Monthly Archives: July 2016

Le carême pour la Dormition de la Toute-Sainte

Le mois d’août est dédié à la Mère de Dieu. Du 1er au 15 août nous lui chantons quotidiennement le Canon Paraclitique. Nous lui demandons pour son refuge et ses intercessions auprès du trône du Christ notre Dieu pour le salut de nos âmes et son aide et protection pour le monde entier. « Sauve de tout danger tes serviteurs, car c’est en toi qu’auprès Dieu, ô Mère, nous trouvons un abri, unique rempart, inébranlable protection. » (Extrait du Canon Paraclitique à [...]

Some thoughts on the Mother of God

I CANNOT DESCRIBE TO YOU HOW MUCH OUR PANAGIA LOVES CHASTITY AND PURITY... I cannot describe to you how much our Panagia likes chastity and purity. Since she is the only pure Virgin, she wants and loves everyone to be like that. As soon as we cry out to her she rushes to our help. You don’t even finish saying, “All-holy Theotokos, help me!” and at once, like lightning, she shines through the nous and fills the heart with illumination. [...]

The Dormition Fast

The month of August is dedicated to the Mother of God. From the 1st to the 15th of August, we celebrate the supplicatory canon to the Theotokos, also known as the Paraklisis in Greek, on a daily basis. We chant hymns to the Theotokos, asking for her protection, and her intercession upon the throne of Christ our God for the salvation of our souls and the help and protection of the entire world. “Preserve and save, O Theotokos, thy servants [...]

Hatred…the Devil’s Poison

Even if we perform upon thousands of good works, my brethren: fasts, prayers, almsgiving; even if we shed our blood for our Christ and we don’t have these two loves [love of God and love of brethren], but on the contrary have hatred and malice toward our brethren, all the good we have done is of the devil and we go to hell. But, you say, we go to hell despite all the good we do because of that [...]

Life of Saint Paraskevi

On the 26th of July we celebrate the memory of St Paraskevi the Virgin Martyr St Paraskevi was born in Rome about 140 AD of Greek Christian parents. Her father, Agathon was rich and her mother, Politia, had many attributes, the greatest of which was her charitability. Agathon and Politia had been married for many years but they were childless. They prayed to God to bless them with a child which they would raise in a true Christian atmosphere. Their [...]

God is everywhere

“God is everywhere. There is no place God is not…You cry out to Him, ‘Where art Thou, my God?’ And He answers, “I am present, my child! I am always beside you.’ Both inside and outside, above and below, wherever you turn, everything shouts, ‘God!’ In Him we live and move. We breathe God, we eat God, we clothe ourselves with God. Everything praises and blesses God. All of creation shouts His praise. Everything animate and inanimate speaks wondrously [...]

Give thanks to God for everything

“Give thanks to God for everything. Try to be manly. Pull yourself together a bit. Do you know what Christians are suffering in other countries? There are such difficulties in Russia! But here many exhibit indifference. There’s not enough disposition to kindness, love of devotion. You see, if we don’t begin to make war against evil, to expose those who tempt believers, then the evil will grow larger. If we throw aside fear then the faithful will be emboldened [...]

The weapon of prayer

My child, with the weapon of prayer in your hands, fight for the divine battlements. Whoever struggles is crowned, not with olive branches, but with the unfading crown of eternal glory in the heavenly Jerusalem! This struggle is worth it because the glory it brings remains unfading and eternal, whereas the glory of athletes who struggle for transient things is ephemeral and vain! Therefore, we must struggle by making sacrifices and bearing privations, so that the holy name of [...]