Monday, September 15, 2014

Saint Joseph the New of Partos, Metropolitan of Timisoara (+ 1656)

St. Joseph the New of Partos (Feast Day - September 15)

Saint Joseph the New of Partos was born in 1568 in Raguza of Dalmatia (today Dubrovnik, Croatia), from a Wallachian Christian family, and was baptized as Jacob. His father was a Venetian named Giovanni Fusco, and his mother, Aikaterina, was originally from Limnos, a Greek island. More precisely, she had Morlach ancestry, which is another name for "Mavro-Vlachos" (Black Wallachian), one of the different Romanian populations spread throughout the entire Balkan peninsula, south of the Danube.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Holy Cross Resource Page


September 14 - Universal Exaltation of the Honorable Cross

The Orthodox Celebration of the Power of the Cross

On the Two Accounts of the Discovery of the True Cross

The Foreshadowing of the Cross in the Old Testament According to St. Kosmas the Melodist

Why Do We Fast on September 14th?

Pontian Customs for the Day of the Cross

The Orthodox Tradition of the Blessed Prozimi

Chapel of the Finding of the Holy Cross in the Holy Sepulchre

The Place Where St. Mary of Egypt Repented

St. Silouan the Athonite and the Earthquake of September 14, 1932

A Wondrous Vision of the True Cross in 1967

Feast of the Exaltation of the Honorable Cross In Jerusalem (video)

The Elevation of the Honorable Cross at the Patriarchate of Alexandria



Why Does the World Reject the Cross of Christ?


By Protopresbyter Fr. Themistokles Mourtzanos

The Cross of Christ teaches us a great truth - that the Christian life is not easy. It hides persecution, rejection, trouble and sorrow according to the world.

The Apostle Paul, writing to the Galatians, dispels every illusion that faith in God ensures comfort and an enjoyable journey through life. "Those who want to impress people by means of the flesh are trying to compel you to be circumcised. The only reason they do this is to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ" (Gal. 6:12).

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Foreshadowing of the Cross in the Old Testament According to St. Kosmas the Melodist


By John Sanidopoulos

Many of the events in the Old Testament are interpreted within the tradition of the Church as a prophetic image of the events of the New Testament, and these are called "types" or "foreshadowed images".

The Fathers of the Church see the foreshadowing of the Cross of Christ in many events of the Old Testament. Indeed the hymnographers also, especially Kosmas the Melodist, who wrote the Canon for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Honorable Cross, associate these events with the Cross.

The foreshadowing of the Cross in the Old Testament can be seen in the following events:

Friday, September 12, 2014

Despite War, Saydnaya Convent in Syria Celebrates its Feast Day (photos)


The Convent of Our Lady of Saydnaya was built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century and he designated as its primary feast to be celebrated on September 8th in honor of the Nativity of the Theotokos. Inside is housed also an icon of the Theotokos that is said to have been painted by the Apostle Luke and is responsible for many miracles throughout the centuries. Despite the civil war in Syria and the persecution of Christians there, the nuns and people of Saydnaya did not hesitate to celebrate the birth of the Mother of God as always this September 8, 2014.

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