Saint Vitalios of Gaza (+621) saved many Prostitutes of Alexandria, Egypt

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Saint Vitalios of Gaza (+621) saved

many Prostitutes of Alexandria, Egypt

Saint Vitalios, a monk of the monastery of St Seridus, arrived in Alexandria when St John the Merciful (November 12) was Patriarch of Alexandria.

When he was sixty years old, he undertook an extraordinary task: he wrote down from memory the names of all the prostitutes of Alexandria and he began to pray for them.

He worked from morning to evening, earning twelve copper coins each day. In the evening the Saint bought a single bean, which he ate after sunset. Then he would give the rest of the money to one of the harlots, whom he visited at night and said, “I beg you, take this money and do not sin with anyone tonight.” Then he stayed with the harlot in her room. While she slept, the Elder spent the whole night at prayer, reading the Psalms, and quietly left in the morning.

He did this each day, visiting all the harlots in turn, and he made them promise to keep the purpose of his visit secret. The people of Alexandria, not knowing the truth, became indignant over the monk’s behavior, and they reviled him. However, he meekly endured their scorn, and he only asked that they not judge others.

The holy prayers of St Vitalios saved many fallen women. Some of them went to a monastery, others got married, and others found respectable work. But they were forbidden to tell anyone the reason why they had changed their life, and thereby stop the abuse heaped upon St Vitalios. They were bound by an oath they had made to the Saint. When one of the women began to break her oath and stood up to defend the Saint, she fell into a demonic frenzy. After this, the people of Alexandria had no doubt concerning the sinfulness of the monk.

Certain of the clergy, scandalized by the behavior of St Vitalios, reported him to the holy Patriarch John the Merciful. But the Patriarch did not believe the informers and he said, “Cease to judge, especially monks. Don’t you know what happened at the First Council of Nicea? Some of the bishops and the clergy brought letters of denunciation against each other to the emperor St Constantine the Great (May 21). He commanded that a burning candle be brought, and not even reading the letters, he burned them and said, ‘If I had seen with my own eyes a bishop sinning, or a priest, or a monk, then I would have veiled such with his garb, so that no one might see his sin.’” Thus the wise hierarch shamed the calumniators.

St Vitalios continued on with his difficult exploit: appearing himself before people under the guise of a sinner and a prodigal, he led the prodigal to repentance.

One time, emerging from a house of ill repute, the monk encountered a young man going there — a prodigal fellow, who with an insult struck him on the cheek and cried out that the monk was a disgrace to the Name of Christ. The monk answered him: “Believe me, that after me, humble man that I be, thou also shalt receive such a blow on the cheek, that will have all Alexandria thronging to thine cry.”

A certain while afterwards St Vitalios settled into a small cell and in it at night he died. At that very hour a terrifying demon appeared before the youth who had struck the Saint, and the demon struck the youth on the cheek and cried out: “Here is a knock from St Vitalios.” The youth went into a demonic madness. In a frenzy he thrashed about on the ground, tore the clothing from himself and howled so loudly, that a multitude of people gathered.

When the youth finally came to his senses after several hours, he then rushed off to the cell of the monk, calling out: “Have mercy on me, O servant of God, for I have sinned against thee.” At the door of the cell he came fully to his senses and he told those gathered there about his former encounter with St Vitalios. Then the youth knocked on the door of the cell, but he received no answer. When they broke in the door, they then saw that the monk was dead, on his knees before an icon. In his hand was a scroll with the words: “Men of Alexandria, judge not beforehand, til the Lord cometh, the Righteous Judge”.

At this moment there came up the demon-possessed woman, punished by the monk for wanting to violate the secret of his exploit. Having touched the body of the Saint, she was healed and told the people about everything that had happened with her.

When the women who had been saved by St Vitalios learned about his death, they gathered together and told everyone about the virtues and mercy of the Saint.

St John the Merciful also rejoiced, in that he had not believed the calumniators, and that a righteous man had not been condemned. And then together with the throng of repentant women, converted by St Vitalios, the holy Patriarch solemnly conveyed his remains throughout all the city and gave them reverent burial. And from that time many of the Alexandria people made themselves a promise to judge no one.

Feast Day of Saint Vitalios of Alexandria: January 11

Source:

http://www.omsgsa.org/archives/1586

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Svatý Mames nebo Mamans z Malé Asie a lev (+275) – 2. září ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Czech

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Svatý Mames nebo Mamans z Malé Asie a lev (+275)

2. září

Svatý Mames nebo Mamans (asi 258–275) byl pastýř, který byl umučen při pronásledování křesťanů v době vlády císaře Aureliána v Malé Asii.

Jako poustevník žil v míru s divokou zvěří. Byl zajat a odsouzen k roztrhání lvy v aréně. Ti ho však nechali bez povšimnutí a Mames byl ukamenován přihlížejícími diváky.

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Сочи, Май 17, 2017: Икону Божией матери (Знамение) в этом году на побережье в Сочи принесли с моря 12 дельфинов ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Russian

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Сочи, Май 17, 2017: Икону Божией матери (Знамение)

в этом году на побережье в Сочи принесли с моря 12 дельфинов

Эту икону Божией матери (Знамение) в этом году на побережье в Сочи принесли с моря 12 дельфинов. Ее в Москву привез человек который стоит рядом с о.Варнавой (он полковник в отставке. Ветеран группы Альфа.)

С его слов: он сидел на берегу моря с женой. Подплыли 12 дельфинов и что-то выталкивают на берег. После этого уплыли. Никто из людей к предмету не подходил. Жена попросила посмотреть что это. Он взял предмет в руки и начал очищать от тины и увидел что это икона Божьей матери.

Привезли в Москву чтобы рассказать об этом чуде .

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On May 17, 2017, twelve dolphins brings Icon of Holy Virgin Mary Mother of God to shore in Sochi, Russia

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On May 17, 2017, twelve dolphins brings

Icon of Holy Virgin Mary Mother of God to shore in Sochi, Russia

In a rather unusual occurrence, a pod of dolphins “returned” an icon of the Mother of God to people on the beach in Sochi, reports The Russian People’s Line, and Orthodox England.

A colonel and his wife, relaxing and enjoying the beach atmosphere on May 17, were witnesses to the event, their attention being drawn when a group of twelve dolphins swam all the way up to the beach itself. The bewildered couple wondered what the typically smart animals were doing on the beach, when suddenly they threw something out of the water, immediately swimming off.

The object was covered in mud, and seemingly completely unimportant. Though other people were lounging on the beach as well, no one paid it much attention. Eventually the colonel’s wife asked her husband to go see what the object was, and, having cleared away the mud, the colonel was shocked to find that the dolphins had delivered an icon of the Theotokos, which they later realized was of the type “of the Sign.”
How the icon wound up on the ocean floor, and how the dolphins knew that it needed to be returned to shore, no one knows. Perhaps the dolphins recognized in the icon the grace of their Creator and of His Most Pure Mother.

The colonel then brought the icon to Moscow, with hopes of showing it to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, and telling him the miraculous story of how it was “found.”

Source:

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St John Maximovitch: God saves His fallen creature by His own love for him, but man’s love for his Creator is also necessary

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St John Maximovitch:

God saves His fallen creature by His own love for him,

but man’s love for his Creator is also necessary

Now the Church consists of both her earthly and heavenly parts, for the Son of God came to earth and became man that He might lead man into heaven and make him once again a citizen of Paradise, returning to him his original state of sinlessness and wholeness and uniting him unto Himself.

This is accomplished by the action of Divine grace grated through the Church, but man’s effort is also required. God saves His fallen creature by His own love for him, but man’s love for his Creator is also necessary; without it he cannot by saved. Striving towards God and cleaving unto the Lord by its humble love, the human soul obtains power to cleanse itself from sin and to strengthen itself for the struggle to complete victory over sin.

+ St. John the Wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco, “The Church as the Body of Christ,” Man of God: Saint John of Shanghai & San Francisco

Source:

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ORTHODOX CHURCH QUOTES

十字架 – 聖なる火 – 聖墳墓教会 Crosses & Holy Fire, 2015 ╰⊰¸¸ •¨* ビデオ Video

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Citate Ortodoxe despre dragoste ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Romanian

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Citate Ortodoxe despre dragoste

Unde este iubire, acolo este Dumnezeu. ( Fericitul Augustin)

Nu în unirea trupurilor sta necuratia, ci în cugetele si în intentia oamenilor. ( Sfântul Ioan Gura de Aur)

Iubirea e tare pentru ca poate merge pâna la moarte. ( pr. Dumitru Staniloae)

A-i iubi pe vrajmasi înseamna a-L imita pe Dumnezeu. ( Sfântul Ioan Gura de Aur)

Dragostea schimba însasi natura lucrurilor. În mâna dragostei, toate devin bune. ( Sfântul Ioan Gura de Aur)

A iubi cineva pe cel drag este un lucru al firii; a iubi cineva si pe vrajmasi este un lucru al harului. ( Sfântul Ioan Gura de Aur)

Dragostea este bucuria de a face altora bucurie. ( Sfântul Ioan Gura de Aur)

Saracia sau bogatia nu pot învinge dragostea, dar dragostea poate învinge si saracia si bogatia. ( Sfântul Ioan Gura de Aur)

Cea dintâi si cea mai mare datorie a noastra este sa pastram între noi legatura dragostei. ( Nicodim Patriarhul României)

Iubirea este principiul vietii si Iisus Hristos, Fiul lui Dumnezeu, ne reveleaza iubirea si viata în iubire, de la obârsia ei divina. (pr. Constantin Galeriu)

Iubirea duce la cunoastere. (…) Dupa cum amintirea focului nu-ti încalzeste trupul, tot astfel credinta fara dragoste nu-ti va încalzi sufletul. ( Sfântul Maxim Marturisitorul)

Revelatia ne învata ca Dumnezeu este dragoste. Existenta îsi are începutul, de asemenea, în dragoste ca dar al lui Dumnezeu. Rascumpararea si nasterea noastra din nou s-a facut tot prin dragoste, o dragoste atât de mare, încât a dus la jertfa Fiului lui Dumnezeu. Semnele Rascumpararii trebuie sa reveleze în cele din urma si in noi <chipul> lui Dumnezeu, aceasta realitate fundamentala, pentru a putea spune : omul este dragoste. ( pr. Constantin Galeriu)

Doua iubiri au zidit doua cetati : iubirea de sine, mergând pâna la dispretul fata de Dumnezeu – cetate terestra, si iubirea de Dumnezeu, mergând pâna la dispretul de sine – cetate celesta. Una este glorificata în sine însusi, cealalta în Domnul Dumnezeu. ( Fericitul Augustin)

Dragostea îl preface pe cel ce iubeste în chipul celui iubit : daca-L iubesti pe Dumnezeu, dumnezeu vei fi; daca-l iubesti pe diavol, diavol vei fi; daca-ti iubesti trupul, trup vei fi. Aceasta este cea dintâi lucrare a iubirii : de a uni pe cel ce iubeste cu cel iubit. ( Fericitul Augustin)

Lumea este o tesatura de sentimente, puse în miscare de diferite vointe. (…) Cum ar fi lumea daca toti ar iubi ? (pr. Al. Constantinescu)

Iubirea de Dumnezeu este extatica, facându-ne sa iesim din noi însine. ( Sfântul Dionisie Areopagitul)

Iubirea lui Dumnezeu este forta motrice, modalitate de manifestare si de recunoastere a Lui, cerc etern, care îsi are originea în bine si se întoarce în bine. ( Sfântul Dionosie Areopagitul)

Unicul adevar este iubirea. (…) Iubirea este aceea care da viata si caldura, care inspira si calauzeste. Iubirea este sigiliul pus creatiei, semnatura Creatorului. Iubirea explica lucrul mâinilor Sale. ( pr. Theoklitos)

Dragostea, radacina si izvorul binelui. ( Sfântul Ioan Gura de Aur)

Dragostea frateasca este hrana duhovniceasca. ( Sfântul Clement Alexandrinul)

Pe calea iubirii, urcam spre Dumnezeu. ( Fericitul Augustin)

Când l-ai vazut pe aproapele tau, pe Dumnezeu L-ai vazut. ( Sfântul Clement Alexandrinul)

Când am ajuns la iubire, am ajuns la Dumnezeu. ( Sfântul Isaac Sirul)

Dragostea duce la fericire. ( Fericitul Augustin)

Dragostea este adevarata slujba pentru Dumnezeu. ( Sfântul Ciprian)

Dragostea este raiul. ( Sfântul Cadoc)

Întrucât este iubire, Dumnezeirea se misca; iar întrucât este iubita, misca spre sine toate lucrurile care sunt capabile de dragoste. ( Sfântul Maxim Marturisitorul)

Dumnezeu nu se uita la fapte, ci la dragostea cu care au fost facute. Nu e nimic mult, când oamenii iubesc putin, asa cum nu este putin, când oamenii iubesc mult. ( Sfântul Vasile cel Mare)

Numai cine îsi iubeste aproapele, Îl iubeste pe Dumnezeu. ( Sfânta Scriptura)