Saturday, December 3, 2016

How Saint Porphyrios Studied in his Youth


By St. Porphyrios of Kavsokalyva

When I was at Mount Athos, all I occupied myself with was study.

I was seven or eight years old and I didn't know about spiritual things. I would read the Apocalypse of Christ and the Apocalypse of the Panagia. I had learned them by heart. But who knows how I twisted them, since I did not yet know the meaning of the word "oikos," that it meant "house." This is how I learned them, without knowing their meaning, but because they were holy books, I learned them and, when I came across them again, I understood them, since I compared them with the first.

Holy Prophet Zephaniah

Holy Prophet Zephaniah (Feast Day - December 2)

Verses

You previously cried out for Zion to rejoice exceedingly,
Now Zephaniah rejoices standing next to God.
On the third Zephaniah passed from this life radiantly.

Zephaniah was the son of Cushi, a native of Mount Sarabatha, from the tribe of Simeon. He lived and prophesied in the seventh century before Christ, at the time of Josiah the pious king of Judah (641-610 B.C.). Zephaniah was also a contemporary of the Prophets Jeremiah and Habakkuk. Having great humility and a pure mind raised to God, he was found worthy of the grace of God to discern the future.

Friday, December 2, 2016

The Truth About the Relics of Saint Porphyrios


By Hieromonk George Alevras

As the festal commemoration of my Holy Elder of Kavsokalyva is dawning, I decided to write a few lines concerning his holy relics, to my beloved host Romfea.gr.

The reason for this restoration of the truth and restoring any misunderstanding, was a radio broadcast on November 13th I heard on the channel Peiraiki Ekklesia.

The speaker was the Professor of the Theological School of Aristotle University, Mr. Anestis Keselopoulos, who made reference to the exhumation of the Holy Elder Porphyrios, claiming that his spiritual children in Mount Athos threw and scattered his relics beyond the forest.

Holy Prophet Habakkuk as a Model for our Lives

Holy Prophet Habakkuk (Feast Day - December 2)

By Protopresbyter Fr. George Papavarnavas

The Prophet Habakkuk was the son of Shaphat and of the tribe of Simeon. His name means "warm embrace." He was a contemporary of the Prophet Jeremiah and is dated between 650 and 672 B.C. His actions revolved around Jerusalem, after the period when the Babylonians defeated the Egyptians at Carchemish, and extended their domination into Palestine. His book consists of three chapters and is distinguished by its remarkable literary grace. The first chapter consists of a dialogue of the Prophet with God, in which the Prophet tries to unravel the manner in which God directs history. The second chapter is the response of God that justice will prevail, and that the just man will live thanks to his trust in God. The third and last chapter includes a doxology of the Prophet for the final triumph of God.

Saint Athanasius "the Resurrected", Recluse of the Kiev Caves (+ 1176)

St. Athanasius the Recluse of the Kiev Caves
(Feast Days - December 2, September 28 & Second Sunday of Lent)

Saint Athanasius (Afanasy), hermit of the Near Caves of Kiev, was a contemporary of Holy Archimandrite Polycarp of the Kiev Caves (July 24). Saint Athanasius was grievously ill for a long time. When he died, the brethren prepared him for burial, and on the second day the abbot came to bury him. However, they all saw the dead man alive. He was sitting up and weeping. To all their questions he replied only: “Seek salvation, obey the abbot in everything, repent each hour and pray to our Lord Jesus Christ, to His All-Pure Mother and to Saints Anthony and Theodosius, to allow you to end your life here. Do not ask me anything else, for I must pray.”

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