Why doesn’t the fire of grace given to us not manifest its saving power, does not burn in us, or burns only barely noticeably? It is for the same reason that the material fire in a furnace or oil lamp goes out.
His Holiness read the Prayer of Absolution, folded it up and gave it to me to put it in the deceased’s hand. As his thumb moved aside I put the piece of paper in his hand, and his palm closed. By itself!
A distinctive feature of Samtavro is, above all, that it was precisely here that Christianity became the state religion, that is, the spiritual foundation of social and political life was laid here, based on Orthodoxy.
After all, the whole secret of life is in that everything should be done, not according to my petty will or my pitiful little mind. The Only Wise and Good Will must reign in everything, and our job is to not prevent it from being carried out both in us, and through us.
But it is extraordinarily important to also remember that every divine feast is a reminder and renewal of God’s promises for each person who is faithful to Him, for each person who believes in Him and strives to keep His commandments, for everyone who considers himself a disciple of Christ and lives as such.
Make ready, O Bethlehem, for Eden hath been opened for all. Prepare, O Ephratha, for the tree of life hath blossomed forth in the cave from the Virgin; for her womb did appear as a spiritual paradise in which is planted the divine Plant, whereof eating we shall live and not die as Adam. Christ shall be born, raising the image that fell of old.
On December 2, 1998, the great Elder Cleopa (Ilie) was relocated to Heaven. For the 20th anniversary of his repose, we offer our readers recollections from those who knew him, and firstly, from his spiritual child and co-struggler Elder Arsenie (Papacioc), also a famous Romanian elder.
With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, on November 21, 2018, the feast of Saint Michael the Archangel was joyfully celebrated in Pakistan.
The idea to build the Romanian People’s Salvation Cathedral was launched right after Romania gained its state independence in 1877 but became reality 130 years later during the stewardship of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel.