May 22, 2012

One Day in the Life of a Men’s Monastery.

5:53pm
  
Filed under: Orthodoxy 
April 26, 2012

6:01am
  
Filed under: Quotes Orthodoxy 
April 12, 2012
"I am small and great, lowly and exalted, mortal and immortal, earthly and heavenly. I share one condition with the lower world, and another with God; one with the flesh, the other with the Spirit. I must be buried with Christ, rise with Christ, be joint heir with Christ, become a son of God, a god myself."

— Saint Gregory the Theologian

5:56pm
  
Filed under: Quotes Orthodoxy Theosis 
April 8, 2012
"Oh truly sacred mysteries! O pure light! In the blaze of the torches I have a vision of heaven and of God. I became holy by initiation. The Lord reveals the mysteries; he marks the worshiper with his seal, gives light to guide his way, and commends him, when he has believed, to the Father’s care, where he is guarded for ages to come. These are the revels of my mysteries! If you will, be initiated too, and you shall dance with angels around the unbegotten and imperishable and only true God, the Logos of God joining with us in our hymn of praise."

— Saint Clement of Alexandria (c.150 – c. 215)

12:03pm
  
Filed under: Quotes Orthodoxy 
April 3, 2012
"Stand thou firm, as an anvil when it is smitten. It is the part of a great athlete to receive blows and be victorious. But especially must we for God’s sake endure all things, that He also may endure us."

— Saint Ignatius of Antioch 

7:10pm
  
Filed under: Quotes Orthodoxy 
March 31, 2012
"Man is more than microcosm: he is a microtheos."

— Archimandrite Sofrony

2:24pm
  
Filed under: Orthodoxy Quotes Theosis 
March 30, 2012

This video explores one of North America’s most fascinating cultural phenomenons: Eastern Christianity amongst Native Alaskans.

It is intended to gather support for the production of a feature-length documentary (currently titled “Arctic Cross”) about the Yup’ik people of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The material was filmed during a fact-finding trip to Alaska in August 2011.

6:30pm
  
Filed under: Orthodoxy Alaska 
March 29, 2012
3wings:

Holy Man Mikhail Vasilyevich Nesterov

3wings:

Holy Man
Mikhail Vasilyevich Nesterov

(via nocnitsa)

2:24pm
  
Filed under: Art Orthodoxy 
March 22, 2012

(Source: thehandmaid.wordpress.com)

8:00am
  
Filed under: Orthodoxy 
March 17, 2012
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Fire melts wax and dries up mud: in the same way secret meditation melts our evil thoughts and withers the passions of the soul; it enlightens our mind, makes the understanding radiant, and fills the heart with joy. Secret meditation wounds devils, and drives away thoughts of wickedness. He who arms himself with this secret meditation, making his inner man resplendent, is strengthened by God, fortified by the angels, and glorified by men.

Secret meditation and reading turn the soul into an impregnable stronghold, an invincible fortress, a peaceful haven, and they preserve it undisturbed and unshaken. The devils are greatly disturbed and troubled when the monk arms himself with this secret meditation and reading.

Secret meditation is a mirror for the mind and a light for the conscience; it tames lust, calms fury, dispels wrath, drives away bitterness, puts irritability to flight, and banishes injustice. Secret meditation illuminates the mind and expels laziness. From it is born the tenderness that warms and melts the soul. Through it the fear of God enters and dwells within you, touching you to tears.

By secret meditation a monk is given true humility of mind, untroubled prayer, a vigil blessed by tenderness and warmth. Secret meditation disperses evil thoughts, flogs the demons, sanctifies the body, teaches us long-suffering and self-restraint, and keeps us mindful of Gehenna. Secret meditation preserves the mind free of distractions and helps it to reflect upon death. Secret meditation is full of every kind of good work, adorned with every virtue; and it is far removed from every evil deed.

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— Abba Isaias

March 17, 2012
"How many people torment themselves for years because they rely on their own thoughts and do not listen to others! No matter what you tell them, they take everything the wrong way. And it is not as if someone believed once in his own thought and the evil stopped there, but rather, the evil goes on and on. And it can develop to the point of leading one into mental illness. For example, someone is building a house incorrectly and people warn him, “How can you make the house that way? It will fall down and kill you.” If he listens to the advice at the beginning, he can readily correct the problem and build it right. But if he goes on and completes it wrongly, will he then tear it down and begin all over? People still tell him that the house will fall down and kill him; he, too, sees the danger that the house may fall, but he stubbornly thinks to himself that he has spent all this money, that he has worked so hard to build it; and so he does not correct the mistake. In the end the house falls down and crushes him."

— Elder Paisios of Athos

4:48am
  
Filed under: Quotes Orthodoxy Logismoi 
March 15, 2012
From 'This holy man': impressions of Metropolitan Anthony by Gillian Crow

From 'This holy man': impressions of Metropolitan Anthony by Gillian Crow

2:24pm
  
Filed under: Quotes Orthodoxy 
March 15, 2012
"The man who has tasted the things of heaven easily thinks nothing of what is below, but he who has had no taste of heaven finds pleasure in possessions."

— Saint John of the Ladder

4:50am
  
Filed under: Quotes Orthodoxy 
March 14, 2012
Mikhail Nesterov - The Vision of the Youth Bartholomew

Mikhail Nesterov - The Vision of the Youth Bartholomew

9:36am
  
Filed under: Art Orthodoxy 
March 11, 2012

Serbian Orthodox Church Music — Psalm 135

11:33pm
  
Filed under: Orthodoxy Psalmody Serbia Medicine 
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