showed his intense concern that the Church should not be subjected to scandals.

He abolished the worship of the Roman emperors, who were considered gods on earth.

His legislation was also light. For the first time, Christian legislation was introduced. His vision was rare. What vision? To make a Christian state, on a global scale, and offer it to Christ for sanctification and deification. This is why he’s depicted holding an orb. And just as the Patriarch Abraham heard the voice of God telling him to leave his homeland and settle in a land that God would show him (Gen. 12, 1), so, too, Saint Constantine left Old Rome, the city stained with the blood of innocent Christians criminally killed, and built a New Rome on the Bosphorus, which, after his repose, was quite rightly called Constantinople. And from here he took measures aimed at raising the spiritual state and sanctity of the people.

What measures? He closed all the night-time places of corrupt pleasure. There were places of entertainment where women gathered under the protection of disgusting divinities, Aphrodite centres, Bacchus centres and he closed them all. He closed the oracles and got rid of the magicians who were exploiting people and deceiving them. He forbade blasphemy. He said he would forgive anything, except blasphemy. If anyone blasphemed the name of Christ, they were immediately arrested and exiled.

He honoured Sunday by edict. He declared it a great and splendid day and forbade any shops to open. Horse races, places of relaxation, everything closed.

He supported small land-holders and workers and took measures against usury and every of other form of injustice. He was the first to support human rights, he protected widows and orphans, and showed particular concern for social welfare.

He protected the Orthodox faith. When Arius, the leader of the heresy named after him, came along and opened his dirty mouth against our Lord, Jesus Christ, and said that He was not really God and of the same substance as the Father, Constantine convened the First Ecumenical Synod in Nicaea, Bithynia, to write the Creed. He himself went to the convention, not as emperor and ruler of the planet, but in humility and kissed the hands of the holy bishops, many of whom still had the marks of their mistreatment fresh on their bodies. Not being a theologian, when he was asked for his opinion, he replied: “I respect what I do not know”.

He supported missionary work. It was during his time as emperor that the Armenians and Georgians became Christians, and the light of Christ reached as far as India.

It was at his command that the Honourable Cross was found an d the first churches were built in Jerusalem. He was the initiator and founder of a Christian Empire that lasted one thousand one hundred years.

Finally, beloved, when he realized that his earthly end was approaching, he surrounded himself with bishops and confessed his sins and wept. He was then baptized, at the age of about 63, and never again put on the royal robes, the splendid imperial vestments, but wore only his white baptismal robes, telling people that he now really did feel like an emperor. He took communion, the Body and Blood of Christ, and, pure and clean, rejoicing and praying, departed for the heavenly kingdom.

Beloved, even if we ignore all the above, there are two criteria for the Church regarding his sanctity: a) the vision of God and the grace which the saint enjoyed, as we have mentioned; b) his miracles after death.

After his departure from this life, his sacred relics were buried with imperial honours in the narthex of the church of the Holy Apostles, where they gave off a powerful aroma and myrrh and performed many miracles[4]. It may be that some people wonder whether what the Christians say is really the truth. Beloved, even if some people don’t believe, there are two criteria for his sanctity and only two. It is with the seal of God that Constantine is a saint and Equal to the Apostles. History has shown him to be great and the Church to be a saint.

[1] Words attributed to Konstantinos XI Palaiologos in a poem about the capture of Constantinople (trans. note).

* The truth of the matter is as follows: when Constantine the Great was Caesar in the West, Rome proclaimed the cruel, anti-Christian, Maxentius, as emperor, who wishing to cover his back in the west, since he feared Constantine, forced him to divorce his wife, Minervina and marry Fausta, a very ambitious and cunning woman who was also Maxentius’ sister, in order to control him. When she saw Constantine’s eldest son, Crispus, distinguishing himself in battles and being groomed for the succession, she wanted to destroy him at all costs, in order to promote her own three sons to positions of power. So she slandered Crispus by saying that he had tried to rape her and kill his father in order to seize power, like a new Absalom. Unfortunately, Fausta’s plot was so convincing and her lies so persuasive that Constantine and the generals fell into the demonic trap. And they allowed Crispus to be put to death, in accordance with the law. When the queen mother, (Saint) Helen, who was many miles away, learned what had happened she rebuked her son severely for his decision. Constantine instituted exhaustive enquiries, from which it became clear that he was the victim of a criminal conspiracy on the part of his wife, Fausta, and her supporters. So he ordered that she, too, be put to death. These two murders of people of his own family greatly distressed Constantine, who regretted them bitterly to the end of his days and sought God’s forgiveness. And I order to show his repentance publicly he had a statue erected to Crispus, with the inscription “To my much-wronged son”.

[2] Lactantius (De Mortibus Persecutorum, 44), Eusebius (Eccl. Hist. IX, 9.1-11, Socrates (Eccl. Hist. I, 2.5-10), Sozomenos (Eccl. Hist. I 1) et al.

[3] In his book “The Ecumenical Synods”, Saint Nektarios writes that Saints Constantine and Helen were the hands of divine providence.

[4] See the calendar of the Church.

by Meletios Stathis




Orthodox Metropolitanate of Hong Kong & South East Asia

Why do women cry?




Why do women cry?

A little boy asked his mother, “Why are you crying?” 

“Because I’m a woman,” she told him.

“I don’t understand,” he said.

His Mom just hugged him and said, “And you never will.”

Later the little boy asked his father, “Why does mother seem to cry for no reason?”

“All women cry for no reason,” was all his dad could say.

The little boy grew up and became a man, still wondering why women cry.

Finally he put in a call to God. When God got on the phone, he asked, “God, why do women cry so easily?”

God said:

“When I made the woman she had to be special.

I made her shoulders strong enough to carry the weight of the world, yet gentle enough to give comfort.

I gave her an inner strength to endure childbirth and the rejection that many times comes from her children.

I gave her a hardness that allows her to keep going when everyone else gives up, and take care of her family through sickness and fatigue without complaining.

I gave her the sensitivity to love her children under any and all circumstances, even when her child has hurt her very badly.

I gave her strength to carry her husband through his faults and fashioned her from his rib to protect his heart.

I gave her wisdom to know that a good husband never hurts his wife, but sometimes tests her strengths and her resolve to stand beside him unfalteringly.

And finally, I gave her a tear to shed. This is hers exclusively to use whenever it is needed.”

“You see my son,” said God, “the beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart – the place where love resides.”


Γιατί κλαίνε οι γυναίκες;





Γιατί κλαίνε οι γυναίκες;

Ένα μικρό αγόρι ρώτησε τη μαμά του: “Γιατί κλαις μαμά;”
”Γιατί είμαι γυναίκα” του είπε.
”Δεν καταλαβαίνω” είπε το μικρό.
Η μαμά του απλά το αγκάλιασε και είπε “και ούτε ποτέ θα καταλάβεις….”
Αργότερα το μικρό αγόρι ρώτησε τον μπαμπά του: “Γιατί η μαμά κλαίει χωρίς λόγο;”
”Όλες οι γυναίκες κλαίνε χωρίς λόγο!” ήταν το μόνο που μπορούσε να πει ο μπαμπάς του.
Το αγοράκι μεγάλωσε και έγινε άντρας, έχοντας ακόμα την απορία για ποιό λόγο κλαίνε οι γυναίκες.
Κάποια στιγμή είχε μια συζήτηση με τον Θεό.

Τότε Τον ρώτησε:
“Θεέ μου, γιατί οι γυναίκες κλαίνε τόσο εύκολα;”

Και τότε ο Θεός του είπε:

“Όταν δημιούργησα την γυναίκα έπρεπε να είναι ξεχωριστή. Έφτιαξα τους ώμους της δυνατούς αρκετά ώστε να σηκώνουν τα βάρη του κόσμου και απαλά για να προσφέρουν ανακούφιση.
Της έδωσα εσωτερική δύναμη για να μπορεί να υπομένει τις γεννήσεις και την απόρριψη που καμιά φορά προέρχεται από τα παιδιά της. Της έδωσα σκληράδα που της επιτρέπει να συνεχίζει όταν οι υπόλοιποι τα έχουν παρατήσει, και να φροντίζει την οικογένεια της μέσω αρρώστιας και κούρασης χωρίς να παραπονιέται.

Της έδωσα ευαισθησία ώστε να αγαπάει τα παιδιά της κάτω από οποιεσδήποτε συνθήκες, ακόμα και όταν αυτά την πληγώνουν. Της έδωσα δύναμη ώστε να αντέχει τον άντρα της με τα ελαττώματα του και την έπλασα από το πλευρό του για να προστατεύσω την καρδιά του.

Της έδωσα σοφία να γνωρίζει ότι ένας σύζυγος ποτέ δεν πληγώνει την γυναίκα του, απλά ελέγχει τις δυνάμεις της και την αποφασιστικότητα της να παραμείνει δίπλα του χωρίς αμφιβολίες.

Βλέπεις γιέ μου ’είπε ο Θεός‘, η ομορφιά της γυναίκας δεν είναι στα ρούχα που φοράει, στη μορφή που έχει ,ούτε στον τρόπο που φτιάχνει τα μαλλιά της…

Η ομορφιά της γυναίκας είναι στα μάτια της… γιατί τα μάτια είναι οι πύλες της καρδιάς… το μέρος που η αγάπη κατοικεί”.



Μπορεί να κοινωνήσει μια γυναίκα η οποία βρίσκεται σε “αδιαθεσία” (περίοδο);





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Μπορεί να Κοινωνήσει μια γυναίκα η οποία βρίσκεται σε “αδιαθεσία” (περίοδο);

Αρχιμ. Χρυσόστομος Παπαθανασίου

Κατ’ αρχήν το θέμα αυτό είναι καθαρά πνευματικό, πού δεν έχει καμία σχέση με ενδοκοσμικές σκέψεις, φεμινιστικού είδους αντιλήψεις και λογικοκρατικές απόψεις. Το θέμα της γυναικείας αδιαθεσίας ή όπως διαφορετικά ονομάζεται το ακάθαρτον αυτής λόγω ρύσεως αίματος ή της εχούσης περίοδο, ή της γυναικός της ευρισκομένης εν αφέδρω, χρειάζεται αφ’ ενός μεν θεολογικό λόγο, αφ’ ετέρου δε θεολογική σιωπή.

Οφείλουμε να διατυπώσουμε τη θέση της Εκκλησίας, ότι δεν επιτρέπεται η προσέλευση στη Θεία Κοινωνία των γυναικών εκείνων πού βρίσκονται σε «περίοδο». Αναφέρουμε τον 2ο κανόνα του Αγίου Διονυσίου, Αρχιεπισκόπου Αλεξανδρείας, ο οποίος ορίζει τα εξής: «Περί δε των εν αφέδρω γυναικών, ει προσήκεν αυτάς ουτω διακειμένας, εις τον οίκον εισιέναι τον Θεού, περιττόν και το πυνθάνεσθαι νομίζω• ουδέ γαρ αυτάς οίμαι πιστάς ούσας και ευλαβείς, τολμήσει οντω διακειμένας ή τη τραπέζη τη αγία προσελθείν, ή του σώματος και του αίματος τον Χριστού προσάψασθαι… εις τα άγια και τα άγια των αγίων, ο μη πάντη καθαρός και ψυχή και σώματι, προσιέναι κωλυθήσεται».

Επίσης, αναφέρουμε και τον 7ο κανόνα του Αγίου Τιμοθέου Αλεξανδρείας, ο οποίος λέγει να μην προσέρχεται η ακάθαρτος γυναίκα, ένεκα της ρύσεως αίματος, στη Θεία Μετάληψη κατ’ εκείνες τις ημέρες. Επίσης, ο άγιος Ιωάννης ο Νηστευτής στον 17ο κανόνα του γράφει ότι «τάς εν αφέδρω γυναίκας μηδενός των Άγιων άπτεσθαι». Το ίδιο λέγει και ο Πέτρος ο Χαρτοφύλαξ και Διάκονος της του Θεού Μεγάλης Εκκλησίας στην 18η απόκριση του, ότι δηλ. εάν συμβούν τα συνήθη στη γυναίκα, τότε αυτή οφείλει να περιμένει την κάθαρση και δεν πρέπει να προσέρχεται στη Θεία μετάληψη των αχράντων Μυστηρίων. Τέλος, ο άγιος Νικόδημος ο Αγιορείτης λέγει ότι πρέπει να δεχθούμε τους παραπάνω κανόνες, να υπακούσουμε σ’ αυτούς και να μη φερόμεθα «ως κριταί και εξετασταί των υπό του Πνεύματος προστεταγμένων, ίνα μη υποπέσωμεν εις τα φρικωδέστατα επιτίμια
των παραβαινόντων τους κανόνας».

Επειδή ίσως προβληθεί η αντίρρηση ότι αυτά πού συμβαίνουν στη γυναίκα ανήκουν στη φυσική λειτουργία του γυναικείου οργανισμού, ο ιερός Χρυσόστομος γράφει εν προκειμένω: «Αληθινά, αυτά δεν ήσαν αμαρτία, ούτε συνιστούσαν ακαθαρσίαν. Επειδή όμως είμεθα ελλιπείς στην πνευματική μας ανάπτυξη, ο Θεός, με τη Θεία τον Πρόνοια, κάνοντας μας πιο προσεκτικούς, με τις διατάξεις αυτές μας καθιστούσε πιο προσεκτικούς στη θεωρία και την τήρηση πραγμάτων πιο σημαντικών». Όπως γράφει, πολύ ορθά, ο αείμνηστος γέροντας και αξιόλογος ερμηνευτής της Παλαίας Διαθήκης π. Ιωήλ Γιαννακόπουλος, «επειδή δια της γεννήσεως το προπατορικόν μεταδίδεται αμάρτημα, το γονορρυές ανδρός και γυναικός ως υπενθυμίζον την εκ του αμαρτήματος τούτου Αδαμιαίαν και ημών ενοχήν είναι ακάθαρτον, ίνα κρατύνηται (για να μένει ζωηρά) η συνείδησις της ενοχής και η ανάγκη του Λυτρωτού».

Με την απαγόρευση αυτή της Θείας Μεταλήψεως ο βαθύτερος σκοπός δεν είναι η καταδίκη της γυναίκας, όταν βρίσκεται σ’ αυτή την αδιαθεσία, αλλά η έμπνευση και η προοπτική του σεβασμού έναντι του ιδίου σώματος, η υπόμνηση του χοϊκού στοιχείου του ανθρώπου και η τόνωση της ηθικής καθαρότητος. Είναι, τελικά, παιδαγωγία πνευματική.


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Q&A – Father Zacharias of Essex Monastery, England – Video




Q&A – Father Zacharias of Essex Monastery, England

Archimandrite Zacharias is a disciple of Elder Sophrony (of blessed memory), who was a disciple of St. Silouan of Mount Athos.

Presently, Fr. Zacharias is the abbot of the Monastery of St. John the Baptist, Essex, England founded by Elder Sophrony.

What is the Holy Confession?





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Holy Confession

One of the Holy Mysteries (Sacraments) of the Orthodox Church



Holy Confession (or Repentance) is one of the holy mysteries (or sacraments) in the Orthodox Church, as well as many other Christian traditions. Through it, the penitent receives the divine forgiveness of Christ for any sins that are confessed. Confession is typically given to a Spiritual Father (usually a parish priest or monastic). Confession can be individual or general. The frequency of required confession (as well as whether or not general confession is permissible) can vary from parish to parish, and from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. The better is once a month or twice a month.

Confession In the Bible

Old Testament

“He shall confess his sin that he has committed. And he shall make full restitution for his wrong, adding a fifth to it and giving it to him to whom he did the wrong.” (Num. 5:7)

“Those of Israelite descent separated themselves from all foreigners, and they stood and confessed their sins and the guilt of their fathers. While they stood in their places, they read from the book of the law of the LORD their God for a fourth of the day and spent another fourth of the day in confession and worship of the LORD their God.” (Nehemiah 9:2-3)

“And read out publicly this scroll which we send you, in the house of the LORD, on the feast day and during the days of assembly: ‘Justice is with the LORD, our God; and we today are flushed with shame, we men of Judah and citizens of Jerusalem, that we, with our kings and rulers and priests and prophets, and with our fathers, have sinned in the LORD’S sight and disobeyed him. We have neither heeded the voice of the LORD, our God, nor followed the precepts which the LORD set before us.'” (Baruch 1:14-18)

John the baptist

John the baptist practiced confession

“Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.” (Matthew 3:6)

“And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.” (Mark 1:5)

The Church

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16

“Also many of those who were now believers came, confessing and divulging their practices.” Acts 19:18

“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6:12)

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

Preparing for Confession

Reflection on the Ten Commandments is often recommended as part of an examination of conscience.


From “Guidelines for Clergy” (Orthodox Church in America):

“The secrecy of the Mystery of Penance is considered an unquestionable rule in the entire Orthodox Church. Theologically, the need to maintain the secrecy of confession comes from the fact that the priest is only a witness before God. One could not expect a sincere and complete confession if the penitent has doubts regarding the practice of confidentiality. Betrayal of the secrecy of confession will lead to canonical punishment of the priest.

St. Nicodemus the Hagiorite exhorts the Spiritual Father to keep confessions confidential, even under strong constraining influence. The author of the Pedalion (the Rudder), states that a priest who betrays the secrecy of confession is to be deposed. The Metropolitan of Kos, Emanuel, mentions in his handbook (Exomologeteke) for confessors that the secrecy of confession is a principle without exception.”

In St. Nicodemus the Hagiorite’s Exomologitarion, he writes:

“Nothing else remains after confession, Spiritual Father, except to keep the sins you hear a secret, and to never reveal them, either by word, or by letter, or by a bodily gesture, or by any other sign, even if you are in danger of death, for that which the wise Sirach says applies to you: “Have you heard a word? Let it die with you” (Sir. 19:8); meaning, if you heard a secret word, let the word also die along with you, and do not tell it to either a friend of yours or an enemy of yours, for as long as you live. And further still, that which the Prophet Micah says: “Trust not in friends… beware of thy wife, so as not to commit anything to her” (Mic. 7:5).

For if you reveal them, firstly, you will be suspended or daresay deposed completely by the Ecclesiastical Canons. Secondly, you become a reason for more Christians not to confess, being afraid that you will reveal their sins, just as it happened during the time of Nektarios of Constantinople when the Christians did not want to confess on account of a Spiritual Father who revealed the sin of a woman. The divine Chrysostom both witnessed these things and suffered because of them on account of his trying to convince the people to confess. It is impossible for me to describe in words how much punishment this brings upon you, who are the cause of these things.”

St. John of the Ladder writes:

“At no time do we find God revealing the sins which have been confessed to Him, lest by making these public knowledge, He should impede those who would confess and so make them incurably sick.”

The Byzantine Nomocanon states, in Canon 120:

“”A spiritual father, if he reveals to anyone a sin of one who had confessed receives a penance: he shall be suspended [from serving] for three years, being able to receive Communion only once a month, and must do 100 prostrations every day.”



Ποια είναι τα λόγια της Θείας Λειτουργίας;



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Ἱερεύς: Εὐλογημένη ἡ βασιλεία τοῦ Πατρὸς καὶ τοῦ Υἱοῦ καὶ τοῦ Ἁγίου Πνεύματος, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.
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Λαός: Κύριε ἐλέησον.

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Λαός: Κύριε ἐλέησον.

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Λαός: Κύριε ἐλέησον.

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ШТА ЈЕ ЉУБАВ? ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Serbian



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Љубав је превладавање себе

Архимандрит Андреј Конанос






Крајем прошле године Издавачка кућа Сретењског манастира је објавила књигу «Нека Бог говори» — зборник беседа и писама грчких духовника. Нудимо нашим читаоцима одломак из ове књиге – чланке архимандрита Андреја (Конаноса; рођ. 1970). Љубав које у нашем свету има све мање и која је погрешно схваћена – једна је од главних тема предавања и беседа архимандрита Андреја.

Љубав и слобода су увек заједно

«Ја волим своје дете,» – каже једна мајка. И зове га петсто пута на дан. «То чиним из љубави, да видим како је и где је.» Међутим, није тако. У ствари, она једноставно не може да поднесе кад дете оде од ње. Не подноси кад дете нестаје из њеног видокруга и живи сопственим животом. «А с ким си? А зашто си се задржао? А какве гласове то чујем? Ко то прича? А ко је та девојка?» То је Continue reading “ШТА ЈЕ ЉУБАВ? ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Serbian”

ШТА ЈЕ ЉУБАВ? (Волети значи желети добро другоме, Грчка) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Serbian



Волети значи желети добро другоме

Архимандрит Андреј Конанос






Крајем прошле године Издавачка кућа Сретењског манастира је објавила књигу «Нека Бог говори» — зборник беседа и писама грчких духовника. Нудимо нашим читаоцима одломак из ове књиге – чланке архимандрита Андреја (Конаноса; рођ. 1970).

Отац Андреј је познати проповедник, дугогодишњи водитељ емисије «Невидљиви преласци» («Αθέατα περάσματα») на радију Пирејске митрополије. У многим градовима Грчке, Кипра и САД људи га позивају да држи предавања о духовним проблемима; текстове његових беседа са радија објављују водећи православни сајтови у разним земљама, они излазе као засебни зборници.

Љубав које у нашем свету има све мање и која је погрешно схваћена – једна је од главних тема предавања и беседа архимандрита Андреја.

Волети значи желети добро другоме

Сваком своје. За оно што се не свиђа мени уопште не мора да значи да се неће свидети ником другом. И напротив: уопште није чињеница да ће се оно што се свиђа мени обавезно свидети и теби. Зато имамо право на слободан избор: шта да слушамо, коју емисију, шта да волимо, какву музику да слушамо. Нисмо у стању да променимо друге. Зар није тако?

Међутим, постоји нешто што треба да обједини све нас, без обзира на неслагања, на различите погледе и на то што међусобно не личимо. То је љубав. И нека она не пресуши у нашим душама. Нека љубав увек буде међу нама и нека нас држи заједно као карика. Тада нећемо осећати никакав антагонизам. Нећемо ни са ким бити у непријатељским односима због било ког разлога у овом животу. Јер, обједињују нас заједнички бол и заједнички непријатељ: смрт. И заједничка тежња ка животу, ка васкрсењу, срећи и радости. Сви ми, људи, у најдубљем смислу смо повезани овим основним појмовима.

Хајде да се волимо без обзира на то што смо различити. Свако има свој карактер. Али шта је Христос рекао? «По томе ће сви познати да сте Моји ученици ако будете имали љубав међу собом» (Јн. 13: 35). Није рекао, на пример: сви ће познати да сте Моји ученици ако слушате исту музику, ако сви имате исте погледе или ако исто живите. Свако од нас има свој карактер: ти имаш један, ја имам други. Јер и за време Свете литургије свако се моли на свој начин: твоја душа се радује, моја осећа умиљење, свако молитву доживљава на свој начин. Зар није тако? Али сви ми за време Литургије осећамо љубав. «По томе ће сви познати, — каже Христос, — да сте Моји ученици, ако имате љубав међу собом.» То је најтеже. Најтеже је сачувати љубав.

А како? Како можемо да волимо ако то прво не научимо? Тешко је волети. Волиш ли? Волиш. Чуваш у сећању оне које волиш и кажеш: «Волим га, волим је, осећам слабост према овом или оном човеку, умрећу за тог и тог…» И то се сматра љубављу. Све то називамо једном речју — љубав. Веома је тешко рећи истински «волим те». То је подвиг.

Љубав је врх. Она је превладавање, а не нешто свакодневно и уобичајено. Негде сам прочитао о једном старцу, игуману манастира. У обитељи су биле у току припреме за хиротонију једног монаха. Већ је био рукоположен за ђакона. На дан хиротоније игуман је изашао на манастирску капију да дочека почасног госта — митрополита који се спремао да дође на свечаност и друге угледне званице. Поред игумана у обитељ је улазило мноштво људи. Обични верници, монаси и други. Сутрадан, кад се све завршило, игуман је окупио братију и рекао:

— Драги моји оци, треба да вас напустим за неко време. Морам да одем како бих боље видео себе.

— Зашто да идете од нас? Ми вас толико волимо!

— Да, али сам јуче постао свестан нечега.

— Шта сте спознали, геронда? — упитали су.

— Док сам стајао на капији и чекао госте који су долазили на хиротонију приметио сам да су ми, кад се приближавао угледан човек, неко званично лице, руке постајале влажне од узбуђења. А кад су улазили обични ходочасници руке су ми биле суве као обично. Различито сам реаговао на различите људе.

— Да, — рекли су, — и шта ту има чудно? Зар то није природно?

— Можда је то за вас природно, али ја, ваш пастир, требало је већ да научим у свом животу да све волим подједнако. И да се подједнако пријатно осећам са сваким. Да волим све и да се не плашим никога, да се не повијам пред једним и да не будем смео пред другим. Треба да будем као у срцу Бога, да пребивам у Богу. Зато ћу отићи на краће време како бих се боље загледао у себе. Овде сам, због свакодневних послова и управљања, престао да се загледам у себе.

И он је на неко време отишао из обитељи како би се загледао у себе, како би пронашао у себи одговоре на питања: а да ли воли? И шта воли? Да ли је прозрачан за све? Да ли је искрен са свима? Да ли је отворен за све?

На пример, кажеш: волим. Али «волим» понекад значи «потребан си ми». И тада то више није љубав због љубави. Да, заиста, неки људи су нам потребни. Али то уопште не значи да их волимо. Волети значи желети добро ономе кога волиш. Бринути се о њему. Ако видим да човек у нечему може да напредује, желим му напредак, чак и ако ми то није «од користи».

Размисли: «Желим да се моје дете развија, зато што га волим, и није ми важно куда ће отићи зарад тога. Нека иде да се школује у било којој земљи света ако то жели. Јер га волим и желим му добро. А ако је за његово добро да рашири крила и да одлети од мене, поштоваћу тај корак. Зато што га волим. Али ће ми толико недостајати! Моје очи га неће видети и моје руке га неће додиривати, неће га мазити, неће га загрлити. Мој малишан, моје чедо, неће бити поред мене.»

Кад волиш истински, пре свега размишљаш о ономе кога волиш, о његовом добру. То је тешко. Ево шта ми је испричао један младић. Његов отац је веома желео да се син упише на факултет. То је желео «ради синовљевог добра» (тако је сматрао). Говорио му је: «Желим да се упишеш. Волим те, дечаче мој. То ти причамо ради твог добра, бринемо се за тебе.» А младић је одговарао: «Али зар ја не чиним све што могу? Чиним. Потрудићу се. Уложићу све напоре.» Трудио се, сиромах, учио је, али је на крају пао. Није се уписао. И отац му је у нападу гнева (кад се гневимо понекад откривамо своје право лице и омакне нам се оно што заиста осећамо, показујемо какви смо заиста) рекао: «Пиши пропало! Бићеш пропалитет у животу. Како сутра да одем на посао и шта да кажем онима чија су се деца уписала? Кћерка колеге из канцеларије се уписала. Како сутра да му изађем на очи и да кажем да ниси положио.» Син је схватио његову поруку: «Отац ми је увек говорио да ме воли и сад је моја вредност пала у његовим очима. Чим се нисам уписао саопштио ми је да ме не воли. Нисам успео и он ме већ пореди с колегином кћерком и прекорева ме због тога што ће га сутра бити срамота због мене на послу.»

Али зар љубав поставља услове?! «Волим те ако се упишеш,» «волим те, ако због тебе не будем морао да црвеним». «Па добро, — рећи ћете, — свеједно волимо своје дете, не претеруј.» Да, али видео си шта је рекао? «Како ћу сутра изаћи комшијама пред очи? Шта ћу рећи људима? Како ћу показати право лице своје породице? И како да кажем да се мој син ове године није уписао?» А шта се заправо десило? Зар човек вреди у зависности од тога да ли се уписао и да ли има диплому? Зар је да бисмо човека волели потребно да буде способан за изучавање наука? Не, драги мој. Ја волим човека чиме год да се бави, као што и нас Господ воли.

Упитао сам једно дете: «Кад чиниш грех, како осећаш Бога?» И дете је одговорило: «Осећам да ме гледа са чуђењем, са жаљењем и да се љути на мене.» Неко други је рекао: «Осећам да ће ме Бог казнити.» А свеци су говорили: «Кад грешимо и кад смо грешили у свом животу, осећали смо да нас Бог грли још топлије, још ватреније, с већом љубављу, зато што нам је тад био још потребнији.»

Бог воли свако Своје створење. Он воли и тебе, воли и мене. Не само кад живимо врлински, већ и кад не живимо баш најбоље, кад чинимо грешке и кад падамо.

Бог те воли чак и кад постајеш блудни син. И тада немаш вредност у Његовим очима зато што си добар или лош, већ зато што си дело Његове љубави, што си дело Његових руку. Имаш вредност и идеш путем на којем се бориш и војујеш. И Бог ти не суди, зато што зна да је оно што си данас – само тренутак, извесна етапа у твом животу, а можда и искушење које превладаваш, и зна да покушаваш да се поправиш. Не успева ти, али те Бог свеједно воли. Ти си попут сликарског платна које Христос гледа и види како се трудиш да сарађујеш с Његовом благодаћу, да узмеш Његову кичицу и са сликаш Његов лик у свом срцу, лик Божији, лик Христове љубави. Али не можеш. Чиниш грешке: овде направиш мрљу на платну, овде бришеш оно што си замазао, овде све преокрећеш наглавачке. Знам да си данас погрешио. Али знам да је твоје платно још увек у процесу стварања и не доносим никакве закључке о теби. Поштујем те. Не поредим те ни са ким, — каже Бог. — Не подсећам те на то да имам свеце, анђеле и арханђеле, да је поред Мене Богородица, Која има изванредну душу и предивно срце. Не прекоревам те, не говорим: а зашто си ти овакав или онакав?» Не. Бог то не говори. Он нас не пореди. Он воли сваког.

Не знам да ли си видео како уметник ствара слику, или пре икону, пролазећи кроз различите фазе? Он прво наноси основу, затим постепено додаје боје, сенке, руменило. Све се то одвија у почетним фазама рада и видљивог резултата још увек нема. Не може се одмах добити готова икона и однети у храм. Икона још није завршена. Такву икону не можеш да окачиш чак ни у својој соби. Она није завршена. Али се притом не може назвати бескорисном. Не сме се умањивати њена вредност, не сме се бацити. На основу ње се не могу донети никакви закључци (још је на путу). Али има вредност чак и у незавршеном виду.
Тако нас Господ воли. Зато што види да смо људи и да се помало трудимо да личимо на Њега и да стекнемо љубав од Његове љубави, живот од Његовог живота, светлост од Његове светлости. И Он то зна, и познаје нас. Зато нас воли. Кад не волиш човека може се рећи да га не знаш. Ко зна шта се заиста дешава с другим човеком – воли га. Онај ко зна да «ми други није непријатељ, а чак и ако је непријатељ, ја сам за то крив», волеће овог човека. Волећеш ону која ти је задала неиздржив бол, која те је повредила, ако схватиш да проблем није у њему и није у њој, већ у твом унутрашњем стању које још није излечено. То је твоја отворена рана која још није зарасла. То је твој бол који још није уминуо.

Ми немамо непријатеља. Нема непријатеља на којег би вредело трошити снагу и мрзети га. Нема таквог непријатеља на овом свету. Ако се загледаш у живот онога ко ти је учинио велико зло и ако покушаш да одговориш како и због чега је то учинио, какви су били његови мотиви, како се осећао, како је провео детињство, зашто је дошао до таквог стања, видећеш да ти није непријатељ и противник.

Зато Христос каже: «Немојте се плашити онога ко може да вас куша споља, јер вашу душу нико неће кушати.» Нико не може да ти причини штету. Кад осећаш да ти је неко нанео штету и да га због тога мрзиш, није ти заправо он нашкодио, већ нешто друго у теби није у реду, нешто друго те искушава.

У тим тренуцима упитај Бога:

— Боже мој, да ли и Ти мрзиш човека којег ја мрзим?

И Христос ће ти рећи:

— Не. Ја сам му опростио. На Голготи. Али не само онда, Ја и сад свима опраштам и све волим.

— Али како, Господе? Како можеш да га волиш?

А Бог ће ти одговорити:

— Ја видим и друге ствари које ти, чедо моје, још ниси увидео. Видим да и он веома пати. Видим да није поступио према теби тако зато што је рђав, већ зато што се сам плаши и брани.

— Али као се плаши, Боже мој? Нанео ми је толико зла… Знаш колико патње ми је задао. Изгубио сам посао због њега. Светио ми се, повлачио ме је по судовима…

— Да, — каже Господ, — али веруј, кад би могао да видиш страх у његовој души, пометњу у његовом срцу, немир његове савести, не би га мрзео. Заволео би га. Осетио би оно што се назива милосрђем. Њему је, дете моје, потребна твоја љубав. Потребна му је помоћ, а не освета. Научи да се «светиш» онако као што се Бог «свети». Он се не «свети», већ увек одговара љубављу и то разоружава.

Схвати да чак и онај кога не можеш да смислиш завређује твоју доброту и опроштај. Само што смо неискрени. И уместо да покажемо своју рану често правимо гадости. Али нема лоших, схвати то. Довољно је притиснути одговарајућу дирку у души ниткова и зачуће се мелодија љубави. Чини се да притискаш погрешну дирку. И зато се чује какофонија, чују се хистерични гласови, свађе и увреде. Али у том човеку постоји душевни свет који још увек нисмо успели да откријемо, да учинимо тако да га виде сви људи око њега. Знам да је то тешко. Тешко је зато што сами у животу нисмо осетили велику љубав. Предлажем ти да волиш другог, а ти кажеш: «Како да га волим! Па ни ја нисам осетио велику љубав у свом животу.» И тако је са већином од нас: уместо љубави подмећемо своје личне потребе.

Један момак ми је рекао нешто што је на мене оставило изузетно јак утисак:

— Много волим једну девојку, поштујем је, одушевљавам се њоме и веома желим да будем с њом.

— И шта предузимаш? — упитао сам га.

— Ништа. Она никад неће сазнати за моја осећања.

— Зашто?

— Зато што воли другог. А пошто је заиста волим ништа јој не говорим о својим осећањима и никад се нећу мешати у њен живот. Сад завршавамо студије и желео сам да јој се приближим, да поразговарам с њом, да јој понудим да заснујемо породицу. Али кад сам схватио да размишља о другом оставио сам је на миру. Волим је и зато не разговарам с њом. Волим је и зато је избегавам.

Ето, то се зове љубав! Размишљати о добробити онога кога волиш. А пошто у овом случају добробит значи не дирати у срце, с поштовањем се односити према посебном путу којим човек жели да иде, љубав те води ка томе да чиниш незамисливе поступке, да претвараш своју љубав у сузу, у бисер, у бол, који ће источити живу воду и омити Божанском благодаћу твоје срце. И нека се чини да не испољаваш своју љубав и да је не показујеш, твоја љубав заправо постаје дубља. Човека чиниш изузетно осетљивим и истинским, поетским и часним. И једном ћеш добити награду за то. Ван сваке сумње!

Архимандрит Андрей (Конанос)
С новогрчког превела Александра Никифорова
Нека Бог говори: Из беседа грчких духовника / С новогрчког превела Александра Никифорова. М.: Сретењски манастир, 2015.
Са руског Марина Тодић


What the Saints say about Paradise?



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Saint John of Damascus

“An Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith”

Concerning Paradise


Now when God was about to fashion man out of the visible and invisible creation in His own image and likeness to reign as king and ruler over all the earth and all that it contains, He first made for him, so to speak, a kingdom in which he should live a life of happiness and prosperity. And this is the divine paradise, planted in Eden by the hands of God, a very storehouse of joy and gladness of heart (for “Eden” means luxuriousness). Its site is higher in the East than all the earth: it is temperate and the air that surrounds it is the rarest and purest: evergreen plants are its pride, sweet fragrances abound, it is flooded with light, and in sensuous freshness and beauty it transcends imagination: in truth the place is divine, a meet home for him who was created in God’s image: no creature lacking reason made its dwelling there but man alone, the work of God’s own hands.

In its midst God planted the tree of life and the tree of knowledge. The tree of knowledge was for trial, and proof, and exercise of man’s obedience and disobedience: and hence it was named the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, or else it was because to those who partook of it was given power to know their own nature. Now this is a good thing for those who are mature, but an evil thing for the immature and those whose appetites are too strong, being like solid food to tender babes still in need of milk. For our Creator, God, did not intend us to be burdened with care and troubled about many things, nor to take thought about, or make provision for, our own life. But this at length was Adam’s fate: for he tasted and knew that he was naked and made a girdle round about him: for he took fig-leaves and girded himself about. But before they took of the fruit, They were both naked, Adam and Eve, and were not ashamed. For God meant that we should be thus free from passion, and this is indeed the mark of a mind absolutely void of passion. Yea, He meant us further to be free from care and to have but one work to perform, to sing as do the angels, without ceasing or intermission, the praises of the Creator, and to delight in contemplation of Him and to cast all our care on Him. This is what the Prophet David proclaimed to us when He said, Cast thy burden on the Lord, and He will sustain thee. And, again, in the Gospels, Christ taught His disciples saying, Take no thought for your life what ye shall eat, nor for your body what ye shall put on. And further, Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you. And to Martha He said, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: but one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her, meaning, clearly, sitting at His feet and listening to His words.

The tree of life, on the other hand, was a tree having the energy that is the cause of life, or to be eaten only by those who deserve to live and are not subject to death. Some, indeed, have pictured Paradise as a realm of sense, and others as a realm of mind. But it seems to me, that, just as man is a creature, in whom we find both sense and mind blended together, in like manner also man’s most holy temple combines the properties of sense and mind, and has this twofold expression: for, as we said, the life in the body is spent in the most divine and lovely region, while the life in the soul is passed in a place far more sublime and of more surpassing beauty, where God makes His home, and where He wraps man about as with a glorious garment, and robes him in His grace, and delights and sustains him like an angel with the sweetest of all fruits, the contemplation of Himself. Verily it has been fitly named the tree of life. For since the life is not cut short by death, the sweetness of the divine participation is imparted to those who share it. And this is, in truth, what God meant by every tree, saying, Of every tree in Paradise thou mayest freely eat. For the ‘every’ is just Himself in Whom and through Whom the universe is maintained. But the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was for the distinguishing between the many divisions of contemplation, and this is just the knowledge of one’s own nature, which, indeed, is a good thing for those who are mature and advanced in divine contemplation (being of itself a proclamation of the magnificence of God), and have no fear of falling, because they have through time come to have the habit of such contemplation, but it is an evil thing to those still young and with stronger appetites, who by reason of their insecure hold on the better part, and because as yet they are not firmly established in the seat of the one and only good, are apt to be torn and dragged away from this to the care of their own body.

Thus, to my thinking, the divine Paradise is twofold, and the God-inspired Fathers handed down a true message, whether they taught this doctrine or that. Indeed, it is possible to understand by every tree the knowledge of the divine power derived from created things. In the words of the divine Apostle, For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made. But of all these thoughts and speculations the sublimest is that dealing with ourselves, that is, with our own composition. As the divine David says, The knowledge of Thee from me, that is from my constitution, was made a wonder. But for the reasons we have already mentioned, such knowledge was dangerous for Adam who had been so lately created.

The tree of life too may be understood as that more divine thought that has its origin in the world of sense, and the ascent through that to the originating and constructive cause of all. And this was the name He gave to every tree, implying fulness and indivisibility, and conveying only participation in what is good. But by the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, we are to understand that sensible and pleasurable food which, sweet though it seems, in reality brings him who partakes of it into communion with evil. For God says, Of every tree in Paradise thou mayest freely eat. It is, me-thinks, as if God said, Through all My creations thou art to ascend to Me thy creator, and of all the fruits thou mayest pluck one, that is, Myself who art the true life: let every thing bear for thee the fruit of life, and let participation in Me be the support of your own being. For in this way thou wilt be immortal. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. For sensible food is by nature for the replenishing of that which gradually wastes away and it passes into the drought and perisheth: and he cannot remain incorruptible who partakes of sensible food.


Saint John of Damascus

An Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith


What about Eternal Life?

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Eternal Life


What is Eternal Life in Eastern Orthodox Church?



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The Symbol of Faith: Eternal Life





I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world [ages] to come

(From the Sympol of Faith)

The Eastern Orthodox Church does not believe merely in the immortality of the soul, and in the goodness and ultimate salvation of only spiritual reality. Following the Scriptures, Orthodox Christians believe in the goodness of the human body and of all material and physical creation. Thus, in its faith in resurrection and eternal life, the Orthodox Church looks not to some “other world” for salvation, but to this very world so loved by God, resurrected and glorified by Him, tilled with His own divine presence.

At the end of the ages God will reveal His presence and will fill all creation with Himself. For those who love Him it will be paradise. For those who hate Him it will be hell. And all physical creation, together with the righteous, will rejoice and be glad in His coming.

The wilderness and the solitary places will be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom in abundance (Is 35:1).

For behold I create new heavens and a new earth says the Lord, and the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create, for behold I create Jerusalem a rejoicing and her people a joy (Is 65:17-18).

The visions of the prophets and those of the Christian apostles about things to come are one and the same:

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband; and I heard a great voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God himself will be with them; He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away” (Rev 21:1-5).

When the Kingdom of God fills all creation, all things will be made new. This world will again be that paradise for which it was originally created. This is the Orthodox doctrine of the final fate of man and his universe.

It is sometimes argued, however, that this world will be totally destroyed and that God will create everything new “out of nothing” by the act of a second creation. Those who hold this opinion appeal to such texts as that found in the second letter of Saint Peter:

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away… and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and the works that are upon it will be burned up (2 Pet 3:10).

Because the Bible never speaks about a “second creation” and because it continually and consistently witnesses that God loves the world which He has made and does everything that He can to save it, the Orthodox Tradition never interprets such scriptural texts as teaching the actual annihilation of creation by God. It understands such texts as speaking metaphorically of the great catastrophe which creation must endure, including even the righteous, in order for it to be cleansed, purified, made perfect, and saved. It teaches as well that there is an “eternal fire” for the ungodly, an eternal condition of their being destroyed. But in any case the “trial by fire” which “destroys the ungodly” is in no way understood by the Orthodox in the sense that creation is doomed to total destruction, despised by the loving Lord who created it and called it “very good” (Gen 1:31; also 1 Cor 3:13-15; Heb 12:25-29; Is 66; Rev 20-22).


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Τι είναι η κόλαση;

What do you mean, “Pray to the Saints”? – Video






What Do You Mean, “Pray to the Saints”?

Frederica Mathewes-Green, Maryland, USA


Welcome to the Orthodox Church! Join Frederica Mathewes-Green, in this video series, on a journey into the Eastern Orthodox Church. Learn about Orthodox teachings and dogma, Orthodox architecture and terminology, and what it means to live an Orthodox life.

In this video, “What Do You Mean ‘Pray to the Saints?’,” Frederica explains that the English word “pray” in this sentence is a little misleading. So, what does it mean to pray to the Saints and what does the Orthodox Church practice? Watch to find out!

These videos are based off of Frederica’s new book, “Welcome to the Orthodox Church.”

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Special thanks to Evan Brown for all his work on set.

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What about our Guardian Angel?



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About our Guardian Angel





Guardian Angels not only suggest to us good thoughts for eternal salvation—they truly guard us in our life’s situations. The word, “guardian” is not at all an allegory, but the living and precious experience of many generations of Christians. There is a good reason why, for example, in the prayers for travelers we ask the Lord for the special protection of our guardian angel. It’s true—when else but while traveling do we especially need God’s protection?

About thirteen years ago, I was in the Pskov Caves Monastery with one of our parishioners, Nicholai Sergeyevich Leonov, a professor of history and lieutenant general in military intelligence, with whom we had been working for many years on the television program, “Russky Dom” (Russian House). There in the Pskov Caves Monastery, Nicholai Sergeyevich had met Fr. John (Krestiankin) for the first time. As Nicholai Sergeyevich later related, the elder had not only made a very deep impression on him, but had greatly helped him by his prayers.

During those years, Nicholai Sergeyevich was just beginning to enter into the life of the Church, and he still had many questions. One of those questions he asked me was regarding the Orthodox teaching on the angelic world; about guardian angels. I tried very hard, but to my dismay, I still felt that he was disappointed by my artless explanations.

That early summer morning, Fr. John saw us off as we left the monastery for Moscow. The road ahead of us was a long one, and so I asked the mechanics in the monastery garage to look over the car and check the oil before we left.

We sped along the deserted road. I was at the wheel, listening attentively to a story about one of his overseas assignments. He had long promised me that he would tell me that one. I have never met such an interesting storyteller in my life—Nicholai Sergeyevich’s stories leave you breathless. That was how it was that time.

Suddenly and unexpectedly, I caught myself strangely thinking that something was happening to us right then, at that very minute, which was out of the ordinary and threatening. Our automobile was driving along as usual. Nothing—not the indicators, nor the smooth ride, nor any sort of smell—signified any trouble. Nevertheless, I was feeling increasingly uncomfortable.

“Nicholai Sergeyevich, it seems to me that there is something wrong with the car!” I said, making the decision to interrupt my traveling companion.

Leonov is a very experienced driver with many years of practice behind him. Attentively appraising the situation, he finally reassured me that there was nothing wrong. But this did not relieve my inexplicable anxiety in the least. To the contrary, it increased with each passing minute. I felt ashamed about my faintheartedness, but I was simply overwhelmed by a gripping fear.

“Probably we should stop!” I finally announced, feeling that I was breaking out in a cold sweat.

Nicholai Sergeyevich again looked carefully at the indicators. Then he looked through the windshield at the hood. He listened to the automobile’s movement. Looking at me with surprise, he repeated that from his point of view, everything was alright.

But when I repeated for the third time—not understanding why—that we had to stop, Nicholai Sergeyevich consented.

No sooner had we come to a stop, when black smoke came billowing out from under the hood.

We jumped out onto the road. I lunged to lift the hood, and an oily flame burst forth from the motor. Nicholai Sergeyevich grabbed his jacket from the back seat and smothered the flames with it. When the smoke cleared and we were able to investigate what had happened, we could see that the monastery mechanics had forgotten to replace the cap after filling the oil pan. It was still lying next to the battery. Motor oil had been spilling out over the heated motor the entire way, but because of our high speed, the smoke had spread under the wheels, and we did not feel anything inside the car. Just two or three more miles, and the whole thing could have ended tragically.

After cleaning up under the hood a little, we slowly returned to the monastery, and I asked Nicholai Sergeyevich if he needed any additional elucidation concerning guardian angels and their participation in our fate. Nicholai Sergeyevich answered that this was quite enough for today, and he has satisfactorily assimilated that question of dogma.

Archimandrite Tikhon Shevkunov

Translated by Nun Cornelia



Πώς πρέπει να βλέπουμε τα γεγονότα της ζωής μας;


Πώς πρέπει να βλέπουμε τα γεγονότα της ζωής μας;

«Όλα τα γεγονότα της ζωής μας πρέπει να τα βλέπουμε υπό το πρίσμα της αιωνιότητος. Τότε μπορούμε να διακρίνουμε τις πραγματικές τους διαστάσεις».

π. Επιφάνιος Θεοδωρόπουλος (+1989)





COS’È IL NATALE? ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Italian







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Cos’è il Natale?




Omelia sulla Natività del Signore

San Giovanni Crisostomo

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Vedo uno strano paradossale mistero! Le mie orecchie risuonano dei canti dei pastori, ma i loro flauti non suonano una melliflua melodia, ma cantano con le labbra un inno celeste in totale pienezza.

Gli angeli inneggiano!
Gli Arcangeli uniscono le loro voci in armonia!
I Cherubini cantano la loro gioiosa lode!
I Serafini esaltano la sua gloria!

Tutti si riuniscono per lodare questa festa santa, vedendo la Divinità qui sulla terra, e l’uomo in cielo. Colui che è al di sopra dei cieli, ora per la nostra redenzione abita quaggiù, e colui che è stato umile è stato elevato dalla misericordia divina. Betlemme in questo giorno somiglia al cielo; invece di stelle ha ricevuto angeli, e al posto del sole, avvolge dentro di sé in ogni lato il Sole di giustizia. E non chiedetemi come: perché dove Dio vuole, l’ordine della natura si sottomette. Poiché Egli lo ha voluto, ne ha avuto il potere, è disceso, ha redento l’uomo; tutte le cose hanno cooperato con Lui a questo scopo. Oggi nasce Colui che eternamente è, e diviene ciò che non era. È Dio e diventa uomo! Diventa uomo senza smettere di essere Dio. Ancora, Egli è divenuto uomo senza Continue reading “COS’È IL NATALE? ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Italian”

How to tie an Orthodox Prayer Rope? – Video




How to tie an Orthodox Prayer Rope

Andrey Pichugin

Preferably use 100% woolen yarn for knitting needles number 9.

For practice until you learn it properly, use a thick twine to solve easily in every mistake.



Esoterik Yoga östliche Religion, dämonen, Götter Heil oder Unheil? – Video ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* German






Esoterik Yoga östliche Religion, dämonen, Götter Heil oder Unheil?

Klaus Kenneth, Deutschland



Esoterik, Yoga, Buddhismus, östl. Mystik, Übersinnliches, Heilsangebote: etwa jeden Monat ein Neues!

“Zeit meines Lebens habe ich gelernt , Theorie, Theologien und allen -ismen gründlichst zu misstrauen.

Mit geschickten Worten und etwas Erfahrung in Psychologie kann man jeden Menschen alles andrehen. Wo war der Guru, der seine Lehre lebt? Die wirklichen Motive waren Sex, Macht oder Geld”.’

Herzlose Erbarmungslosigkeit’, ‘gnaden’ -lose Egozentrik lassen uns in die Falle eines Ersatz-Lebens, einer ‘viritual reality’laufen. Wer will schon glauben, dass Yoga eine einbahnstrasse in die Selbstvernichtung ist?

Die Fata Morgana sind wir selbst, solange wir von Gott getrennt sind.

Τιμωρεί ο Θεός;



Τιμωρεί ο Θεός;

«Όχι, ο Θεός δεν τιμωρεί, ο άνθρωπος αυτοτιμωρείται, απομακρυνόμενος από τον Θεό.

Είναι, ας πούμε: Εδώ νερό, εκεί φωτιά.

Είμαι ελεύθερος να διαλέξω. Βάζω το χέρι μου στο νερό, δροσίζομαι, το βάζω στη φωτιά, καίγομαι»

Άγιος Πορφύριος ο Καυσοκαλυβίτης της Αθήνας (+1991)

在受洗前要告解請求赦罪,還有領聖餐前也要向神父告解,請問在聖經哪裡有說明? Question about Holy Confession ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Chinese












2.教會的聖事必須透過教會來執行,因為神的恩典並不是直接來自上帝,如同受洗我們不會叫神直接幫我們受洗,或者自己來受 洗,還有婚姻聖事也不是上帝直接來舉行,按立神職也不是上帝直接來行使。



4.聖經記載在 馬太福音Matthew 3:6 ,馬可福音Mark 1:5 ,使徒行傳Acts 19:18, 原文字根(Strong number)1843 你可以去查神學字典,原文的意思是公開告解,這就當時準備受洗的人一一向施洗約翰公開告解個人的罪行.




懺悔聖事 Q&A

Q&A – Απαντήσεις σε 8 ερωτήσεις σας




Απαντήσεις σε 8 ερωτήσεις σας

Ερώτηση: Ισχύει ότι η Παναγία δεν έκανε καμιά απολύτως αμαρτία σε όλη της την ζωή εκτός από ορισμένες αδυναμίες που είχε π.χ. όταν ανησύχησε για τον μικρό Ιησού και τον έψαχναν με τον Ιωσήφ, για να τον βρουν τελικά στο ναό; Είναι αίρεση να θεωρείται η Παναγία εντελώς αναμάρτητη; Ή ήταν όντως τελικά;


Οχι δεν είναι αίρεση να θεωρείτε η Παναγία εντελώς αναμάρτητη γιατί ήταν αναμάρτητη. Η Παναγία δεν είχε προσωπικές αμαρτίες παρά μόνο το προπατορικό αμάρτημα το οποίο της σβήστηκε κατά τον Ευαγγελισμό της (Ευαγγελισμός της Θεοτόκου). Οι ανθρώπινες αδυναμίες που είχε π.χ. όταν ανησύχησε για τον μικρό Ιησού και τον έψαχναν με τον Ιωσήφ και τον βρήκαν στο Ναό δεν είναι αμαρτίες.


Ερώτηση: Ποιά είναι η αίρεση των Ρωμαιοκαθολικών σχετικά με την Παναγία;


Η αίρεση των Ρωμαιοκαθολικών σχετικά με την Παναγία είναι οτι διδάσκουν οτι η Παναγία ειναι “συνλυτρώτρια”. Αυτό δεν ισχύει γιατί ο μόνος Λυτρωτής είναι ο Χριστός που είναι Θεός.


Ερώτηση: Με το προπατορικό αμάρτημα τί γίνεται; Φεύγει από πάνω μας με την βάφτιση ή όχι;


Ναι με την βάπτιση φεύγει από πάνω μας το προπατορικό αμάρτημα.


Ερώτηση: Όταν περνάμε έξω από παλαιοημερολογίτικη “Γ.Ο.Χ.” εκκλησία ή μοναστήρι κάνουμε το σταυρό μας; Επιτρέπεται να πηγαίνουμε σε “Γ.Ο.Χ” παλαιοημερολογίτικες εκκλησίες και μοναστήρια; Αν πηγαίνει κάποιος συγγενείς μας τι πρέπει να του πούμε;


Δεν κάνει να πηγαίνουμε σε “Γ.Ο.Χ.” παλαιοημερολογίτικες εκκλησίες και μοναστήρια ούτε να κἀνουμε το σταυρό μας πρέπει όταν περνάμε απ’ έξω γιατί είναι εκτός Εκκλησίας. Αύτο να πούμε και σε όσους συγγενείς μας πάνε. Οτι είναι αμαρτία να πηγαίνουν επειδή είναι εκτός Εκκλησίας.

Επίσης μπορείς να δεις κ αρθρα κ βιντεακια στο site μου κατά των σχισματικών παλαιοημερολογιτων:




Ερώτηση: Μέχρι ποια ηλικία μπορεί να κοινωνεί ένα παιδί ακόμα και αν έχει φάει πρωινό;


Μέχρι 3 ετών.



Ερώτηση: Αν πιει νερό επιτρέπεται να κοινωνήσει ένα παιδί και από ποια ηλικία;


Μέχρι 3 ετών μπορει να κοινωνήσει έχοντας πιει και νερό. Μετά καλό είναι να προσπαθεί να μην πίνει νερό πριν την Θεία Κοινωνία. Αν ξεχαστεί, εντάξει…


Ερώτηση: Πότε είναι καλό να ξεκινήσει την εξομολόγηση ένα παιδί;


3-4 ετών.


Ερωτήσεις: Πώς θα εξηγήσουμε στα παιδια ότι δεν κάνει να πηγαίνουν στο καρναβάλι; Και στο σχολείο πως θα τα πείσουμε να μην πάνε στις καρναβαλικές εκδηλώσεις;


Θα τους πούμε οτι οι Χριστιανοί δεν κανει να πηγαίνουν στα καρναβάλια γιατί ειναι ειδωλολατρεία και αμαρτία. Και όταν θα έχουν στο σχολείο καρναβαλική εκδήλωση μπορούμε εκείνη τη μερα να πάμε με τα παιδιά μας μια εκδρομή.


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