Ἡ θέση τοῦ Ἁγίου Πορφυρίου γιά τίς ἐλεύθερες σχέσεις-The position of St. Porphyrios regarding free relations

Ο αγιότατος Όσιος γενικώς ήταν τελείως αντίθετος στις νεοορθόδοξες – νεονικολαϊτικές διδασκαλίες περί ελεύθερων σχέσεων με πρόσχημα την αγάπη. Γνώριζε ότι οι διδασκαλίες αυτές ωθούν τους ανθρώπους και μάλιστα τους νέους στον ερωτισμό, στην ελευθεριότητα, στις σαρκικές αμαρτίες και στις διαστροφές. Δυστυχώς, αυτές οι ιδέες εισβάλλουν στην Εκκλησία ως προοδευτικές, φιλελεύθερες, αντιπουριτανικές, αντιζηλωτικές και εκσυγχρονιστικές….

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Quotations from the writings of our Father Among the Saints, the great Hierarch and Confessor, MARK OF EPHESUS, whose memory we keep on this day (Jan. 19):

”Κανεὶς δὲν ἐξουσιάζει τὴν πίστη μας, οὔτε βασιλιάς, οὔτε ἀρχιερέας, οὔτε ψευδοσύνοδος, οὔτε κανένας ἄλλος, παρὰ μόνο ὁ Θεὸς…” ~ Ἅγιος Μάρκος o Εὐγενικός ________________________ “‘But if,’ they say, ‘we had devised some middle ground between the dogmas (of the Papists and the Orthodox), then thanks to this we would have united with them and…

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The Art Of Salvation – Elder Ephraim of Arizona

 At a certain monastery, there was a monk whom the devil had successfully led into negligence. He stopped doing his prayer rule, ceased attending church, and discontinued his appointed prayers. The other fathers were aware of his negligent conduct. Eventually, the time of death approached, and the other fathers gathered by his side hoping to…

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Raising our children – a general approach

ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH  previous:https://hristospanagia3.blogspot.com/2018/11/teaching-our-children-to-pray.html Raising our children – a general approach What’s elementary for our children is to be under the guidance of a Pnevmatikos (Spiritual Father), to meet with him regularly and submit to him with orthodox obedience (provided this Pnevmatikos is mastering the orthodox therapeutic system and is already cured)….

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Teaching our children to pray ceaselessly

ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH  previous:https://hristospanagia3.blogspot.com/2018/11/the-church-is-not-supposed-to-satisfy.html Teaching our children to pray ceaselessly It would be a blessed practice for the parents (the mother, for example) to gather their children under (or in front of) the ikonostasis (icon screen) and invite them to jointly practice the Jesus Prayer for 5 minutes. “This is how we…

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The Church is not supposed to satisfy our earthly plans

ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH  previous:https://hristospanagia3.blogspot.com/2018/11/seek-first-kingdom-of-god.html The Church is not supposed to satisfy our earthly plans There are people who think the Church is here, to favor our earthly plans. This is wrong, too! This is not what the Church is for. When we think of the Orthodox Church like that, we have superstitious…

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Seek first the Kingdom of God

ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH  previous:https://hristospanagia3.blogspot.com/2018/11/how-to-reach-purification-how-to-know.html Seek first the Kingdom of God “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” [Matthew 6:33]. To ask for the Kingdom means to ask that God reins inside me, He shall be my Lord. However, we…

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How to reach purification-How to know the will of God

ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH  previous:https://hristospanagia3.blogspot.com/2018/11/love-towards-god-and-difficulty-in.html How to reach purification I would like to remind you: the Jesus Prayer is not the only thing to be practiced. It is the entire therapeutic system of our Orthodox Church we have to observe. This means we should live a liturgical life (attend Church services frequently), we…

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Love towards God and the difficulty in praying ceaselessly

ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH  previous:https://hristospanagia3.blogspot.com/2018/11/is-spiritual-life-tiresome.html Love towards God and the difficulty in praying ceaselessly How is it when you are in love with a certain person? Just tell me, do you need any special effort to think about this person? No, you don’t. Your mind constantly revolves around this person; constantly… And you…

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Noetic prayer and how to get used to its practice

ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH   previous:https://hristospanagia3.blogspot.com/2018/11/whats-missing-true-repentance-force-and.html Question from the audience: Fr. Savvas, what about the noetic prayer? Answer by Fr. Savvas: I told you already. When we start doing it right and ceaselessly, there will be a moment when the very Holy Spirit will come into us and do it! Noetic prayer and how…

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Illumination and how to reach it

ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH  previous:https://hristospanagia3.blogspot.com/2018/11/how-much-can-we-endure-praying.html Illumination and how to reach it When we are in the state of illumination, we pray constantly. In a state of complete illumination, the Jesus Prayer is self-acting. This means it is being said by itself ceaselessly within our heart. The question is how to get there. In…

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How much can we endure praying

ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH  previous:https://hristospanagia3.blogspot.com/2018/11/illumination-of-our-nouscatanyxis.html Question from the audience: How much can we stand praying and attend the church services? Answer by Fr. Savvas: Frankly, if we start praying, it means we start breathing! Hence, when we ask about how long we can stand praying, it is like asking how long we can…

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Illumination of our nousCatanyxis – Illumination – Tears

ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH  previous:https://hristospanagia3.blogspot.com/2018/11/antimonastic-spirit.html Illumination of our nous Question from the audience: Is illumination a permanent state or is the Holy Spirit coming back and forth? Answer by Fr. Savvas: When we progress to illumination, this state is permanent. It’s there and you live it 24 hours a day. This means we…

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