Thousands of Greek Orthodox faithful came out to the Holy Church of the Evangelistria in Tinos last night and this morning to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the discovery of the wonderworking Panagia of Tinos Icon.
The snows of Russia, the harsh Baikal, the Mongolian steppes and the desert—and over all of it is the icon of the Mother of God—a glorious, austere and joyful scene.
It all proceeded as planned, they showed me photos afterwards; it was a shockingly severe lesion.
A few days later when I came to see my friend, a real miracle awaited me. The door was opened by… Lilia Leonidovna herself!
Hieromonk Pafnuty (Fokin)
Simple and modest in his personal needs, he was on equal footing with everyone in everything—in chanting, vigils and fasting. He was always at the head in work and labor.
Metropolitan Mark (Arndt)
Helping people in need was simply in his blood. But this relationship to people had nothing to do with any weakness of character, of which some ill-wishers accused Vladyka.
Elder Simeon had great love for God and men and great humility. The Lord also gave St. Simeon great gifts for his disposition towards the work of salvation: the gift of healing souls, clairvoyance, and the gift of wonderworking.
Igumen John (Ludishchev)
Now is the beginning of the restoration of the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of the Holy Trinity—the Kingdom of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Hieromonk Ignaty (Shestakov)
Because we don’t reform, our souls are not filled with grace. Our repentance is not true. We come to confession, mumble something as if repenting, but still cannot understand anything.
Archpriest Alexander Milovanov
The clarity of the goal—bringing us nearer to salvation—remains the criterion of the Divine source of this phenomenon.
Batiushka Seraphim helped me many times. But I would like to share the following story in particular.
The wave of oncoming sleep instantly vanished. The amazed child had a small eight-pointed star on his palm.
Priest Andrei Gavrilenko
Plato said approximately the following: “We do not know how to live on unless God comes down from Heaven and teaches us how to relate to Him and to each other.”
The boy was waiting for his dear Guest, looking out of the window, but there was still no one there.
Throughout the Old Testament period there were righteous people and prophets among the chosen people, through whom God reminded the Jews of the need to maintain the purity of the faith and be ready to accept the Redeemer.
Today is a day of peace and God’s good will, and we, Orthodox Christians, humbly worship our Creator and thank Him for the fact that His love has not left us, sinful.
Truly, this world is an Egypt, and caring for Christ and his Church as Saint Joseph did always involves obstacles and challenges.