Thursday, April 26, 2018

Second of Five Exciting Announcements from the Mystagogy Resource Center


Dear Readers:

Christ is Risen!

As mentioned yesterday, the second exciting announcement is a 50 book giveaway, provided by an anonymous donor. 30 of the books were chosen by him and 20 by me. They are basic and essential texts that should be in every Orthodox library, along with a few popular texts and personal favorites. This is a great opportunity to stock up your Orthodox library. The value of these books exceed over $1000!

These 50 books will be given to one person by random draw, which will take place on May 15th. To be eligible, you must be a donor of the Mystagogy Resource Center. For every $5 you donate, you get one entry in the random draw. All current donors are eligible, and they will get one entry per the $5 they have donated over the past year. If you become a new subscriber for $5 a month, you will get 1 entry. If you donate $60, you will get 12 entries. Obviously, the more you donate, the more entries you get.

I have been informed that if successful, this offer of a 50 book giveaway may become an annual thing, possibly bi-annual. So if you continue your subscription, you will be eligible for more entries in the future. Certain titles of the books may change in the future.

Below is the list of 50 books. If you would like more information about each specific text, a google search of what is written below should bring up more information.

1-7. The Synaxarion: The Lives of the Saints of the Orthodox Church, Volumes 1-7

8. The Spiritual Meadow

9. The Northern Thebaid: Monastic Saints of the Russian North

10. The Lives of the Desert Fathers

11. The Ladder of Divine Ascent

12. We Shall See Him as He is

13. Saint Silouan the Athonite

14. St Gregory Palamas as a Hagiorite

15. The Blessed Surgeon

16. Our Thougths Determine Our Lives: The Life and Teachings of Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica

17. I Know a Man in Christ: Elder Sophrony the Hesychast and Theologian

18. Man and the God-Man - St. Justin Popovich

19. A History of the Monks of Syria

20-21. Contemporary Ascetics of Mount Athos Vols. 1 and 2

22. Two Hundred Chapters On Theology: St. Maximus the Confessor

23. Poems on Scripture: Saint Gregory of Nazianzus

24-28. The Christian Tradition, Volumes 1-5

29-32. Evergetinos (Complete 4-Volume Set)

33-36. The Philokalia: The Complete Text (Vols. 1-4)

37. Three Byzantine Saints

38. Concerning Frequent Communion of the Immaculate Mysteries of Christ - St. Nicodemos the Hagiorite

39. Confession of Faith - St. Nicodemos the Hagiorite

40. Disputations with Pyrrhus - St. Maximus the Confessor

41. Divine Eros: Hymns of Saint Symeon the New Theologian

42-43. Letters of Barsanuphios and John, Volumes 1 and 2

44. Abba Isaiah of Scetis: Ascetic Discourses

45-47. On the Mystical Life, The Ethical Discourses: St. Symeon the New Theologian, Volumes 1-3

48. An Outline of Orthodox Patristic Dogmatics - Fr. John Romanides

49. The Lives of the Monks of Palestine

50. Feasts of the Lord: An Introduction to the Twelve Feasts and Orthodox Christology

To be eligible for entry, donate or subscribe below. You can also both donate and subscribe as well. Thank you for taking part in this giveaway!

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West Roxbury, MA 02132



First of Five Exciting Announcements from the Mystagogy Resource Center


Dear Readers:

Christ is Risen!

Twice a year I make an appeal for your financial support of this ministry, a few weeks before Christmas and a few weeks after Easter. Your generous support is what keeps the ministry of the Mystagogy Resource Center going. To give you an example of some of the messages I have received from my readers throughout the world in the past sixty days alone, I will present five testimonials:

"Your site is by far the most informative and reliable Orthodox website on the internet."

"I don't know what I would do without your ministry."

"Yours is the only website I visit where I say 'wow' over and over again while reading the material."

"I refer to your websites daily not only for my own edification, but I use it every day in my ministry as well."

"You have to understand how much your ministry is appreciated not only by me, but by many people I know."

These testimonials are only a small sample of the dozens upon dozens I have received over the years. These five alone were sent to me by two priests in the United States, a layman in Thailand, a laywoman in Australia, and a deacon/seminarian from Romania. Though I typically don't post testimonials, nor ask for them, I thought I would share these to give you an example of how much this ministry is appreciated and helpful to people around the world.

With this, I also wanted to make a few exciting announcements. First, on this website alone, I have already surpassed 11,000 posts, making it difficult to navigate through for you the reader, and difficult for me to organize. Therefore the first announcement I wanted to make today is that in the next week, I will be deleting hundreds of posts that I don't think are necessary to keep, and I will start to organize the site by dividing each post into its own particular topic. This will take a long time, but I will start doing it this week. This is something many have asked me to do, and since it needs to be done, I will start doing it.

The next four exciting announcements will be presented with more detail over the next four days. Here I will just say what they are:

Tomorrow I will announce an exciting 50 book giveaway. Yes, 50 free quality books can be yours for free! Those eligible to enter for the 50 book giveaway will be current and future donors to this ministry, whether it be my monthly subscription or semiannual or annual. And whatever amounts to $5 a month will count as one entry. The books are being provided for by an anonymous donor, with 30 chosen by him and 20 by me. This giveaway values at over $1,000, so if you want to be eligible, you must either subscribe or donate below as soon as possible.

Friday I will announce the launch of another exciting website. This website will solely be devoted to the questions I have both received over the years as well as new future questions, together with my responses.

Saturday I will announce the launch of a second exciting website. This website will solely be devoted to book reviews.

Sunday I will announce the launch of a third exciting website. This website will solely be devoted to World Religions.

Please visit daily for more information about the above announcements. The new websites will all be part of the Mystagogy Resource Center.

With this, I urge you all to financially support this ministry. Of course, it is free for all to enjoy, but it will only be free to all as long as those who are able to can send in their financial support. If possible, please send at least an annual contribution of $60, which equals to a $5 a month subscription, which equals to about 16 cents a day. By doing so, you will also be eligible for the 50 book giveaway, which I will announce in more detail tomorrow.

Thank you!


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To send in your donation, please do so to the following address:

John Sanidopoulos
PO Box 320284
West Roxbury, MA 02132



With love in the Risen Lord,

John Sanidopoulos



Saints and Feasts of April 26


On the twenty-sixth Basil was beheaded with a sword.

Holy Hieromartyr Basil, Bishop of Amasea

Holy Hieromartyr Basil, Bishop of Amasea (+ 322)


Saint Glaphyra

Holy Hieromartyr Basil, Bishop of Amasea (+ 322)


Saint Stephen, Bishop of Perm

Saint Stephen, Bishop of Perm (+ 1396)

Mount of St. Stephen of Perm


Venerable Kalandion

Saint Kalandion and his Unique Church in Cyprus


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Saints and Feasts of April 25


On the twenty-fifth the senseless ones dragged Mark along the ground.

Holy Glorious Apostle and Evangelist Mark

Holy Apostle Mark the Evangelist

Saint Mark the Evangelist as a Model for our Lives


Saint Macedonius, Patriarch of Constantinople

Saint Macedonius II, Patriarch of Constantinople (+ c. 517)


Venerable Basil the Hesychast, Abbot of Poiana Marului Skete

Saint Basil the Hesychast, Abbot of Poiana Marului Skete (+ 1767)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Holy Eight Martyrs Eusebius, Neonos, Leontios, Longinus, Danabos, Demetrios, Nestabos and Christopher

Holy Eight Martyrs of Nicomedia (Feast Day - April 24)

Verses

The eight Martyrs are equal in number,
The equal multiplied by equal multiplied by equal were beheaded.

After the martyrdom of Saint George, the impious Diocletian ordered for all Christians found throughout the world, and indeed all those who had been imprisoned after witnessing the martyrdom and miracles of Saint George and having converted thereby, were to offer sacrifices to the false gods, and if they did so they would be set free and allowed to live. If they did not do so, they would be tortured without mercy, and lastly put to death.

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