A spiritual rose

On 11th of June we honor the memory of St. Luke of Simferopol (Crimea). Saint Luke the surgeon , or Saint Luke of Simferopol , is a saint of our time and a doctor who performed the first organ transplant which was kept as a secret because of his Christian faith. In his wise words…

Part II | Funny Girl X The one ….

Part II | Funny Girl X The one where the “Big C” upgraded my life …. continued from part I https://wp.me/p7RKBD-1th “How poetic…” I cynically thought to myself ; as the artist in me was eagerly waiting to come out.  I had spent the last years studying accounting and finance and yet I was remotely…

Part I | Funny Girl X The one…

Part I | Funny Girl X The one where “the Big C” upgraded my life à Thank you note to my best pal,  Jesus Christ, who injected me with the best sedative, while making this story, His Love … I remember the day I was set up for a big life upgrade; and if you…

Masking the soul ~ Η μάσκα της ψυχής

Saint Luke of Crimea , the Physician (Speeches, Volume III p. 250) Proud people belittle others because they have no real value and they try with this disparaging behavior of theirs to cover the impurity and the insignificance of their own soul … Οι υπερήφανοι άνθρωποι φέρονται υποτιμητικά γιατί δέν έχουν κάποια πραγματική ἀξία καί…

3rd discovery of John Baptist’s Holy Head

Remembrance of the third discovery of the Holy Head of Holy Glorious Prophet and Forerunner, John the Baptist . The honorable head of John the Baptist, while hidden for many years, appeared through the earth and shone as gold. And while in the beginning it was placed in a special pitcher, it was found in…

Angels and the chosen ones of God ~

Angels pour incense and myrrh to the chosen ones of God Andreas the fool for Christ (9th-10th century), sitting in a corner,he listened to his spiritual child, Epiphanius, reading a speech by Basil the GreatAs long as the reading lasted, an aroma like precious perfumes poured out.When the reading was over, the fragrance was lost….

Saint Osiomartys Ephraim ~

Saint Osiomartys Ephraim, the miracle worker ~ Saint Osiomartys Ephraim, the miracle worker, is one of the youngest Saints of our church and, admittedly, as soon as someone invokes him, he hurries to help. He was originally from Trikala, Thessaly, he found refuge from a young age in the monastery, in order to avoid being…

SATISFICE

Have you ever come across the term “Satisfice” ? It comes alive when we combine the words Sacrifice + Satisfaction. It is an expression that is used to refer to the decisions we are called to make, when we pursue a goal, that will require the minimum amount of constraints ( sacrifice ), to achieve a…

Everything we own is of God’s Grace ~

  Everything we own is a gift of the Grace of God ~ When we insist on our selfishness and arrogance, we are in fact dwelling on mortality, since the selfish person is cold-hearted and therefore does not make room in his heart to dwell in the spirit of God. On the contrary, the humble…

Curing the proud ~

Humiliation cures the proud and replaces any excess with humility If we don’t humble ourselves, God will give us a bigger lesson of humbleness by allowing some type of hardship to happen to us. So, do not rejoice when your brother is going through a trial that aims to humiliate him for the cure of…

Christ Is Risen !

Christ Is Risen! let His enemies be scattered … Jesus Christ Is truly Alive, for He Is the only True God ! He Is Risen for you and me ! Let God Arise , let His enemies be scattered; let those who hate Him , flee before His face ! Let the righteous rejoice ,…

Isaiah 1:3 ~ Ησαϊας 1:3

Isaiah 1:3  “The Ox knows its owner, and the donkey its Master’s crib; but Israel does not know, My people do not understand”    Ησαϊας 1:3  Το βόδι γνωρίζει τον ιδιοκτήτην του και ο όνος γνωρίζει την φάτνην, ιδιοκτησίαν του κυρίου του· ο ισραηλιτικός όμως λαός δεν με αναγνωρίζει ως κύριόν του, δεν έχει ούτε…

Easter Message

Jesus told the Parable of the Fig Tree—Luke 13:6-9—immediately after reminding His listeners of a tower over the pool of Siloam (John 9:7) which unexpectedly fell and killed eighteen people. The moral of that story is found in Luke 13:3: “Unless you repent, you will likewise perish.” To reiterate this moral, Jesus tells the story of the fig tree, the…

We worship Thy Passion, O Christ.

Seeing her own lamb being led to the slaughter,Mary, the Ewe, was worn out,and she followed Him with the other women, crying,Whither goest Thou, Child? Why dost Thou travel along so fast?Maybe there is another wedding in Canaand thou art hurrying now to make for them wine out of water?Shall I come with Thee, O…

oh,Lord, don’t deprive me of Your Love!

Just like Peter who was sinking, Lord, don’t deprive me of Your Love… The past few days were difficult, as I was faced with several temptations. Outwardly nothing changed, I continued to pray, praise, and do as befits the love of Christ so as not to betray His love. But I confess that deep down…

Tendency ~ a poem about love

Exodus Opposites attract but souls that resemble, tend to heal each other… still Healing often requires feeling and surrendering to pain, while you are simply asking for relief. You need to locate the center of gravity; a point of reference, a point of balance. A mark. One in the heart. One in the head –…

Dancing of the words ~ Ο χορός των λέξεων

You know you’ve got a good story going on, when writing feels like dancing of words…sometimes it may feel like dancing on ice, but still, it feels nice when the story is naturally flowing… Ξέρεις ότι έχεις μια καλή ιστορία στα χέρια σου, όταν το να γράφεις μοιάζει με ένας χορός των λέξεων…μερικές φορές αυτός…

Galatians 2:20 ~ Προς Γαλάτας 2:20

Galatians 2:20 My old self has died on the cross with Christ. I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. And my present physical life is a life based on my faith in the Son of God, who loved me and died voluntarily for my sake. I can not ignore this gift from God….

Living in wisdom ~ Ζώντας εν σοφία

The current time of our life has been given to us to gain immortality and eternal life, and to transform it into eternity by living “in wisdom”, that is, always living in Christ and through Christ. { The spiritual desert, human isolation is where God works, for God is revealed in the purified heart, which…

Jesus can walk you through anything!

I do not follow Jesus Christ out of fruitless and blind discipline but out of love and that makes it easy to follow Him and do His will because I know that this love will take care of me as no one else can … During my struggles , I have witnessed that if our…

Saint Maximus the Confessor ~

Quotes on love – Saint Maximus the Confessor, Book of “Philokalia” He who loves Christ is bound to imitate Him to the best of his ability. Christ, for example, was always conferring blessings on people; He was long-suffering when they were ungrateful and blasphemed Him; and when they beat Him and put Him to death,…

When God intervenes ~

When God intervenes ~ God intervenes when we allow Him to do so because He does not want to violate our freedom of will. This is done either through prayer or when we have goodwill. For example, when we pray for something and say let the will of God be done and not ours, we…

Animals recognize,honor their Creator~

White dove stands in front of the icon of Jesus Christ baptism by John The Baptist, The Forerunner on the feast of Theophany. Animals recognize and honor their Creator, but man does not. ¬ Humility lesson from a pigeon that worships God outside a church, while man fails to recognize God. Original video source –…

The river Jordan recognizes Jesus Christ

The river Jordan recognizes the coming of Jesus Christ ~ In the Holy image of the Epiphany, Christ is found between high rocks, which mingle. The waters, which are not sanctified, remind us of the image of death – flood. The symbolism of the rocks of the image of the birth continues in the image…

John the Baptist the Forerunner~

The king of the prophets, John the Baptist, came from the wilderness and cried out in pain, “Repent!” Let us repent so deeply and so sincerely that we become “pure” like the morning dew and like the first rays of the sun that fall on it. Saint Nicholas Velimirovich Thirty years of silence and fasting,what…

 Voice of The Lord over the waters (Psalm 28:3) ~

  The voice of the Lord was heard over Jordan when Saint John baptized the Savior of the world. And it came to pass, when there was a great storm in the sea of Galilee, that the voice of the LORD was heard, and the storm ceased, and the winds ceased. When will people be…

Theophany,the day God presented His Son ~

Theophany, the day God presented His Beloved Son to us ~ Holy Lord, Holy in Your creation: what You created by Your Word only, You sanctified them by the Spirit, Powerful Lord, Powerful through Your Passion: for the sake of the world, You accompanied to Your death -for the sake of the world You were…

Carols of Theophany ~

Carols of Theophany Today the lights and the lightings,the joy is great and the sanctification. Down the River JordanOur Lady, Holy Mary Mother of God, is sitting. Good morning Good Evening.Good day master with your lady. (x2) He holds an instrument, He holds a candleand  He begs Saint John. Saint John the Baptistbaptize me too,…

Orthodox Christian Saint Quotes ~

Wisdom of the Orthodox Fathers This life is a test, which is the ticket to the other, real life. This life is just a dream. A dream, which nevertheless has been given to us to make proper use of ¬which is the confession of our Orthodox Christian faith of the only true Living God and…

Saint Seraphim of Sarov ~

+ Saint Seraphim of Sarov + “When the Spirit of God descends upon a man and overshadows him with the fullness of His outpouring, then his soul overflows with a joy not to be described, for the Holy Spirit turns to joy whatever He touches. The Kingdom of Heaven is peace and joy in the…

Source of courage ~

The courage to believe in God seeks good and pure hearts, in order to be solid and to strengthen us. This can not be done unless we humble ourselves and turn ourselves completely to God to cleanse us, in ways known by His Wisdom, as Christ did when He washed the feet of His disciples….

The all-giving Light! ~

The One who created the light and the stars and Is the Light of this world! About 2000 years after the Birth of the Messiah and Savior of the world, few things have changed. If Christ were born today, as then, few people would be impressed. That is why His coming was not revealed to…

The King of our hearts …

The only uncreated King , the only true Living God! Usually during the holidays and just before the present year says goodbye, we all review how our year went and set new goals for the new year. Some of us compare ourselves with those around us and feel more or less good about ourselves, we…

God takes care of the faithful ones ~

The Grace of God lives upon and shields the faithful ones ~ The Grace of God illuminates man’s thoughts who face dilemmas and overtakes him before he reaches a dead end , and equips us with the gifts we need and makes up for what we lack°°°¬

The night The King of Heavens was born … ~

How the world welcomed The King of Heaven … ~ The night Christ was born was very cold. The cave was cold and the Virgin did not know what to do. Then Joseph thought of lighting a fire to warm himself a little, but he could not find wood anywhere … He goes out of…

What would you offer Jesus for His Birthday?

What gift can we possibly offer Jesus for His Birthday? Saint Jerome is about four centuries after the birth of Christ, on a Christmas night, a pilgrim in Bethlehem. He longs to worship the cave of birth humbly and prays.  He heard in a vision the sweet voice of the Divine Infant addressing him and…

A Child and a King Is Born!

The only true living King is born; The Saviour is born! For to us, a child is born, to us, a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.Isaiah 9:6..saying, “Where is he who has been born…

The Living Presence of Most Holy Theotokos!

The Living Presence of Most Holy Theotokos by Epiphanios, Bishop of Ledra, and Abbot of Machaira Monastery. How do we know that our mother is always by our side?How do we know that the person who loves us is by our side?We often go on tripsto other countries;we go to do other work;we are not…

The Mother of our hearts, Most Holy Theotokos!

The sweetest Mother to all of God’s children , Most Holy Theotokos, Virgin Mary the Mother of God! When we were children, we were afraid of our father; no one was afraid of our mother. And when we asked for a favor from our father, we ran to our mother, said what we wanted and…

The Nativity Cave scene of Jesus, inside a mountain !

The Nativity Cave scene of Jesus Christ, inside a rock on the mountains of Meteora, Greece Christ went as a refugee to Egypt, clothed, weak, orphaned, and poor. Before He taught us with His words to be patient, He taught us with His afflicted life. It was not enough that he was born in the…

You will know them by their fruits…

Matthew 7:15-20 | You Will Know Them by Their Fruits. 15 (B)“Beware of false prophets, (C)who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 (D)You will know them by their fruits. (E)Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, (F)every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good…

Fallen idols

Today we have idolized sin so much that we have become atheists and we are proud of it because it’s cool. There is nothing cool about losing your soul. This life is only a short passage, a test that is meant to be a testimony. In ancient times idol worshipers worshiped the creation and not…

The Calling …

A kind heart is a rebel heart because it doesn’t fit in… Do not be ashamed of your kind heart, it means you carry no burden … Do not be afraid of the pain , it is a veil that separates you from your authentic self. What you are looking for , is temporary relief…