Thursday, August 13, 2020

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages…


 

To experience the scarcely observed beauty of

Christian Holy Tradition

as given to us by our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ,

truly, all must … “Come and See!”

 

 

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St. Basil the Great Orthodox Church- St. Louis, Missouri
St. Basil the Great Orthodox Church- St. Louis, MissouriAugust 7, 2020 at 1:56pm
Rejoice O Christians

Rejoice then, Christian. And do not fall into despondency on seeing how evil is spreading in the world. Of course, it is difficult for the Christian soul to see this spread of evil, filth, falsehood, and malice. Even in his time, our great righteous one, Father John of Kronstadt, pointed out that one of the most difficult trials for a Christian is the triumph and spreading of evil and falsehood and the impossibility of stopping it. Yes, there are such periods in life. The Savior suggested this in the Garden of Gethsemane when He said to His enemies, who had come to seize Him, “this is your hour, and the power of darkness” (Luke 22:53). And they took Him. But their time passed, the power of darkness ended, the light of Christ’s Resurrection shone forth, and life conquered death, Good conquered evil, and Truth conquered falsehood.

In the joyous days of Pascha, Russian believers often recall how the great God-pleaser and wonder-worker, Saint Seraphim of Sarov, in the course of the whole year, not just during the Paschal season, met all who came to him with the joyful greeting, “my joy, Christ is Risen!”. The great ascetic in his vast and laborious spiritual experience recognized all the power and dominion of evil in the world. But he also recognized the triumphant power of the Joyous Resurrection of Christ, before which evil is powerless. And being always filled with the radiant, triumphant joy of Pascha, he shared it with those who came to him with their afflictions and sorrows, transfusing, as it were, this joy into their dejected and grieving souls.

How beautiful our Orthodox Faith is! With what a bright, unfading light it illuminates our lives, filled with sin and vanity! But all its power and light are in the Resurrection of Christ. If Christ the Savior had not risen but had remained in the tomb, life would have turned into a terrible, evil, and unbearable nightmare. . . . But Christ’s resurrection did take place-and the Church summons all its faithful children to rejoice and to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection. For in it we “celebrate the slaying of death, the destruction of Hades, and the beginning of a new, eternal life.”

- St Philaret of Moscow
St. Basil the Great Orthodox Church- St. Louis, Missouri
St. Basil the Great Orthodox Church- St. Louis, MissouriAugust 6, 2020 at 4:02pm
Let us pray for Lebanon! Those of us who are able can help our brothers and sisters here: https://antiochian.networkforgood.com/projects/106179-financial-aid-following-beirut-explosion
Churches in Beirut, including St. George Cathedral in downtown and especially St. Nicholas Church in Ashrafiyah, suffered severe damage from the recent explosion.
Let us keep our Lebanese brothers and sisters in our prayers. Fervent prayer is not a small thing, sometimes it is the greatest thing.
Most Holy Theotokos, save us!

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St. Basil the Great Orthodox Church- St. Louis, Missouri
St. Basil the Great Orthodox Church- St. Louis, MissouriAugust 3, 2020 at 1:51am
The Holy Prophet Elias (Ilias) (Elijah) – one of the greatest of the prophets and the first dedicated to virginity in the Old Testament – he was born in Galaadian Thesbia (Tishbe) into the Levite tribe 900 years before the Incarnation of the Word of God.
Sainted Epiphanios of Cyprus gives the following account about the birth of the Prophet Elias: "When Elias was born, his father Sobach saw in a vision, that handsome men greeted him, they swaddled him in fire and fed the fiery flame". The name Elias (the Lord's strength) given to the infant defined his whole life. From the years of his youth he dedicated himself to the One God, settled in the wilderness and spent his whole life in strict fasting, Divine-meditation and prayer.

SOURCE: holytrinityorthodox.com
St. Basil the Great Orthodox Church- St. Louis, Missouri
St. Basil the Great Orthodox Church- St. Louis, MissouriAugust 1, 2020 at 10:16pm
On August 1 the Church rememberers the Uncovering of the relics (1903) of VENERABLE SERAPHIM OF SAROV
St. Basil the Great Orthodox Church- St. Louis, Missouri
St. Basil the Great Orthodox Church- St. Louis, MissouriAugust 1, 2020 at 5:02pm
How can we become like St. Seraphim of Sarov, and how can we acquire the joy with which the saint met every person? Here are several stories about this on his feast day:

 

 

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