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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Role of the Virgin Mary in the Eastern Orthodox Church – Frederica Mathewes-Green, Maryland, USA

HOLY VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF GOD
USA OF MY HEART
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The Role of the Virgin Mary in the Eastern Orthodox Church
Frederica Mathewes-Green, Maryland, USA
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Welcome to the Orthodox Church! Join Frederica Mathewes-Green, in this video series, on a journey into the Eastern Orthodox Church. Learn about Orthodox teachings and dogma, Orthodox architecture and terminology, and what it means to live an Orthodox life.
In this video, “The Role of the Virgin Mary in the Orthodox Church,” Frederica explains how Orthodox Christians view the Virgin Mary and her role in the Orthodox Church.

La nécessité de la Confession – Saint Paisios l’Athonite, Grèce (+1994) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French

SAINT PAISIOS
HOLY CONFESSION OF YOUR HEART
FRANCE OF MY HEART
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La nécessité de la confession
Saint Paisios l’Athonite, Grèce (+1994)
Saint Paisios a conseillé à un visiteur de se Confesser. Il s’est opposé:
-Père Paisios, quel sens y a-t-il à Confesser, puis pécher de nouveau?
Alors Saint Paisios lui expliqua:
-Pendant la guerre, quand quelqu’un est blessé, disons, avec une balle dans la jambe, ne devrait-il pas d’abord voir le médecin pour se faire soigner? Si il dit: «Pourquoi devrais-je obtenir la blessure habillée, si je vais être blessé de nouveau de toute façon?” Puis il mourra prématurément de saignement ou d’empoisonnement du sang, qu’il aurait pu éviter. Il en est de même des péchés. C’est pourquoi vous allez confesser, et si vous tombez à nouveau, avouez à nouveau. Et que ce soit jusqu’à ce que vous cessez de tomber.
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La Prière de Jésus

Muire, mar mháthair Íosa, an Máthair Dé agus an Theotokos ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Irish

HOLY VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF GOD
Muire, mar mháthair Íosa, an Máthair Dé agus an Theotokos
Bean Ghiúdach as Nazarat na Gailíle ba ea Muire, Naomh Muire, an Mhaighdean Mhuire, Muire Mhaighdean nó Muire Ógh, máthair Íosa agus bean chéile Iósaf. D’aithin an Tiomna Nua í [Mt 1:16,18-25] [Lk 1:26-56] [2:1-7] mar mháthair Íosa le lámh Dé.
Thug na soiscéil canónta na Matha agus Lúcás tuairisc ar Mhuire mar mhaighdean.
Thosaíonn an Tiomna Nua cuntas beatha Muire leis an teachtaireacht an Aingil, nuair a thaispeáin an tArdaingeal Gaibriéil agus fhógair a roghnúchán diagach a bheith ina máthair Íosa. Maíonn traidisiún eaglaise agus luath scríbhinní neamh-bhíobalta gur scothaosta a bhí a tuismitheoiri, Naomh Joachim agus Naomh Áine. Taifeadaíonn an Bíobla róil Muire sa tarluithe tábhachtach sa bheatha Íosa, as a ghiniúint go a Dheascabháil.
Creideann Críostaíthe go bhfuil Muire, mar mháthair Íosa, an Máthair Dé agus an Theotokos.
Tugtar urraim di Muire ó shin an Ré Aspalda.


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正教会とは About Orthodox Church ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Japanese

HEAVEN ON EARTH – ORTHODOXY
正教会とは About Orthodox Church
正教会は東方正教会とも呼ばれます。ローマ・カトリック教会やプロテスタント諸教会が西ヨーロッパを中心に広がったのに対し、キリスト教が生まれた中近東を中心に、ギリシャ、東欧から、ロシアへ広がりました。
20世紀になり共産主義革命による迫害を受け、多くの信徒や聖職者が世界各地に散らばっていきましたが、その結果西ヨーロッパやアメリカをはじめ世界各地に教会が設立され、西方教会しか知らなかった人々にも伝道されるようになりました。現在では移民や亡命者の子孫だけでなく、カトリックやプロテスタントからの改宗者たちも大勢出るようになり、欧米主導の現代文明の行き詰まりとともに停滞する西方キリスト教に新鮮な刺激を与えています。
日本へは江戸時代末期、函館のロシア領事館づきの司祭として来日したニコライ(「亜使徒大主教聖ニコライ」として聖人の列に加えられています)によって伝道されました。
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キリスト教の土台
イイスス・ハリストス(イエス・キリストの日本正教会訳)の十字架刑による死と三日目の復活という出来事を「神による人間の救い」として直接体験し、その証人として世界中に伝えたお弟子たちのことを特別に「使徒」と呼びます。正教会はこの使徒たちの信仰と彼

The Impossibility of Aloneness: When Christ Found Me in the Himalayas – Joseph Magnus Frangipani, Alaska, USA

CONVERSIONS TO ORTHODOXY
The Impossibility of Aloneness: When Christ Found Me in the Himalayas
By Joseph Magnus Frangipani, Alaska, USA
Printed in Issue 24 – Death to the World
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DEATH TO THE WORLD
I’m an Orthodox Christian living in Homer, Alaska and experienced Jesus Christ in the Himalayas, in India.
I listen to the heartbeat of rain outside…
Cold, Alaskan fog blowing in off the bay, emerald hills now that autumn is here and summer chased away into the mountains. But a milky white fog spreads over the bay like a silken ghost. I used to visit Trappist monasteries, back when I was Catholic, at the beginning of high school, and searching for a relationship of love. I read plenty of philosophy then to know that knowing isn’t enough, that having a realization in the mind is entirely different from experiencing a revelation of the heart.
I spent two birthdays in the Himalayas…
Traveling along gravel roads that drop deep into icy gulches where the Ganges river rages below not yet packed with the filth and mud and newspapers of villages, not yet carrying remainders of Indians in her current, I found Christ found me. It’s a difficult and strangely compelling atmosphere to confront oneself, – – India, – – sandwiched with black corpses, white snow, pagan fires and virulent animals.
I took a bus north from Delhi. It was crowded, tight and cramped, flies buzzed between my face and the windows smeared with brown slime. It’s so polluted in Delhi, so much coffee-colored smoke, so much steam that you really can’t see the sun. You saw it, a rising orange-reddish ball burning over the horizon fifteen minutes in the morning, but then fifteen minutes slouching back down again, an exhausted head over the mountains.
I grew up Catholic but turned to Buddhism when introduced to a self-hypnosis class at my Catholic high school, experimenting with meditation and ‘mindfulness.’ I experienced serious symptoms of manic depression then, partially because I’d consciously turned away from the Judeo-Christian God, and also because life at home was very, very difficult for me. I grew anxious and got into extremely self-destructive habits, and so Buddhism seemed a

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Greatest Gift in the World – Orthodox Korean Ksenia Kim Talks About Her Path To The Church

KOREA OF MY HEART
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Today we are publishing an English translation of Fr. George Maximov’s interview with Ksenia Kim, an Orthodox Korean missionary. She talks about her difficult personal choice of faith, the history of Orthodoxy among the Korean people as well as the life of Korean Orthodox community in Moscow and their hopes and expectations.
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The Greatest Gift in the World
Orthodox Korean Ksenia Kim Talks About Her Path To The Church
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Fr. George Maksimov: Hello. You are watching My Path To God, a program about people who during their journey to Orthodoxy had to give up many things and re-consider their ways. We will talk to our guests about things that motivate them and give them strength.
Today our guest is Ksenia Kim, a descendant of Korean people who settled in the Russian Empire more than 150 years ago and seamlessly integrated into the family of peoples of our country. Even before the revolution of 1917, hieromartyr John (Vostorgov) wrote that every year many Japanese, Chinese and Korean people settle in the Russian Empire. He noted that Koreans are the most open to converting to Orthodoxy. Surprisingly, the initiative to convert often came from the Koreans themselves rather than from the Russian authorities or Orthodox clergy. This was the wish of their souls, although, of course, not all the newcomers had it. The revolution of 1917 was followed by a challenging period and the

Video: Orthodox in Dixie – Eastern Orthodox Church in South Carolina, USA

AMERICA OF MY HEART
USA OF MY HEART
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Orthodox in Dixie
Eastern Orthodox Church in South Carolina, USA

Hammi: The Norwegian Forest Cat – Our pets are gifts from God – Abbot Tryphon, WA, USA

ANIMALS OF MY HEART

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Hammi: The Norwegian Forest Cat
Our pets are gifts from God
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ANCIENT FAITH
MORNING OFFERING
Every evening I try to spend an hour or so in the library, sitting in front of the fire place. Our beloved Norwegian Forest Cat, Hammi, sleeps in the library/community room every night. Hammi is most happy when the entire monastic brotherhood is gathered together with him. He’s an important member of our community, loved by all of us, and is the only cat I know who has his own facebook fan page, started by a woman who’d met him on a pilgrimage to the monastery (if my memory be correct).
I first met Hammi, a large male cat, as I was walking between our old trailer house (now gone) and my cell, some seventeen years ago. We startled one another, but as I reached down with extended hand, he came to me. When I picked him up he began purring immediately, so I opened a can of salmon, and he never left. A month after his arrival we

生神女マリヤ福音祭 The Annunciation of Virgin Mary ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Japanese

JAPAN OF MY HEART
生神女マリヤ福音祭
The Annunciation of Virgin Mary
創造と、人が神様に対し大きな罪を犯してからというもの、神様は救い主イイスス・ハリストス(イエス・キリスト)がこの世に来られることを人間のために準備しておられました。人は大きな罪をおかし、神様御自身が人類を救うために降って行かなければならないだろうと言うことを神様はいつもご存知でした。
人々が救いを受け入れ、主に従って行く用意ができる、その時を神様はまた前もってご存知でした。神様はまた、救い主の母となれる大変清らかで、神様に 従順な女の子が現れる時を前もってご存知でした。
聖なる乙女マリヤは、そうした清らかで神様に仕えるのに 充分 な人でした。
マリヤは、両親のお祈りへのお答えとして生まれました。三才の時、宮に連れて行かれ、

La Iglesia Ortodoxa le ha dado a la Virgen María dos títulos principales que corresponden a su lugar en esos dos “centros” de la vida eclesial. “Theotokos” (Madre de Dios) y “Panagia” (Santísima). ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Spanish

LATIN AMERICA OF MY HEART
HOLY VIRGIN MARY
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La Iglesia Ortodoxa le ha dado a la Virgen María dos títulos principales que corresponden a su lugar en esos dos “centros” de lavida eclesial. “Theotokos” (Madre de Dios) y “Panagia” (Santísima).
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CATECISMO ORTODOXO
La Iglesia Ortodoxa le ha dado a la Virgen María dos títulos principales que corresponden a su lugar en esos dos “centros” de la vida eclesial.
“Theotokos” (Madre de Dios) y “Panagia” (Santísima). La palabra “Theotokos” la coloca en el centro del dogma ortodoxo, porque testifica esa fe en que ella dio a luz a Dios hecho hombre, no a un hombre al que posteriormente descendió Dios.
El término “Santísima” se refiera al lugar que tiene la Virgen entre los fieles, como una “más santa que todos los santos”, que está en el centro de la Iglesia y de su vida de oración. Cada vez que la recordamos en nuestras peticiones litúrgicas, la llamanos “Santísima (Panagia) Madre de Dios (Theotokos) y Siempre Virgen (Aeiparthenos) Maria”. Así, en sus íconos, como Theotokos es siempre representada portando en brazos a Su hijo.
Como Panagia es representada con los brazos extendidos en oración, como un miembro de la Iglesia, y Su Hijo en igual postura, pero no portado en brazos por ella. La Virgen No es Representada Nunca sin su Hijo.

The Martyr of Hospitality: Saint Meinrad the hermit, Martyr in Einsiedeln, Switzerland (+861) – January 21

ORTHODOX SYNAXARION
Einsiedeln, Switzerland
The wonder-working statue of the Holy Virgin Mary given to Saint Meinrad by the Abbess Hildegarde of Zürich
The Martyr of Hospitality: Saint Meinrad the hermit, 
Martyr in Einsiedeln, Switzerland (+861)
Saint Meinrad (c. 797 – 21 January 861) was a hermit in Switzerland. He is known as the “Martyr of Hospitality”. His feast day is 21 January.
Meinrad was born into the family of the Counts of Hohenzollern and was educated at the abbey school of Reichenau, an island in Lake Constance, under his kinsmen, the Benedictine Abbots Hatto and Erlebald. There he became a monk and was ordained.
After some years at Reichenau, and the dependent priory at Benken, St. Gallen near Lake Zurich, around 829 he embraced an eremitical life and established his hermitage on the slopes of Etzel Pass, taking with him a wonder-working statue of the Virgin Mary which he had been given by the Abbess Hildegarde of Zurich.
Because so many people sought him out, in 835 he retreated to a hermitage in the forest of Einsiedeln, Switzerland. Inspired by the Desert Fathers, Meinrad practiced a strict asceticism. Gifts presented to him he passed on to poor. He was killed in 861 by the thieves Richard and Peter who wanted the treasures which pilgrims left at the shrine. Meinrad is known as the Martyr of Hospitality.
Over the next eighty years, the hermitage was occupied by a succession of hermits. One of them, named Eberhard, previously Provost of Strasburg, erected a monastery, Einsiedeln Abbey, and became its first abbot. Meinrad was originally buried at Reichenau, but his relics were returned to Einsiedel in 1029.
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Wikipedia

Saint Kiéran de Saighir d’Irlande ( +530) – 5 Mars ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French

IRELAND OF MY HEART
Saint Kiéran de Saighir d’Irlande ( +530)
5 Mars
Saint Kiéran de Saighir ( +530) était évêque d’Ossory. On lui attribue l’introduction du christianisme en Irlande où il apporta la foi chrétienne avec saint Patrick.
Né en Irlande à Corca-Laighde, fils de Laighne, noble de l’Ossory et de Liadan.
Avant sa conception, sa mère aurait eu le rêve qu’une étoile tombait dans sa bouche. Elle consulta des druides qui lui dirent qu’elle enfanterait un fils qui aurait une très haute renommée.
Après avoir reçu la foi, Kieran partit pour Rome, où il resta vingt ans et aurait été ordonné évêque.
Il devint le premier évêque de l’évêché d’Ossory dont il aurait installé le premier siège à Saighir1.
Il rencontra Patrick, le futur Primat d’Irlande (Patrick d’Irlande), qui lui dit: “précède-moi en
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