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Ομιλίες 2015-2016

Ομιλίες 2012-2013

  1. Κυριακή 7 Οκτωβρίου 2012 (Περί πατρός Παϊσίου α’)
  2. Κυριακή 14 Οκτωβρίου 2012 (Περί πατρός Παϊσίου β’)
  3. Κυριακή 21 Οκτωβρίου 2012 (Περί πατρός Παϊσίου γ’)
  4. Κυριακή 28 Οκτωβρίου 2012
  5. Κυριακή 04 Νοεμβρίου 2012
  6. Κυριακή 11 Νοεμβρίου 2012 (Λόγια του Pascal)

Ομιλίες 2012

  1. Κυριακή 01 Ιανουαρίου 2012 (Γεροντικό Αγίου Όρους)
  2. Κυριακή 08 Ιανουαρίου 2012 (Χριστουγεννιάτικη Περίοδος)
  3. Κυριακή 15 Ιανουαρίου 2012 (Χριστουγεννιάτικη Περίοδος)
  4. Κυριακή 22 Ιανουαρίου 2012 ()
  5. Κυριακή 29 Ιανουαρίου 2012 ()
  6. Κυριακή 05 Φεβρουαρίου 2012 ()
  7. Κυριακή 12 Φεβρουαρίου 2012 (Πρόνοια του Θεού)
  8. Κυριακή 19 Φεβρουαρίου 2012 (Πρόνοια του Θεού)
  9. Κυριακή 26 Φεβρουαρίου 2012 (Πρόνοια του Θεού)
  10. Κυριακή 04 Μαρτίου 2012 (Αξία του Χριστιανισμού)
  11. Κυριακή 11 Μαρτίου 2012 (Αξία του Χριστιανισμού)
  12. Κυριακή 18 Μαρτίου 2012 (Αξία του Χριστιανισμού)
  13. Κυριακή 25 Μαρτίου 2012 (Αξία του Χριστιανισμού)
  14. Κυριακή 01 Απριλίου 2012 (Αξία του Χριστιανισμού)
  15. Κυριακή 08 Απριλίου 2012 (Μεγάλη Εβδομάδα)
  16. Κυριακή 22 Απριλίου 2012 (Ἀντιαιρετικά ἐφόδια)
  17. Κυριακή 29 Απριλίου 2012 (Ἀντιαιρετικά ἐφόδια)
  18. Κυριακή 06 Μαΐου 2012 (Ἀντιαιρετικά ἐφόδια)
  19. Κυριακή 13 Μαΐου 2012 (Ἀντιαιρετικά ἐφόδια)
  20. Κυριακή 20 Μαΐου 2012 (Ἀγ. Ἰω. Καρασταμάτης-Ἱστορία στό Δίστομο)

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Ομιλίες 2011

  1. Κυριακή 02 Οκτωβρίου 2011 (Μεταστροφές)
  2. Κυριακή 09 Οκτωβρίου 2011 (Μεταστροφές)
  3. Κυριακή 16 Οκτωβρίου 2011 (Μεταστροφές)
  4. Κυριακή 23 Οκτωβρίου 2011 (Μεταστροφές)
  5. Κυριακή 30 Οκτωβρίου 2011 (Δεν υπάρχει)
  6. Κυριακή 06 Νοεμβρίου 2011 (Δοκιμασίες)
  7. Κυριακή 13 Νοεμβρίου 2011 (Δοκιμασίες)
  8. Κυριακή 20 Νοεμβρίου 2011 (Δοκιμασίες)
  9. Κυριακή 27 Νοεμβρίου 2011 (Δοκιμασίες)
  10. Κυριακή 04 Δεκεμβρίου 2011 (Δοκιμασίες)
  11. Κυριακή 11 Δεκεμβρίου 2011 (Δοκιμασίες)
  12. Κυριακή 18 Δεκεμβρίου 2011 (Γεροντικό Αγίου Όρους)

Αξία του Χριστιανισμού

  • Αξία Χριστιανισμού 1
  • Αξία Χριστιανισμού 2
  • Αξία Χριστιανισμού 3

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Ἡ Θεοτόκος ἐτιμᾶτο καί μακαριζόταν εὐθύς μέ τήν ἀρχή τοῦ Χριστιανισμοῦ:

«Εὐλογημένη σύ ἐν γυναιξί καί εὐλογημένος ὁ καρπός τῆς κοιλίας σου»(Λκ 1, 42),

«Μακαρία ἡ κοιλία ἡ βαστάσασά σε, καί μαστοί οὕς ἐθήλασας»(Λκ 11, 27).

Ἐμεῖς οἱ Ὀρθόδοξοι, τιμώντας τήν Παναγία, ἐφαρμόζουμε τό τοῦ Ἀπ. Παύλου: «Ἀπόδοτε… τῷ τήν τιμήν τήν τιμήν (τιμή, σ᾽ αὐτόν στόν ὁποῖο ἁρμόζει τιμή)»(Ρμ 13, 7). Καί ἡ τιμή της ὀφείλεται στό γεγονός ὅτι σαρκώθηκε ὁ Σωτήρας μέσα της.

• Ὁ θεῖος Αὐγουστῖνος λέει ὅτι ἡ Θεομητορική ἀξία τῆς ἀειπαρθένου Μαρίας δέν ἐπιδέχεται οὔτε αὔξησι οὔτε προσθήκη, εἶναι δηλ. τελειώτατη.

• Γράφει ὁ Ἅγ. Νικόδημος ὁ Ἁγιορείτης: «Τόσο πολύ ἡ Θεοτόκος ἦταν κατασκεπασμένη γύρω-γύρω κατά τήν ψυχή καί τό σῶμα ἀπό τίς ἀρετές καί τίς θεῖες καί ὑπερφυσικές χάριτες, ὥστε δέν βρῆκε οὔτε τήν παραμικρή εἴσοδο ὁ Διάβολος, γιά νά μπάση στό πανάγιό της πρόσωπο καμμία προσβολή πονηροῦ λογισμοῦ».

• Ἀκόμα: «Κι ἄν ἡ Λεία, ἡ γυναῖκα τοῦ Ἰακώβ, ὀνομάσθηκε μακαρία, διότι γέννησε τόν Ἀσήρ· κι ἄν οἱ γυναῖκες τοῦ τότε καιροῦ τή μακάρισαν, διότι στάθηκε μητέρα ἑνός ἀνθρώπου ἁπλοῦ καί θνητοῦ, ἐπειδή λέει “Εἶπε Λεία· μακαρία ἐγώ, ὅτι μακαριοῦσί με αἱ γυναῖκες”(Γεν 30, 13), πόσο μᾶλλον καί ἀσυγκρίτως καί ἀπείρως πρέπει νά ὀνομάζεται μακαρία ἡ Παρθένος Μαρία, ἡ ὁποία γέννησε τό μακάριο καί μόνο δυνάστη Θεό, ὅπως τόν ὀνόμασε ὁ Παῦλος (Α´ Τιμ 6, 25), αὐτόν πού κάνει μακαρίους ὅσους πιστεύουν σ᾽ Αὐτόν; Καί πόσο μᾶλλον πρέπει νά τή μακαρίζουν, ὄχι μόνο οἱ γυναῖκες, ἀλλά καί οἱ ἄνδρες, διότι στάθηκε Μητέρα ἑνός Υἱοῦ τοῦ Θεοῦ; Γι᾽ αὐτό κι ὁ Σολομών στό Ἇσμα καθαρῶς προφητεύει περί αὐτοῦ τοῦ μακαρισμοῦ τῆς Παρθένου καί λέει· “μία ἐστί περιστερά μου τελεία… εἴδοσαν αὐτήν θυγατέρες, καί μακαριοῦσιν αὐτήν βασίλισσαι, καί γε παλλακαί (: καί πολύ περισσότερο ἐκεῖνες πού συζοῦσαν μέ ἄνδρες) καί αἰνέσουσιν αὐτήν”(6, 8)».

• Ἐπίσης: «Πλειάδα, δηλαδή Πούλια, σέ Θεοτόκε ὀνομάζουν διότι ὅπως ἡ Πούλια φυλάττει ἀχώριστο τό σύνδεσμο καί τήν ἕνωσι, εἴτε τῶν ἑπτά ἀστέρων της, κατά τούς παλαιούς, εἴτε τῶν σαράντα, κατά τούς νεωτέρους Ἀστρονόμους, καί μάλιστα τό Γαλιλαῖο, ὁ ὁποῖος τούς ἐξέτασε μέ τό τηλεσκόπιο· ἔτσι καί σύ φυλάττεις συνδεδεμένους στήν ἀγάπη ὅλους τούς πρός σέ εὐλαβεῖς Ὀρθοδόξους, καί φαίνεσαι σάν μία φιλόστοργη ὄρνιθα, πού ἔχεις συναγμένα τά πουλάκια σου. Καί οἱ μέν Ἠθικοί, ἐσένα σέ διακηρύσσουν ὡς ἄριστο ἀγαθό μετά τό Θεό· οἱ δέ Ὀπτικοί, ἐσένα θεωροῦν ὡς θαυμάσιο τηλεσκόπιο, διά μέσου τοῦ ὁποίου ἀποκαλύφθηκε ἡ προαιώνια καί κρυμμένη βουλή τοῦ Θεοῦ, κι ἐμεῖς οἱ Χριστιανοί, ἀκριβέστερα βλέπουμε δι᾽ αὐτοῦ τά μυστήρια τοῦ Θεοῦ πού βρίσκονται μακρυά καί εἶναι ἀπόκρυφα».

• Καί: «Οἱ Μηχανικοί ἐσένα Θεοτόκε σέ θεωροῦν ὑπομόχλιο ἀποτελεσματικό, πάνω στό ὁποῖο ὁ μηχανικότατος Ἀρχιμήδης καί μέγας ἀρχιτέκτων Θεός, στηρίζοντας τό δικό του μοχλό, κίνησε ὄχι μόνο ὅλη τή γῆ, ἀλλά καί ὅλο τόν οὐρανό, κι ἔτσι τά μετέφερε ἀπό τή φθορά στήν ἀφθαρσία, καί ἀπό τήν τροπή στήν ἀτρεψία».

• Τέλος: «Ὁ Θεός εἶναι καί λέγεται πῦρ καταναλίσκον· “Κύριος, φησίν, ὁ Θεός σου πῦρ καταναλίσκον ἐστί”(Δευτ 4, 24)· διότι καταναλίσκει τή μοχθηρίαν καί τήν ἁμαρτία, κατά τό Θεολόγο Γρηγόριο· διά τοῦτο, πῶς ἦταν δυνατόν νά κατακαύση τήν Παρθένο, στήν ὁποία δέν βρισκόταν κανένα ἴχνος ἁμαρτίας ἤ βρωμιᾶς, οὔτε προπατορικῆς (διότι καθαρίσθηκε ἡ Παρθένος ἀπό τήν ἁμαρτία αὐτή ὑπό τῆς ἐπελεύσεως τοῦ Ἁγίου Πνεύματος, κατά τόν καιρόν τοῦ Εὐαγγελισμοῦ, ὅπως δογματίζει ἡ κοινή γνώμη τῶν Ἱερῶν Θεολόγων), ἀλλ᾽ οὔτε προαιρετικῆς;».

• Ἐπισημαίνει ὁ Ἅγ. Ἰωάννης τῆς Κρονστάνδης: «Ἡ κακία τοῦ ἐχθροῦ: Ὅσο εὐσεβέστερα ἕνας ἄνθρωπος ζῆ, τόσο πιό πολύ ὁ Διάβολος σπρώχνει τούς ἀνθρώπους νά τοῦ ἀντιδροῦν, ὅπως ἦταν ἡ περίπτωσι τοῦ Σαούλ πού ἐναντιώθηκε στόν πιστό κι ἄκακο Δαυΐδ. Ὅσο ἁγιώτερο εἶναι ἕνα πρόσωπο, τόσο πιό πολύ βλασφημεῖται, ὅπως, λόγου χάριν, ἡ Παναγία, ἡ “τιμιωτέρα τῶν Χερουβείμ καί ἐνδοξοτέρα ἀσυγκρίτως τῶν Σεραφείμ”».

• Ἀναφέρει ὁ Ἅγιος Σιλουανός: «Μιά φορά ἄκουγα στήν ἐκκλησία τήν ἀνάγνωσι τῶν προφητειῶν τοῦ Ἡσαΐα, καί στίς λέξεις “Λούσασθε καί καθαροί γίνεσθε”(Ἠσ 1, 16) σκέφθηκα: “Μήπως ἡ Παναγία ἁμάρτησε ποτέ, ἔστω καί μέ τό λογισμό;” Καί, ὤ τοῦ θαύματος!, μέσα στήν καρδιά μου μιά φωνή ἑνωμένη μέ τή προσευχή πρόφερε ρητῶς: “Ἡ Θεοτόκος ποτέ δέν ἁμάρτησε, οὔτε κἄν μέ τή σκέψι”. Ἔτσι τό Ἅγιο Πνεῦμα μαρτυροῦσε στήν καρδιά μου γιά τήν ἁγνότητά Της».

• «Ὁ Γέροντας Παΐσιος στό Σινᾶ ἐβίωσε ἐν Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι ἕνα ὑπερφυσικό γεγονός· τή σώφρονα καί ὁσία σχέσι τῶν Θεοπατόρων, ἀπό τήν ὁποία συνελήφθη καί ἐγεννήθη ἡ Θεοτόκος. Ἀπό αὐτό πληροφορήθηκε ὁτι: “Οἱ  ἅγιοι Ἰωακείμ καί Ἄννα ἦταν τελείως πνευματικοί, χωρίς καθόλου σαρκικό φρόνημα. Ἦταν τό ἀπαθέστερο ἀνδρόγυνο πού ὑπῆρξε ποτέ. Πρῶτα προσευχήθηκαν στό Θεό μέ δάκρυα ὁ καθένας χωριστά νά τούς χαρίση παιδί καί μετά συνῆλθαν ἀπό ὑπακοή στό Θεό· ὄχι ἀπό σαρκική ἐπιθυμία. Ἐπειδή ἡ σύλληψι ἔγινε χωρίς ἡδονή, ἡ Παναγία ἦταν Πάναγνη. Δέν ἦταν, βέβαια, ἀπαλλαγμένη ἀπό τό προπατορικό ἁμάρτημα, ὅπως πλανεμένα πιστεύουν οἱ παπικοί, διότι συνελήφθη μέ φυσικό τρόπο (ὄχι δηλαδή ἀσπόρως), ἀλλά τελείως ἀπαθῶς, ὅπως ἤθελε ὁ Θεός νά γεννιοῦνται οἱ ἄνθρωποι”.

Κάποτε τόνιζε καί πάλι τίς ἀλήθειες αὐτές σέ μιά συζήτησί του. Βλέποντας κάποια ἐπιφύλαξι ἀπό τό συνομιλητή του ἀνασηκώθηκε καί εἶπε μέ ἔντονο ὕφος: “Τό ἔζησα τό γεγονός!”. Ἤθελε νά καταστήση σαφές ὅτι αὐτά τά ὁποῖα ἔλεγε δέν ἦταν ἁπλῶς δικοί του εὐλαβεῖς λογισμοί, ἀλλά θεία ἀποκάλυψι».

• Ἀκόμα: «Ἡ μάνα πού ἔχει τό παιδί της στόν πόλεμο, φοβᾶται γι᾽ αὐτό νύκτα-μέρα. Ἔχει πολλή ἀγωνία. Ξαφνικά παίρνει ἕνα γράμμα ἀπό τό παιδί της μέ μιά φωτογραφία του μέσα. Ὅταν τή βλέπει τί κάνει; Τήν πιάνει στά χέρια της καί τή φιλᾶ, τή βάζει στόν κόρφο της ν᾽ ἀγγίξει τήν καρδιά της. Αἴ τί νομίζεις; Αὐτή ἡ μάνα μέ τέτοιο φλογερό πόθο πού ἔχει γιά τό παιδί της πιστεύει ὅτι φιλᾶ τή φωτογραφία; Τό ἴδιο τό παιδί της πιστεύει ὅτι φιλᾶ. Τό ἴδιο πιστεύει καί ὅποιος ἔχει φλογερό πόθο γιά τήν Παναγία καί τόν ἅγιο πού προσκυνάει. Δέν προσκυνᾶμε τίς εἰκόνες γιατί εἶναι οἱ εἰκόνες, ἀλλά γιά τούς ἁγίους. Καί αὐτούς ὄχι γιατί εἶναι τα πρόσωπα πού εἶναι, ἀλλά γιατί ἀγωνίσθηκαν γιά τό Χριστό. Ὁ Θεός εἶναι ζηλότυπος, εἶναι ἀλήθεια. Ὄχι, ὅμως, γιά τούς δικούς Του, ἀλλά γιά τό διάβολο. Ὁ πατέρας δέν ζηλεύει τά δικά του παιδιά. Μήν ἀνησυχεῖς, ὁ Κύριος χαίρεται ὅταν σέ βλέπει νά σέβεσαι καί ν᾽ ἀγαπᾶς τή Μάνα Του καί τούς Ἁγίους».

• Ὁ μεταστραφείς στήν Ὀρθοδοξία Matthew Gallatin γράφει πολύ σωστά: «Σέ μία γωνία τοῦ σαλονιοῦ μου, βρίσκεται μία μεγάλη βιβλιοθήκη. Μαζί μέ τά βιβλία καί τά διακοσμητικά ἀντικείμενα, ἔχουμε ἐκεῖ καί τίς οἰκογενειακές φωτογραφίες. Μία ἀπ’ αὐτές τίς φωτογραφίες εἶναι τοῦ ἀγαπημένου ἀδελφοῦ μου, Barry, πού σκοτώθηκε σέ αὐτοκινητιστικό δυστύχημα τό 1976, στήν ἡλικία τῶν 21 ἐτῶν.

Τό νά πῶ ἁπλά ὅτι τόν ἀγαποῦσα δέν σκιαγραφεῖ ἐπαρκῶς τά αἰσθήματά μου γι’ αὐτόν. Ἔχουν περάσει 25 περίπου χρόνια ἀπ’ τό θάνατό του. Καί ὅμως, ἀκόμη καί σήμερα, ξυπνῶ κάθε 27η Ἰουλίου (μέρα τῶν γενεθλίων του) μέ δάκρυα στά μάτια καί μέ τή γλυκόπικρη ἀνάμνησί του στήν καρδιά μου.

Κανείς, λοιπόν, ἀπ’ τούς προτεστάντες φίλους μου δέν θά τό ἔβρισκε ἀφύσικο ἄν, ἐνῶ καθόμουν μπροστά στή βιβλιοθήκη, ἔπαιρνα στά χέρια μου τή φωτογραφία τοῦ ἀδελφοῦ μου καί τή φιλοῦσα. Γιατί, ὅμως, ὅταν πάω δύο βήματα παραπέρα, στό εἰκονοστάσι, καί φιλήσω τήν εἰκόνα τῆς Παναγίας γίνομαι ξαφνικά εἰδωλολάτρης; Τί ἄλλαξε; Τί ἔχει ἡ Παναγία πού δέν ἀξίζει τήν ἀνάλογη ἀγάπη καί τό σεβασμό τόν ὁποῖο δείχνω στόν κεκοιμημένο ἀδελφό μου;…

Ποῦ βρίσκεται τό πρόβλημα τελικά; Ὅταν ἄρχισα νά ἐρευνῶ τό θέμα, διαπίστωσα ἕνα παράδοξο στήν παλαιά προτεσταντική μου ἀντίληψι. Ἀπ’ τή μία καταδίκαζα ὁποιονδήποτε τιμοῦσε τήν Παναγία καί τούς ἁγίους, ἐνῶ ἀπ’ τήν ἄλλη θεωροῦσα σωστό νά τιμῶ τούς προτεστάντες ἱεροκήρυκες καί δασκάλους, ζῶντες ἤ κεκοιμημένους. Ἦταν ἀπόλυτα φυσιολογικό νά ἐγκωμιάζω τούς ἀνθρώπους αὐτούς, νά παρακολουθῶ video καί διαφάνειες ἀπ’ τή ζωή καί τίς πράξεις τους καί νά δακρύζω ὅταν κανείς τραγουδοῦσε τό τραγούδι “Thank You for Giving to the Lord” [ὑπ.: Τίτλος δημοφιλοῦς προτεσταντικοῦ τραγουδιοῦ πού σημαίνει “Σ’ εὐχαριστῶ πού μ’ ἔφερες κοντά στό Θεό”. Τό τραγούδι αὐτό ἐκφράζει τήν εὐγνωμοσύνη κάθε προτεστάντη σ’ αὐτούς πού τόν ὁδήγησαν στήν πίστι]. Ἄν, ὅμως, ἔβλεπα κάποιον νά ὑμνῆ καί νά τιμᾶ τή γυναῖκα πού ἔφερε στή μήτρα της τόν Σωτῆρα, αὐτό θά ἔθετε ἀμέσως σέ ἀμφισβήτησι τό πόσο χριστιανός εἶναι!».

• Ἀκόμα: «Ὅταν τούς ἀκούω νά μιλοῦν μέ τόση περιφρόνησι γιά τή Θεοτόκο, λυπᾶμαι κι ἀναρωτιέμαι ἄν ποτέ ἔχουν σκεφθῆ ὅτι μιλοῦν ὑποτιμητικά γιά τή μητέρα Αὐτοῦ πού ἔγραψε μέ τό δάκτυλό Του στίς πέτρινες πλάκες τό “τίμα τόν πατέρα σου καί τή μητέρα σου”.

Τί μποροῦμε νά ὑποθέσουμε ὅτι αἰσθάνεται γιά τή μητέρα Του ὁ μόνος Ἄνθρωπος πού μπορεῖ νά τηρήση τέλεια τήν ἐντολή αὐτή; Σκεφθεῖτε πόσο ἐμεῖς, οἱ ἄθλιοι κι ἁμαρτωλοί ἄνθρωποι, σεβόμασθε τίς δικές μας μητέρες καί ὑπερασπιζόμασθε τήν τιμή τους. Πόσο λαμπρή θέσι πρέπει νά κατέχη, λοιπόν, ἡ Παναγία στή γεμάτη ἀγάπη καί σεβασμό καρδιά τοῦ Υἱοῦ της!

Πόσο ἀπογοητευμένος θά εἶναι, λοιπόν, ὁ Σωτήρας μας, ὅταν ἀκούη κάποιους, οἱ ὁποῖοι, μάλιστα, ἐπαγγέλλονται ὅτι Τόν ἀγαποῦν καί Τόν ἀκολουθοῦν, νά θεωροῦν τή μητέρα Του ὡς “τίποτε τό ξεχωριστό”; Πόσο λυπημένος θά εἶναι γι’ αὐτούς πού σέβονται ἰδιαιτέρως τούς ἱεροκήρυκες, τούς προέδρους ἤ τούς προπονητές τοῦ ποδοσφαίρου, πού χλευάζουν, ὅμως, αὐτούς οἱ ὁποῖοι τιμοῦν τή μητέρα Του ὅπως τήν τιμᾶ κι ὁ Ἴδιος; Πόσο πονᾶ γιά ὅλους αὐτούς πού ὑποτιμοῦν τήν ἄσπιλη ἐκείνη γυναῖκα πού ταπεινά ἄνοιξε τήν ἀγκαλιά της σ’ Αὐτόν, ὥστε νά μπορέση νά πλημμυρίση μέ τή Χάρι Του ὁλόκληρη τήν ἀνθρωπότητα;».

• Ὁ Ν. Σωτηρόπουλος γράφει: «Ἐμεῖς μποροῦμε νά κατηγοροῦμε τούς Προτεστάντες καί νά λέμε σ᾽ αὐτούς· τό γεγονός, ὅτι δέν τιμᾶτε τήν Παναγία, ἀρκεῖ, αὐτό καί μόνο, γιά νά καταλάβετε ὅτι δέν εἴσασθε Ἐκκλησία ἀλλά αἵρεσι. Ἄν ἤσασθαν Ἐκκλησία θά εὕρισκε σ᾽ ἐσᾶς ἐκπλήρωσι ἡ προφητεία Λκ 1, 48: “ἰδού γάρ ἀπό τοῦ νῦν μακαριοῦσί με πᾶσαι αἱ γενεαί” [αὐτό ἐφαρμόζεται καθημερινά καί πολλές φορές τήν ἡμέρα στήν Ἐκκλησία μας· μακαρίζουμε τή Θεοτόκο]».

• Διαβάζουμε, τέλος: «Οἱ Προτεστάντες, οἱ ὁποῖοι, ἀπορρίπτοντας τήν Ἱερά Παράδοσι, ὑπερηφανεύονται ὅτι δῆθεν ἀκολουθοῦν πιστά τό λόγο τοῦ Θεοῦ, στήν πρᾶξι τόν παραβαίνουν μέ τόν πιό βάναυσο τρόπο. Ἔτσι στό ἐρώτημα γιά τή χειροτονία γυναικῶν γιά “ἱέρειες” καί “ἐπισκοπίνες” αὐτοί ἀπαντοῦν “Ναί”, ἐνῶ ἡ Ἁγία Γραφή κατηγορηματικῶς λέει “Ὄχι” (Α´ Κορ 14, 34). Καί στό ἐρώτημα τῆς ἐξυμνήσεως ἤ μή τῆς πιό ἁγίας καί εὐλογημένης Γυναίκας, τῆς Ὑπεραγίας Θεοτόκου, αὐτοί ἀπαντοῦν ἀρνητικῶς, ὅταν ὁ Ἴδιος ὁ Χριστός ἀπαντᾶ καταφατικῶς: «μακάριοι οἱ ἀκούοντες τόν λόγον τοῦ Θεοῦ καί φυλάσσοντες αὐτόν»(Λκ 11, 28) [Καί ποιός ἄλλος τόν φύλαγε περισσότερο ἀπό Ἐκείνην;: «ἡ δέ Μαριάμ πάντα συνετήρει τά ρήματα ταῦτα συμβάλλουσα ἐν τῇ καρδίᾳ αὐτῆς».

Ἀλήθεια, ποῦ τέλος πάντων βρίσκεται ἡ περίφημη προτεσταντική “πιστότητα” στήν Ἁγία Γραφή;».

Ἀρχιμ. Ἰωάννου Κωστώφ

Ἡ Θεοτόκος

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Murgesha Porfiria i Athinës, Greqi (+2015):

Operacioni i ëngjëjve, një ndodhi e mrekullueshme

Duke udhëtuar të murret e qytetit

Ditën para votimeve, ndodhem në aeroport, ora tre pas mesnate. Në tre e gjysëm shkoj për të marrë pasagjerë. Në taksi hyri një djalë i ri …..

-Mirmëngjes! Pirea të lutem.

-Trim, në qiell të kërkoja, në tokë u gjende!

-Përse e thoni këtë ?

-Rrugë më e mirë nuk mund të rastiste! Në Pire banoj dhe unë!

Epo, shumë mirë! Do të të çoj në shtëpi, hë?

-Pikërisht. Jam pa gjumë 15 orë mendoj që kam dhe unë të drejtën e çlodhjes dhe të gjumit.

-Pesëmbëdhjetë orë që ngisni makinën?

-Jo, pesëmbëdhjetë orë që jam në taksi.

-Si duron kaq orë? Nuk ke frikë natën?

-Kur ke besim të fortë tek Zoti, nuk ke frikë nga asgjë, ndjehesh e sigurt.

-Ke të drejtë, shikoj që mban dhe ikona, dëgjoj dhe stacionin e Kishës. Fjalët e tua rreflektojnë siguri. Me të vërtetë ke Zotin pranë teje! Gëzohem, kur dëgjoj dhe shikoj njerëz, që besojnë fort, ashtu si unë. Nuk është e rastësishme që hyra në taksinë tënde, ishte vullneti i Zotit. Beson në mrekullitë?

-Natyrisht që besoj.

-Dëshiron të të them një mrekulli, që ndodhi në familjen time?

-Me kënaqësinë më të madhe!

-Punoj në Israel, në Ambasadën Greke. Jam afër me Varrin e Tërëshënjtë të Krishtit dhe tani erdha që të votoj.

-Do të më thuash si të quajnë?

-Niko.

-Bukur! Mua më quajnë Rania.

-Gëzohem Shumë.

-Atëhere Rania, kunata ime nuk lindëte dot fëmijë. Shkoi në shumë mjekë në Qipro, erdhi në Greqi, shkoi në Londër, Angli – por të gjithë i thanë një JO të madhe, nuk mund të lindësh fëmijë. Ndërkaq kishte arritur moshën 40 vjeçare. Lutjet dhe dedikimet të panumërta. Deri sa Zotit të mirë ju dhembs. Në moshën 40 vjeçare mbeti e rëndë. E kupton gëzimin e tonë.

E ruanim të gjithë si diçka të çmuar. Mos kollitej, mos tështitej, mos zbresë vetë shkallët, çdo të hajë – e kishim si sytë e ballit! Deri sa erdhi çasti që lindi dhe ishim të gjithë pranë saj.

Në sallon që prisnim vjen infermjerja me një ëngjëll në duar. Ishte kaq bebe e bukur, që ë të bukur nuk kisha parë kurrë. Djali im nuk ishte kaq i bukur, ku ma sollën që ta shihja. Por ditën tjetër na erdhi lajmi i keq. Mjeku thirri baxhanakun tim në zyrë dhe i tha që fëmija u lind me një veshkë dhe nga ajo gjysma është e prishur. Duhej të fillonte pastrim gjaku. Lajmi ishte si rrufe në kokë!

E çuam në çdo vend që mund të imagjinosh, në çdo doktor që na thonin, ne vraponim. Shkuam jashtë shtetit, shkuam kudo, nuk mund të bëhej gjë. Lutjet ditë e natë nuk ndalonin. Kur fëmija arriti dy vjeç, kunata pa një ëndër. Mos më pyet se si. Nuk e kam kuptuar mirë. Më kërkoi që të vijë në Vendet e Shënjta që të falet.

Me të vërtetë erdhi bashkë me fëmijën. E dërgova me një guidant turistik që të falej në Varrin e Tërëshënjtë. Çfarë u bë atje? Dëgjo se çmë thanë. Kur hynë në Kishë, fëmija qante pa pushim. I thotë një zonjë: “Përse qan kështu fëmija juaj”. “Është i sëmurë”, iu përgjigj kunata ime. Atëhere i tha zonja: “Vendose fëmijën mbi Varrin e Tërëshënjtë dhe do të ndalojë të qarit!”.

Kunata ime e shtriu mbi Varrin e Tërëshënjtë. Por fëmija lëngonte së qari. Ajo qëndronte e ngrirë nuk mund të bënte as para as mbrapa. Fëmija flloi të mavioseshe, në një çast ia doli mbanë dhe e mori në kraharorin e saj. Por nuk mund të merrte frymë dhe e çuan në spital ku i vunë oksigjen. Në të njejtën ditë shkoi në Qipro.

Të nesërmen fëmija duhej të shkonte për pastrim gjaku. Atje, në Jerusalem, kam njohur një asket kallogjer i cili më flet për mrekullitë. Kur iku kunata ime, shkova dhe e takova dhe filloi sërisht që të më fliste për Zotin dhe për mrekullitë, deri sa papritur e dëgjoj të thotë: “Po, po! Çfarë operacioni ishte ai! Fëmija ulërinte së qari nga dhimbjet!” “Cili fëmjë – jerond?” “Nipi yt, more djalë! Mu përgjigj. Ëngjëjt e operuan dhe i vendosën dy veshka të reja!!!” “Ah, jerond u çmënde”, thashë brenda meje, “dhe mrekullitë e tjera që më thotë janë fantazitë e tij”. Kur u çova të iki, më goditi në shpatulla dhe më tha: “Ajde, do të bësh vajzë!”.

Ika i mërzitur, me sigurinë më të madhe që jerondi i kishte humbur mentë e tij atje në shkrretëtirë dhe në vetminë e tij. hyra në makinë që të shkoja në Ambasadë, kur më ra celulari. Ishte ime shoqe. Më fliste dhe qante, nuk mundesha të kuptoja se çfarë thoshte, vetëm një fjalë arrita të shkëputja: “Niko, fëmija është mirë!”. U përpoqa që ta qetësoj që të marr vesh se çfarë po më thotë. Më thotë fjalët që dëgjova dhe prej jerondit: “-Fëmija ka dy veshka të shëndetëshme!”

U shokova! U ktheva prapa tek jerondi. Mendja ime e ngatërruar dhe mendimet e çrregullta, fluturonin këtu dhe atje. Arrita tek jerondi dhe për herë të para u përula para tij dhe i puthja duart. “ – Je shënjtor!” psherëtiva, “Biri im, mos e përsërit më këtë. Shënjtor është vetëm Zoti!”.

Në një javë më erdhi lajmi tjetër i mirë. Gruaja ime ishte e rëndë. Sapo tha “Niko i dashuri im” mu kujtuan fjalët e jerondit. “- Mos thuaj asgjë tjetër. Je e rëndë!” “Po, nga e di ti?” “Ma tha Kallogjeri , miku im dhe është vajzë!”.

Që prej mrekullisë që u bë tek nipi im besova shumë thellë tek Zoti. Asnjeri dhe asgjë nuk do ta trondisë këtë besim. Nqs në një çast do të vendosësh të vish në Jerusalem, do të gëzohem të vish të më gjesh, të më kërkosh në Ambasadë. Do të thuash që dua Niko Pireotin.

Ndërkaq arritëm në Pire – unë nuk mundesha që të formuloja asnjë fjalë, por as të zbres që të mar valixhen e Nikos nga bagazhi.

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The Real Life of Saint Valentine

Feast day: February 14, +269

The ancient martyrology of the Church of Rome marks February 14th as the remembrance of “the martyr Valentine, presbyter of Rome” (Valentinus means “vigorous” in Latin).

The Martyrdom of Saint Valentine in Rome

Saint Valentine lived in Rome in the third century and was a priest who helped the martyrs during the persecution of Emperor Claudius II the Goth. The great virtue and catechetical activities of the Saint had become familiar. For this he was arrested and brought before the imperial court.

“Why, Valentine, do you want to be a friend of our enemies and reject our friendship?” asked the emperor.

The Saint replied “My lord, if you knew the gift of God, you would be happy together with your empire and would reject the worship of idols and worship the true God and His Son Jesus Christ.”

One of these judges stopped the Saint and asked him what he thought about Jupiter and Mercury, and Valentine boldly replied, “They are miserable, and spent their lives through corruption and crime!”

The judge furiously shouted, “He blasphemes against the gods and against the empire!”

The emperor, however, continued his questions with curiosity, and found a welcome opportunity to finally learn what was the faith of Christians. Valentine then found the courage to urge him to repent for the blood of the Christians that was shed. “Believe in Jesus Christ, be baptized and you will be saved, and from this time forward the glory of your empire will be ensured as well as the triumph of your armory.”

Claudius became convinced, and said to those who were present: “What a beautiful teaching this man preaches.”

But the mayor of Rome, dissatisfied, began to shout: “See how this Christian mislead our Prince.”

Then Claudius brought the Saint to another judge. He was called Asterios, and he had a little girl who was blind for two years. Listening about Jesus Christ, that He is the Light of the World, he asked Valentine if he could give that light to his child. St. Valentine put his hand on her eyes and prayed: “Lord Jesus Christ, true Light, illuminate this blind child.” Oh the great miracle! The child saw! So the judge with all his family confessed Christ. Having fasted for three days, he destroyed the idols that were in the house and finally received Holy Baptism.

When the emperor heard about all these events, he initially thought not to punish them, thinking that in the eyes of the citizens he will look weak, which forced him to betray his sense of justice. Therefore St. Valentine along with other Christians, after they were tortured, were beheaded on 14 February in the year 268 (or 269).

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3 photos from the Holy Relics of Saint Valentine

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The Relics of Saint Valentine in Athens, Greece

After the martyrdom some Christians salvaged the body of the Saint and put a bit of his blood in a vile. The body of the martyr was moved and buried in the Catacombs of St. Priscilla, a burial place of most of the martyrs. Over the years somehow he was “forgotten” since almost every day there were buried in these catacombs new martyrs for several decades. The memory of Valentine’s martyrdom however remained robust, particularly in the local Church of Rome. Officially the memory of St. Valentine was established in 496 by Pope St. Gelasius.

Roman Catholics were detached from the body of the Church in 1054 AD. So Saint Valentine is a Saint of the Holy, One, Apostolic & Catholic Orthodox Church (Eastern Orthodox Church) because he martyred on 269 AD before the Great Schism.

Fifteen centuries pass and we arrive at 1815, at which time the divine intention was to “disturb” the eternal repose of the Saint. Then the relics were donated by the Pope to a gentle Italian priest (according to the custom of the time). After this the relics are “lost” again until 1907 where we find them in Mytilene (Lesvos Island, Greece) in the Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady. It seems that after the death of the priest that a descendant of his had inherited the relics who had migrated to Mytilene, which was then a thriving community of West-European Catholic Christians. There they remained until 1990 when they were moved to Athens in a Roman Catholic Italian community, where they are today.

Saint Valentine the Greek, 

from Athens, Greece

We should first say that there is not sufficient information on the national origin of the Saint, though there are some other (shades of) evidence that the Saint was of Greek origin. For example, the earliest depiction of the Saint bearing the inscription «O ΑΓΙΟC BAΛΕΝΤΙΝΟC” in Greek, is in the Church of Our Lady the Ancient (Santa Maria Antiqua) of the 6th century which was the parish of Greeks in Rome. The church particularly venerated saints who were Greeks and generally from the East. The decoration and renovation of the church was ordered by the Greek Pope John VII (705-707) and finished by his successors, including the last Greek Pope Zacharias (741-752). But perhaps it is no coincidence that after seventeen centuries, the remains arrived in Greece.

We hope that the Holy Relics of St. Valentine will return soon to his Home, to the Eastern Orthodox Church, as recently miraculously returned the Holy Relics of St. Savvas the Sanctified which they had the Roman Catholics as in 1965.

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Photos: The Holy Relics of St Sabbas the Sanctified

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Video: The miraculous return of the Relics of Saint Sabbas the Sanctified

from Roman Catholics to Eastern Orthodox Church

St. Sabbas the Sanctified during his lifetime told his disciples that his incorrupt body would be removed from his monastery and later would rest in the Lavra, which he founded. He said this return of his relics would come before the end of the world. This prophecy was fulfilled when the holy relics of St. Sabbas were stolen by the crusaders of the First Crusade (1096 – 1099) together with many other relics and brought to Venice, Italy where he was enshrined in a church dedicated to St. Anthony. Nearly nine centuries later his relics were returned to Israel.

On 10 October 1965 the relics of St. Savvas were returned by Pope Paul VI to the Patriarchate of Jerusalem. The reception was made, at the direction of Patriarch Benediktos of Jerusalem, by Bishop Vasilios of Jerusalem, Fr. Theodosios the Abbot of Bethany, Fr. Seraphim the Abbot of St. Savvas Lavra, and the Hierodeacon (and future Metropolitan of Nazareth) Kyriakos.

Though it is commonly recorded that this gesture on behalf of the Pope was made merely as an ecumenical gesture, such as that of the skull of St. Andrew in Patras, with regards to the return of the relics of St. Savvas there is more to the story. In fact, it was St. Savvas himself who was urging Pope Paul VI to have his relics returned, appearing first to his predecessor Pope John XXIII in his dreams and causing a scene in his reliquary.

Fr. Seraphim, the Abbot of St. Savvas Lavra, explains everything as follows:

“The Pope did not give us the holy relic because he loved us, but because he [St. Savvas] would constantly appear to him [Pope John XXIII] and would bother him to have his relics returned to his monastery. When the Pope died he did not take the wishes of the Saint into account, so he appeared again to his successor [Pope Paul VI]. Even in the church where his holy relics were treasured in a glass coffin, he would hit the glass and cause trouble, frightening the guards and the Latin monks.”

Patriarch Benediktos had insisted that Fr. Seraphim attend the reception of the relics. He even told the Abbot: “In your days, Fr. Seraphim, Saint Savvas has returned!” Fr. Seraphim responded: “No, in your days, Your Holiness.”

When the Orthodox representatives arrived at the Church of Saint Anthony in Venice they wondered if indeed these were the relics of Saint Savvas. Fr. Seraphim observed every inch of the incorrupt relic to see if he could see a sign of authenticity. He noticed that one of the eyes of St. Savvas was missing. This proved it for him, since in his biography it is said that the Monophysites removed one of his eyes. Moved by this Fr. Seraphim would not leave the side of the relics till they arrived at his monastery. Even when the holy relics arrived in Athens where they were to be venerated by the faithful prior to the return, Fr. Seraphim stood all night guarding the holy relics while everyone else was sleeping. Metropolitan Kyriakos of Nazareth describes the scene as if Fr. Seraphim and St. Savvas were having a conversation that night.

A problem arose when it came time to dress the holy relics in Orthodox vestments, since the Latins had dressed him in Latin vestments. After nine centuries it would be impossible to manoeuvre the body so as to put on the rason, the monastic schema and epitrachelion among other things. To further complicate matters, the hands of St. Savvas were crossed over his chest. Metropolitan Kyriakos of Nazareth describes what then happened as follows: “We then saw Abbot Seraphim kneel before the holy relics and pray for a good amount of time. At one point he arose and did prostrations and lifted the arms of Saint Savvas as one would a living man before the amazed eyes of us all.” They were able to change the vestments without a problem in Venice before the return to Jerusalem.

When the glass coffin arrived at the Piazza San Marco on the pier, there was a gondola that transported it by escort to an area near the airport. In a strange coincidence it was the same pier the sacred relic had disembarked centuries ago. Countless pigeons were gathered there, as if they were there to honor the event. Even many years later, when Fr. Seraphim and Metropolitan Kyriakos would reminisce about those days, they would always talk about the pigeons.

When the holy relics finally arrived in Jerusalem it was first brought to the Church of the Resurrection for many days. Here the women could venerate the holy relics prior to being brought permanently to the all-male monastic Lavra of St. Sabbas. Fr. Seraphim tells of a certain miracle at this time in Jerusalem. An Orthodox nun who was waiting to venerate the holy relics had doubts over whether or not the Latin’s had indeed given the authentic relics to the Orthodox. It was then that she saw the head of St. Savvas lift and turn to her, then it returned again in its place. Her joy removed all doubts.

(Elder Seraphim of Saint Sabba’s Monastery, Publications Migdonia – Greek book)

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Saint Valentine: Patron of married andall that unite them love

and want to marry with Orthodox Christian Marriage.

Apart from the historical data we have for Valentine’s life, there is accompanied various stories, such as from those who say he is the patron Saint of married and all that unite them love and want to marry with Orthodox Christian Marriage.

The Saint had a reputation as a peacemaker, and one day while cultivating some roses from his garden, he heard a couple quarrel very vigorously. This shocked the Saint, who then cut a rose and approached the couple asking them to hear him. Even though they were dispirited, they obeyed the Saint and afterwards were offered a rose that blessed them. Immediately the love returned between them, and later they returned and asked the Saint to bless their marriage. Another tradition says that one of the charges against Valentine was that he did not adhere to the command of the emperor which stated that men who had not fulfilled their military obligations were not allowed to marry; meanwhile the Saint had blessed the marriage of young Christian soldiers with their beloveds.

Besides all this, the likely choice of him as the “saint of lovers” is to be associated with the pagan festival of Lupercalia, a fertility festival, celebrated by the Romans on February 15. Others connect the celebration of this feast with the mating season of birds during this period. Certainly, however, the Saint has nothing to do with the commercialism (marketing) of flowers, gifts and secular centers which trivialize Eros, this great gift of God.

Saint Valentine and Orthodoxy

Many, however, raise the objection that St. Valentine is not mentioned anywhere in the calendar of the Orthodox Church. Indeed on 14 February in the calendar of the Church there are commemorated Saints Auxentios, Maron and the martyrs Nicholas and Damian. The explanation is simple: in ancient times hagiographic directories, biographies and martyrologia were written to be primarily used locally in their own character, and the fame and reputation of a saint locally does not mean that it extended also throughout the Church. So there may be saints honored widely in one region and completely unknown in another, eg, St. Demetrios, who is famous throughout the Eastern Church, yet in the West is not honored at all, and is almost unknown, but this does not mean that he is not a saint. Another example of the modern Church: Many New-Martyrs of Greece (1453-1821) who in Greece is known, yet in Russia is completely unknown, but this does not mean that he is not a saint.

Honor Martyrs – Imitate Martyrs

We honor our saints and St. Valentine when we imitate their courage to proclaim their faith in Christ the Savior, who did so even at the cost of their lives. We honor them when we beseech them to appeal to God to have mercy on us and forgive our many sins. We honor them when they are our models of the life in Christ. We do not honor the saints when we measure their ‘worth’ by worldly amusements and festivities in the best circumstances…

So Orthodox Church have the feast day of Saint Valentine on February 14 (+269) as we see in the Orthodox site ORTHODOX ENGLAND:

http://orthodoxengland.org.uk/stdfeb.htm – ORTHODOX ENGLAND

See also:

http://sthermans.ca/saints-life-of-valentine.asp – ST HERMAN OF ALASKA ORTHODOX SOBOR

Price witness – Mimisis witness!

To imitate and to make the Valentine rejoice for us must live Christian lives near the Sacrament of Holy Confession by Orthodox Christian marriage (for those who wishing Marriage).

Here there are Confession hours to lead safely through Confession in the Orthodox Marriage having from God a blessed family!

ENGLAND:

Father Zacharias

St. John the Baptist Monastery Old Rectory,

Tolleshunt Knights by Maldon, Essex CM9 8EZ

United Kingdom

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GERMANY:

Fr. Bill, Orthodox Church of Saints Paul & Peter

Esslingen, Germany

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ARIZONA, USA:

Fr. Ephraim Filotheitis

 http://www.stanthonysmonastery.org/index.php

St Anthony’s Monastery in Arizona, USA

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Source:

Encyclopedia New Advent (www.newadvent.org)

Patron Saints Index (www.catholic-forum.com/saints/indexsnt.htm)

Oxford Dictionary of Saints

Hellenism & Orthodoxy, Publications PSL Livani (Greek book)

Saint Valentine of Athens, Publications Good Type (Greek book)

Elder Seraphim of Saint Sabba’s Monastery, Publications Migdonia (Greek book)

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