Sunday, November 29, 2015
Friday, November 27, 2015
We ask St. Herman for his prayers and to bless the children of our school and parish to know the fullness of the Faith so they may be witnesses to those around them.
Here is a link with more details and with another link to a video about Spruce Island. http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/88215.htm
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
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Tuesday, November 17, 2015
His Grace Bishop Gregory, Primate of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the U.S.A. and Titular Bishop of Nyssa has a desire for his flock. He has challenged everyone, old, young and even too young to read, to pray the Prayer of Peace each night during Advent.
Here is the prayer:
Lord Jesus Christ, our God, You said to Your disciples, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.” We come before You in humility and ask that Your peace which surpasses all understanding will descend upon all people around the world, especially those currently in conflict and at war. Increase understanding and forgiveness between nations. Awaken the longing for a peaceful life in all those who are filled with hatred for their neighbor. Extinguish every dispute and banish all temptations to disagreement. Grant wisdom to civil authorities. Free those held captive, protect those in danger, and comfort those who are suffering and displaced. Implant in all of us reverence for You, and confirm us in love for one another. Make us worthy to celebrate the feast of Your holy nativity and to join with the angels in chanting: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill towards men.” For You are the King of Peace and the Savior of our souls and to You we give glory together with Your eternal Father and Your most-holy, gracious and life-giving Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
give all sorts of reasons to excuse their lack of charity, their
hardheartedness! Some say, “hard times.” But if the times are hard
for those who have a sufficiency, how much harder are they for the poor?
This pretext alone should lead one to give all the more generously.
Friday, November 13, 2015
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Thursday, November 5, 2015
Monday, November 2, 2015
It may seem a lot of effort over just seven words: Finding 110 Eastern Orthodox Christians, giving them a battery of tests ranging from psychology to theology to behavioral medicine, and then repeating the tests 30 days later. But the seven words—"Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me" (a.k.a. the Jesus Prayer)—are among the most enduring in history. What Boston University psychologist George Stavros, Ph.D., wanted to find out was whether repeating the Jesus Prayer for ten minutes each day over the 30 days would affect these people's relationship with God, their relationships with others, their faith maturity, and their "self-cohesion" (levels of depression, anxiety, hostility, and interpersonal sensitivity). In short, Stavros was asking whether the Jesus Prayer can play a special role in a person's "journey to the heart."
The answer—at least on all the scales that showed any significant effect compared to the control group—turned out to be a resounding yes. Repeating the contemplative prayer deepened the commitment of these Christians to a relationship with a transcendent reality. Not only that, it reduced depression, anxiety, hostility, and feelings of inferiority to others. So powerful were the psychological effects of the prayer that Stavros urges his colleagues to keep it in mind as a healing intervention for clients. He recommends that the prayer be used along with communal practices so that one's relationship with God and others is "subtly and continuously tutored." In other words, going inside to find God does not mean going it alone.
Sourced from: http://stjohntheforerunnerblog.blogspot.com/2015/11/science-studies-jesus-prayer.html