THE LADDER OF DIVINE ASCENT (Part II)

My beloved brothers and sisters in Christ God, CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST! HE WAS, IS, AND EVER SHALL BE. THE LADDER OF DIVINE ASCENT (Part II) Author: Saint John Climacus QUOTATIONS FROM THE 30 SPIRITUAL STEPS: Step 11. On Talkativeness and Silence TALKATIVENESS is the throne of vainglory on which it loves to preenContinue reading “THE LADDER OF DIVINE ASCENT (Part II)”

ORTHODOX OFFICE OF THE EPISKOPOS

My beloved brothers and sisters in Christ God, CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST! HE WAS, IS, AND EVER SHALL BE. ORTHODOX OFFICE OF THE EPISKOPOS ("OVERSEER") Qualifications for Bishops (1 Timothy 3:1-7) This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work. A bishop then mustContinue reading “ORTHODOX OFFICE OF THE EPISKOPOS”

“HOLY FATHER JOHN, MOST GLORIOUS…”

My beloved brothers and sisters in Christ God, CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST! HE WAS, IS, AND EVER SHALL BE. FOURTH SUNDAY OF HOLY AND GREAT LENT: SAINT JOHN CLIMACUS “Holy Father John, most glorious, you shed a well-spring of tears and your soul thus was purified; you propitiated God by your standing in prayerContinue reading ““HOLY FATHER JOHN, MOST GLORIOUS…””

A WOLF, DRESSED IN A SHEEP’S CLOTHING

My beloved brothers and sisters in Christ God, CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST! HE WAS, IS, AND EVER SHALL B. A WOLF, DRESSED IN A SHEEP’S CLOTHING In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says, "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves" (St. Matthew 7:15).Continue reading “A WOLF, DRESSED IN A SHEEP’S CLOTHING”

THE SACRED TRADITION OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCHF

My beloved brothers and sisters in Christ God, CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST! HE WAS, IS, AND EVER SHALL BE. THE SACRED TRADITION OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH "Therefore, brethren, STAND FAST AND HOLD THE TRADITIONS WHICH YOU WERE TAUGHT, WHETHER BY WORD OR OUR EPISTLE" (2 Thessalonians 2:15). In the New Testament, there are twoContinue reading “THE SACRED TRADITION OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCHF”

“THE FALLING AWAY…” (Apostasy) (2 Thessalonians 2:3)

My beloved brothers and sisters in Christ God, CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST! HE WAS, IS, AND EVER SHALL BE. "Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless THE FALLING AWAY COMES FIRST, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition" (2 Thessalonias 2:3). TheContinue reading ““THE FALLING AWAY…” (Apostasy) (2 Thessalonians 2:3)”

ORTHODOX MONASTICISM: LIVING ‘THE ANGELIC LIFE ‘

My beloved spiritual brothers and sisters in Christ God, CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST! HE WAS, IS, AND EVER SHALL BE. ORTHODOX MONASTICISM: ‘LIVING THE ANGELIC LIFE.’ "If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give it to the poor…and come follow Me" (St. Matthew 19:21). Orthodox Christian Monasticism is aContinue reading “ORTHODOX MONASTICISM: LIVING ‘THE ANGELIC LIFE ‘”

“I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE…” (Satin John 6:35-38).

My beloved brothers and sisters in Christ God, CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST! HE WAS, IS, AND EVER SHALL BE. "And Jesus said unto them, I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE: he that cometh to Me shall never hunger, and he that believeth in Me shall never thirst. But I said unto you, that yeContinue reading ““I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE…” (Satin John 6:35-38).”