Archive for January, 2013

On the XXXIVth Sunday after Pentecost, when we celebrate the memory of Saint Nina, the Enlightener of the Georgians; Saint Sabas, Archbishop of the Serbs;Venerable Martyrs: the Fathers of Sinai and Raithu,at the monastery of St. Prohor Pchinski, a Holy Liturgy was served and the faithful partook in the Holy Gifts of Christ. (more…)

Тројца отци имале обичај секоја година да одат кај блажениот Антониј. Двајца го прашувале за помислите и за спасението на душата, додека третиот секогаш молчел, ништо не прашувајќи. После многу доаѓања, со оглед на тоа дека братот секогаш бил молчалив и ништо не прашувал, ава Антониј му рекол:
„Толку години доаѓаш и ништо не ме имаш прашано.’’
А тој му одговорил, велејќи:
„Доволно ми е да те гледам, оче. ’’

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One who knows oneself, knows God: and one who knows God is worthy to worship Him as is right. Therefore, my beloveds in the Lord, know yourselves. (Letter IV, from the authentic collection of Seven Letters [cf. the spurious “20 Letters” attributed to Antony])

[Antony speaks here of the intellect, nous, our highest faculty, not mere reason, but that which can understand the Divine via immediate experience, intuition, or “simple cognition”:] “Holiness is achieved when the intellect is in its natural state.” “The soul realizes its integrity when its intellect is in that state in which it was created.” “Let us purify our mind, for I believe that when the mind is completely pure and is in its natural state, it gains penetrating insight, and it sees more clearly and further than the demons, since the Lord reveals things to it.” (Quoted by St. Hesychios the Priest, in Philokalia). (more…)

 

On the Ist Sunday after the Theophany of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, 20.01.2013, when we celebrate the memory of the Saint John the Baptistat the monastery of St. Prohor Pchinski, a Holy Liturgy was served and the faithful partook in the Holy Gifts of Christ.

Fruitful repentance in the Church is the only requirement for entry into the Kingdom of God and there is no other entry except through repentance.

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THEOPHANY OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST

On the day of the Baptism of Jesus, when we celebrate the Theophany of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, at the monastery of St. Prohor Pchinski in Donnybrook, a Holy festive Liturgy was served and the faithful partook in the Holy Gifts of Christ. After the liturgy, the Great Blessing of Waters was conducted.

 

 

 

 

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1. Theophany (or Epiphany) and Christmas. Theophany is one of the great Feasts of the Lord of the ecclesiastical year. It is also called Epiphany and the Day of Lights and is celebrated on the 6th of January. The names of this Feast indicate the understanding of the ancient Church concerning this Feast. This understanding is connected with the revelation of God, that is, the manifestation of the One God in Trinity through the Incarnation of the Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ. Consequently, Theophany comprises the birth of Christ and the related events (e.g. the visitation of the Magi) and also the beginning of the public manifestation of the incarnate economy of the Son of God which is connected with the Baptism of Christ in the Jordan by John the Baptizer.

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On the XXXII Sunday after Pentecost, the Sunday of the Holy Fathers, 13.01.2013,  when we commemorate the Venerable Melania the RomanSaint Theophylact, Archbishop of Ohrid, Holy King David, St Jacob, brother of God, and many more Holy Fathers, at the monastery of St. Prohor Pchinski, a Holy Liturgy was served and the faithful partook in the Holy Gifts of Christ.

 

 

 

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Покајанието е крштение со солзи. Со своето покајание човекот доживува повторно крштение, повторно се раѓа. Апостол Петар со своето одрекување, на некој начин Го предаде Христос. Но, бидејќи „плачеше горко“ (Матеј 26, 75 и Лука 22, 62) доби простување за својот пад. Значи, него го изми, повторно го очисти искреното покајание што го имаше во себе. Гледаш, Бог прво ја создаде земјата, морето, сета твар, па дури потоа од земјен прав го создаде човекот. Човекот прво се раѓа телесно, а дури потоа, на Крштението се преродува духовно. Од твар Божја, со вода и со Духот Свет, со благодатта Божја – „со вода и Дух“ (Јован 3, 5) – станува нов човек.

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Repentance is baptism with tears. In his repentance, the one experiences the second baptising, the second birth. Apostle Peter, by his renounce betrayed Christ in some way. But, because “he wept bitterly” (Mathew 26, 75 and Luke 22, 62) he received forgiveness for his fall. Therefore, he was washed, he was purified by his honest repentance, which he carried deep inside. You see, God firstly created the earth, the sea, the whole matter and after that, from the dust, He created man. The man is born bodily first, and even after that, at the Baptism he is re-born spiritually. From God’s matter, with water and the Holy Spirit, with God’s grace – “with water and Spirit” (John 3,5) – a new man is created. (more…)

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