THE TRIUMPH OF ORTHODOXY

February 25, 2018

…looking into Jesus, the author and finisher of our Faith.

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SAN CASTRESE

February 24, 2018

Per le sacre preghiere di san Castrese, Signore, di cui indegnamente porto il nome, abbi misericordia di me, che sono un peccatore e la mia miseria e’ grande.

San Castrese

Santo gerarca Castrese, due volte martire di Cristo sotto l’empia progenie di Ario, la prima volta venendo preservato da un angelo che guido’ una nave sfasciata e senza timone dalle sponde africane a quelle del Volturno, onde insieme ai tuoi compagni di martirio potessi rafforzare la Parola tra i fedeli in quelle terre, ascolta le preghiere dalle citta’ che ti onorano come patrono ed intercedi presso il Signore per noi.

IL RESTO DEL RESTO

February 18, 2018

Siamo ponti che uniscono due estremita’ del nulla?

Grondanti un arcano significato, inciampiamo tra meraviglia e dolore, con buona creanza dando senso alla fatica di Sisifo.

Ti svelai nelle Tue opere! E per la luce e la terra, e per l’acqua e l’aria, Ti resi grazie.

Ma quando fui sulle mie ginocchia, ricevesti un sorriso beffardo, nell’insensata superbia di chi vive sapendo di dover morire.

Ci consola lo specchiarci negli occhi di un figlio, negli anni in cui il frutto e’ acerbo, prima della sua caduta. E li’ annegare!

Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.

Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward. Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.

Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers. And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city. Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.

Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.

Poi Ti ho sentito, Signore; nell’aridita’ miserabile del mio deserto, nella cacofonia del mio spirito, nonostante avessi sperperato come bronzo risonante ogni talento ricevuto, Ti ho sentito.

Nella mia quieta disperazione, Ti ho sentito; senza aver meriti ai Tuoi occhi, tra le eco assordanti della mia vanita’ ed orgoglio, nei fumi della mia vana rabbia per le opere del nemico, li’ Ti ho sentito. Avrai misericordia, Signore?

Poiche’ meriti continuo a non averne, e la mia fede somiglia tanto a sete di giustizia. Avrai misericordia, Signore?

Noi siamo quelli che credono senza comprendere, avviluppati nei lacci di questo mondo, il nostro rifiuto non serve a negarlo come unica realta’ che capiamo. Avrai misericordia, Signore? Non siamo santi e mai lo saremo; avrai misericordia, Signore?

La mia croce e’ stata solo quella di sentirmi sempre un estraneo ovunque abbia vissuto, perfino a casa mia. Ero muto quando ascoltavano ed erano sordi quando ho parlato, Signore. Una croce piccola e leggera, e pure non riesco a sopportarla; avrai misericordia, Signore?

Io son quello che con due monete in tasca Te ne da’ solo una, li’ fuori la chiesa. Avrai misericordia? Non ho molto, ma non ho mai avuto bisogno di niente, e pure con due monete Te ne do’ solo una. Proprio li’, fuori la chiesa. Avrai misericordia, Signore? Per chi non riesce a credere che il resto gli sara’ dato in aggiunta, Signore,  avrai misericordia?

Per tutte le volte che non troviamo le parole, per tutte le volte in cui la nostra preghiera e’ muta, prosciugata dall’aridita’ del nostro cuore, avrai misericordia? Tu che sai quello che vogliamo dire anche se non sappiamo dirlo, Signore, avrai misericordia? Quando nella nostra vergogna non riusciremo ad alzare gli occhi di fronte a Te, nell’ora in cui moriremo….. avrai misericordia, Signore?

Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

Abbi misericordia, o Signore!

Noi siamo quelli che ammaestrati dal diavolo hanno creduto in Dio. Siamo quelli a cui la Parola e’ nascosta o distorta in ogni modo, a cui l’esempio e’ negato, negato da ogni respiro del mondo. Abbi misericordia, Signore.

Noi siamo quelli ammazzati nell’anima a milioni, ovunque nel mondo, e non vi son segni che accompagnino questo martirio. Siamo quelli calunniati ed esclusi per amor Tuo, e non riusciamo a gioire per questo. Siamo quelli che non vedono fratelli quando si guardano intorno. Abbi misericordia, Signore.

Noi siamo quelli che credono per il semplice fatto di riuscire a credere, nonostante tutto, tutto cio’ che poteva essere e non e’ stato, tutto cio’ che e’ stato e non doveva essere. Noi siamo quelli che hanno visto e pure han creduto, quelli che qui mai Ti vedranno e mai neppure han tentato. Noi siamo il resto del resto. Abbi misericordia, Signore.

Noi siamo quelli che dimenticano che la vendetta e’ Tua, Signore, e la desiderano; invano, poiche’ la rabbia degli uomini non e’ la giustizia di Dio. Solo Tu ripagherai! Siam quelli che fissano l’abisso nel loro cuore e pure non disperano. Noi siamo il resto del resto. Abbi misericordia, Signore.

Noi siamo i codardi che pretendono di amarTi e Ti chiedono di non mandar loro prove che ritengono insuperabili. Siamo i miserabili che giudicano Pietro e Tommaso nella comodita’ del loro divano, siamo dell’empia stirpe di chi ritiene che avrebbe creduto prima e meglio degli apostoli, avessi Tu camminato in mezzo a noi e non a loro. Noi siamo il resto del resto. Abbi misericordia, Signore.

Noi siam quelli che si chiedono quanto l’uomo sia davvero libero, siamo i comprensivi giudici di noi stessi e gli implacabili accusatori degli altri. Noi siamo quelli che non riescono a darTi neppure il poco che hanno deciso di offrirti, quelli incapaci di mettere ordine in casa loro che pretendono di mettere a posto il mondo. Noi siamo il resto del resto. Abbi misericordia, Signore.

 

Poiche’ questa e’ la fede che troverai, Signore, quando verrai di nuovo, finalmente in gloria.

Una fede stropicciata e rammendata, strenuamente ricordata. Stanca oltre ogni dire, asfissiata per legge, insultata per vezzo. Raggomitolata in se stessa, mai consolata se non da se stessa. Impossibilitata a colpire ed incapace di arrendersi, priva di miracoli ed un miracolo lei stessa.

Un’assurdita’ probabilistica, Signore, come ogni vita che Ti neghi come causa.

Questa e’ la fede che troverai. Una fede che e’ brace opaca, non fiamma potente, ma e’ brace conservata nel gelo. Abbi misericordia, Signore.

Ciuffi d’erba e non messi rigogliose troverai, ma e’ erba che ha spaccato il cemento. Piccole gocce d’acqua e non fonti zampillanti, ma gocce che si son fatte strada nelle rocce del deserto. Abbi misericordia, Signore.

Una fede pugnalata incessantemente alle spalle mentre le sorridono, che e’ sopravvisuta a tutti gli assassini.

Questo e’ cio’ che rimane, il resto del resto. Abbi misericordia, Signore.

Poiche’ amiamo i nostri nemici, Signore, al punto da non ricordarne alcuno, ma odiamo i Tuoi nemici, con un odio perfetto. Poiche’ non ci lamenteremo se darai la paga anche a chi nella vigna non e’ mai venuto a lavorarci. Poiche’ ringrazieremmo Dio anche se questa fosse l’unica vita donataci. Abbi misericordia, Signore.

Per i vivi e per i morti, Signore, abbi misericordia.

Per tutti coloro che furono, sono e saranno ingannati, Signore, abbi misericordia.

Per tutti quelli trascinati a fondo dai lacci di questo mondo, Signore, abbi misericordia.

Abbi misericordia di noi peccatori, Figlio di Dio, Tu che puoi tutto: abbi misericordia di noi.

THAT’S ALL A LIE, FOLKS

January 31, 2018

To all the wonderful global idiots out there, with much love.

 

 

 

Ladies and gentlemen, straight out of hell, let me introduce you to the SPACE BALLS REALITY SHOW….

 

THE   EARTH   IS   OF   THE   LORD,   AND   ALL   THE   REST !

ABOUT THOSE STRANGE BEASTS: THE FEMINIST “CHRISTIANS”

January 20, 2018

The Patriarchate of Alexandria’s appointment of six “deaconesses” in the Congo in February 2017 has prompted calls in some corners for other local churches to follow suit. In particular, a group of Orthodox liturgical scholars has issued an open statement of support for Alexandria, declaring that the “restoration of the female diaconate is such that neither doctrinal issues nor authoritative precedents are at stake.”

We, the undersigned clergy and laity, beg to differ and are writing now with three purposes: to question what was accomplished in the Congo, to clarify the historical record on the place of deaconesses in Orthodox tradition, and to point out the serious doctrinal issues raised by the appointment of deaconesses.

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We therefore entreat all Orthodox hierarchs, other clergy, and theologians to uphold the dogmatic teaching of the Church concerning the creation and calling of man as male and female by resisting the divisive call to appoint deaconesses.

Add your name to the statement on the AOIUSA website.

NOTA BENE – I have obviously signed the statement, but I find it far too mild in the fight against the most ravenous wolves ever defiling Christianity.

Do not think that is an exaggeration. Do you know what has been the point of no return in the avalanche towards the abyss mankind is living today? Politically, it was the removal of the Christian Emperor; but socially, it has been the so-called liberation of women, with all its train of fake rights, equality and fulfilment. They have in this way broken the backbone of man, they have taken away the pillars of family and home, the glue of every community.

They have possessed the glory of men and trasformed them in mesmerized slaves of the beast, gears out of place, stupefied dolls whose top ambition is to be like a man (as if one failure, that of men to be men, was not enough!), or like a whore.

Fallen queens, who have traded their kingdoms, their homes, for a tin crown in the world, like slaves in Saturnalia. A pathetic Saturnalia, as a slave may hope to become a master, but there’s no way a woman can become a man.

They have taken the supreme beauty of creation and transformed them in murderers, walking nightmares, disfigured bacchantes who devour their own flesh.

If such infection takes hold in the Church, there is no way back. You can see the fate of those ecclesial forms which have allowed women to ape the sacred service of the altar. It would be the end. The expectation of the coronation of the Antichrist would be all that is left.

In all the history of the Divine Revelation, God has NEVER called a woman to serve in the Holy Orders. NEVER! Beware of those strange beast. Consciously or not, they pursue the destruction of the Church.

I call for the immediate excommunication of all those who have signed or support the declaration here denounced, and the urgent pastoral appeal on all the faithful to avoid any contact with them. DO NOT SHARE EVEN THE AIR IN A ROOM WITH THEM!

They are of the same league of these filthy blasphemers.

Again, to avoid another age of catacombs for the Church, it is absolutely necessary to shut down all the so-called “theological academies”, which have poisoned and are poisoning whole generations of priests, who in turn envenom whole generations of Christians.

The only Academy in Christianity is the Monastery. Let the men willing to be clergy study there! Or let every teacher in those academies be an experienced monk or priest.

Just stop exposing future priests of the Most High to the teaching of men who are not even Christians. Christian is as Christian does!

GOD IS WITH US

January 7, 2018

“Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a Virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call his name Immanuel

“Take counsel together, and it shall come to naught; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us (Immanuel)”

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace”

“And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse (the father of king David) and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord”

“Behold My servant, whom I uphold; Mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put My spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause His voice to be heard in the street… A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench”

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me; because the Lord hath anointed Me to preach good tidings unto the meek;’ he hath sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound”

“And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be My servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give Thee for a light to the Gentiles, that Thou mayest be My salvation unto the end of the earth”

THE HOLY PROPHET ISAIAH

Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

C H R I S T     I S     B O R N  !         G L O R I F Y     H I M  !

Nativity

“To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness

Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him to whom we have to give account.

In truth God as a man was born on earth! Why? That we might live through him (1 John 4:9).

GLOBE-HEADS IN PRIESTLY ATTIRES

August 16, 2017

NOTA BENE – The videos I’ve linked here and elsewhere are very useful and full of important information; however, about their authors, you must always remember what I’ve written here.

Eric Dubay, for instance, is not less spiritually deluded than those whose lies he exposes. His oddments of truth will be good for nothing if he keeps on denying the Truth. As long as he does it, he shares with his opponents in the big lie; his efforts will not overcome the perennial curse of this world: the fake struggle of thesis and antithesis, all of them produced and managed by the the prince of this world always towards a further step for men away from God and nearer their perdition.

Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.

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For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

If certain priests of the Most High revered the Word of God with the same zeal with which they defend the scientific narrative that has hypnotized men in recent centuries, the whole Italy would become Orthodox within a decade.

Alas, zeal without knowledge brings no fruits, never, not even when it is put to the service of the enemy. The few paragraphs produced by our priest are a blaze of nonsense and apodictic statements, such as the one claiming that the theory of the mad ball wandering in a demential universe is supported by “millions of empirical evidence”.

The reality is that every verifiable experience tells us exactly the opposite. Anyone who is free from conditioning or bondage can easily check it by himself.

This is not the case for our priest, who will even refuse to give a glimpse to the world around him, in fear of annoying the idol possessing him. An idol that is pompously called “science,” but that’s actually a big, fat lie tied to the most formidable propaganda machine that ever existed.

An idol whose ridiculous oracles are unable to present a single empirical evidence in favor of their whirlgig, apart from assertions like “there are elves in my garden but they become invisible whenever someone else wants to see them”, or with the attribution of magical creative power to mathematical formulas.

Just so! The world has been filled with idiots who think that if a mathematical formula (a mere language) can describe something, then it can also create it or, at least, that something it desribes must be real. In short, it’s like pretending that Gandalf was created or is real just because Tolkien perfectly describes him.

The thing is not surprising, since their master has spent his entire existence aping God, whose Word is the only One who creates!

So much so that our priest doesn’t let us know a single one of those millions of evidences supporting his crazy ball. He just mentions “photographs and movies of all kinds”. Photographs and movies that anyone who has not sacrificed his brain (or his soul) to that idol knows very well to be nothing but computer graphics, “artist impressions”, photoshop and movie products (these last are of very poor quality; real movies, like “Gravity”, are much more likely).

The solemn defender of the scientific faith also throws in a heartfelt appeal to avoid subverting society. Wow! Indeed, telling the truth has always caused contortions and spasms to this world, which is based and maintained upon a systematic lying. However, it would have been better he had used more suitable words, such as “do not disturb the prince (of this world)”.

The Lord said He had not come to bring peace to the world, but a sword. It would be interesting to know what reaction our priest would have had to His Word, if he had lived when the Son of God walked among men. I hope he would not have ripped up his attires.

And when the Apostle teaches that the whole world lies in evil, what is the reaction of our priest? Has even the Apostle perhaps developed a “pathological dependence on conspiracy theories”?

And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.

Finally, our priest runs to seek relief for his beloved ball to John Sanidopoulos, about whose strange logic we have already had the occasion to wonder.

Even this time the character does not deny his role as guardian of worldly orthodoxy; he delights us with another superb show of rabbit logic. If you listen to his humbugs, you get the impression that the holy Fathers of the Church were all believers of the ball in never-ending top spin inside a demential universe, with the exception of Lattanzio and another I have never heard of (both are not holy Fathers, anyway). Not only that, he disputes that until a few centuries ago the belief in a flat earth, immovable, at the center of the universe, was almost universal.

Of course, the truth is exactly the opposite. Men have always believed, from the beginning of time and everywhere, in a flat earth, fixed and immovable at the center of the universe, with a few exceptions (Eratosthenes, Pythagoras and some other eccentrics), until a few centuries ago, when the mystery of iniquity began to embody and with implacable efforts succeeded in developing in men the abysmal idiocy necessary to believe in the nonsense so dear to our zealous guardian of scientific orthodoxy.

Incidentally, Colombo’s journey, just like Magellan’s circumnavigation, is perfectly feasible on a flat earth, whose map you can see below. In fact, they are feasible only upon a flat earth. Try navigating upon a ball, if you do not believe it.

Map of the World

Oh crap! I forgot the gravity …… that magical force that keeps attached to the mad ball trillions tons of rock and earth, gazillions liters of water (curved moreover, something never seen in nature) and a billions square miles of air (also kept neatly in layers), and billions of people and buildings upside down, everything rotating about it at a thousand miles an hour, but which benevolently lets itself be won by the fragile wings of a sparrow and also allows us to take a few hops now and then.

Well, simple idiocy is not enough to believe such a thing. It takes a flaming idiocy! An idiocy burning with devotion for the idol that requires such a belief.

At least when such belief has been pondered analytically a few days, instead of simply taking it for granted, as all of us have done, following the programming and mental hypnotism that today are called education and information. In fact, every man get a globe almost together with maternal milk.

With regard to the holy Fathers of the Church, not one of them has ever believed the nonsense that the orthodox guardians of the world’s spirit defend at the sword. There are not many of them who have dealt with the issue, but for the simple reason that it was not an issue.

These were all things taken for granted, considered obvious, self-evident, not necessitous of analysis, also because they are not immediately relevant to Christian faith and soteriology (while not lying, not deceiving, not being ashamed of the Word of God, not falling into the delusion that it’s possible to believe a little in God and a little in His enemies, are extremely relevant to them).

Nor have they ever felt the need to dogmatize the matter. It would have been like dogmatizing that hot water burns. The Holy Church dogmatizes when there are controversial matters, this has never been controversial until the (rather recent) advent of the scientific idol.

In any case, all the holy Fathers of the Church who have explicitly dealt with this matter have univocally taught the literal meaning of the biblical narrative of Genesis and of the world’s chronology. All of them have affirmed the earth as the immovable center of the universe, perhaps without using the word “flat”, for the simple reason that there was no need to do it. At that time, men had not yet been sufficiently deprived of the Logos to be able to believe that they lived on a mad ball.

Also, all of them who have examined the even more recent bullshit known as “Darwinian evolution”, have condemned it as heretical.

I challenge anyone to present evidence of the contrary!

Of course, there is no war between faith and science. The faith of Christians is in the Truth and the legitimate science can do nothing but to experience and confirm what is true. The war against Truth has been declared by the scientist idol erected by the enemy upon fables for feeble-minded adults and served also by those who should serve instead the altar of the Most High.

The only true thing said in the mental swoon of our priest is that idiots, like the poor, will be always with us, until the Day of Judgment. Some of them, in the inscrutable good pleasure of the Lord, are dressed in priestly attire.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

ADDENDUM

As the lack of repentance leads men to be cut to their heart and to gnash their teeth at the truth, seeing that our good priest still bask in the strong delusion of understanding the Scripture, it’s a Christian duty to remind him a good lot of Scripture’s quotes , in order for him to turn back from the mermaids of this world and avoid its fate of destruction.

I have tried to regain my brother in private, I have been forced to rebuke him in front of witnesses too. Now I do it again, telling to the Church.

If he persists in taking easy comfort from the oracles of the scientist idol, lulling him with obscure language to rest in its worshipping and to keep on teaching that up is down and that black is white (and even red, if you want….) to Christ’s flock, he will be like a heathen to me.

Thus the Lord command, thus I do. The Lord will judge!

And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. – Genesis 1:6

And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years. – Genesis 1:14

Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea. – Job 9:8

Hast thou with him spread out the sky, which is strong, and as a molten looking glass? – Job 37:18

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. – Psalms 19:1

Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. – Psalms 102:25

Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain. – Psalms 104:2

Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself. – Isaiah 44:24

I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded. – Isaiah 45:12

Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together. – Isaiah 48:13

He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion. – Jeremiah 10:12

The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him. – Zechariah 12:1

Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the LORD’s thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is. – Deuteronomy 10:14

Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. – Psalms 148:4

For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water. – 2 Peter 3:5

Revelation 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.

Revelation 15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.

And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day. – Joshua 10:13

Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved. – 1 Chronicles 16:30

The LORD reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved. – Psalms 93:1

Say among the heathen that the LORD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously. – Psalms 96:10

Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever. – Psalms 104:5

Behold, I will bring again the shadow of the degrees, which is gone down in the sun dial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward. So the sun returned ten degrees, by which degrees it was gone down. – Isaiah 38:8

For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else. – Isaiah 45:18

The tree grew, and was strong, and the height thereof reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the earth. – Daniel 4:11

It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in. – Isaiah 40:22

Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them. – Matthew 4:8

And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. – Revelation 7:1

And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. – Revelation 20:8

When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth: – Proverbs 8:27-29

Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. – Revelation 1:7

Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever. Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains. At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away. They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them. Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth. – Psalm 104:5-9

And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree. – Isaiah 34:4

I stop here, but I could go on much longer.

On the other side, what is the number of verses in the Scripture that teach the earth is a mad spinning ball orbiting the sun, wandering meaninglessly in an infinite vacuum? Zero! However, perhaps you will find some in the Kabbalah…..

To all my brethren: you stand by the Word of God, lest you fall. If you take the Scripture as a footnote to the false and ludicrous teaching of this world, you have already fallen.

For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before.
Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

THE CROSS AND THE RESURRECTION

May 13, 2017

“Why did Jesus have to die?”

Presbytera Jeannie tries here to answer the question above from one of her students.

However, I would not say that simply stating that Christ had to die to destroy death answers satisfactorily the question of that student.

He could now ask: “Ok, but why God could not simply destroy death without Christ dying?”
He is the Almighty, after all.

Exactly, the answer is just that: He is the Almighty.  The Almighty has no use for slaves. What good slaves can be to Him Who may whatever He wishes?

The answer is in the fact that God cannot deny Himself. He made men in His image, and this means above all that He made us free, free to choose, and this freedom must be preserved at any cost.

Man must be free to choose life eternal, and life eternal is the voluntary submission to the will of God, out of love for Him and His statutes. It is the faith in God and His Word!

This willing submission, in spirit and truth, means the Cross in this world, which men have willingly delivered to the evil one. He died for our sins!

The Cross, that death, meant the destruction of death, because the perfect man (as Adam was called to be) is immune to its clutches.

The fallen man must die in order to avoid the perpetuation of evil and his perennial abode in sin. Death is a decree of mercy and imperium at the same time by God.

The perfect man had to die in order to be resurrected.

Christ, though sinless, had to die as a man in order to be resurrected, in the body, and free us from the bondage which subjects this world, because of the Fall, to the evil one, a bondage aptly summed up in a few words: the fear of death!

And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.

A sacrifice was necessary, indeed, a sacrifice for us, but to the satisfaction of nobody but us, our needs, and only in the measure that this satisfaction of our vital (in the true sense) needs is the good pleasure of God, then, to the satisfaction of God.

Death ought to be destroyed, but only in a way preserving our free choice, to join the Way (and this means the Cross in this world), teached by the Truth, to Life everlasting.

The perfect man was also the perfect God, because only the Son incarnated could accomplish that complete, voluntary and self-denying obedience.
No man after the Fall could do it.

As you know, the fall of logical beings, both angels and people, occurred through rebellion. When Christ came to bring back into balance that which had fallen, he did not deign, nor provide nor attempt nor decide to make that return by any other gate but that of obedience.

When Christ came, He had the power, as Lord of all to alter even the law of creation, because “He spoke and they were born, He commanded and they were made”. He is the craftsman. And yet, to prove the perfection of His Godly magnificence, He indicated that there should be a return to where the fall occurred. He was forced, therefore, to take on our own nature, to undergo a kind of selflessness that’s inconceivable for the thought process of logical beings and to persuade us, in practice, that our restitution could only succeed in this way.

Venerable Joseph of Vatopaidi

The perfect God had to become a man, because it was man who did need His salvation.

Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

That glorification, in absolute humility, obedience and submission (to God, not to men), restored to mankind the Way shown by the Truth to Life, a hope of salvation.

Just a hope, as man must still choose, every man. God cannot deny Himself.

Life eternal is the Faith in a faithful God and His Son, His Word, the Conveyor of His Holy Spirit: our Lord Jesus Christ!

And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

Kristus ir Augšāmcēlies! Patiesi ir Augšāmcēlies!

April 15, 2017

The Holy Pascha of the Lord

Resurrection

Let God arise and let His enemies be scattered, and let them that hate Him flee from before His face. As smoke vanisheth, so let them vanish, as wax melteth before the fire. So let the sinners perish at the presence of God, and let the righteous be glad. This is the day which the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad therein. 

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life

Kristus ir Augšāmcēlies! Patiesi ir Augšāmcēlies!

ХРИСТОС ВОСКРЕСЕ! ВОИСТИННУ ВОСКРЕСЕ!

CRIST’ E’ RESUSCITAT’! O’VERAMENT E’ RESUSCITAT’!

CRISTO È RISORTO! VERAMENTE È RISORTO!

ქრისტე აღსდგა! ჭეშმარიტად აღსდგა!

Holy Fire

LORD, REMEMBER ME IN YOUR KINGDOM

April 14, 2017

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For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written:

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”

Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 

For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

“He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”

 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

IL VANGELO DI SAN GIOVANNI

February 22, 2018

Pertanto, quando il Signore seppe che i Farisei avevano saputo che Gesu’ attirava e battezzava piu’ discepoli di Giovanni (sebbene non fosse Lui stesso a battezzare, ma i suoi discepoli), Egli lascio’ la Giudea e si diresse ancora verso la Galilea. Ma doveva passare per la Samaria.

Cosi’ Egli arrivo’ ad una citta’ della Samaria, che e’ chiamata Sychar, nei pressi del pezzo di terreno che Giacobbe diede a suo figlio Giuseppe. Ora il pozzo di Giacobbe era li’. Gesu’ allora, essendo stanco dal viaggio, si sedette vicino al pozzo. Era circa l’ora sesta.

Una donna samaritana venne ad attingere acqua. Gesu’ le disse, “Dammi da bere.” Poiche’ i Suoi discepoli erano andati in citta’ per comprare cibo.

Allora la donna samaritana gli disse, “Com’e’ che Tu, essendo un Giudeo, chiedi da bere a me, una donna samaritana. Poiche’ i Giudei non hanno contatti con i Samaritani.

Gesu’ rispose e le disse, “Se tu capissi il dono di Dio, e chi e’ Colui che ti dice ‘Dammi da bere’, saresti tu a chiedere a Lui, ed Egli ti avrebbe dato acqua vivente.

La donna gli disse, “Signore, Tu non hai niente per attingere, ed il pozzo e’ profondo. Dove allora otterrai quell’acqua vivente? Sei Tu piu’ grande del nostro padre Giacobbe, che ci diede il pozzo, e bevve da esso lui stesso, cosi’ come i suoi figli ed il suo bestiame?”

Gesu’ rispose e le disse, “Chiunque beva di quest’acqua avra’ di nuovo sete, ma chi beve dell’acqua che Io gli daro’ non sara’ mai assetato. Ma l’acqua che gli daro’ diverra’ in lui una fonte di acqua sgorgante nella vita senza fine.”

La donna gli disse, “Signore, dammi di quest’acqua, che io non sia assetata, ne’ debba venire qui ad attingere.”

Gesu’ le disse, “Va’, chiama tuo marito, e venite qui.”

La donna rispose e disse, “Io non ho marito.”

Gesu’ le disse, “Hai detto bene, ‘Io non ho marito’, poiche’ hai avuto cinque mariti, e quello che hai adesso non e’tuo marito; in quello hai detto il vero.”

La donna gli disse, “Signore, sento che Tu sei un profeta. I nostri padri rendevano il culto su questa montagna, e voi Giudei dite che e’ Gerusalemme il posto dove cio’deve essere fatto.

Gesu’ le disse, “Donna, credimi, sta venendo l’ora quando voi adorerete il Padre ne’ su questa montagna , ne’ in Gerusalemme. Voi adorate cio’ che non conoscete, noi sappiamo a chi rendiamo il culto, poiche’ la salvezza appartiene ai Giudei. Ma l’ora sta venendo, ed e’ adesso, quando il vero credente adorera’ il Padre in spirito e verita’; poiche’ e’ quegli che il Padre cerca per adorarLo. Dio e’ Spirito, e quelli che Lo adorano devono farlo in spirito e verita’.”

La donna gli disse, “Io so che il Messia sta per arrivare” (che e’ chiamato Cristo). “Quando Egli viene, ci dira’ ogni cosa.”

Gesu’ le disse, “Io che ti parlo sono Lui.”

E a questo punto vennero i Suoi discepoli, e si meravigliarono che Egli stesse parlando ad una donna; eppure nessuno disse, “Cosa cerchi?” o, “Perche’ le stai parlando?”

La donna allora lascio’ la sua pentola per l’acqua, si diresse alla citta’, e disse agli uomini, “Venite, a vedere un Uomo che mi ha detto ogni cosa che io abbia fatto. Potrebbe egli essere il Cristo?” Allora essi uscirono dalla citta’, e vennero da Lui.

Nel frattempo i Suoi discepoli lo esortavano, dicendo, “Rabbi, mangia.”

Ma Egli disse loro, “Io ho cibo di cui voi non avete conoscenza.”

Allora i discepoli si chiesero fra di loro, “Qualcuno gli ha portato qualcosa da mangiare?”

Gesu’ disse loro, “Il mio cibo e’ adempiere la volonta’ di Colui che mi ha mandato, e completare la Sua opera. Non dite voi, ‘Mancano ancora quattro mesi e poi ci sara’il raccolto?’ Ecco, Io vi dico, alzate gli occhi e guardate ai campi, poiche’ essi gia’ biancheggiano per il raccolto! E colui che miete riceve salario, e raccoglie frutti per la vita eterna, che sia chi semina e chi raccoglie possano gioire insieme. Poiche’ in questo il detto e’ vero: ‘Uno semina ed un altro raccoglie.’ Io vi invio a raccogliere cio’ per cui non avete lavorato; altri hanno lavorato, e voi siete subentrati nei loro lavori.”

E molti dei Samaritani di quella citta’ credettero in Lui per le parole della donna che testimoniava, “Egli mi ha detto ogni cosa che io abbia fatto.” Cosi’ quando i Samaritani vennero da Lui, lo esortarono a stare con loro; e Lui rimase li’ due giorni. E molti di piu’ credettero per le Sue parole.

Allora essi dissero alla donna, “Adesso noi crediamo, non per quello che tu hai detto, poiche’ abbiamo udito Lui e sappiamo che Egli e’ invero il Cristo, il Salvatore del mondo.

Ora, dopo questi due giorni, Lui parti’ da li’ e ando’ in Galilea. Poiche’ Gesu’ stesso testimonio’ che un profeta non ha onori nella sua terra. Cosi’ quando Lui venne in Galilea, i Galilei lo accolsero, avendo visto tutte le cose che Egli fece a Gerusalemme durante la festa; poiche’ anch’essi erano andati alla festa.

Cosi’ Gesu’ venne ancora a Cana di Galilea, dove Lui aveva tramutato l’acqua in vino. E c’era un certo nobiluomo a Cafarnao il cui figlio era malato. Quando egli udi’ che Gesu’ era partito dalla Giudea per la Galilea, ando’ da Lui e lo imploro’ di venir giu’  e guarire suo figlio, poiche’ egli era sul punto di morire. Allora Gesu’ gli disse, “A meno che voi gente vediate segni e miracoli, in nessun modo crederete.”

Il nobile gli disse, “Signore, vieni giu’ prima che mio figlio muoia!”

Gesu’ gli disse, “Va’ per la tua strada, tuo figlio vive.” E l’uomo credette alle parole che Gesu’ gli disse, e ando’ per la sua strada. E mentre stava andando, i suoi servi lo incontrarono e gli raccontarono, dicendo, “Tuo figlio vive!”

Allora egli chiese loro l’ora in cui egli era migliorato. E loro gli dissero, “Ieri all’ora settima le febbre lo ha lasciato.” Cosi’ il padre seppe che era stato alla stessa ora in cui Gesu’ gli disse, “Tuo figlio vive.” E lui stesso credette, con tutta la sua casa.

Questo ancora e’ il secondo segno che Gesu’ fece quando Egli era venuto in Galilea dalla Giudea.

IL VANGELO DI SAN GIOVANNI

February 21, 2018

C’era un uomo dei Farisei chiamato Nicodemo, un capo dei Giudei. Quest’uomo venne da Gesu’ di notte e gli disse, “Rabbi, noi sappiamo che Tu sei un maestro venuto da Dio; poiche’ nessuno puo’ dare questi segni senza che Dio sia con lui.”

Gesu’ rispose e gli disse,”In verita’, ti dico, a meno che uno non rinasca, egli non puo’ vedere il regno di Dio.”

Nicodemo gli disse, “Come puo’ un uomo nascere quando e’ vecchio? Puo’ entrare di nuovo nel grembo di sua madre e nascere?”

Gesu’ rispose, “In verita’, ti dico, a meno che uno nasca da acqua e dallo Spirito, egli non puo’ entrare nel regno di Dio. Cio’ che nasce dalla carne e’ carne, e cio’ che nasce dallo Spirito e’ spirito. Non meravigliarti che ti ho detto, ‘Tu devi rinascere’. Il vento soffia dove vuole, e tu ne senti il suono, ma non puoi dire da dove viene e dove va. Cosi’ sono quelli che nascono dallo Spirito.”

Nicodemo rispose e gli disse, “Come questo puo’ essere?”

Gesu’ rispose e gli disse, “Voi siete i maestri di Israele, e non sapete queste cose? In verita’, ti dico, Noi parliamo di cio’ che sappiamo e testimoniamo quello che abbiamo visto, e voi non ricevete la Nostra testimonianza. Se Io ti ho parlato di cose terrene e tu non credi, come crederai se ti parlo di cose celesti? Nessuno e’ asceso al cielo se non Colui che e’ disceso dal cielo, e cioe’, il Figlio dell’Uomo che e’ nei cieli. E come Mose’ sollevo’ il serpente nel deserto, proprio cosi’ il Figlio dell’Uomo deve essere sollevato, che chiunque creda in Lui non debba perire ma avere vita eterna. Poiche’ Dio ha tanto amato il mondo da dargli il Suo unico Figlio generato, che chiunque creda in Lui non debba perire ma avere vita per sempre. Poiche’ Dio non ha mandato Suo Figlio nel mondo per condannare il mondo, ma affinche’ il mondo attraverso di Lui possa essere salvato.

“Colui che crede in Lui non e’ condannato; ma chi non crede e’ gia’ condannato, perche’ non ha creduto nel nome del solo Figlio di Dio generato. E la condanna e’ questa, che la luce e’ venuta nel mondo, e gli uomini amarono le tenebre piuttosto che la luce, perche’ le loro opere erano malvagie. Poiche’ chiunque opera il male odia la luce e non viene alla luce, per paura che le sue azioni siano esposte. Ma colui che opera il vero viene alla luce, che le sue opere possano essere viste chiaramente, che esse sono state fatte in Dio.”

Dopo queste cose Gesu’ ed i suoi discepoli vennero nella terra di Giuda, e li’ Egli rimase con loro e battezzava. Ora anche Giovanni stava battezzando in Aenon vicino Salim, perche’ li’ c’era molta acqua. E quelli venivano ed erano battezzati. Poiche’ Giovanni ancora non era stato gettato in prigione.

Li’ sorse poi una disputa tra alcuni discepoli di Giovanni ed i Giudei riguardo la purificazione. Ed essi vennero da Giovanni e gli dissero, “Rabbi, Colui che stava con te oltre il Giordano, al quale tu hai dato testimonianza – ecco, sta battezzando, e tutti stanno andando da Lui.”

Giovanni rispose e disse, “Un uomo non puo’ ricevere niente a meno che non gli sia dato dal cielo. Voi stessi mi date testimonianza, che io ho detto, ‘Io non sono il Cristo’, ma, ‘Io sono stato mandato davanti a Lui’. La sposa appartiene allo sposo; ma l’amico dello sposo, che sta attento e lo sente, gioisce grandemente udendo la sua voce. Pertanto questa mia gioia e’ adempiuta. Lui deve crescere, ma io devo diminuire. Colui che viene dall’alto sta al di sopra di tutto; colui che e’ dalla terra e’ della terra e della terra parla. Colui che viene dal cielo e’ al di sopra di tutto. E cio’ che Lui ha visto e udito, quello Lui testimonia; e nessuno accoglie la Sua testimonianza. Colui che ha accolto la Sua testimonianza ha certezza che Dio e’ vero. Poiche’ Colui che Dio ha mandato da’ voce alla parola di Dio, poiche’ Dio non gli ha dato lo Spirito con misura. Il Padre ama il Figlio, e ha dato ogni cosa nelle Sue mani. Colui che crede nel Figlio ha vita per sempre; e colui che non crede nel Figlio non vedra’ la vita, ma l’ira di Dio dimora su di lui.”

IL VANGELO DI SAN GIOVANNI

February 20, 2018

Dopo tre giorni ci fu uno sposalizio a Cana di Galilea, e la madre di Gesu’ era li’. Gesu’ ed i suoi discepoli furono invitati alla festa di nozze. E quando le scorte di vino furono esaurite, la madre di Gesu’ gli disse, “Non hanno piu’ vino.”

Gesu’ le disse, “Donna, cosa ha a che fare questa tua preoccupazione con Me? La mia ora non e’ ancora arrivata.” Sua madre disse ai servi, “Qualunque cosa vi dira’, voi fatela.”

Ora sei giare di pietra erano nei pressi, secondo i riti di purificazione dei Giudei, con una capacita’ di 20 o 30 galloni ciascuna. Gesu’ disse loro, “Riempite le giare con acqua.” Ed essi le riempirono fino all’orlo. Ed egli disse loro, “Adesso versatene un poco, e portatelo al maestro della festa.” E cosi’ fecero. Quando il maestro della festa ebbe assaggiato l’acqua che fu fatta vino, e non sapeva da dove esso veniva (ma i servi che avevano versato l’acqua lo sapevano), egli chiamo’ lo sposo. E gli disse, “Chiunque offre all’inizio il vino migliore, e quando gli ospiti ne hanno ben bevuto, allora quello inferiore. Tu hai conservato il vino migliore per la fine!”

Questo primo segno Gesu’ lo diede a Cana di Galilea, e manifesto’ la Sua gloria; ed i Suoi discepoli credettero in Lui. Dopo Egli si reco’ a Cafarnao, Lui, Sua madre, i Suoi fratelli, ed i Suoi discepoli; e vi rimasero non molti giorni.

 

Ora la Pasqua dei Giudei era vicina, e Gesu’ ando’ a Gerusalemme. E trovo’ nel tempio coloro che vendevano buoi e pecore e colombe, ed i cambiamoneta che facevano affari. Quando Egli ebbe fatto una frusta con piccole corde, caccio’ tutti quelli dal tempio, con le pecore ed i buoi, e butto’ per aria il denaro dei cambiamoneta e rovescio’ i tavoli. Ed Egli disse a coloro che vendevano colombe, “Portate via queste cose! Non fate della casa di Mio Padre una casa di mercanti!” Allora i Suoi discepoli ricordarono che stava scritto, “Zelo per la Tua casa mi ha divorato.”

Allora i Giudei risposero e gli dissero, “Quale segno ci mostri, poiche’ fai queste cose?”

Gesu’ rispose e disse loro, “Distruggete questo tempio, ed in tre giorni Io lo innalzero’ di nuovo.”

Allora i Giudei dissero, “Ci son voluti quarantasei anni per costruire questo tempio, e Tu lo innalzerai in tre giorni?”

Ma Lui parlava del tempio del Suo corpo. Percio’, quando Egli fu risorto dai morti, i Suoi discepoli ricordarono che Lui aveva detto loro questo; ed essi credettero nella Scrittura e nella parola che Gesu’ aveva detto.

 

Ora mentre Lui si trovava a Gerusalemme per la Pasqua, durante la festa, molti credettero nel Suo nome quando videro i segni che fece. Ma Gesu’ non si impegno’ con loro, perche’ Egli conosceva gli uomini, e non aveva bisogno della testimonianza degli uomini, poiche’ Egli sapeva cosa c’era nell’uomo.

IL VANGELO DI SAN GIOVANNI

February 19, 2018

Il principio fu la Parola, e la Parola era con Dio, e la Parola era Dio.

Sin dal principio Lui era con Dio.

Tutte le cose furono fatte attraverso di Lui, e niente di cio’ che esiste fu fatto senza di Lui.

In Lui era la Vita, e la vita fu la luce degli uomini.

E la luce risplende nella tenebra, e la tenebra non puo’ contenerla.

 

Ci fu un uomo mandato da Dio, il cui nome era Giovanni. Quest’uomo venne per testimoniare, per dare testimonianza della Luce, in modo che tutti per suo mezzo potessero credere. Egli non era quella Luce, ma fu mandato per dare testimonianza di quella Luce. Quella che era la vera Luce, che da’ la luce ad ogni uomo che viene al mondo.

Egli fu nel mondo, ed il mondo era stato fatto attraverso di Lui, ma il mondo non lo riconobbe. Egli venne a cio’ che era suo, e cio’ che era suo non volle riceverlo. Ma a tutti coloro che lo ricevettero, a loro Egli diede il diritto di diventare figli di Dio, a coloro che credono nel suo nome: che nacquero non dal sangue, non dalla volonta’ carnale, non dal volere dell’uomo, ma di Dio.

 

E la Parola prese carne e dimoro’ tra noi, e noi contemplammo la sua gloria, la gloria del solo generato dal Padre, pieno di grazia e verita’.

Giovanni gli diede testimonianza e grido’, dicendo ‘Egli e’ Colui del quale ho detto „Colui che viene dopo di me e’ preferito prima di me, poiche’ Egli fu prima di me”’.

E noi tutti ricevemmo della sua pienezza, e grazia per grazia. Poiche’ la legge fu data attraverso Mose’, ma grazia e verita’ vennero attraverso Gesu’ Cristo. Nessuno mai ha visto Dio.  Il solo Figlio generato, che risiede nel seno del Padre, Lui lo ha proclamato.

 

Ora questa e’ la testimonianza di Giovanni, quando i Giudei mandarono preti e Leviti da Gerusalemme per chiedergli, „Chi sei tu?”.

Lui confesso’, e non nego’, ma confesso’, „Io non sono il Cristo”.

E loro gli chiesero, „Chi allora? Sei Elia?”.

Lui disse, „Non lo sono”.

„Sei tu il Profeta?”.

E lui rispose, „No”.

Allora gli dissero, „Chi sei tu, che noi si possa dare una risposta a coloro che ci hanno mandati? Cosa dici di te stesso?”.

Lui disse, „Io sono ‘la voce di uno che grida nel deserto: ‘appianate la via del Signore’, come il profeta Isaia disse.

Ora, coloro che erano stati inviati erano dei Farisei. E gli chiesero, dicendo, „Allora perche’ battezzi se non sei il Cristo, ne’ Elia, ne’ il Profeta?”.

Giovanni rispose loro, dicendo, „Io battezzo con acqua, ma c’e’ Uno in mezzo a voi che voi non conoscete. Egli e’ colui che, venendo dopo di me, è preferito prima di me, i lacci dei cui sandali io non sono degno di allentare.”

Queste cose accaddero in Bethabara oltre il Giordano, dove Giovanni stava battezzando.

 

Il giorno dopo Giovanni vide Gesu’ venire verso di lui, e disse, „Eccolo! L’Agnello di Dio che porta via il peccato del mondo! Egli e’ colui del quale ho detto, ‘Dopo di me viene un Uomo che e’ preferito prima di me, poiche’ Egli fu prima di me.’ Non sapevo chi era; solo che doveva essere rivelato ad Israele, per questo venni a battezzare con acqua.”

E Giovanni testimonio’, dicendo, „Io ho visto lo Spirito discendere dai cieli come una colomba, e rimanere su di Lui. Non lo conoscevo, ma Colui che mi invio’a battezzare con acqua mi disse, ‘Colui su cui vedrai discendere lo Spirito, e rimanere su di Lui, quegli e’ Colui che battezza con lo Spirito Santo’. Ed io ho visto e testimoniato che Egli e’ il Figlio di Dio.”

 

Ancora, il giorno seguente, Giovanni stava con due suoi discepoli. E guardando Gesu’ mentre camminava, disse, „Ecco l’Agnello di Dio!”

I due discepoli lo udirono cosi’ parlare, e seguirono Gesu’. Allora Gesu’ si volto’, e vedendo che lo seguivano, disse loro,”Cosa cercate?”

Loro gli dissero, „Rabbi” (che significa, se tradotto, Maestro), „dove sei alloggiato?”

Egli disse loro, „Venite e vedete.” Loro andarono e videro dove Egli stava, e rimasero con Lui quel giorno (era intorno all’ora decima).

Uno dei due che udirono Giovanni parlare, e Lo segui’, era Andrea, il fratello di Simone Pietro. Lui dapprima trovo’ suo fratello Simone, e gli disse, „Abbiamo trovato il Messia (che e’ tradotto, il Cristo).” E lo porto’da Gesu’.

Ora quando Gesu’ lo guardo’, gli disse, „Tu sei Simone il figlio di Giona. Tu ti chiamerai Cefa” (che e’ tradotto, una Pietra).

 

Il giorno seguente Gesu’ volle andare in Galilea, e trovo’ Filippo e gli disse, „Seguimi”. Ora Filippo era da Bethsaida, la citta’ di Andrea e Pietro. Filippo trovo’ Nataniele e gli disse, „Abbiamo trovato Colui del quale Mose’ nella legge, ed anche i profeti, scrissero – Gesu’ di Nazareth, il figlio di Giuseppe.”

E Nataniele gli disse, „Puo’ mai venire qualcosa di buono da Nazareth?” Filippo gli rispose, „Vieni e vedi.”

Gesu’ vide Nataniele venire verso di Lui, e disse di lui, „Ecco, un Israelita invero, nel quale non vi e’ inganno!”

Nataniele gli disse, „Come fai a conoscermi?” Gesu’ rispose e gli disse, „Prima che Filippo ti chiamasse, quando eri sotto l’albero di fico, Io ti ho visto.”

Nataniele rispose e gli disse, „Rabbi, Tu sei il Figlio di Dio! Tu sei il Re di Israele!”

Gesu’ rispose e gli disse, „Tu credi perche’ ti ho detto ‘ti ho visto sotto l’albero di fico’? Vedrai cose ben piu’ grandi di queste.” E gli disse, „In verita’, ti dico, tu vedrai i cieli aprirsi, e gli angeli di Dio ascendere e discendere sul Figlio dell’Uomo.”

BIBLICAL INERRANCY

February 17, 2018

The very bastion for Christians to defend the Church from all the snowflakes of Orthodisneyland.

GRANDPA DOBRI REPOSES IN THE LORD

February 14, 2018

Thus the Lord has conceded repose to one of the most wonderful of His saints. May he remember us in his prayers.

 

IS SUPPORT OF THE DEATH PENALTY CHRISTIAN?

February 14, 2018

FATHER BARNABAS POWELL

Orthodox societies generally declined to execute even those who’d forfeited all expectation of mercy. This stemmed not from any sense that capital offenders were themselves victims, but from a sense that their lives belong to God alone.

Meanwhile, theological arguments for capital punishment failed to address that concern — even the precedent that executions are repeatedly mandated in the Old Testament. That is God’s Word, but must be understood in light of the Gospel, which shows less interest in the deaths of sinners.

More evidence emerged from church fathers. In his homilies on Cain and Abel, Ambrose of Milan asks why God spares the life of the first murderer, even marking him so others won’t slay him.

His conclusion: to teach us that, “The person who hasn’t spared the life of a sinner has begrudged him the opportunity for remission of sins and deprived him of all hope. He, will in fact be subject in equal measure to divine justice.” Executing a murderer deprives them of repentance, and is itself a sin.

Slowly, my support for capital punishment was chipped away by examining historic Christian norms.

Perhaps if pro-lifers are called hypocrites for supporting capital punishment — and progressives for thinking it’s okay to abort “fetuses” while murderers deserve life — then both are half wrong? Perhaps all life is God’s gift, and shouldn’t be taken away — not because of what that says about the condemned, but about us.

A SINNER

“Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man.”

Thus God said in the (new) covenant with the holy Patriarch Noah, just after He carried out an universal execution against evildoers. St. Ambrose somehow forgot that…

No man indeed touched Cain (nor Lamech), until the Lord wiped out entirely his seed. Then He did mark the assassins with that judgement: by men their blood shall be shed!

For Caesar does not bear the sword in vain…..

It’s also completely untrue that by executing a murderer you are depriving him of the possibility to repent. Before the execution is carried on, he has plenty of time (above all nowadays) to repent. In fact, facing his impending death, he is helped to think of his eternal lot. St. Ambrose somehow forgot even the wise robber….

I would fear above all to put again in circulation a murderer, because I am not sure if the blood of his (eventual) new victims would not be on me also.

It is then extremely disturbing the hypocrisy of comparing God-fearing pro-life people to all the snowflakes engaged in an implacable teomachy. The first fight to preserve the most innocent of the creatures of God and to punish the most wicked of them (bowing to the Statutes of God); the second fight to kill the innocent and preserve the murderers, unleashing them anew among the people (the usual satanic inversion of the Truth!).

It’s this comparison to be a sin, not executing a murderer. And it says a lot about he who uttered it.