Orthodox Thought for the Day


Saturday, April 1, 2017

Two Consolations for the Faithful

The first one came to me, below, from an Ortho Thought reader:

Subject: Miracle of the Crucified Christ in Jerusalem

Regarding the miracle of the crucified Christ opening his eyes in the Holy Sepulcher this week:


After receiving several messages inquiring about what is being circulated on Facebook regarding the miracle of the crucified Christ opening his eyes in the church of the Holy Sepulcher—where Christ was crucified—I would like to clarify the following:

1.  The miraculous event occurred this past Wednesday before the eyes of many priests and visitors, including my friend Archimandrite Malateus Basal whose friend took the pictures , who assured me of what happened in detail, which is that the eyes of the crucified Christ on the icon—which are always closed—remained open throughout the day.

2.  Miracles allowed by God’s Love strengthen our weak faith, but they are not the reason for our faith. Our faith goes deeper than that. We have seen God in the flesh, we have heard Him, we have eaten with Him, and we witnessed His Crucifixion, His Death, His Resurrection and His Ascension to Heaven. The greatest miracle which is far under appreciated occurs in every Divine Liturgy, where bread and wine are transformed to the Body and Blood of Christ. Let us always be mindful of this.

3.  We look at this miracle and all miracles as a sign from God to strengthen our faith and to remember the Divine Love of the One who died on the cross for our sins. May we repent and prepare ourselves for a true Holy Week and Resurrection.

Praise God for all things.
Father Theodoros Daoud"

The next item is a link to a beautiful Lenten retreat that was hosted by Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Boston on Saturday, March 18.  You can listen to retreat speaker, Fr. Maximos of the Holy Mountain (Athos) speaking about the depths of St. Ephraim's prayer, used during Great Lent every year: 

Your sister in Christ,
Presbytera Candace

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