Sunday, April 29, 2012

St Nilus of Sinai

Do not grieve if you do not at once receive from God that which you ask. 

He wishes to benefit you still more by making you persist longer in your patient prayer before Him. For what can be higher than to address one's converse to God and be in communion with Him?'

St. Nilus of Sinai

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Fr Demetrios Harper

On the Sunday of St Thomas during the liturgy, in Greece, Father Dimitri Harper was awarded the Epigonation (Palitza) and elevated to the Priestly rank of Oikonomos (Archpriest in the English usage).  Axios! Axios! Axios!

Many Years to Fr Dimitri!

Sunday of St Thomas 4/22/2012

 Fr Siluan
 Rdr Bill (Thomas) Wolf

 The creed...

 Thine own of thine own we offer unto Thee, in behalf of all, and for all.

 The Lord's Prayer
 Holy Things are for the holy.

 Always , now and ever, and unto the ages of ages!

 Blessing the Artos

 Cutting the Artos
Many years to Rdr Bill (Thomas) 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Lorica of Saint Patrick

Lorica means breastplate in Latin. The story of this prayer is that Patrick and his followers used this most beautiful prayer to protect themselves from the people who wanted to kill them as they traveled across Ireland. It is also called the Deer's Cry (Fáed Fíada) because their enemies saw, not men, but deer. It may not have been written by Patrick, but is considered to reflect his theological focus on the Trinity.

I arise today 
through a mighty strength, 
the invocation of the Trinity, 
through belief in the Threeness, 
through confession of the Oneness of the Creator of creation. 

I arise today 
through the strength of Christ with His Baptism, 
through the strength of His Crucifixion with His Burial, 
through the strength of His Resurrection with His Ascension, 
through the strength of His descent for the Judgment of Doom.

I arise today 
through the strength of the love of Cherubim, 
in obedience of Angels, in the service of the Archangels, 
in hope of resurrection to meet with reward, 
in prayers of Patriarchs, in predictions of Prophets, 
in preachings of Apostles, in faiths of Confessors, 
in innocence of Holy Virgins, in deeds of righteous men. 

I arise today 
through the strength of Heaven: 
light of Sun, brilliance of Moon, splendour of Fire, 
speed of Lightning, swiftness of Wind, depth of Sea, 
stability of Earth, firmness of Rock. 

I arise today 
through God's strength to pilot me: 
God's might to uphold me, God's wisdom to guide me, 
God's eye to look before me, God's ear to hear me, 
God's word to speak for me, God's hand to guard me, 
God's way to lie before me, God's shield to protect me, 
God's host to secure me: 
against snares of devils, 
against temptations of vices, 
against inclinations of nature, 
against everyone who shall wish me ill, 
afar and anear, alone and in a crowd. 

I summon today all these powers between me (and these evils): 
against every cruel and merciless power that may oppose my body and my soul, 
against incantations of false prophets, 
against black laws of heathenry, 
against false laws of heretics, 
against craft of idolatry, 
against spells of witches and smiths and wizards, 
against every knowledge that endangers man's body and soul.
Christ to protect me today 
against poison, against burning, 
against drowning, against wounding, 
so that there may come abundance of reward. 

Christ with me, Christ before me, 
Christ behind me, Christ in me, 
Christ beneath me, Christ above me, 
Christ on my right, Christ on my left, 
Christ in breadth, Christ in length, Christ in height, 
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, 
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me, 
Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me. 

I arise today 
through a mighty strength, 
the invocation of the Trinity, 
through belief in the Threeness, 
through confession of the Oneness of the Creator of creation. 

Salvation is of the Lord. 
Salvation is of the Lord. 
Salvation is of Christ. 
May Thy Salvation, O Lord, be ever with us.

St. John Chrysostom

"Let no one mourn that he has fallen again and again; for forgiveness has risen from the grave." 

“God finds the prayer motivated by love to be better than the prayer motivated by necessity" 

- St. John Chrysostom

Monday, April 16, 2012

Bright Monday visit to Glen Cove

Deacon Dimitri Temidis
Deacon Nathan Mousselli (left) and Deacon Rado Plavšić (right)

Deacon Nathan Mousselli
Archimandrite Maximos (left) and Fr Alexandre Antchoutine (right)
Fr Siluan (left) and Priest Alexei Oulanov (right)

Fr Alexandre's youngest son.

Deacon Rado Plavšić
Deacon Nathan Mousselli
Deacon Dimitri Temidis

Fr Zosima and Fr Cornelius

Singing the Creed

Consecrating communion

Fr Siluan

Waiting for communion

Getting ready for the procession...led by all the children

Everyone gets an icon to carry!

Suffer the children to come unto me and forbid them not...

Fr Maximos and Alexei (Deacon Eugene Kallaur's son)