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The Desert Fathers on lust

A brother asked one of the Fathers, What shall I do? My thoughts are always turned to lust without allowing me an hour’s respite, and my soul is tormented by it. He said to him, Every time the demons suggest these thoughts to you, do not argue with them. For the activity of demons always is to suggest, and suggestions are not sins, for they cannot compel; but it rests with you to welcome them, or not to welcome [...]

Archangel Michael of Mantamados

On the third Sunday after Pascha, we commemorate the Archangel Michael of Mantamados. In Greek "O Μανταμάδος"  refers to a miraculous icon of the Archangel Michael in a church on the island of Lesvos, which was consecrated on this day. This is one of the four miraculous icons of the Archangel in the Dodecanese of Greece. The icon dates back to the 9th and 10th centuries during an invasion of the entire island by the Saracen pirates. The Monastery was [...]

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The struggle of the departing soul

While the dying person addresses his last words to us, suddenly his tongue is at a loss, his eyes dim, his mouth falls silent, his voice is paralyzed when the Lord's troops have arrived, when His frightening armies overwhelm him, when the divine bailiffs invite the soul to be gone from the body, when the inexorable lays hold of us to drag us to the tribunal... Then the angels take the soul and go off through the air. There stand [...]

Great Lent 2018… The journey to Pascha

On Monday, February the 19th 2018, will begin the blessed period of Great Lent. This is a period of strict fast* in the Orthodox Chuch, thus preparing us for the upcoming Holy Passion of Christ and His glorious Resurrection. During Great Lent, the daily cycle of services differ from that of the rest of the year. Vespers are celebrated daily in the morning accompanied by the Presanctified Divine Liturgy. The Great Compline is read every evening, instead of the [...]

Gather frequently to celebrate God’s Eucharist

Try to gather more frequently to celebrate God's Eucharist and to praise Him. For when you meet with frequency, Satan's powers are overthrown and his destructiveness is undone by the unanimity of your faith. There isn't nothing better than peace, by which all strife in heavenly and earthly spirits is cast out. St. Ignatius the God-bearer, Epistle to the Ephesians, 13