Let go and let God

Sharings from an Orthodox Christian social worker based in Southeast Michigan.

faustinepau:

You would reasonably expect a monastery to have frescoes - inside. Yet a number of monasteries in the Romanian region of Moldavia have centuries old frescoes on the exterior of their katholikon (main church) which have, incredibly, survived the years and the elements. Perhaps the most famous, which you can see here, is the Voronet Monastery with its bright azurite background – known to Romanians as Voronet blue - but it is not alone in this remarkable tradition.

(via The Painted Monasteries of Romania ~ Kuriositas)

(via adamthenorman)

True fast…

simplyorthodox:

Let us fast an acceptable and very pleasing fast to the Lord. True fast is the estrangement from evil, temperance of tongue, abstinence from anger, separation from desires, slander, falsehood, and perjury. Privation of these is true fasting.

- St. Basil the Great

so, I got engaged :) this is from the betrothal service. We wanted it to be inside the church, which was right next door, but the weather was doing its insane polar vortex thingy that seemed to be so popular this year. 
photo by Charlie, do not remove original source!

so, I got engaged :) this is from the betrothal service. We wanted it to be inside the church, which was right next door, but the weather was doing its insane polar vortex thingy that seemed to be so popular this year. 

photo by Charlie, do not remove original source!

oh hi tumblr!

I pray you’re having a blessed Lent. It’s been tough but I’ve learned a lot of good things so far. God bless you.

O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, faint-heartedness, lust of power, and idle talk.

But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to thy servant.

Yes O Lord and King, grant me to see my own sins, and not to judge my brother, for Thou art blessed unto the ages of ages. Amen.

dramoor:

 “If you have love for one another, by this will everyone know that you are my disciples.”~John 13:35
(art via ukcopticicons.com)

dramoor:

“If you have love for one another, by this will everyone know that you are my disciples.”
~John 13:35

(art via ukcopticicons.com)

(via byzantiumbound)

The whole of our earthly life, from birth to our last breath, in it’s final conclusion will appear as a single act without duration in time. Its content and quality will be seen at a glance. Imagine an absolutely clear glass filled with water. One look will tell either if the water is clean or not, and if dirty, how dirty. So will it be when we cross over to the other world. Every impulse, however transient, of our heart, every thought, leaves its mark on the general sum off our life. Suppose that just once during the whole course of my early existence an evil thought crossed my mind - murder, for instance (Matt. 15:19). This single thought would leave a black spot on the body of my life, unless it be wiped out by repentant self-condemnation. Nothing can be hidden. ‘There is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall be known.’ (Luke 12:2-3) We often reassure ourselves with the thought that nobody saw us, no one knows what I think or do. But when we begin to strive our utmost to prepare for eternity, everything is different and we yearn too be rid off all that is soiled within us.

—Elder Sophrony

What you seem to be lacking is patience. And the reason you cannot be patient is that you undertake too many things. You spread yourself too thin, and this is why you tire so easily. This causes you to be nervous; and since you have philotimo, you worry about doing things right… As much as possible, one should do one or two things only, do them right, and then with a clear mind and a rested body start working on the next job. What spiritual work can be done with a scattered mind? How would we remember Christ?

—Elder Paisios, With Pain and Love for Contemporary Man

simplyorthodox:

On Tuesday, November 27, 2013, the Sacred and Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate decided the formal inclusion in the List of Saints of the Orthodox Church of elder Porphyrios of Kafsokalivia and of venerable Meletios of Lardos.

Feast Day of Saint Porphyrios of Kafsokalivia: December 2nd.

Feast Day of Saint Meletios of Lardos: February 12th.

(Source: omhksea.org)

heroinscarlet:

Agni Parthene - Pure Virgin - Orthodox Hymn of St. Nektarios

Byzantine greek + english
One of the most beutiful chants of orthodoxy.

Let us love silence till the world is made to die in our hearts. Let us always remember death, and in this thought draw near to God in our heart — and the pleasures of this world will have our scorn.

—Saint Isaac of Nineveh (via theorthodoxbritreturns)