September222014
5AM
September212014
fromthefathers:

On the Cross"For Christians the sign of the cross is no small thing… for whenever we raise our eyes and gaze on it, it is as though we are contemplating the face of Christ, and accordingly we are filled with reverence for it: the sight of it is precious and fearsome, and at the same time, beloved. Whenever we approach the cross, it is as though we are brought close to the body of Christ. By drawing near to him, and gazing towards him, our minds are carried mystically to heaven…Blessed is God who uses corporeal objects continually to draw us close to a knowledge of his invisible nature." - St. Isaac the Syrian

fromthefathers:

On the Cross

"For Christians the sign of the cross is no small thing… for whenever we raise our eyes and gaze on it, it is as though we are contemplating the face of Christ, and accordingly we are filled with reverence for it: the sight of it is precious and fearsome, and at the same time, beloved. Whenever we approach the cross, it is as though we are brought close to the body of Christ. By drawing near to him, and gazing towards him, our minds are carried mystically to heaven…Blessed is God who uses corporeal objects continually to draw us close to a knowledge of his invisible nature." - St. Isaac the Syrian

(via orthodoxcorner)

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St. Maximus the Confessor (580-662 AD) tells us:  “A true friend is one who in times of trial calmly and imperturbably suffers with his neighbor the ensuing afflictions, privations and disasters as if they were his own.” (Philokalia II) The good saint continues: “’A faithful friend is beyond price’ (Ecclus 6:15), since he regards his friend’s misfortunes as his own and suffers with him, sharing his trials until death. Friends are many, but in times of prosperity. (cf. Pv. 19:4). In times of adversity you will have difficulty finding even one.” (Philokalia II) “’A faithful friend is a strong defense’ (Ecclus 6:14); for when things are going well with you, he is a good counselor and a sympathetic collaborator, while when things are going badly, he is the truest of helpers and a most compassionate supporter.” St. Maximus the Confessor,  (Philokalia II).

St. Maximus the Confessor (580-662 AD) tells us:  “A true friend is one who in times of trial calmly and imperturbably suffers with his neighbor the ensuing afflictions, privations and disasters as if they were his own.” (Philokalia II) The good saint continues: “’A faithful friend is beyond price’ (Ecclus 6:15), since he regards his friend’s misfortunes as his own and suffers with him, sharing his trials until death. Friends are many, but in times of prosperity. (cf. Pv. 19:4). In times of adversity you will have difficulty finding even one.” (Philokalia II) “’A faithful friend is a strong defense’ (Ecclus 6:14); for when things are going well with you, he is a good counselor and a sympathetic collaborator, while when things are going badly, he is the truest of helpers and a most compassionate supporter.” St. Maximus the Confessor,  (Philokalia II).

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animus-inviolabilis:

Ascension
Icon from the Dormition Cathedral in Vladimir

Andrei Rublev and Daniil Chyorny

c. 1408

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September172014
11AM
September162014
dramoor:

"When a bride adores her bridegroom, night and day she thinks about him, imagines him, and lives only for him. Not a single moment goes by without him passing through her thoughts and dripping into her heart the sweetness of love and of hoping to meet. In this way she communicates with her beloved unceasingly. So in the same way, we too should remain with our Lord Jesus Christ."
~ Elder Ephraim of Arizona 
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dramoor:

"When a bride adores her bridegroom, night and day she thinks about him, imagines him, and lives only for him. Not a single moment goes by without him passing through her thoughts and dripping into her heart the sweetness of love and of hoping to meet. In this way she communicates with her beloved unceasingly. So in the same way, we too should remain with our Lord Jesus Christ."

~ Elder Ephraim of Arizona

(art via carmelodaimiel.com)

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