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Fasting and its benefits (2)

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Who is as strong as a lion, but, for the sake of his stomach falls into a trap and the whole of his strength is brought low? When the fathers in Skete ate bread and salt, they used to say: ‘Let’s not be beholden to bread and salt’. In this way they were strong enough to do the Lord’s work. Abba Ioannis Kolovos There are three things I can’t do without: food, clothing and sleep. But I can cut down on them. Abba Ioannis Kolovos So when you fast and eat with restraint, don’t keep anything left for the next day, but, as the Lord says, we’re poor and he makes us rich. So if you go hungry by choice, you can feed those who are ...

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The Triumph of Divine Truth (Metropolitan Anthony Bloom)

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16 March 1997 In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. We are keeping today, as every year at the end of the first week of Lent, the Feast of the Triumph of Orthodoxy. And every year we must give thought to what is meant, not only as a historical event, but also in our personal lives. First of all we must remember that the Triumph of Orthodoxy is not the Triumph of the Orthodox over other people. It is the Triumph of the Truth Divine in the hearts of those who belong to the Orthodox Church and who proclaim the Truth revealed by God in its integrity and directness. Today we must thank God with all our hearts ...

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The Fast and its Benefits (1)

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Let us observe an acceptable fast, pleasing to the Lord. A true fast: estrangement from evil, restraint of the tongue, control of anger, abstention from desires, slander, falsehood and perjury. If there is a paucity of these, then our fast is true and acceptable. Apostikho, Vespers, Monday in 1st week We practice the virtues in secret, anticipating spiritual rewards. We do not trumpet them in the open places but rather benefit from them in our hearts. And He who sees all things which occur in secret will grant us reward for our restraint. Let us keep the fast not with frowning faces, but praying in the depths of our souls Stikhero, Vespers, Wednesday, 4th week Let us fast in the body, brethren, and fast ...

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The Christian Faith as a Source of Spiritual Power (Mina Boulekou, Author-Poetress- Columnist)

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How can devout Christians preserve their faith when they’re being attacked and tested on a daily basis in these harsh times? Faith in our Triune God is what will sustain us in all the difficulties we encounter in our lives. No matter how uncertain and pointless what we’re going through may seem. He knows our needs and is ready to guide us slowly, with firm steps, as long as we ask Him through prayer, lean on Him and allow Him to lead us along the true paths of spiritual joy. In these dark times of uncertainty in which we live, all of us need our soul to be soothed and redeemed. He alone can comfort us, can stretch out His holy hand to us. What ...

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Darker than the next (Saint John of Kronstadt)

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Don’t despair when your soul’s engulfed in the clouds of hell, each one of which is darker than the other. When sheer badness, envy, doubt, stubbornness and the other passions rise up against you, you can be sure that these clouds will gather in your soul. But they won’t stay therelong.

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Repentance: Sacrament and Experience (Christos Klavas)

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‘Indeed, Good One, it’s in your power to work miracles and there’s no greater miracle than for someone to love sinners in their fall. It’s easy to love saints. They deserve it’. (Saint Silouan the Athonite †1938) The period of holy and great Lent is the time above all in the Church year when the virtue of repentance is highlighted. The Gospel readings, the recollection of holy figures who were distinguished for the extent of their repentance, the content of the hymns and, in general, the atmosphere of ‘bright sadness’ which distinguishes it, constitute a continuous invitation to repentance. The virtue in question finds its practical application in the sacrament of repentance, holy confession. When we speak of virtue, we have in mind ...

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The Search (Mina Boulekou, Author-Poetress- Columnist)

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Whether You go, I will follow You with all my heart, with all my consciousness. from East to West like a fiery arrow in the ethereal sky veils. And yet I will stand in the earth spheres like a feather in the blowing wind opening the gates in all decades from past to present. I kneeled down to the Almighty giving promises of life giving sacred vows whether You go I will follow You in countless hours in countless years that are to come. I covered my face to the endless dark longing with hope the bright stars to shine Your glory. A new day came as a wistful pray a never-ending rainbow Is it thy will; that brings me joy; that brings me relief; I wondered… waiting the sun rays to lift me up in heaven.. beholding thy holy spirit.   © By Mina Boulekou Copyright 2017 Author-Poetress- Columnist

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Living Orthodox Great and Holy Lent (Evagelos Sotiropoulos, political scientist, freelance columnist)

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I have written on these electronic pages previously about Living the Orthodox Resurrection Service and Living the Orthodox Holy Week; now, to complete the trinity, albeit in reverse order, is my untrained take on living Lent. It is difficult to truly experience the spiritual fruits of Holy Week, let alone the indescribable joy of Christ’s life-giving resurrection, without actively partaking in Great Lent. Think for a moment about how much time and effort is required to win a professional sporting championship; players and coaches do not show up only in time to hoist the trophy. By the same token, we should avoid showing up only on Holy Saturday evening to receive the Paschal Light. Living Lent, in order to reap the Resurrection harvest, ...

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It’s their business (Saint Iakovos Tsalikis)

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When we go to doctors for treatment, we don’t tell them what to do. Theyknowtheirjob. All we do is tell them we’re in pain and where. Truth is given to us when we seek it humbly, as we seek a cure from a doctor. We can’t order the truth, but we can ask that it be given to us, to be revealed to us. Because the truth is God, Whom we can’t order, only ask from Him and love Him. Doctorsknowwhatyouwantwhenyouvisitthem. All you can do is tell them that you’re in pain and where it hurts. Therestisuptothem. This is why the Holy Fathers tell us to pray like little children, who cry when they’re in pain. And they show the ...

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The Forty Days

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The two preceding Sundays, of the Last Judgment and of Forgiveness, together constitute – albeit in reverse order – a recapitulation of the whole range of sacred history, from its beginning point, Adam in Paradise, to its end-point, the Second Coming of Christ, when all time and history are taken up into eternity. During the forty days that now follow, although this wider perspective is never forgotten, there is an increasing concentration upon the central moment in sacred history, upon the saving event of Christ’s Passion and Resurrection, which makes possible man’s return to Paradise and inaugurates the End. Lent is, from this point of view, a journey with a precise direction; it is the journey to Pascha.+ The goal ...

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“Entering Great Lent” (Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta)

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My Beloved Clergymen, Monastics, Parish Council & Philoptochos Presidents and Members, and all the faithful of the Metropolis of Atlanta: This Sunday is a very important Sunday for all faithful Orthodox Christians, coming as it does before the beginning of Great Lent, and as part of the Church’s Triodion journey to help us achieve Theosis. Reviewing our progress, the first Sunday of Triodion taught us how to pray: with the humility of the Publican, recognizing our sinfulness and asking for the mercy of God. The second Sunday we are reminded that we have a patient and loving Father who always waits for His Prodigal Sons and Daughters to return to Him, no matter how we who separate ourselves through the Passions and ...

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Thoughts on Great Lent (Metropolitan Ioïl (Frangkakos) of Edessa, Pella, and Almopia.)

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In this period, we have two fasts, as we all know. There are about seven weeks of strict fasting, eight if you include the Cheese-fare weekwhich precedes. For a lot of people this is an enjoyable and desirable time, for others it’s difficult and for others again not at all pleasant. We’ll try to convey some thoughts on this period, as it has been described by the Fathers of the Church. First of all, let’s recall Saint John the Damascan, who made a general observation concerning Lent. ‘Do not weaken Lent, for it is an imitation of Christ’s way of life’. This is important. Christ doesn’t debilitate, that is drain the power of Lent. More broadly, we might say that Saint ...

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