The Holy Spirit is love

The Holy Spirit is love. He gives the soul the strength to love enemies. Anyone, however, who does not love his enemies, does not know God

- Elder Siluan

May Saint Luke of Simferopol and Crimea, a beloved Saint of all the Orthodox Christians, pray for peace in Ukraine and for world peace!

May Saint Luke of Simferopol and Crimea, a beloved Saint of all the Orthodox Christians, pray for peace in Ukraine and for world peace!

The Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem the Syrian

O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, faintheartedness, lust of power and idle talk. But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience and love to Thy servant. Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own errors and not to judge my brother, for Thou art blessed from all ages to all ages. Amen.

I reverence even two or three praying…

'For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them' (Mt. 18:20). I reverence even two or three praying together, for in accordance with the Lord's promise He Himself is in the midst of them.

- From St. John of Kronstadt (My Life in Christ; Holy Trinity Monastery pg. 317)

If you see your neighbor in sin…

If you see your neighbor in sin, don’t look only at this, but also think about what he has done or does that is good, and infrequently trying this in general, while not partialy judging, you will find that he is better than you.

- St. Basil the Great

Carry your cross!

Of course, it would be easier to get to paradise with a full stomach, all snuggled up in a soft feather-bed, but what is required is to carry one’s cross along the way, for the kingdom of God is not attained by enduring one or two troubles, but many!

– St. Anthony of Optina

Be silent

…Behave like a dead person who does not respond to anything surrounding him. If you are praised - be silent. If you are scolded - be silent. If you incur losses - be silent. If you receive profit - be silent.

- St. Feofil the Fool-For-Christ

True hope seeks the Kingdom of God alone

If a man has no care whatever for himself because of love for God and virtuous deeds, knowing that God will take care of him, – such hope is true and wise. But if a man takes care for his own affairs and turns with prayer to God only when unavoidable misfortunes overtake him and he sees no way of averting them by his own power, only then beginning to hope in God’s aid, – such hope is van and false. True hope seeks the Kingdom of God alone and is convinced that everything earthly that is necessary for this transitory life will unfailingly be given.

- St. Seraphim of Sarov

Tomorrow we commemorate Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker. This is an Orthodox icon from Greece showing the Saint while he’s saving those who are in sea and are in danger.
Saint Nicholas, please pray for us!

Tomorrow we commemorate Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker. This is an Orthodox icon from Greece showing the Saint while he’s saving those who are in sea and are in danger.

Saint Nicholas, please pray for us!

An icon of the new Saint of the Eastern Orthodox Church, Saint Porphyrios of Kafsokalyvia.

An icon of the new Saint of the Eastern Orthodox Church, Saint Porphyrios of Kafsokalyvia.

Elder Porphyrios of Kafsokalivia today became officially a Saint of the Eastern Orthodox Church!

I am so happy and touched! He was always in my heart and I have prayed to him a lot of times and he has helped me so much…! Please, Saint Porphyrios, pray for us all! Glory to God!!!!

Blessed Feast of St. Catherine the Great!

Blessed Feast of St. Catherine the Great!

Saint Constantine the Hydriot, Hydra’s patron saint (Hydra is a Greek island), is a New-martyr from the period of the Turkish occupation of Greece.

Saint Constantine had converted to Islam when living in Rhodes, then later reverted to the Orthodox faith. The Turkish authorities imprisoned him for apostasy and hung him on November 14, 1800.

He is celebrated on November 14 to huge feasting on Hydra especially, but in other Orthodox parts of the world as well.

You can learn more about this New-Martyr here

Apolytikion

Thy Martyr, O Lord, in his courageous contest for Thee received the prize of the crowns of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal God. For since he possessed Thy strength, he cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons’ strengthless presumption. O Christ God, by his prayers, save our souls, since Thou art merciful.

Look after the field of your heart

…Therefore, we must most carefully look after the field of our heart, lest the tares of evil, slothfulness, luxuriousness, self-indulgence, unbelief, avarice, envy, hatred, and others, should grow within it; we must daily weed the field of our heart—at least, at morning and evening prayers, and refresh it by salutary sighs, as by healthful winds, and water it with abundant tears, as by early and late rain.

- St. John of Kronstadt, 19th Century Russian staretz, ‘My Life in Christ’

No passion is worse…

No passion is worse than an uncontrolled tongue, because it is the mother of all the passions.

- St. Agathon