Monday, November 30, 2015
|St. Frumentius of Ethiopia (Feast Day - November 30)|
Sunday, November 29, 2015
|St. Philoumenos of Ancyra (Feast Day - November 29)|
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Emperor Maurice was murdered on November 27 (some say November 23), 602 at the order of Phocas, his successor. It is said that the deposed emperor was forced to watch his six sons executed before his eyes, before he was beheaded himself. Empress Constantina and her three daughters were spared and sent to a monastery.
Maurice's marriage produced ten known children:
- Theodosius (4 August 583 – 27 November 602). According to John of Ephesus, he was the first heir born to a reigning emperor since the reign of Theodosius II (408–450). He was appointed Caesar in 587 and co-emperor on 26 March 590.
- Tiberius (d. 27 November 602).
- Petrus (d. 27 November 602).
- Paulus (d. 27 November 602).
- Justin (d. 27 November 602).
- Justinian (d. 27 November 602).
- Anastasia (d. circa 605).
- Theoctista (d. circa 605).
- Cleopatra (d. circa 605).
- Miriam/Maria (b. ca 582), married to Khosrau II.
Friday, November 27, 2015
|St. Damaskinos the Studite (Feast Day - November 27)|
Thursday, November 26, 2015
|St. George of Chios (Feast Day - November 26)|
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
|Saint Catherine is depicted with the symbols of her wisdom and martyrdom in this icon of the 17th century Cretan school on the imposing iconostasis of the Monastery basilica.|
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
|St. Nikodemos the New (Feast Day - November 24)|
Monday, November 23, 2015
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Saturday, November 21, 2015
|St. Sozomenos of Potamia (Feast Day - November 21)|
Friday, November 20, 2015
|St. Sozomenos of Karpasia (Feast Day - November 20)|
Thursday, November 19, 2015
|The Theotokos "Consolation in Grief and Sorrows" (Feast Day - November 19)|
|St. Philaret of Moscow (Feast Day - November 19)|
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
...continued from part two.
Definition of Glorification
|St. Anastasios of Paramythia (Feast Day - November 18)|
|St. Platon of Ancyra (Feast Day - November 18)|
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
...continued from part one.
Definition of Illumination
|St. Lazarus the Iconographer (Feast Day - November 17)|
|Venerable Longinus, Abbot of Enaton Monastery (Feast Day - November 17)|
Monday, November 16, 2015
|St. Matthew the Apostle (Feast Day - November 16)|
"Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart" (Luke 18:1).
Does the Lord's command about ceaseless prayer that men ought always to pray (Luke 18:1), apply only to monks or to all Christians in general?
If it applied only to monks, the Apostle Paul would not have written to the Christians in Thessalonica to "pray without ceasing" (I Thessalonians 5:17). The Apostle repeats the Lord's command, word for word, and issues it to all Christians without distinction, whether monks or laymen.
St. Gregory Palamas lived a life of asceticism for some time as a young hieromonk in a monastery in Beroea. The elder Job, a well-known ascetic whom everyone respected, lived in that monastery. It happened that, in Elder Job's presence, St. Gregory quoted the Apostle's words, asserting that ceaseless prayer is the obligation of every Christian and not just for monks. However, Elder Job replied that ceaseless prayer is the obligation of the monk only, and not for every Christian. Gregory, as the younger of the two, yielded and withdrew in silence. When Job returned to his cell and stood at prayer, an angel in great heavenly glory appeared to him and said: "O Elder, do not doubt the truthfulness of Gregory's words; he spoke correctly and you should think likewise and pass it on to others." Thus, both the Apostle and the angel confirmed the commandment that all Christians must pray to God without ceasing.
Not only without ceasing in church, but also without ceasing in every place and at all times, and especially in your heart. For if God does not for a moment tire of giving us good things, how can we tire of thanking Him for these good things? When He thinks of us without ceasing, why do we not think of Him without ceasing?
"… that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye [may be] rooted and grounded in love" (Ephesians 3:17).
With faith, Christ comes into the heart, and with Christ comes love. Thus man is rooted and grounded in love. First then, there is faith; then with faith comes Christ's presence in the heart; then with Christ's presence, the presence of love; and with love, all ineffable goodness.
In a few words, the Apostle delineates the whole ladder of perfection. The beginning is faith and the end is love; and faith and love are joined in a living, undivided unity by the Living Lord Jesus Christ's presence in the heart. By strengthening faith, we further abolish the distance between ourselves and the Lord Jesus Christ. The stronger one's faith, the closer one is to Christ.
Ultimately, one's heart is filled with Christ and cannot be separated from Christ, just as one's lung cannot be separated from the air. Then a man may, with tears of joy, communicate with Christ by the prayer of the heart - "Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me a sinner" - and the heart is imperceptibly filled with light and ardent love.
In this way, love is united with faith and hope; and when they are united, the boundaries between them are lost, so that man cannot even think of determining of how far faith goes, and where hope and love begin.
When the living Christ dwells in a man, then he no longer perceives faith, hope or love in himself, nor does he name them. Instead, he sees only Christ and names only Him. This is just like a fruit-grower in autumn who considers the ripe fruit on the tree, and speaks no more of blossoms and leaves but of fruit, ripe fruit.
O Lord Jesus Christ, supreme height of all our endeavors and the destination of all our travels, draw near to us and save us. To Thee be glory and praise forever. Amen.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Saturday, November 14, 2015
|St. Philip the Apostle (Feast Day - November 14)|
|St. Euphemianos of Lysi (Feast Day - November 14)|
Friday, November 13, 2015
Three Hierarchs Resource Page (Jan. 30th)
Saints Emmelia, Nonna and Anthousa - Mothers of the Three Hierarchs (Sunday After Feb. 2nd)
Relics, Miracles and Shrines
Synaxarion for the Translation of the Relics of Saint John Chrysostom
Translation of the Relics of St. John Chrysostom (St. Dimitri of Rostov) (Jan. 27)
Saint John Chrysostom and the Translation of His Relics (St. Nikolai Velimirovich)
A 14th Century Description of the Tomb of St. John Chrysostom
The Return of the Relics of St. John Chrysostom and St. Gregory the Theologian to Constantinople (video)
The Sarcophagus of St. John Chrysostom in Komani, Georgia
Hieromonk Andrew the New Martyr of Komani and Protector of the Tomb of St. John Chrysostom (+ 1993)
A Miracle of Saint John Chrysostom in Sri Lanka for a Buddhist Child
Holy Monastery of Saint John Chrysostom in Koutsoventi and the Legend of the Leper Queen
Festal Writings and Homilies
St. John Chrysostom on the Holy Cross
Homily on the Holy Maccabees and their Mother (St. John Chrysostom)
Homily of St. John Chrysostom on the Holy Apostle Andrew
Chrysostom's Homily on St. Ignatius of Antioch
The Secret Mysteries of the Annunciation
A Homily in Preparation for the Celebration of Christmas (St. John Chrysostom)
Nativity Sermon of St. John Chrysostom
"On the Day of the Birth of Our Savior Jesus Christ" by St. John Chrysostom
St. John Chrysostom's Second Homily on the Birth of our Savior Jesus Christ
St. Nikodemos Explains How We Came to Celebrate Christmas on December 25th
How Did the Church Determine Christ Was Born on December 25th?
Four Reasons the Star of Bethlehem Was Supernatural
St. John Chrysostom: A Homily for the New Year (On the Kalends of January)
St. John Chrysostom's Homily On the Holy Theophany
Chrysostom's Homily On Saint Phocas of Sinope
The Didactic Nature of Jesus Weeping According to Basil the Great and John Chrysostom
Homily on the Holy Feast of the Palms (St. John Chrysostom)
The Paschal Catechetical Discourse of Saint John Chrysostom
Audio Recording of St. Porphyrios Reading the Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom
St. John Chrysostom's Homily On the Cemetery and the Cross (Excerpts)
The Doubt of St. Thomas (St. John Chrysostom)
On the Paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda (St. John Chrysostom)
Sunday Gospel Commentaries
Gospel Commentary for the Second Sunday of Matthew (St. John Chrysostom)
Gospel Commentary for the Third Sunday of Matthew (St. John Chrysostom)
Gospel Commentary for the Fourth Sunday of Matthew (St. John Chrysostom)
Gospel Commentary for the Fifth Sunday of Matthew (St. John Chrysostom)
Gospel Commentary for the Seventh Sunday of Matthew (St. John Chrysostom)
Gospel Commentary for the Eighth Sunday of Matthew (St. John Chrysostom)
Gospel Commentary for the Ninth Sunday of Matthew (St. John Chrysostom)
Gospel Commentary for the Tenth Sunday of Matthew (St. John Chrysostom)
Gospel Commentary for the Eleventh Sunday of Matthew (St. John Chrysostom)
Gospel Commentary for the Twelfth Sunday of Matthew (St. John Chrysostom)
Gospel Commentary for the Thirteenth Sunday of Matthew (St. John Chrysostom)
St. John Chrysostom, the Greatest Interpreter of the Apostle Paul
Divine Eros According to Saint John Chrysostom
No Sympathy for the Devil: The Significance of Demons in John Chrysostom's Soteriology
The Good Teacher According to St. John Chrysostom
St. Anthusa's Letter To Her Son St. John Chrysostom On Ideal Friendship
Letters From A Lonely Exile: John Chrysostom to Olympias the Deaconess
Joseph the Patriarch in the Homilies of John Chrysostom
3 Holy Fathers On the Parable of the Ten Virgins
St. John Chrysostom On Poverty and Wealth
Saint John Chrysostom and 21st Century Christians
Saint Placilla, the Most Pious Empress of the Romans, Wife of Theodosius the Great
Was John Chrysostom an Anti-Semite?
Was Saint John Chrysostom An Antisemite?
Did Christians Destroy the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus?
How Did St. John Chrysostom Understand the "Wrath of God" and "Divine Punishment"?
The Reconciliation Between St. Cyril of Alexandria and St. John Chrysostom
The Rocky Relationship Between John Chrysostom and Epiphanios of Salamis
The Reconciliation of Saint John Chrysostom and Saint Epiphanios of Salamis
Is the Road to Hell Paved With the Skulls of Priests and Bishops?
Can Anyone Trace the Source of This Quote By St. John Chrysostom?