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)

“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!

Please pray for me!

Something new is coming in my life… please pray that everything will be fine at last, with God’s help, and I’ll not be disapointed for another time! Pray that God will enlighten both me and all the people involved, with the intercessions of Virgin Mary and all the Saints!

God bless you all <3

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

Prayer requests

Though I don’t post all the prayer requests as I used to in the past, I am still praying for you all. God is always listening to you and He’s here to help you, so don’t worry about anything!

Please pray for the anonymous friend that wrote me about his/her auto-immune disease, about Justin, Christina, Rengitha and all the people that have contacted me in the past, from my very first moment on tumblr until today. I don’t remember you all, but God does…

God bless you all!

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

Ask for humility

With all your power, ask the Lord for humility and brotherly love, because God freely gives His grace for love towards one’s brother. Do an experiment on yourself: one day ask God for love towards your brother, and another day - live without love. You will see the difference.

- St. Silouan the Athonite, Writings

But the angels…

Unclean spirits increase the passions in us, making use of our negligence, and inciting them. But the angels decrease our passions, inciting us to the perfection of virtue.

- St. Maximus the Confessor, Chapters on Love, 2:69

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.”

On Confession

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The longer we go on without confessing, the worse it is for us, the more entangled we become in the bonds of sin, and therefore the more difficult it is to give account. We ought to confess our sins more frequently, in order to strike and scourge the sins by the open avowal of them, and in order to feel a greater loathing of them.

- St. John of Kronstadt

I need the Lord

There is nothing on earth that I need, except that which is most essential. What do I need, what is most essential? I need the Lord, I need His grace, His kingdom within me. On earth, which is the place of my wanderings, my temporary being, there is nothing that is truly mine, everything belongs to God and is temporal, everything serves my needs temporarily.

- Excerpts from the Spiritual Diary of St. John of Kronstadt, “My Life in Christ”

Photos from Eastern Orthodox monks and nuns with animals!