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!
This gif doesn’t express the amount of anger I feel toward those people.
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.
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.
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
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)