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Of the Last Judgment / Православие.RuИскать в Источникеpravoslavie.ru
... to speak, in dependence on God’s grace, of the day of His final judgment, and to affirm it against the ungodly and incredulous, we must first of all lay, as it were, in the foundation of the edifice the divine declarations. Those persons who do not believe such declarations do their best to oppose to them false and illusive sophisms of their own, either contending that what is adduced from Scripture has another meaning, or altogether denying that it is an utterance of God’s. For I suppose no man who understands what is written, and believes it to be communicated by the supreme and true God through holy men, refuses to yield and consent to these declarations, whether he orally confesses his consent, or is from some evil influence ashamed or afraid to do so; or even, with an opinionativeness closely resembling madness, makes strenuous efforts to defend what he knows and believes to be false against what he knows and believes to be true. That, therefore, which the whole Church of the true God holds and professes as its creed, that Christ shall come from heaven to judge quick and dead, this we call the last day, or last time, of the divine judgment. For we do not know how ... далее ...
St. Anna of Kashin, and the times of her ...Искать в Источникеpravoslavie.ru
... where the other princes of Rostov where laid to rest, and simply buried in the monastery of the Savior. Why such a punishment? Prince Gleb was God-fearing, kind, generous, humble, having “turned away from pride as from a snake. ” When he died he “quietly and meekly gave up his spirit. ” Perhaps he exceeded the limits of religious morals in yielding to the Mongols when warring together with Khan Mengy-Timurom in the Caucasus? His fault remains unknown. [6] The holy hierarch nearly paid for his severity with his right to serve. Metropolitan Cyril accused him of judging a “dead man before the Last Judgment, ” and it was only due to the intercession of Anna’s father, Dimitry Borisovich, that this sanction was lifted. By his living example, Bishop Ignatius, taught Anna firmness of unwavering faith, and prepared her to become a confessor. Anna was ten or eleven years old when this austere ascetic reposed (†1288) , and miracles began to occur during his funeral that shook all of Rostov. He is commemorated on May 28. For many years Dimitry Borisovich’s family was close to the Tsarevich Peter, the righteous Tatar elder, for whom faith in Christ had become the meaning of life. Anna’s ... далее ...
Sermons, Sermon 138 - читать, скачать - Антоний, ...Искать в Источникеazbyka.ru
... s parable is so familiar to us that we may well not even notice its message. And it speaks to us of two things. It reminds us of the fact that a day will come when we will stand face to face with the Living God, and then judgment will come upon us. Not that God waits for us to judge and condemn our evil deeds; but when we will stand before God Who is all beauty, and discover how we have made ugly His image in us, when we will stand before God Who has loved us s o much and realise how little love we have given Him – will t h a t not be a judgment? This happens also in our earthly relations. At times we discover that someone loved us so deeply, so truly, and we took e v e r y t h i n g that was given us – all the love, all the warmth, all the tenderness, all the care, all the sacrifices, that we accepted the l i f e of the person who was day after day renouncing himself or herself for our sake without responding, taking for granted that the love that was offered us was our due, our right. And then one day comes when this person dies, and we realise that we have taken, taken ceaselessly, and never given a sign of recognition, never made this person feel that we understood how ... далее ...
The Spiritual Guide by Ware - читать, скачать - ...Искать в Источникеazbyka.ru
... burdens of others. «A starets, » writes Dostoevsky in The Brothers Karamazov, «is one who takes your soul, your will into his soul and into his will. » 21 It is not enough for him merely to offer advice in a detached way. He is also required to take up the soul of his spiritual children into his own soul, their life into his life. It is his task to pray for them, and his constant intercession on their behalf is more important to them than any words of counsel. 22 It is his task likewise to assume their sorrows and their sins, to take their guilt upon himself, and to answer for them at the Last Judgment. St Barsanuphius of Gaza insists to his spiritual children, «As God Himself knows, there is not a second or an hour when I do not have you in my mind and in my prayers... I take upon myself the sentence of condemnation against you, and by the grace of Christ, I will not abandon you, either in this age or in the Age to come. » 23 In the words of Dostoevskys starets Zosima, «There is only one way of salvation, and that is to make yourself responsible for the sins of all... to make yourself responsible in all sincerity for everything and everyone. » 24 The ability of the elder to ... далее ...
The Last Judgment is Within Us / Православие.RuИскать в Источникеpravoslavie.ru
... The Last Judgment is Within Us Sergei Komarov Just what the Last Judgment is, every person knows to some extent—even if he has not read the Gospels or heard a Christian sermon; even if he has no faith at all. He knows because every person has a conscience. Even before the books of judgment are opened and the Impartial Judge pronounces His sentence about our eternal lot, even in this earthly life, the stern voice of conscience will condemn us. Just like the Heavenly Judge, this accuser is just and incorruptible, because the conscience is Vox Dei, the voice of God in man. It performs the small rehearsal of the Last Day of the Lord, evoking a nagging feeling of guilt and shame before the final judgment of our iniquity. Photo: Pravoslavie. ru But of course, our earthy existence leaves us the right not to obey this testimony and do whatever we want; but the inner voice of conscience will nevertheless continue to reproach us to the end of our days, reminding us of our wrongdoing. The apostle Paul wrote about this in his epistle to the Romans. Talking about the pagans, Paul notes, Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing ... далее ...
THE MEANING OF THE GREAT FAST: The True Nature of ...Искать в Источникеpravmir.com
... in the case of St. Peter ( Acts 10: 9-17 ) . He ‘went up on the housetop to pray about the sixth hour, and he became very hungry and wanted to eat; and it was in this state that he fell into a trance and heard the divine voice. Such is always the purpose of ascetic fasting – to enable us, as the Triodion puts it, to ‘draw near to the mountain of prayer’. 10 Prayer and fasting should in their turn be accompanied by almsgiving – by love for others expressed in practical form, by works of compassion and forgiveness. Eight days before the opening of the Lenten fast, on the Sunday of the Last Judgment, the appointed Gospel is the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats ( Matt. 25′: 31-46 ) , reminding us that the criterion in the coming judgment will not be the strictness of our fasting but the amount of help that we have given to those in need. In the words of the Triodion: Knowing the commandments of the Lord, let this be our way of life: Let us feed the hungry, let us give the thirsty drink, Let us clothe the naked, let us welcome strangers, Let us visit those in prison and the sick. Then the Judge of all the earth will say even to us: ‘Come, ye blessed of My Father, ... далее ...
The Last Judgment is Within Us / ...Искать в Источникеpravoslavie.ru
... Last Judgment is Within Us Sergei Komarov Just what the Last Judgment is, every person knows to some extent—even if he has not read the Gospels or heard a Christian sermon; even if he has no faith at all. He knows because every person has a conscience. Even before the books of judgment are opened and the Impartial Judge pronounces His sentence about our eternal lot, even in this earthly life, the stern voice of conscience will condemn us. Just like the Heavenly Judge, this accuser is just and incorruptible, because the conscience is Vox Dei, the voice of God in man. It performs the small rehearsal of the Last Day of the Lord, evoking a nagging feeling of guilt and shame before the final judgment of our iniquity. Photo: Pravoslavie. ru But of course, our earthy existence leaves us the right not to obey this testimony and do whatever we want; but the inner voice of conscience will nevertheless continue to reproach us to the end of our days, reminding us of our wrongdoing. The apostle Paul wrote about this in his epistle to the Romans. Talking about the pagans, Paul notes, Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and ... далее ...
Holy Hierarch Chad of Lichfield, Apostle of ...Искать в Источникеpravoslavie.ru
... call on the mercy of God and entreat Him to have pity on humankind. If the storm got more intense, he would close his book, prostrate himself and pray with more fervor. And if the wind turned into a thunderstorm with rainfall and lightning, which made the locals tremble with fear, he would go into his church and unceasingly recite psalms and prayers in quiet, until the skies cleared. When asked why he did so the saint used to reply: “The Lord disturbs the air, provokes the wind, sends thunder and lightning from heaven in order to call on us for the fear of God; to remind us of the Last Judgment; to make us suppress our pride; to crush our disobedience and lead our souls to that great and terrible day… So, with all due fear and love we must be mindful of His warnings through such signs in heaven… When it happens, we need to implore Him to have mercy on us, to confess all hidden sins and vices in our hearts and to cleanse our souls with all zeal. ” Chad blessed a holy well in Lichfield beside his hermitage-hut and he used its water for baptisms. According to tradition, he would also immerse himself in his well at nights for continual prayer, as did many other saints of ... далее ...
How angels help us pass through the tollhouses. ...Искать в Источникеpravoslavie.ru
... whose name we bear, our Patron Angel (saint) . The expectation of death and the aerial tollhouses should not cast the Orthodox Christian into despondency. For such a constant remembrance of death and the tollhouses can be crowned by the joy of passing through them and a successful ascent to the Heavenly Kingdom. St. Isaiah the Hermit said, “Have death before yours eyes every day and caringly contemplate how you will have to leave your body, pass by the powers of darkness that meet us in the air, and stand without stumbling before God, spreading your gaze also to the terrible day of His Last Judgment and reward of each person for his deeds, words, and thoughts. ” 1It is said, Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession ( Heb. 4: 13-14 ) . Believing in the One “that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession, ” for we confess Him not only as having “for us men and for our salvation came down from the ... далее ...
Christian Universalism: Will Everyone Finally Be ...Искать в Источникеpravoslavie.ru
... in his Tract 90 that the 39 Articles (then considered authoritative for Anglican clergy) did not condemn the doctrine of purgatory in principle, but only “the Romish doctrine concerning purgatory”, when clearly the framers of the 39 Articles would have little sympathy for any doctrine of purgatory at all. At the end of the day what ultimately matters is less the historical minutiae of the Council’s background (fascinating though it may be to scholars) than the abiding consensus of the Church through the centuries–a consensus reflected not only in the Church’s iconography regarding the Last Judgment, but also in her hymns. Consider, for example, the stich for the Vespers of the Sunday of the Last Judgment: “the whole vale of sorrow shall echo with the fearful sound of lamentation, as all the sinners, weeping in vain, are sent by Your just judgement to everlasting torment”. The Church later read the Council as condemning not only Origen’s teaching in particular, but also as condemning the concept of an ultimate apokatastasis in principle. One may lament this reading of the Council (as some do) and spend much effort trying to correct it and promote universalism as a ... далее ...
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