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.”

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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

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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)

The Annunciation of our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos & Ever-Virgin Mary – March 25

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The Annunciation of our Most Holy Lady,

the Theotokos & Ever-Virgin Mary

March 25

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The Feast of the Annunciation is one of the earliest Christian feasts, and was already being celebrated in the fourth century. There is a painting of the Annunciation in the catacomb of Priscilla in Rome dating from the second century. The Council of Toledo in 656 mentions the Feast, and the Council in Trullo in 692 says that the Annunciation was celebrated during Great Lent.

The Greek and Slavonic names for the Feast may be translated as “good tidings.” This, of course, refers to the Incarnation of the Son of God and the salvation He brings. The background of the Annunciation is found in the Gospel of Saint Luke (1:26-38). The troparion describes this as the “beginning of our salvation, and the revelation of the eternal mystery,” for on this day the Son of God became the Son of Man.

There are two main components to the Annunciation: the message itself, and the response of the Virgin. The message fulfills God’s promise to send a Redeemer (Genesis 3:15): “I will put enmity between you and the woman, between your seed and her seed; he shall crush your head, and you shall lie in wait for his heel.” The Fathers of the Church understand “her seed” to refer to Christ. The prophets hinted at His coming, which they saw dimly, but the Archangel Gabriel now proclaims that the promise is about to be fulfilled.

We see this echoed in the Liturgy of Saint Basil, as well: “When man disobeyed Thee, the only true God who had created him, and was deceived by the guile of the serpent, becoming subject to death by his own transgressions, Thou, O God, in Thy righteous judgment, didst send him forth from Paradise into this world, returning him to the earth from which he was taken, yet providing for him the salvation of regeneration in Thy Christ Himself.”

The Archangel Gabriel was sent by God to Nazareth in Galilee. There he spoke to the undefiled Virgin who was betrothed to Saint Joseph: “Hail, thou who art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.”

In contrast to Eve, who was readily deceived by the serpent, the Virgin did not immediately accept the Angel’s message. In her humility, she did not think she was deserving of such words, but was actually troubled by them. The fact that she asked for an explanation reveals her sobriety and prudence. She did not disbelieve the words of the angel, but could not understand how they would be fulfilled, for they spoke of something which was beyond nature.

Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?” (Luke 1:34).

“And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee: therefore also that which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible.’ And Mary said, ‘Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.’ And the angel departed from her” (Luke 1: 35-38).”

In his Sermon 23 on the day of the Annunciation, Saint Philaret of Moscow boldly stated that “the word of the creature brought the Creator down into the world.” He explains that salvation is not merely an act of God’s will, but also involves the Virgin’s free will. She could have refused, but she accepted God’s will and chose to cooperate without complaint or further questions.

The icon of the Feast shows the Archangel with a staff in his left hand, indicating his role as a messenger. Sometimes one wing is upraised, as if to show his swift descent from heaven. His right hand is stretched toward the holy Virgin as he delivers his message.

The Virgin is depicted either standing or sitting, usually holding yarn in her left hand. Sometimes she is shown holding a scroll. Her right hand may be raised to indicate her surprise at the message she is hearing. Her head is bowed, showing her consent and obedience. The descent of the Holy Spirit upon her is depicted by a ray of light issuing from a small sphere at the top of the icon, which symbolizes heaven. In a famous icon from Sinai, a white dove is shown in the ray of light.

There are several famous icons of the Annunciation. One is in the Moscow Kremlin in the church of the Annunciation. This icon appeared in connection with the rescue of a prisoner by the Mother of God during the reign of Ivan the Terrible. Another is to be found in the Dormition Cathedral in Moscow (July 8). It was originally located in Ustiug, and was the icon before which Saint Procopius the fool (July 8) prayed to save the city from destruction in 1290. One of the most highly revered icons in Greece is the Tinos icon of the Annunciation (January 30).

The Annunciation falls during Lent, but it is always celebrated with great joy. The Liturgy of Saint Basil or Saint John Chrysostom is served, even on the weekdays of Lent. It is one of the two days of Great Lent on which the fast is relaxed and fish is permitted (Palm Sunday is the other).

St Stylianos de Paphlagonie, Asie Mineure – 26 Novembre ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French

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St Stylianos de Paphlagonie, Asie Mineure

26 Novembre

Choisi par Dieu depuis le sein de sa mère, Saint Stylianos se détacha des illusions de ce monde, distribua ses biens aux pauvres et embrassa la vie monastique. Il s’illustra avec vaillance dans les combats de l’ascèse et, au bout de quelques années de vie commune, partit pour mener la vie solitaire dans une grotte. Il y recevait sa nourriture de la main d’un Ange et devint bientôt intercesseur efficace auprès de Dieu pour le soulagement des malades: en particulier pour la guérison des maladies infantiles et pour la délivrance des femmes restées stériles. C’est dans ces circonstances que la prière du Saint reste toujours efficace pour ceux qui l’invoquent avec foi de nos jours.

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Saint Stylianos of Paphlagonia in Asia Minor, The Protector of Children (+6th century) – November 26

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Saint Stylianos of Paphlagonia in Asia Minor,

The Protector of Children (5th century)

November 26

Saint Stylianos was born during the 6th century in Adrianopolis in the province of Paphlagonia, in Asia Minor, into a very wealthy family. At a young age, Saint Stylianos joined the hermits of the desert with a view toward cleansing his soul through a period of meditation and prayer, as well as through association with men likewise pledging their lives to Jesus Christ. Unlike most other hermits, however, he did not withdraw from society altogether, preferring to go among the people for whatever good he might do, and then returning to his little cave for rest and prayerful meditation.

One night while he prayed for guidance in helping others, Saint Stylianos felt a divine presence and was consumed by the great glory of the Holy Spirit, emerging from his cave the next day with a spirit of exultation and serenity he had never known before. In his customary rounds, wherein he counseled and comforted, he felt compelled to place his hand on a stricken child, something he had not up to that time dared to do; he felt the power of the Lord being transferred to the ailing youngster through his extended arm. The child immediately recovered, and thenceforth Saint Stylianos was sought after by every suffering soul for miles around, young and old. His cave became a magnet for the sick and suffering, many of whom received complete cures not only through the power in this man but through their own faith as well, without which a sufferer’s case was hopeless.

During this period, Saint Stylianos concerned himself primarily with children, not just the physically afflicted but also with those who were in need of spiritual guidance. Families from all walks of life were said to have entrusted to Saint Stylianos the enlightenment of their children, and he was forced to seek out larger headquarters and to recruit from the ranks of his hermit friends the assistance needed to tend to so many. His was probably the first day-care centre in the world, where mothers could safely leave their children while tending to other matters of the home.

Saint Stylianos was to become the patron saint of children yet to be born, owing to stories of his miraculous intercession for a young woman who helped him with children but could bear none of her own. When the woman conceived, her husband out of sheer joy spread the word of this miracle, and before long many barren women came to the great hermit. Those whose faith in Jesus Christ was genuine became fertile.

The cheerful countenance of Saint Stylianos was his hallmark, because he was reported to always to be smiling. He was approached by greedy mercenaries with all manner of propositions for commercializing his talents and reaping a tidy fortune, but for these people he always had the same answer: that he had been paid in advance for his services when the serenity of the Holy Spirit came upon him. He would smile as they left. He lived to a ripe old age, and it is said that when he was buried his countenance still beamed with a faint smile from the light of the Lord.

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Why is the Church called Apostolic? – ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Topic 274 of the Catechism of Saint Philaret of Moscow, Russia (+1867) – November 19

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Why is the Church called Apostolic?

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Topic 274 of the Catechism

of Saint Philaret of Moscow, Russia (+1867)

November 19

Because she has from the Apostles, without break or change, both her doctrine and the succesion of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, through the laying of consecrated hands. In the same sense the Church is called Orthodox, or Right-believing.

“You are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;” (Eph. 2:19-20).

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Video: Crosses formed over the Holy Fire – Jerusalem, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, 2015

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Crosses formed over the Holy Fire –

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