How should Christians stand in church during services, how should they pray, and what duties do they have when they go to church? – Elder Cleopas Ilie of Sihastria Monastery, Romania (+1998)

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JESUS CHRIST – ORTHODOXY

How should Christians stand in church during services, how should they pray, and what duties do they have when they go to church?

Elder Cleopas Ilie of Sihastria Monastery, Romania (+1998)

Elder Cleopas Ilie of Sihastria Monastery, Romania:

“Christians should stand in church with faith, fear of God, and attention. They should force themselves as much as possible to pray without distraction and with feeling of heart. Also, Christians have the following duties: to go regularly to church, for whoever often misses the services, except for the sick, are barred from the Holy Mysteries; to be reconciled with all men and to ask forgiveness of anyone they have hurt; to preserve their purity at least two days before going to church and at least one day after; to come early to the divine services in order to have time to venerate in peace and hear Matins. Every Christian should offer some gift to the Lord according to his ability, even if it is very small, as a sacrifice from the work of his hands. They should give names for commemoration, and ask the priest to take out parts (from the prosphora) for the living and dead members of their families. Christians should stand in church modestly and in good order, the men on the right and the women on the left. They should wear clean and modest clothes. It is forbidden to talk during services without great need. After Divine Liturgy starts, everyone should remain in his place and not move about to venerate the icons. They should follow the Liturgy with pious attention, and listen to the prayers and singing of the choir, the Epistle and Gospel readings, and the sermon. No one should leave the church before the end of the Liturgy without great need. Those who have confessed and prepared for Holy Communion should read the appropriate prayers before Communion in advance, and before they approach the Holy Gifts they should ask forgiveness of all the faithful. After the Liturgy, those who received Communion should read the prayers of thanksgiving, spending that day in spiritual joy and guarding themselves from all temptations. Parents should bring their children to church regularly, taking care that they receive communion of the Body and Blood of Christ. After the end of the divine services, Christians should reverently return to their homes, spending the rest of the day thinking of holy things, reading spiritual books, and visiting the sick. They are also obligated to tell those at home who didn’t come to church about what they heard and learned in church from the troparia, readings, and the sermon. These are the most important duties of Christians when they go to church on Sundays and feast days”.

About the Spiritual Father – Saint Siluan the Athonite (+1938) & Saint Nikon of Optina, Russia (+1931)

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ORTHODOXY IS LOVE

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About the Spiritual Father

by

Saint Silouan the Athonite (+1931) &

Saint Nikon of Optina, Russia (+1938)

Consider that the Holy Spirit lives in the spiritual father, and He will tell you what to do. But if you think that the spiritual father live negligently, and that the Holy Spirit can’t live in him, you will suffer mightily for such a thought, and the Lord will humble you, and you will straightway fall into delusion.
(St. Silouan the Athonite, Writings, II.1)

If a man does not tell everything to his spiritual father, then his path is crooked and does not lead to the Kingdom of Heaven. But the path of one who tells everything leads directly to the Kingdom of Heaven.
(St. Silouan the Athonite, Writings, XIII.9)

Tell everything to your spiritual father, and the Lord will have mercy on you and you will escape delusion. But if you think that you know more about the spiritual life than your spiritual father, and you stop telling him everything about yourself in confession, then you will immediately be allowed to fall into some sort of delusion, in order that you may be corrected.
(St. Silouan the Athonite, Writings, XVII.13)

The Holy Spirit acts mystically through the spiritual father, and then when you go out from your spiritual father, the soul feels her renewal. But if you leave your spiritual father in a state of confusion, this means that you did not confess purely and did not forgive your brother all of his sins from your heart.
(St. Silouan the Athonite, Writings, XIII.11)

The Lord loves us so much that He suffered for us on the Cross; and His suffering was so great that we can’t comprehend it. In the same way our spiritual pastors suffer for us, although we often don’t see their suffering. The greater the love of the pastor, the greater his suffering; and we, the sheep, should understand this, and love and honor our pastors.
(St. Silouan the Athonite, Writings, XIII.2)

The spiritual father only shows to way, like a signpost, but we have to traverse it ourselves. If the spiritual father shows the way and the disciple doesn’t move himself, then he won’t get anywhere, and will rot near the signpost.
(St. Nikon of Optina, Russia)

Source:

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ORTHODOXY IN CHINA

Video: Abbeden (Åndelige Far) av en Ortodoks Kloster – Far Aimilianos ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Norwegian

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NORWAY OF YOUR HEART

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Abbeden (Åndelige Far) av en Ortodoks Kloster

Far Aimilianos

Oor verskillende begrippe van Verlossing – Metropoliet Kallistos Ware, Engeland ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Afrikaans

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Oor verskillende begrippe van Verlossing

Metropoliet Kallistos Ware, Engeland

Beichte: Christus schickte Apostel Paul zu einem Beichtvater – Pfarrer Johannes Kostof ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* German

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EDELWEISS OF MY HEART

Beichte: Christus schickte Apostel Paul zu einem Beichtvater

Pfarrer Johannes Kostof:

Ein Altvater (Beichtvater) vom Berg Athos in Griechenland sagte: “Die hohe Kunst ist wie man sich selbst rettet, um die Ewigkeit zu gewinnen und für diese Kunst braucht man einen Lehrer. Man kann die Kunst nicht nur aus den Büchern lernen.
Deshalb hat Christus, als er dem Apostel Paul erschien, ihn sofort zu einem Beichtvater, dem Apostel Ananias geschickt. Er sollte ihn belehren und beraten”.

Света тајна исповести – Протосинђел Венијамин Ковачић ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Serbian

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SERBIA OF YOUR HEART

Света тајна исповести

Протосинђел Венијамин Ковачић

Свету тајну исповести дефинише православна литургика као Тајну покајања, којом се човек чисти од грехова учињених после крштења. Исповест је, дакле, свештена радња у којој свештеник Цркве силом Духа Светога отпушта и разрешава хришћанина од грехова, које он исповеди и за које се каје. На ово упућују и саме Христове речи изговорене Његовим ученицима у јеванђељу по Јовану: „И ово рекавши, дуну и рече им: Примите Духа Светога! Којима опростите гријехе, опраштају им се; и којима задржите, задржани су“ (Јн. 20,22).

Уосталом, и само Јеванђеље Христово почиње речима о покајању, а оно и у целини говори о љубави Божијој према грешнику. Будући да је Црква у свету – Тело Христово, кроз њу Христос у сваком времену поручује: „Јер нисам дошао да зовем праведнике, но грешнике на покајање“ (Мт.9,13). Љубав Божија према људима је, дакле, основ и смисао Оваплоћења Христовог, али Continue reading “Света тајна исповести – Протосинђел Венијамин Ковачић ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Serbian”

Advice about Confession – Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994)

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SAINT PAISIOS OF MOUNT ATHOS, GREECE

Advice about Confession

Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994)

Source:

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ST. JOHN THE FORERUNNER

We all know the importance of Confession, but yet so few take advantage of it. Here Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994) shows us why it is so important.

A young man went to see the Elder. I arrived the moment he was ringing the bell, and waited behind him. After a while, Father Paisios opened the door and came to the fence.

-What’s up, young man, what do you want? asked the Elder.

-Father, I would like to see you and get your advice on something.

-Have you gone to confession? Do you have a spiritual father?

-No, Father, I don’t have a spiritual father and I haven’t gone to confession.

-Well, then you better go to confession and then come to see me.

-Why can’t I see you, Father?

-I will explain to you, so you can understand. Your mind is confused and troubled by the sins you have fallen into; as a result, you cannot realize the Continue reading “Advice about Confession – Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994)”