Monthly Archives: May 2017

The Synodikon of Orthodoxy

To them who do not accept with a pure and simple faith and with all their soul and heart the extraordinary miracles of our Saviour and God and of the Holy Theotokos who without stain gave birth to Him, and of the other saints, but who attempt by sophistic demonstration and words to traduce them as being impossible, or to misinterpret them according to their own way of thinking, and to present them according to their own opinion, Anathema! Anathema! [...]

Sunday of the Blind Man

  On this day, the sixth Sunday of Pascha, we celebrate the miracle of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ upon the man born blind. The Savior met a man at the Temple on the Sabbath, who was born blind and had not seen the light, nor did he know the difference between day and night. He possessed only the sockets but no eyeballs. The Lord's disciples asked, "Rabbi, who sinned, this one or his parents, that he should [...]

Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

Having come to the well in faith, the Samaritan woman beheld Thee, the Water of Wisdom; whereof having drunk abundantly, she, the renowned one, inherited the Kingdom on high forever. Let us hear of the august mysteries, as John teacheth us what cometh to pass in Samaria: how the Lord speaketh unto a woman, asking water of her, even He that gathered the waters into the places where they are gathered, and Who is of one throne with the Father [...]

Sunset at the Monastery

On Paradise and Salvation

Now in the springtime, when nature is wearing its most beautiful apparel, one feels inexpressible joy when this natural beauty is accompanied by a sublime spiritual state. Truly, our holy God has made all things in wisdom (Ps. 103:26)! The soul cannot get enough of beholding the beauty of nature. Oh, if man would only lift his mind above this earthly realm to the heavenly Jerusalem, to the inconceivable beauty of paradise where the finite, earthly mind ceases to [...]