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.”

The Feast of the Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary is celebrated on September 8  each year. The Feast commemorates the birth of the Mother of Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Background

The birth and early life of the Virgin Mary is not recorded in the Gospels or other books of the New Testament, however this information can be found in a work dating from the second century known as the Book of James or Protevangelion.

According to the story found in this book, Mary’s parents, Joachim and Anna, were childless for many years. They remained faithful to God, but their prayers for a child were unanswered. One day, when Joachim came to the temple to make an offering, he was turned away by the High Priest who chastised him for his lack of children. To hide his shame, Joachim retreated to the hill country to live among the shepherds and their flocks.

As Joachim was praying, his wife Anna was praying at the same time at their house in Jerusalem. An angel appeared to both of them and announced that Anna would have a child whose name would be known throughout the world. Anna promised to offer her child as a gift to the Lord. Joachim returned home, and in due time Anna bore a daughter, Mary.

After all, what does He want from us?

After all, what does He want from us? That we should cast away from within us all the sin that defiles us. At midnight or even noon, because we sin throughout the day, enter into the depth of your soul and speak with Him who forgiveth all thine iniquities (cf. Ps. 103:2). And then say: “Forgive me, O Lord, forgive me, for I did not know that they occur before Your eyes! I was after all dead-hearted and did not think about You.” Do that throughout the day and learn to stand before God, for thus will you cleanse yourself and prepare for the coming Judgment.

And again you will see not only your smallness and the abundance of your sins, but the also goodness of God, Who desires not the death of the ungodly, as that the ungodly should turn from his way and live (Ez. 33:11).

- Hieroschemamonk Julian (Lazar)

Troparion to the New Martyrs of Russia

Saints featured: New Martyr Elizabeth, Hieromartyr Benjamin of Petrograd, New Martyr Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev and Gallich, and the Holy Royal Martyrs of Russia (St. Tsar Nicholas II and family), and the countless millions of Russian Orthodox martyrs of the 20th century.

This is a facebook page dedicated to the Holy New Martyr Elizabeth, the Grand Duchess of Russia.

Please Saint Elizabeth, pray for me the sinner <3

The holy freedom of Christ

In truth there is only one freedom - the holy freedom of Christ, whereby He freed us from sin, from evil, from the devil. It binds us to God. All other freedoms are illusory, false, that is to say, they are all, in fact, slavery.

- St. Justin Popovich, Ascetical and Theological Chapters

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

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

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

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

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)

He’s awaiting us!

God is very rich! And He’s awaiting us! … He waits for us to ask! Anyone who wants to acquire the gift of prayer, must keep silent and pray. We speak so much about prayer. That’s one thing that cannot be discussed but practiced. A deep silence is a deep prayer…Every moment is a time [in eternity] and every sigh can become a prayer. We must not cease to pray, even with the mind.

- Elder Arsenie Papacioc

An amazingly beautiful video about Eastern Orthodoxy

Saint Xenia of St. Petersburg please pray for us!!!! &lt;3

Saint Xenia of St. Petersburg please pray for us!!!! <3

On temptations

Temptations come on some people for the cleansing of previous sins, on other for the beautification of their current perfection, and on yet others, as preparation for things to come, except temptations, which are for the increase of a man’s faith and virtue, as it was with Job.

- St. Maximos the Confessor

Prayer request

Aaron shared with us his prayer request. So, let us unite our prayers…

"My prayer request is for my lovely wife, LeeAnn, who suffers from a chronic illness effecting her Autonomic System. (essentially her nervous system) This illness causes heavy fatigue, dizziness, her heart rate will rise sometimes into the 140s while laying down slowly coming back down, 

She’s a cardiac nurse and is currently enrolled in grad school to get her doctorate in nursing for being a nurse Practitioner.

Please prayer not only for healing, but also patience and strength for the day to day as the Lord often shapes us in our struggles no matter what they are.”