Author: gomvmc

Take up your cross

“What does it mean to take up your cross? It means the willing acceptance, at the hand of Providence, of every means of healing, bitter though it may be, that is offered. Do great catastrophies fall on you? Be obedient to God’s will, as Noah was. Is sacrifice demanded of you? Give yourself into God’s hands with the same faith as Abram had when he went to sacrifice his son. Is your property ruined? Do your children die suddenly? [...]

Dormition of the Theotokos

On the Dormition of the Theotokos

"Magnify O my soul, the honourable Translation of the Mother of God from earth to heaven." (Refrain for the 9th Ode of the Canon) Let us be happy, beloved brothers and sisters that we belong to the Holy Orthodox Church, worthily and rightly glorifying the Most Holy Sovereign Theotokos on this eminent day out of all the days of the year with special solemnity. There exists on earth many societies and entire governments that do not consider the need nor [...]

Mother of God

The purity of the Mother of God

Some thoughts on the Mother of God by Elder Joseph the Hesychast I CANNOT DESCRIBE TO YOU HOW MUCH OUR PANAGIA LOVES CHASTITY AND PURITY! "I cannot describe to you how much our Panagia likes chastity and purity. Since she is the only pure Virgin, she wants and loves everyone to be like that. As soon as we cry out to her she rushes to our help. You don't even finish saying, "All-holy Theotokos, help me!" and at once, like lightning, [...]

Dormition of the Theotokos

Dormition Fast

The month of August is dedicated to the Mother of God. From the 1st to the 15th of August, we celebrate the supplicatory canon to the Theotokos, also known as the Paraklisis in Greek, on a daily basis. We chant hymns to the Theotokos, asking for her protection, and her intercession upon the throne of Christ our God for the salvation of our souls and the help and protection of the entire world. "Preserve and save, O Theotokos, thy servants [...]

St. Paisios

When does God perform miracles?

On this day, we celebrate the memory of Saint Paisios of Mount Athos.  Below is a story about Saint Paisios where he taught the nature of miracles. A group of young men, of no religious background, visited the Elder.  They had heard of Father Paisios and were curious to meet him.  After giving them the typical Mount Athos treat (loukoumi and water), he sat next to them to listen to what they had to say. They told him: - Father, we want you [...]

St. John of Shanghai

The necessity of Holy Communion

The necessity of Holy Communion in our continuous struggle between sin and righteousness. Until a man’s earthly life finishes its course, up to the very departure of the soul from the body, the struggle between sin and righteousness continues within him. However, high a spiritual and moral state one might achieve, a gradual or even headlong and deep fall into the abyss of sin is always possible. Therefore, communion of the holy Body and Blood of Christ, which strengthens our [...]

Confession & repentance

How easily does God forgive!

How easily does God forgive! This will happen by just opening to Him the door of your soul. God is not expecting any reward for what He is giving to people. Even if your sins are millions or billions, for God it counts for zero. What is a small quantity of sand in the ocean worth? All the sins of the world are just a virus in the ocean. There is no sin that wins the mercy of God. So [...]

The Apostles’ Fast

The Apostles' fast begins on Monday, June 12th 2017 for a duration of 17 days. This is a period of fasting similar to the Nativity fasting period, where we abstain from meat, meat products, fish, dairy products, oil and wine on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Fish, oil and wine are permitted on the other days of the week: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. This is a general fasting rule which has been set by the fathers of our holy [...]

Pentecost Sunday

On this day we celebrate the holy feast of Pentecost, the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles. Just before our Lord ascended into heaven, on the fortieth day after His resurrection, he promised his disciples that the Holy Spirit would be sent to them giving them spiritual strength and teaching them the truth. On the fiftieth day after the Resurrection, while they were gathered together in the upper room, there came a great sound from heaven which was [...]