Prayers please…

Please pray for me right now, that everything will be fine! I know God has a plan about everything but please pray that I’ll trust Him and He’ll help me… Please send to me and to the people involved (God knows the situation) as many prayers as you can… Especially ask for the intercessions of St. Seraphim of Sarov, Saint Xenia of Russia and Saint Matrona the Blind.

Thank you <3 <3

For another time, let&#8217;s see how many we are :)
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For another time, let’s see how many we are :)

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The phenomenon of the Holy Snakes of the Virgin Mary has been occurring for centuries during the festivities to the Theotokos between August 5 and August 15 in the village of Markopoulo on the island of Kefalonia, Greece. 

The small black snakes appear at the Eastern Orthodox Church of Panagia of Langouvarda on the site of a monastery, established as a nunnery and dedicated to Our Lady of Langouvarda.

The snakes have a small cross on their head and their tongues are also in the shape of a cross. They are known to belong to the Telescopus fallax species, also known as the European Cat Snake, and they appear in and around the courtyard of the church, on the walls and on the bell tower. The snakes show no fear while the services are held and are harmless during the festivities. As soon as the Liturgy concludes on the 15th of August, they become hostile and aggressive and disappear back into the wilderness of the area. The snakes cannot be found until the following year.

The inhabitants of the villages consider them to be holy, collecting them and setting them on the silver icon of the Virgin of the Snakes (Panagia Fidoussa). It has been documented by the locals that during World War II and the year of the island’s destructive 1953 earthquake in August, the snakes failed to appear. The locals now use this as a sign that if the snakes do not show just before the 15th of August that something bad is imminent.

This year, the snakes hadn’t appear until August 11, so panick attacked the believers that live in the island, because when they fail to appear, then it seems to mean that some sort of disaster is coming to the island.

Blessed Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos!

In giving birth you preserved your virginity,

In falling asleep you did not forsake the world, O Theotokos.

You were translated to life, O Mother of Life,

And by your prayers, you deliver our souls from death.

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Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos

orthodoxwayoflife:

Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos

The principal thing..

The principal thing is to walk before God, or under God’s eye, aware that God is looking at you, searching your soul and your heart, seeing all that is there. This awareness is the most powerful lever in the mechanism of the inner spiritual life.

-St. Theophanes the Recluse

A message from Anonymous
When i speak to Orthodox Christians on the internet a great majority there are arrogant, legalistic, argumentative, xenophobic, ethnocentric, nationalistic, sexist, despise others, and worst of all, are so busy with the aforementioned things they hardly talk about Christ at all. Why don't they have a heart?

Hello my dear friend,

I am sorry to hear about that. This is the not proper way to answer questions or behave, but unfortunatelly there are people that behave like this. Let’s not forget that we are all human and we all have weeknesses.

However, don’t let these extreme reactions to blurry your opinion about the Orthodox Church. There are many kind and pious people that belong there. Let’s have as an example Christ, Theotokos and the Saints instead of these behaviours. This is how we should react.

God bless you!

Our World Is In An Ugly Storm&#8230; Save Us O Lord&#8230;

Our World Is In An Ugly Storm… Save Us O Lord…

Fasting Guidelines: Dormition Fast 2014

Today, as every year, I post the guidelines for the fasting of the Dormition of Theotokos. The guidelines in this post are general. Fasting is a spiritual discipline that should be practiced with the oversight and direction of your spiritual father.

The general guidelines for the Dormition Fast are as follows:

WEEKDAYS are Strict Fast Days. On these days we abstain from meat, dairy, fish with backbones, fowl, wine, and oil.

SATURDAYS and SUNDAYS are Wine and Oil Days. On these days the fast is relaxed to permit wine and oil, but we still abstain from meat, dairy, fish with backbones, and fowl.

The one exception to these general rules is that the Great Feast of the Holy Transfiguration of our Lord, God, and Saviour Jesus Christ (August 6), which always falls during the Dormition Fast, is celebrated as a Fish, Wine, and Oil Day. On this great feastday, the fast is further relaxed to permit fish with backbones, in addition to wine and oil, but we still abstain from meat, dairy, and fowl.

Notes:

  1. Meals for the fast should follow the dietary restrictions and be cooked simply. Portions should be smaller than usual.
  2. If you have a medical condition that requires you to relax the fasting guidelines, then do so.
  3. Generally speaking, children and elderly people are allowed to relax the fast under the guidance of their spiritual father.

Blessed fast!

(This icon is called “Dormition of the Mother of God”, by the hand of Matthew Garrett, 2007)

Bees show respect for St Prophyrios, Christ, Panagia and St Stephen

Holiness in life

It is not necessary that you live the way I do. But in order to become happier than you are keep these rules:

– think of God at least as much as you think of men
– fear God at least as much as you fear men
– honor God at least as much as you honor men
– pray to God at least as much as you entreat men
– hoping God at least as much as you hope in men
– ask God for help as least as much as you ask men
– fulfill God’s law at least as much as you fulfill the law of men
– be thankful to God at least as much as you are thankful to men
– glorify God at least as much as you glorify men!

- St. Nikolai Velimirovich (From an anonymous Egyptian hermit)

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

A message from Anonymous
dear sister, I've always been an atheist but two years something moved inside my heart and I started seeking God. I came to study orthodoxy but I have one question that really confuses me. who exactly is Jesus? is he God or the son of God? why should we pray to jesus if God is his father? and if jesus is the son of God, then who was his mother in heaven?I'm not mocking your religion but I'm really confused!

Hello dear friend,

I’ll try to explain some things to you to help you understand some basic teachings of the Orthodox faith. In the same time I am asking the Orthodox Christian readers of the blog to add/correct any mistakes or omissions of mine.

First of all, you need to understand the Orthodox view of the Holy Trinity. A quick explanation can be found here and here (please read them carefully and then, if you have any questions let me show you some other texts about the Holy Trinity). I believe that these can answer to your questions.

Here is a quote of St. John Maximovic of San Francisco about the Holy Trinity:

“God is a Holy Trinity. A Trinity Consubstantial and indivisible. Consubstantial, i.e., one essence, one nature. A Trinity indivisible: the Son has never been divided from the Father, nor the Holy Spirit from the Father or the Son, and never will be divided.”

Virgin Mary, or as she is called in the Orthodox Church, the Most Holy Theotokos, or the Queen of Heaven (there are many more names for here) is the Mother of God. Some information about her based on the Bible can be found here.

I hope these can help you. If you have any more questions, or you haven’t understand something, I’ll be glad to help. Comments and additions from other Eastern Orthodox followers of the blog are more than welcome.

God bless you!

“Follow Me”…

When Christ says to us “Follow Me,” He does not call us to walk a frightening, dark road; He says, “I have trodden all this road, I know every meander of it — you can safely follow! I am like the good shepherd that walks in front of his sheep, meeting all dangers himself, so that the sheep may be safe.”

- Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh
A message from Anonymous
Hi I am Greek orthodox I wear my wedding ring on my right hand but I don't know the real reason behind "why" we wear it on the right... can you help me understand?

Hello dear friend,

This is a good explanation for the biblical and cultural origins of the practice:

"It has always been the tradition of the Church to place the wedding ring on the right hand of the couple based on biblical references. This is seen very clearly in one of the prayers in the Betrothal Service. A portion of the prayer refers to the biblical references: “For You, O Lord, have declared that a pledge is to be given and held inviolate in all things. By a ring Joseph was given might in Egypt; by a ring Daniel was exalted in Babylon; by a ring our heavenly Father showed compassion upon His prodigal son, for He said, ‘Put a ring upon his right hand, kill the fatted calf, and let us eat and rejoice.’ Your own right hand, O Lord, armed Moses in the Red Sea. By word of Your truth were the Heavens established and the earth set upon her sure foundations; and the right hands of Your servants shall be blessed by Your mighty word, and by Your uplifted arm.” As we see, it was scripturally the practice to wear rings on the right hand, the hand of authority and power completing the pledge of commitment. The power and authority comes from the right hand of God.

The practice of wearing rings on the left hand is rooted in superstition that says that there is a vein that goes from the left hand directly to the heart. This medieval superstition, like many others, was brought to America from Western Europe no doubt. Unfortunately, too many people today just follow what the majority in society do without truly understanding its meaning. Hopefully, with education and faith we will maintain the richness and meaningfulness of the Orthodox faith.” (taken from Journey to Orthodoxy)

God bless you!