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SEVENTH SUNDAY OF PASCHA

May 28, 2017

The Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

San Nicola vs Ario

Once upon a time, heresies were a tragedy. Today they are a farce!

Here we have an Orthodox Patriarch with a doctorate in Evangelical Theology and History.

Saint Nicholas did slap Arius in the face then; now he will simply let that a laugh bury Bartholomew.

MORONS IN UNSUSPECTED PLACES

May 23, 2017

As Collins relates, going to other galaxies is problematic for humans because of the obviously brief lifespan, but what about AI?

Jay Dyer

Well, going to other galaxies is problematic, indeed, for the very simple fact that there are no galaxies outside the fictions and the artists’ impressions produced by NASA & associates, and propagandized by modern snake oil salesmen (they call them scientists, however).

Anyway, that ludicrous scam is the idol that nobody is willing to renounce, including smart people who have come near the Truth, thanks just to their smartness. Yet, that idol is the most easy to smash, just a few days of research would suffice.

The problem is that, usually, these smart people think that their progress towards the Truth comes by their own merits, so that they stay fundamentally unchurched and bound in the wisdom of the world. The funny end is that their vast knowledge ties them even better to the most idiotic thing born out of the fallen human mind: the spinning-ball shooting across an infinite universe populated by stellar systems bound together by magic (they call it gravity, however).

Failing to call unceasingly for the Lord’s mercy, they remain blind to Whom belong all knowledge, so that they are doomed, in the best case, to stay entrapped in the dialectical mirror games they denounce.

The irresistible lightness of the world….

Their recurrent report about the Artificial Intelligence scarecrow is no less ambiguous. It’s perplexing their belief in the possibility for man to create an artificial (autonomous) will: you need a person to have a will and only God can create a person!

Machines without mankind are just empty shell, and they will stay that way.

Sometimes I even fear that their keen immersion in deep looks at the darkness has lesser to do with their love for the Truth than with a hidden hope for the darkness to look back at them.

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.

Yes, and the Almighty has no use for slaves!

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 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.

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.

LET US REJOICE

May 11, 2017

We have another saint to intercede for us the God’s mercy: St. Mardarije.

St. Mardarije

NOR DID THEY REPENT OF THEIR MURDERS

May 7, 2017

Publishing this pile of garbage, a collage of rehashed lies by Kerenskian nostalgics, the editor has brought the website credibility to the same level of the credibility of the ISS.

If Gregory was innocent, then they, the ideologues of the anti-Christian Western world, therefore most of the Russian aristocracy and the State Duma, most of the generals and even some clergy, most of the journalists and most of the people, as well as the Western-founded Soviet State, are guilty of slandering him, murdering him and are also guilty of the murder of the canonized Imperial Family. Guilty too are all who believed in the lies without question and all who continue to believe in these money-making (money is always a motive for evil) lies and myths and even spread them. After all, these are the people who three months after the murder, on Kerensky’s Masonic orders, dug up Gregory Rasputin’s corpse and on 11 March 1917 incinerated it.

Was this the act the act of Orthodox Christians or any other Christians? Was this the act of Christian patriots who loved the Tsar, the Little Father? Who could have carried out such a blasphemous act, but apostates, occultists and anti-Christian secularists? Even if all or just part of what they claimed had been true, would that have justified such profound hatred for a corpse? Nobody has done this or even proposed to do this with the corpse of the Bolshevik mass murderer and blasphemer Lenin, which, amazingly, still lies in its chemical soup in Moscow. Surely the only people who could have carried out this act were atheists and satanists. However, in some sense, all who continue to spread these slanders are indirectly taking part in this same blasphemy.

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Through Gregory Rasputin we see exactly who were the enemies of Russia and of the ideals of Holy Rus: all those who believed in and spread the slanders about him and the Imperial Family. The fact that many of these were treacherous and jealous members of the Romanov Family and other millionaire aristocrats makes no difference. Nor does the fact that among these were most of the generals and also senior members of the clergy like Protopresbyter George Shavelsky. The fact that, as Prince N. D. Zhevakhov, the deputy lay head of the Holy Synod, revealed over 90 years ago, Gregory Rasputin was murdered by British spies makes no difference. They could not have operated without the widespread and even popular support for such Russian traitors.

It is no secret that Gregory Rasputin had a gift of healing that medical science could only jealously acknowledge without understanding—it is a fact of history. That he had the ability to heal the Tsarevich Alexei, who could have become the greatest, most merciful and wisest of all Russian Tsars, is a fact of history. That he was a devout man of prayer and pilgrim to Jerusalem and the holy places of Russia who very well knew the Holy Scriptures, the Lives of the Saints and Orthodox services is a fact of history. That he made several prophecies about the future of Russia, the Tsardom, his own murder and the future of the world, all of which came true in detail, is a fact of history. For Gregory Rasputin knew the price of suffering, both moral and physical.

If he was innocent, then the untold suffering after December 1916 makes sense. …. still ongoing 100 years after 1916. The end to our suffering has not yet come.

Father Andrew Phillips

 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spit you out of My mouth.

GREAT IS THE LORD IN HIS SAINTS

May 2, 2017

St. Matrona of Moscow

Akathist Hymn

St. Matrona di Mosca

BY YOUR OWN WORD I SHALL JUDGE YOU

April 30, 2017

Out of his schismatic mouth, the Saker continues bare-headed to slyly sow confusion and division in the Church of Christ.

Let him be anathema!

WHO’S MY NEIGHBOR?

April 26, 2017

Whoever fears God is my neighbor.

Even if they have a flawed knowledge of Him, if they fear Him in spirit and truth, they are my brothers; not in Christ, but in Adam and in our holy father Noah, through whose righteousness all of us live today.

 Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.

Of course, we must also remember that the centurion Cornelius, after those words, meekly listened to St. Peter and was baptized. He did not proceed to lecture St. Peter about the Faith!

Therefore, I just wish them to abstain to speak about our Faith, the faith of the Christians, because it’s really annoying to be lectured about Christianity by non-Christians. When they do, as the author of the good essay linked above makes plenty clear, they do not know what they speak about.

As the Lord remembered to the Samaritan woman that the salvation was from the Jews, we, His unworthy servants, will always testify to our brothers in error that the salvation is from the Christians.

We will also remember to ourselves that the judgement is of the Lord!

Apart from that, it’s absolutely true that our political (moral and social) views are pretty much identical, once muslims will at long last allow a man to choose freely his faith. It’s high time for them to understand that the Almighty has no need nor use for slaves. What good a slave can do for the One Who may whatever He pleases?

They should also understand that the sin of a man is a matter between him and His Creator; only the public display of sin, its apology and preaching, its disturbance and subversion of the social order, must be forbidden and punished.

I’d say that even Communists could be welcomed in this political alliance, once they flush down the toilet Marx, Lenin, Stalin and all of their other idols; once they understand the sheer madness to pursue the well-being of man while considering him nothing more than a piece of meat; once they will learn to respect what God’s law protect with two commandments: private property.

Once they come to their senses, they will realize that our social goals are pretty much the same. The only problem here is that, in my poor understanding, no atheist should be allowed to public offices!

In all truth, only a fool can say there is no God.

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.