Children’s icon stand or analogion Per Kevin Basil Fritts: This photo is from St Anne Orthodox Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The child-sized analogion was built by the rector, Fr. Stephen Freeman.

Children’s icon stand or analogion Per Kevin Basil Fritts: This photo is from St Anne Orthodox Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The child-sized analogion was built by the rector, Fr. Stephen Freeman.

There are times we feel lonely, that we don’t have anyone that really loves us or care about us. I feel it too, the last few months I have felt it very often. But we have to remeber, there is someone. Someone who can’t be seen by human eyes, but can be felt in our hearts. Just like we feel the wind that is blowing, though we can’t see it.
Oh how much I need You God! I need You to remind me daily that you are here! I am too weak, too pride and full of passions, my prayer is not strong enough and I always forget You. Please be always by my side and don’t let me leave You! May Your Holy Mother, the Most Holy Theotokos and all the Saints pray for me in order to stop abandon You… I love You, even though I haven’t seen You. Please be there for me, always <3
Kyrie Eleison.

There are times we feel lonely, that we don’t have anyone that really loves us or care about us. I feel it too, the last few months I have felt it very often. But we have to remeber, there is someone. Someone who can’t be seen by human eyes, but can be felt in our hearts. Just like we feel the wind that is blowing, though we can’t see it.

Oh how much I need You God! I need You to remind me daily that you are here! I am too weak, too pride and full of passions, my prayer is not strong enough and I always forget You. Please be always by my side and don’t let me leave You! May Your Holy Mother, the Most Holy Theotokos and all the Saints pray for me in order to stop abandon You… I love You, even though I haven’t seen You. Please be there for me, always <3

Kyrie Eleison.

If you fall, rise

If you fall, rise and you shall be saved.’ You are a sinner, you continually fall, learn also how to rise; be careful to acquire this wisdom. This is what the wisdom consists in: learning by heart the psalm, ‘Have mercy upon me, O God, after Thy great goodness,’ inspired by the Holy Spirit to the king and prophet David, and say it with sincere faith and trust, with a contrite and humble heart. After your sincere repentance, expressed in the words of King David, the forgiveness of your sins shall immediately shine upon you from the Lord, and your spiritual powers will be at peace. The most important thing in life is to be zealous for mutual love, and not to judge anyone. Everybody shall answer for himself to God, and you must look to yourself. Beware of malice.

- St. John of Kronstadt, My Life in Christ

We have very little faith in the Lord

We have very little faith in the Lord, very little trust. If we trusted the Lord as much as we trust a friend when we ask him to do something for us, neither we as individuals nor our whole country would suffer so much.” +

- Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica, Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives: The Life and Teachings of Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica

Even a Small Good Deed has Worth

If at some time you show mercy to someone, mercy will be shown to you.
If you show compassion to one who is suffering (and of course, this is not a great deed) you will be numbered among the martyrs.
If you forgive one who has insulted you, then not only will all your sins be forgiven, but you will be a child of the Heavenly Father.
If you pray from all your heart for salvation - even a little - you will be saved.
If you rebuke yourself, accuse yourself, and judge yourself before God for your sins, with a sensitive conscience, even for this you will be justified.
If you are sorrowful for your sins, or you weep, or sigh, your sigh will not be hidden from Him and, as St. John Chrysostom says, “If you only lament for your sins, then He will receive this for your salvation.”

- St. Moses of Optina

A message from Anonymous
Please pray for my grandfather who passed away on October 1st. He is russian orthodox and his name is German/Herman

Hello dear friend,

I will pray for your grandfather, as well as all the followers of the blog. Try not to be sad and to focus on God. May God rest his soul. Memory Eternal!

- Simply Orthodox

At least avoid conversation

If you cannot close the mouth of one who reviles his brother, at least avoid conversation with him.

- St. Isaac the Syrian

Don’t worry

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Don’t be troubled if you don’t feel the love of God in yourself, but think about the Lord, that He is merciful, and guard yourself from sins, and the grace of God will teach you.

- St. Silouan the Athonite, Writings

A message from Anonymous
hello darling! can you please pray for me that i sort things out with this person i am having trouble with in our relationship! please pray that God will lead me towards the right thing! I hope your weekend goes well and God guides you through everything! Have a nice night :)

Hello my dear,

Of course I will pray <3 Don’t worry God has everything under control!

God bless you!

Prayers for the weekend <3

I need prayers for this weekend as some new things will happen, good or bad, I still don’t know. Please pray to God that everything will be fine in the end!

Thank you all <3 God bless you!

On prayer

The one who thinks it is necessary to pray with words believes God is not quite sure what to do and must be told. The one who prays in silence is quite sure that God does not need to be told and is happier listening than instructing.

- Fr. Antony

September 14, Feast of the Holy Cross
Each year on September 14 the Orthodox Church celebrates the feast of “The Elevation of the Honorable and Life-giving Cross.” This is one of the great feasts of the Church year.
his feast commemorates two events:
The finding of the Cross by the Empress Helen (the mother of St. Constantine the Great) on Golgotha in 326 AD, the place where Christ was crucified.
The recovery of the Cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified from the Persians.
The ceremony of Elevation as performed in Church is actually a patriotic one, with prayers for the Rulers and their people, for Church and State, and for their establishment and preservation. The key to the observance is to be found in the Hymn for the Feast, the Troparion, which runs as follows:
“Oh Lord, save thy people and bless thine inheritance: To our Rulers grant victories over the barbarians,And by thy Cross protect thine own Estate.”

September 14, Feast of the Holy Cross

Each year on September 14 the Orthodox Church celebrates the feast of “The Elevation of the Honorable and Life-giving Cross.” This is one of the great feasts of the Church year.

his feast commemorates two events:

  • The finding of the Cross by the Empress Helen (the mother of St. Constantine the Great) on Golgotha in 326 AD, the place where Christ was crucified.
  • The recovery of the Cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified from the Persians.

The ceremony of Elevation as performed in Church is actually a patriotic one, with prayers for the Rulers and their people, for Church and State, and for their establishment and preservation. The key to the observance is to be found in the Hymn for the Feast, the Troparion, which runs as follows:

“Oh Lord, save thy people and bless thine inheritance:
To our Rulers grant victories over the barbarians,
And by thy Cross protect thine own Estate.”

Today, let&#8217;s all unite our prayers for the innocent victims of the tragic events of September 11 and for those who heroically fell in the line of duty attempting to help others, as well as for their families. Let&#8217;s also pray for world peace&#8230;
May God rest their souls. Memory Eternal! &lt;3 ☦

Today, let’s all unite our prayers for the innocent victims of the tragic events of September 11 and for those who heroically fell in the line of duty attempting to help others, as well as for their families. Let’s also pray for world peace…

May God rest their souls. Memory Eternal! <3 ☦

"Listen to me…"

Listen to me, people of all nations, men, women, and children, all of you who bear the Christian name: If any one preach to you something contrary to what the holy catholic Church has received from the holy apostles and fathers and councils, and has kept down to the present day, do not heed him. Do not receive the serpent’s counsel, as Eve did, to whom it was death. If an angel or an emperor teaches you anything contrary to what you have received, shut your ears.

- St. John of Damascus, Apologia of St. John Damascene Against Those Who Decry Holy Images

Absolutely nothing will help us…

Absolutely nothing will help us if we are not lenient toward the weaknesses of men and forgive them. For how can we hope that God will forgive us if we do not forgive others?

- St. Nikolai Velimirovich, The Prologue of Ohrid