Honoring the Holy Cross today, let us, however, remember that our bowing before the Cross of the Lord must consist not only in eternal actions and words, but must also take place in the depths of our soul, our spirit.
The events in honor of St. Spyridon began last night with the participation of Metropolitans Panteleimon of Berea, Timotheos of Thessaliotis, Ieronymos of Kalavryta, and the local hierarch Nektarios of Corfu, and will continue for several more days.
St. Anthony’s Monastery in Florence, Arizona, is undertaking an ambitious project to publish a 5-volume set on the life, miracles, and teachings of Geronda Ephraim, the holy Athonite elder who founded the monastery and more than a dozen others throughout America and Canada.
I opened the little bottle. I inserted the clean end of a matchstick, read the “Our Father…” and put my mother’s baptismal cross to her forehead.And though twenty years have passed since that moment, I’m still amazed at what happened next.
“I clearly remember,” he says, “all the features of the Elder’s face, which shone with grace: his pleasant smile, meek and attractive gaze, his humble, quiet manner, and his amiable words. He was not tall, he had a pale face, covered with wrinkles, his eyes were gray-blue and full of brightness, and on his head he had a few gray hairs. His speech was not loud, but very pleasant.”
Just as Christ trampled down death with His death, so the holy brothers, faithful to their cross, trampled through their passion-bearing upon the law of this world, in which enmity and strife, discord, pride and self-exaltation, obstinacy and stubbornness, and touchiness reign.
Thousands of people filled the Ukrainian Orthodox Church’s Holy Dormition-Pochaev Lavra last night and today for the celebration of the 425th anniversary of the wonderworking Pochaev Icon of the Mother of God to the holy monastery.
Several hierarchs of the Macedonian Orthodox Church-Ohrid Archbishopric made an historic visit to St. Prohor of Pčinja Monastery in southern Serbia on Tuesday, August 2, to celebrate the feast of the Prophet Elijah.