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Category Archives: Holy Fathers

Prophesy of Abba Pambo regarding the state of the world in the end times

Then the disciple asked: “What sayest thou, o Abba, that the traditions and practices among the Christians will be altered? Perhaps there will be a dearth of priests in the Church when these unfortunate times come?” Pambo continued: “In those times, the love for God in most souls will grow cold and a great sadness

The Holy Glorious and All-Praised Leaders of the Apostles, Peter and Paul

Sermon of Saint Augustine, Bishop of Hippo Today the Holy Church piously remembers the sufferings of the Holy Glorious and All-Praised Apostles Peter and Paul. St. Peter, the fervent follower of Jesus Christ, for the profound confession of His Divinity: “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God,” was deemed worthy by the

Icon of the Mother of God of “The Three Hands” – Jun28 / July11

In the ninth century during the time of the Iconoclasts, St. John of Damascus (December 4) was zealous in his veneration of holy icons. Because of this, he was slandered by the emperor and iconoclast Leo III the Isaurian (717-740), who informed the Damascus caliph that St. John was committing treasonous acts against him. The

Blessed Iustin Parvu’s deathbed prophecy

Five days before his repose in The Lord on June 16 2013, Blessed Iustin Parvu made a chilling prophecy to a number of his spiritual children: “Father, you know the issue with the new health care cards (with a microchip), they have not yet been introduced, but they will still be required in the near

Archimandrite Iustin Parvu has reposed in the Lord

Holy Father Iustin Parvu, you have conquered this world, and the red beast of the apocalypse, the communism, could not silence you. They put you in jail for 18 years, yet you stood firm defending true Orthodoxy against all those that tried to destroy it. You came out victorious against all trials and tribulations, shaming

Quotes from the Holy Fathers – June 2013

“CONCERNING this super-essential and hidden Deity we must not presume to speak, nor even to think, beyond that which has been Divinely revealed to us in the sacred Scriptures, for, as Itself has, in Its Goodness, taught us concerning Itself, the knowledge and contemplation of Its essential Nature is beyond the reach of all things.”

Let us pray for Fr Iustin Parvu in Romania

Our hearts are joined with those of whom are praying today for the health of Fr Iustin Parvu in Romania. May God heed the prayers of the 250+ priests and all the believers everywhere who understand how important the work of this Holy Father is in these difficult times for orthodoxy.

St Ephraim the Syrian – the time is near !

“Lift your eyes to heaven when it, like a clean mirror, gloriously illumines the earth with its stars, and say in awe: if the stars shine with such glory, then how much more so will the righteous and the saints who have done the holy will of God whine with the inexpressible light of saving

St Basil The Great – A Lament For Sin

Weep over your sin: it is a spiritual ailment; it is death to your immortal soul; it deserves ceaseless, unending weeping and crying; let all tears flow for it, and sighing come forth without ceasing from the depths of your heart. In profound humility I weep for all my sins, voluntary and involuntary, conscious and

Christ is Risen !

ENCYCLICAL for the All-Glorious Resurrection of Christ Our Savior The Mind of the Risen Christ,Purification of the Heart, and the Vision of God Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Let us keep feast yet again with the whole of creation, which, renewed, endows its fragrance upon all that surrounds us. Let this Feast be unceasing

The normal Christian disposition is to expect the Second Coming of Christ – imminently

Unfortunately, many now think that Christianty exists for the sake of bettering this world, for the sake of helping the poor man and promoting kindness….God did not give us the commandments for this reason! St Ephraim the Syrian, in expecting the second coming of Christ, sang: “Having called to remembrance that awesome coming, shudder in

The Last Times

Question and Answer to St Niphon of Constantinople. “A brother asked: Just as now we have many Saints in the entire world, will there be such people also at the end of the world?” “The blessed one answered him: My son. Until the very end of this age, there will be prophets of the Lord

Baptismal Vows

“When a person is baptized as an adult, as it happens at times these days but was particularly frequent in olden days, then he himself makes promises on his own behalf; but if he is baptized in infancy, these promises are pronounced on his behalf by his godfather or godmother – the “recipients” as the

Peace and tolerance?

“Julian” (the apostate), “now that he was emperor, thought he could do as he liked. The [pagan] temples were opened and sacrifices were brought to their altars. To make the ordinance of the restoration of the old gods more effective, Julian summoned to the palace the Christian bishops, who were far from being of one

Two Great Schisms

Archbishop Anthony of Geneva: Splinter groups in Orthodoxy An excerpt from Archbishop Anthony of Geneva taken from http://internetsobor.org/rptcz/tcerkovnye-novosti/rptcz/arkhiepiskop-antonii-zhenevskii-raskolnicheskiia-gruppy-v-pravoslavii. Correspondent: ROCA incl. April 3, 2013 . Posted in ROCOR (Views: 38) Yes, they do exist. Some call them divisive, others – confessors. Why is this so? Let us first establish the facts of what is sure

St Symeon the New Theologian on The Heresy of Weakness

There was a conflict between abbot Symeon and some of the brothers at the monastery. In actuality, these brothers were jealous, and wanted to be rid of their saintly abbot. They would not obey his teachings which lead to a God-pleasing, perfect monastic life. St Symeon says of them: “Here are those of whom I

St Symeon the New Theologian on Obedience

“Therefore, whatsovere is in agreement with the commandments of God and the apostolic canons and ordinances, you are obliged to hearken to them and obey your spiritual father, as to the Christ. Whatsoever is outside of the divine commandments and the laws of the Church, not only are you not to obey when ordered by

St Basil the Great – Thoughts on Food !

“…whatever is calculated to relieve our need with the least trouble, this is to be employed. This the Lord Himself made evident on the occasion when He was host to the weary multitude lest they should faint on the way (Mt. 15:32), as it is written. Though He could have enhanced the miracle in the

God is the answer

“During the time when disorder arose in the Holy Church of God, people were expecting that some persons who had no communion with Her (i.e. the Holy Church) would be ordained, due to the command of the Emperor. In turn, it was expected that a persecution would arise. Then, some Christ-loving men asked the Great

The Holy Forty Martyrs of Sebaste

The Holy Church celebrates the Holy Martyrs of Sebaste every Great Lent. And every day of the year, the daily readings from the Octoechos, or the Triodion, include prayers to the innumerable Martyrs of the Church throughout all times, who now offer up supplication before the Heavenly Altar of God for the us Christians on

St Macarius the Great – Homily 5

“For Christians have a different world of their own, another table, other raiment, another sort of enjoyment, other fellowship, another frame of mind; for which reason they are superior to other men.” – St Macarius the Great. Homily 5. Instead, we see how modern Christians, without understanding, follow the unbelieving multitudes in lifestyle, thinking this