Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Intercession (Diesis)


Δέησης των αγίων

The Intercession (Diesis)

    


The concept of the intercession of the saints

It is important for us to begin this research through study the texts of the holy bible,


which lead us to the true, that because we are Christians and our fundamental sources come from the bible.


For that, we will refer direct to the texts that indicated to the subject of our research “the intercession”.


Revelation chapter 5th number:8 (Αποκάλυψη 5:8)


καὶ ὅτε ἔλαβεν τὸ βιβλίον, τὰ τέσσαρα ζῷα καὶ οἱ εἴκοσι τέσσαρες πρεσβύτεροι ἔπεσαν ἐνώπιον τοῦ ἀρνίου,


ἔχοντες ἕκαστος κιθάραν καὶ φιάλας χρυσᾶς γεμούσας θυμιαμάτων, αἵ εἰσιν αἱ προσευχαὶ τῶν ἁγίων


And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and twenty four elders fell down before the Lamb,


having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of saints. (Rev 5:8)



1st Timothy chapter 2nd number : 1-3:


2:1 Παρακαλῶ οὖν πρῶτον πάντων ποιεῖσθαι δεήσεις, προσευχάς, ἐντεύξεις, εὐχαριστίας, ὑπὲρπάν των ἀνθρώπων,


2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks,

be made for all men;

2:2ὑπὲρ βασιλέων καὶ πάντων τῶν ἐν ὑπεροχῇ ὄντων, ἵνα ἤρεμον καὶ ἡσύχιον βίον διάγωμεν ἐν πάσῃ εὐσεβείᾳ καὶ σεμνότητι.


2:2 for kings and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all

godliness and honesty.


2:3 τοῦτο καλὸν καὶ ἀπόδεκτον ἐνώπιον τοῦ σωτῆρος ἡμῶν θεοῦ,
2:3 for this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior;

(1st Timo 2: 1-3)


Revelation chapter 8th number 3-4 (Αποκάλυψη 8:3-4)

8:3 Καὶ ἄλλος ἄγγελος ἦλθεν καὶ ἐστάθη ἐπὶ τοῦ θυσιαστηρίου ἔχων λιβανωτὸν χρυσοῦν, καὶ ἐδόθη αὐτῷ θυμιάματα πολλὰ ἵνα δώσει ταῖς προσευχαῖς τῶν ἁγίων πάντων ἐπὶ τὸ θυσιαστήριον τὸ χρυσοῦν τὸ ἐνώπιον τοῦ θρόνου.

8:3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer;


and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with


the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.


8:4 καὶ ἀνέβη καπνὸς τῶν θυμιαμάτων ταῖς προσευχαῖς τῶν ἁγίων ἐκ χειρὸς τοῦ ἀγγέλου ἐνώπιον τοῦ θεοῦ.


8:4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up


before God out of the angel's hand. (Rev 8:3-4)



There is a big question come from the people


How God accept the prayers of the saints who are dead?


Saints who moved from this life are not dead, So the lord Jesus Christ had said:

LUKE chapter 20th Number 36-38


20:36 οὐδὲ γὰρ ἀποθανεῖν ἔτι δύνανται, ἰσάγγελοι γάρ εἰσιν, καὶ υἱοί εἰσιν θεοῦ, τῆς ἀναστάσεως υἱοὶ ὄντες.

20:36 Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God,


being the children of the resurrection.


20:37 ὅτι δὲ ἐγείρονται οἱ νεκροὶ καὶ Μωϋσῆς ἐμήνυσεν ἐπὶ τῆς βάτου, ὡς λέγει κύριον τὸν θεὸν Ἀβραὰμ καὶ θεὸν Ἰσαὰκκαὶ


θεὸν Ἰακώβ:

20:37 Now that the dead are raised, even Moses showed at the bush, when he called the Lord


the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.


20:38 θεὸς δὲ οὐκ ἔστιν νεκρῶν ἀλλὰ ζώντων, πάντες γὰρ αὐτῷ ζῶσιν.


20:38 For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.


(Luk 20:36-38)


And to confirmation that “Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels” so we refer to the Transfiguration on the mount


LUKE chapter 9th Number 29-33


9:29 And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering.


9:30 And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias:


9:31 Who appeared in glory, and spoke of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.


9:32 But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him.


9:33 And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said. ( Luk 9: 29-33).


In a short conclusion and summary


In the Transfiguration on the mount, we see Moses and Elijah still alive and they had appeared in glory on the earth, weared like angels.


This was confirmed categorically that the saints are not dead, but they are living in the glory of God, and it was also confirmation about what has wrote in the Revelation about the prayers and intercessions of the saints that they are giving before the throne of God.


Editor: Rev.Spyridon Tanous
Diocese of Leesburg Orthodox Patristic Church- Sweden
www.christ-prayer.org

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Holy Tradition

The Holy Tradition

The Orthodox church is based in her life on the Holy Tradition which govern the ecclesiastical life.

Today we would answer to the question:  Tradition, Where it comes from?

Five sources of the Holy Tradition:

1-      The Holy Scripture in both parts ( the old and new testament) constitute a major source of the Tradition, in this short article we cannot elaborating where this explanation needs to seminar, and we will arrange for online seminar in the new year. but we can give an example: St. Paul clarifies in Galatians 1:11 that the Tradition of the church  is not according to man, where he mean that it is not a human product but it is revealed by God.


2-      The Liturgy is the second source which mean the common work, so the church come together to be the people of God and worship God, the common worship is the services for various hours of the day, for seven days a week, the feast days and the season of the church and the sacraments of the church.


3-      The Councils is the third source, the councils created the Creed, the canons, described the Holy Scripture, etc.

  

4-      The Saints who are the Fathers of the church are the fourth source, which consist from the life of the Saints and their teaching.


5-      Church Arts are the fifth and final source such as the iconography, images of Christ, His Life, His Mother, the saints , the prophets, etc.
            the ecclesiastical Music the  chants and hymns which sung within the Liturgies.

To the readers, greeting in our Lord Jesus Christ
we would to announce that after the new year, in January 2012, we will launch online Seminars about the Holy Tradition, where we will study the five sources which is:
 1. The Holy Scripture; 2. The Liturgy;  3. The Councils ; 4. The Saints ; 5. Church Arts.

Please Note,  Places across the Internet is very limited
 Who wish to attend please register
 the Seminars are Free of charge.

please follow up the update at:
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Editor: Rev.Spyridon Tanous
Orthodox Patristic Church- Sweden
www.christ-prayer.org

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Orientalism and Oriental studies

Orientalism or Oriental studies are one of the studies that took an important place in modern history, where the East, and specifically the Middle East Is the starting place for the most important civilizations, and the cradle of three religions, which is called: the heavenly religions.
 And to our current time, it constitute a source of controversy and concern in many cases,
 whereas that we Orthodox Church, which mean eastern Church, and we are through the Faculty of Theology, we have decided to expand in the studies to include Oriental studies and researchs.
in our new section the Oriental researchs, we will provides researchs and studies on the oriental religious ( Jewish, Christian and Islam), and focusing on three points
1- Prophecies and Old testament's events
2- the Patristic heritage from 33 AD until fall of Byzantine Empire. include the sacred tradition, book of Acts. and ecclesiastic art.
3-  Islamic's customs and traditions, the system of succession, and what came of the conquest

Editor: Rev.Spyridon Tanous
Orthodox Patristic Church- Sweden
www.christ-prayer.org

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Glory to the Lord, who promise and fulfills his promises.



In the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, our wonderful God, the Son of the Great Holy Father, and through the support of the Holy Spirit, the Lord, Giver of life, who spokes through the prophets, who is, always, protects and builds the Holy church, which is the heavenly kingdom on earth, the Holy, catholic, and Apostolic church.

I am, the humble servant, Spyridon announce the following :

Today, in greatfully and glee, I declare that the Divine will, which had been declared to me, I am the lowly server in the Lord, has been achieved,

Glory to the Lord, who promise and fulfills his promises.

The promise was," that God will provide, to his servant, a church's bulding in order  to make this holy place, a beacon for bringing the  souls in order to glorify his Holy name, and to receive the sacred gifts, and to be the stone corner for launch the monastic".

Two days ago, a priest from the local church, provided us a church's building, to our mission in Sweden.

Glory to thee our Lord, Glory to thee

Editor: Rev.Spyridon Tanous
Dioces of Leesburg- Orthodox Patristic Church- Sweden
 www.christ-prayer.org

Monday, November 21, 2011

Teachings of Saint Anthony the Great + Διδασκαλίες του Αγίου Αντωνίου


Editor: Rev.Spyridon Tanous
Orthodox Patristic Church- Sweden
www.christ-prayer.org

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sacred Announcement

Announcement


Announcement from Diocese of Leesburg/ Monastic of Orthodox Patristic Church in Sweden and Scandinavia.


In the name of the father and the Son and the holy Spirit, Amen.



My brothers and Sisters in Christ,in the name of the Holy Trinity, we announce that the Monastic began to receive requests from persons who want to become monks in the mission in Sweden and Scandinavia.

Therefore we deliver this announcement to whom feel that they has divine invitation to serve the holy word through monastic.



For further information please contact Fr. Spyridonrev.spyridon@christ-prayer.org



The intercession of our Lady the most- virgin Theotokos, and St. Peter of Damascus covers your Life.




Editor: Rev.Spyridon Tanous
Orthodox Patristic Church- Sweden
www.christ-prayer.org

Monday, November 14, 2011

Announcement



Announcement

Announcement from Diocese of Leesburg/ Monastic of Orthodox Patristic Church in Sweden and Scandinavia.


In the name of the father and the Son and the holy Spirit, Amen.

My brothers and Sisters in Christ
in the name of the Holy Trinity, we announce that
the Monastic began to receive requests from persons who want to become monks in the mission in Sweden and Scandinavia,

Therefore we deliver this announcement to whom feel that they has divine invitation to serve the holy word through monastic.

For further information please contact Fr. Spyridon
rev.spyridon@christ-prayer.org

http://christ-prayer.org/monastic.html

The intercession of our Lady the most- virgin Theotokos, and St. Peter of Damascus covers your Life.



Editor: Rev.Spyridon Tanous
 Diocese of Leesburg
Orthodox Patristic Church- Sweden
www.christ-prayer.org

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Letter to the Christians in Syria



My sons and my brothers in Christ

I type to you today  not from my intellectual methods and I do not try to put an opinion, but reminding you about the teachings of the Holy Fathers of the Church that prompted countless of martyrs.

You all know who is St. John Chrysostom !
He Is the founder and writer of the Divine Liturgy, which you pray it every Sunday at your blessed Churches.

he is the  father of Church of Antioch , which you belong  it, He who interpreted of the Epistles of Paul the Apostle

He is the Saint whose called for  the rights of the poor and defended the oppressed, he was whose faced of the king and the kings, he dropped the kingdoms for the rights of  the poor and needy.

Do you remember that of St. John Chrysostom prevent the Queen, usurped the right of the widows and fatal the poor , from entering the church !?

The  great Saint Chrysostom, Patriarch of Antioch, decided to deterred the Queen through the law of church,
He issued a decision against her by preventing her from entering the church.

People stood up and supported the saint and closed the doors of the church at the face of large Queen.

Awake, O Christian take part with your brothers in the nation to achieve justice, not to support the tyrant Who claims to divinity and forcing people to worship his image, this is who killed and ate the poor widows and poor money.

Do not allow to be dragged behind idolatry, not accustomed to the time of Roman Emperors, who had forced the people to worship Caesar.

We do not worship except God.

God keep you, Keep the faith, as the Savior said: Whoever has faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains.

Serve right to right will set you free


+ Father Spyridon


Editor: Rev.Spyridon Tanous
 Orthodox Patristic Church- Sweden
 www.christ-prayer.org

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Because your adversary is the devil

based to  holy words which said by our  savior the Lord Jesus christ, it is normal to be one of many persecuted persons, in this world by a lot of groups which called themself churches, have been established a new ideology,   in the contrast of the Lord teach, and against the teach of the fathers of the church, while the most of them were martyrs,
nothing new for the conception of the persecution in our christian life, because our lord has declared that will be happen against his servants and his people which is the path of the holiness
(John 15:20)Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
(Matthew 5:11) Blessed are ye, when [men] shall revile you, and persecute [you], and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake."
so, my dears in christ, do not be sad nor angry, you are in the way of the heavenly kingdom,
but you have to be angry from those who teach Such as wolves.
while Jesus confirm that our way not easy:
"Luke 10:3Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves".
 (Acts 20:29) For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous WOLVES enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
but my dears in christ remember always our Lord said to his church:
God said: "For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, "Fear not, I will help you" (Isaiah 41 : 13)
pray to the lord all the day asking him to protect you from devil
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour" (1Peter 5:8)

Editor: Rev.Spyridon Tanous
 Orthodox Patristic Church- Sweden
www.christ-prayer.org

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Enough killing christians, Stop, Stop killing us

Campaign for protection to the christians in Middle East and Africa
in the grace of our Lord we begin campaign for protection to the christians in Middle East and Africa,
asking all who want to participate this campaign to follow the update in our page on facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Monastic-of-Orthodox-Patristic-Church/157887940959169




Editor: Rev.Spyridon Tanous
Orthodox Patristic Church- Sweden
www.christ-prayer.org

Friday, September 30, 2011

St. Peter of Damascus (Peter Damascene)

St. Peter of Damascus (Peter Damascene)
Peter Damascene is the Treasury of divine knowledge
The Byzantine Monk and Spiritual Theologian,



St.Peter of Damascus writes of three types of monasticism: communal, skite-dwelling, and eremitic.

He recommends the use of imageless prayer and frequent repetition of short prayers. His theology is not systematic, and he gives advice for practicing the ascetical life, a life open to all.

St.Peter of Damascus’steaching aims to meet the contingencies of life.
By grounding theology in spiritual practice, and theological insight into human life, St. Peter of Damascus exemplifies the traditional mode of Orthodox theology.
in his treasury, earlier Orthodox doctrines are recapitulated in such a way as to make the riches of theory and discipline generally available.

St.Peter of Damascus has stated the following:
“There is no object, no activity or place in the whole of creation that can prevent us from becoming what god from the beginning wished us to be:
 that is to say according to his image and likeness, god by adoption  through grace, dispassionate, just, good and wise, whether we are rich or poor, married or unmarried, in authority and free or under obedience and in bondage- in short, whatever our time, place or activity.”
 the prayer of St. Peter of Damascus with you all 

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Editor: Rev.Spyridon Tanous
Orthodox Patristic Church- Sweden
www.christ-prayer.org

Friday, September 9, 2011

Revive the spirit to the unused old churches



One of key tasks within the mission of Monastic of Orthodox Patristic church, that is to reviving the Spirit into unused old churches, especially in the rural areas in Sweden and Scandinavia.

Where many of this wonderful buildings became just a historical buildings (stones without spirit), it became to be just a historical photos, and ancient buildings reflects to events in the past ages
Our task is to bring again the Spirit to these Churches and their communities,
These churches have been built in order to give glory to the Lord, not to be just historical remembrances or ancient places.

We want to re-confirm that these buildings are houses of God and the path to the heavenly kingdom.

We want to re-place this true conception to the meaning of the church in the right context.

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Editor: Rev.Spyridon Tanous
Orthodox Patristic Church- Sweden
www.christ-prayer.org

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Free Radio from Monastic of Orthodox Patristic church

Our dears in Christ Do you know , " Monastic of Orthodox Patristic church" has been launched Radio Voice Of Youth,
where we invite all to share us with this radio

we provide free Broadcast to all churches

you can listen from our official site
http://christ-prayer.org/radio.html
or from our e-magazine
Word of Truth: http://www.wt-wordtruth.blogspot.com/


Editor: Rev.Spyridon Tanous
Orthodox Patristic Church- Sweden
www.christ-prayer.org

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Orthodox Monastic " Ranks & Types"




In our tradition as Orthodox, monastic has four ranks which related to both men and women.
The first step is the beginner or so called novice, which is an obedience rank, where at this stage the candidate lives in the monastery under the direction of a spiritual father or mother.

The second rank is called the rias-bearer, which  the person in this level is start to get  formally accepted into the monastic society, and  given the right to wear the monastic robe, ; But in this stage the candidate is not yet fully committed to the monastic life.
 

The third rank is that of the small schema where the person is declared as monk. and to receives a new name and wears the monastic schema (a cloth with the sign of the cross), here in this stage the person declare his obligation to remain in the monastic life and obedience to the spiritual father and to the abbot of the monastery.
The service here, includes a long series of formal questioning about the authenticity of the calling, the tonsuring (i.e., the cutting of the hair), and the vesting in the full monastic clothing.

The final rank of the monastic order is the great schema. here the monk will expressing the most strict observance of the monastic ideals, demanding normally a state of life in total seclusion in perpetual prayer and contemplation. With this final profession a new name is again received, and a new monastic insignia -- the great schema -- is worn.

it is good to note that In the Orthodox monastic there is no prescribed length of time that a person must remain in one or another of the monastic ranks.
Thus, some persons may progress rapidly to profession, while others may take years, and still others may never be formally professed while still remaining within the monastic community. The decision in these matters is made individually in each case by the spiritual director and the head of the community. 

Types of Monasticism

Although the Orthodox Church does not have religious orders as the Latin Church does, there are in Orthodoxy different styles of monastic life, both individually and in community. Generally speaking some monasteries may be more liturgically oriented, while others may be more ascetic, while still others may have a certain mystical tradition, and others be more inclined to spiritual guidance and openness to the world for the purpose of care and counselling. These various styles of monasticism, which take both a personal as well as a corporate form, are not formally predetermined or officially legislated. They are the result of organic development under the living grace of God.

In addition to the various spiritual styles of monastic life, three formal types of organization may be mentioned. The first is that of coenobitic monasticism. In this type all members of the community do all things in common. The second form is called idiorhythmic in which the monks or nuns pray together liturgically, but work and eat individually or in small groups. In this type of monasticism the persons may even psalmodize and do the offices separately, coming together only for the eucharistic liturgy, and even then, perhaps, only on certain occasions. Finally, there is the eremitic type of monasticism where the individual monks or nuns are actually hermits, also called anchorites or recluses. They live in total individual seclusion and never join in the liturgical prayer of the community, except again perhaps on the most solemn occasions. In the rarest of cases it may even happen that the holy eucharist is brought to the monk or nun who remains perpetually alone.

In the Orthodox Church today in the Western world there are only a few communities with a genuinely monastic life. In the traditional Orthodox countries monasticism still thrives, although with greatly reduced numbers due to the political and spiritual conditions. In recent years, in some places, there has been a renewed interest in monasticism, particularly among the more educated members of the Church.

Welcome to visit us at: http://christ-prayer.org/monastic.html

Editor: Rev.Spyridon Tanous
Orthodox Patristic Church- Sweden
www.christ-prayer.org

Friday, August 12, 2011

Monasticism



Everyone of us is called upon to serve God in various different ways. 
Monasticism is a particular calling, a very special way for a man to serve God and Humanity. 
Every man has a particular gift, as Saint Paul says. The "calling" for someone to become a monk is in itself such a "gift". 
God himself talks directly with the monk-to-be (using signs, indications, or man’s inner voice), or (talks to the monk) through his Spiritual Guide (Spiritual Father). 
Monasticism is one of the ways by which a man can reach God. This is accomplished by solitude, prayer, exercise, obedience to the Spiritual Father service and fasting. 

For a man to come face to face with God, in the special way that a monk is called upon to do so, he needs solitude and quiet, with no external distractions. Monks that need this special solitude do not live in communes, but in solitary isolation (hermits, ascetics).

Monasticism’s prayer and fasting
Prayer is the right, the obligation and the support for every believer. For the monk, prayer is his reason for existence in this life and world. There are different ways of prayer for different situations and needs. The "Jesus Prayer" or "wish" that the monks of Mount Athos say, (with the of the Prayer Rope) consists of the words: "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me the sinner". Many a book have been written about this Prayer and many more things have been experienced through it. It is also called "The Prayer of the Heart".
Fasting is the abstention from particular food or food in general. It is the monk’s exercise on a physical level. Fasting aims to purify and cleans both body and spirit, and to strengthen his will.

Monk's Obedience
Obedience is one of the capital virtues of the monk. It is a prerequisite for humility, which is, by general admission, the crown of all Christian virtues. The Holly Fathers place obedience above fasting and prayer. The reason is that exercise without obedience gives birth to vanity and arrogance, but if one acts under instructions, one has no reason to be arrogant. Obedience means unreserved surrender to God’s will. The Spiritual Father helps the monk in this matter, and his contribution is of great importance to the progress of the monk. As a sign of his obedience to God the monk is called to obey his Spiritual Father in all matters.

Service of monks
Service is related to both prayer and obedience. It can be both "inward" and "outward". Outward (external) refers to the tasks and duties which a monk has to perform while living in the community of his fellow brefuren, and to hospitality. It also refers to the giving of counsel (when asked) and consolation.
The "inward", invisible service refers to the prayer for humanity.

Text sources from "Holy Mountain".

Welcome to visit us at: http://christ-prayer.org/monastic.html

Editor: Rev.Spyridon Tanous
Orthodox Patristic Church- Sweden
www.christ-prayer.org

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Radio “Voice of Youth"

 


Coming soon

 Radio
“Voice of Youth"



Provide a set of  the most interesting programs:

directed to the young, adult and children

1- Morning program            "Good Morning World"

"Good Morning O' heaven", provide the live broadcasting discussions, on the issues of life
Hymns
Worldwide news: over the social and ecclesiastical activities.
And many other.

                                           "          Good Morning World           "
 "           Good Morning  World        "


2- Hello from Sweden
3- Let us pray to the Lord
4- News of the situation of youth worldwide
5- Music and songs
6- Our voice
7- Peace and justice
8- Arts
9- Thank God
10- Educations
11- Vesper
12- Evening news

also........

Live program, “lets children to come upon me”.

“    lets children to come upon me   ”
“    lets children to come upon me   ”

Three time a week the live program   “O' our youth what your needs”

  “O' our youth what your needs”
  “O' our youth what your needs”  




Additional to the Liturgy, arts, education programs.


The radio will be available on your Mobile, IPod, Ipad, PC  and all devices provides internet, to listen and participate the live programs wherever you are, in your car, office, at home, free times and so on. 


Editor:
Rev.Spyridon Tanous
Orthodox Patristic Church- Sweden
www.christ-prayer.org

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Calendar of the holy church

Fixed Great Feasts
January 7               – The Nativity of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ
January 19             – The Nativity of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ
February 15           – Meeting of our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ in the Temple
April 7                   – The Annunciation of Our Most Holy Lady, the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mar
August 19             – The Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ
August 28            – The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary
September 21      – Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever Virgin Mar
September 27      – The Universal Elevation of the Precious and Life-Creating Cross of the Lord
December 4         – Entry into the Temple of our Most Holy Lady Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
Feasts
January 14           – Circumcision of the Lord
July 7                    – The Nativity of the Holy Forerunner and Baptist of the Lord, John
July 12                 – The Holy, Glorious and All-Praised Leaders of the Apostles: Peter and Paul
September 11     – The Beheading of the Prophet, Forerunner of the Lord, John the Baptist
October 14         – Protection of Our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
Fasting Seasons
May 31 - July 11           – Apostles’ (Peter & Paul) Fast
August 14 - August 28         – Dormition (Theotokos) Fast
November 28 - January 6    – Nativity (St. Philip’s Fast)
Fast Days
The Wednesdays and Fridays of the Year, except for Fast-Free Weeks
January 18            – Kreschensky sochelnik (The Eve of Theophany)
September 11        – The Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 27        – The Elevation of the Cross


Editor: Rev.Spyridon Tanous
Orthodox Patristic Church- Sweden
www.christ-prayer.org

Thursday, August 4, 2011

OTHER TV

provides a wonderful spiritual films
children films and programs
historical documentations
education theological programs
chants and Liturgies

Watch the programs on
http://christ-prayer.org/page006.html

Editor: Rev.Spyridon Tanous
Orthodox Patristic Church- Sweden
www.christ-prayer.org

Monday, August 1, 2011

Letter from Syrian blood

Ladies and Gentlemen

Greeting in Christ

The Syrian people, since five months, and now killed by the dictatorial regime in Syria
And you so called “the leaders of democracy states” you the friends of this murderous regime
You see the Syrian blood the blood of (children, youth, old men and women) and you silent you are trying to protect the deadly.
Therefore, I want to say that
By the law you are involved in this Historical crime
This is a disgrace
 Yes, you have been stigmatized in the shame
If you are Christian, I am wondering how you will meet the creator,
I am wondering did you read:
 the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:33). if not, I ask you to do so.



Editor: Διάκονος. Rev.Spyridon Tannous
Orthodox Patristic Church
www.christ-prayer.org

Saturday, July 30, 2011

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Editor:
Διάκονος. Rev.Deacon. Kamil Tannous
Orthodox Patristic Church
www.christ-prayer.org

Monday, July 25, 2011

Consolation to the Norwegian People

I am the resurrection, and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. (John 11:25)

Our Dears in Christ
Whereas the humanitarian need is to consolation therefore we send our deepest condolences with absolute faith that there is no death, that after the resurrection of Christ, who created and prepared for our resurrection after his ascension into heaven.
We believe that our God is the God of life, the God of resurrection and the God of peace and love.
We believe that our God has received those youth in his Kingdom with the Saints and the Angels.

Our dears in Christ;
The most important thing in this moment is to provide our wish to participate Norwegian's people the consolation and love in order to convert this tragedy into power of Peace and love and to make it a cornerstone for more unity of Norwegian society.

Through our grief, we feel that we have to rethink in our thought and our spiritual methods;  where the tragedy had took place in Norway, which indicate to our failures in order to rein in extremism, that because the absence of the right spiritual guidance.

Where we forgotten to deliver the true meaning of teaching of our Lord (Matt 5:44)
"Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you".

And the true meaning of the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:33)
“But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him; and went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him”.
My Dears in Christ,

 Let us pray for those 98th souls which dwelt now in the heaven beside our Lord, and let us pray to those 98th candles, asking them to lighting our way, where they have now the divine light, in order to live as the Good Samaritan and according to love’s commandment of Jesus Christ.

Asking our Lord Jesus Christ the Protection to Norway
Through the intercession of the Virgin Mother of God
Your Brother, the Servant in Christ.

+ Rev. Spyridon (Kamil Tanous)
on behalf of Diocese of Leesburg
and the mission at Sweden and Scandinavia

Editor: Διάκονος. Rev.Deacon. Spyridon (Tannous)
Orthodox Patristic Church
www.christ-prayer.org

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Pastoral Letter 3


My Dears in Christ
In this letter I would like to share with you the meaning of Jesus’ Prayer

“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner."

Jesus' prayer promoted to the rank of the liturgical prayers with distinction.
Where Jesus’ prayer came from the New Testament
 The tax collector has provided an acceptable and effective prayer,
((Lord have mercy on me, a sinner.)), Jesus said: << This man went home justified before God>>.

In (Luke 18:38) the blind man called Jesus
(Jesus, Son of David, have a mercy on me),
The immediate result to this Prayer, was the blind man got a direct effect, and he became healthy; << Immediately he received his sight >>

And that applied to St. Paul when he said:
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:17). that completely applied to Jesus's Prayer

 Jesus's Prayer consists from three phrases.
 The first one is referring to the faith, awareness and acknowledging the divine nature of Christ.


The second one is: Ask for clemency, As the mercy of God is the light of God, life with God and according to God's will, And the living under protection of God from evil and wicked.

 The third one is the recognition of our sinfulness.
Where the request of "have mercy”.  is considered as a helmet of salvation.

My Dears

The great John the Chrysostom also says: ‘I implore you, brethren, never to break or despise the rule of this prayer.’ And a little further: ‘A monk when he eats, drinks, sits, officiates, travels or does an other thing just continually cry: “Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me!” so that the name of the Lord Jesus, descending into the depths of the heart, should subdue the serpent ruling over the inner pastures and bring life and salvation to the soul. He should always live with the name of the Lord Jesus, so that the heart absorbs the Lord and the Lord the heart, and the two become one.’ And again: ‘Do not estrange your heart from God, but abide in Him and always guard your heart by remembering our Lord Jesus Christ, until the name of the Lord becomes rooted in the heart and it ceases to think of anything else. May Christ be glorified in you.

And Saint Paul said in his Epistles: “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Rom 10:9-10). And again: “No man can say that Jesus is the Lord but by the Holy Spirit” (1 Cor 12:3).


Therefore, I recommended you to pray Jesus’s prayer day-night in order to be in union with Jesus all time of your life; even you are in your job, study and so on.

Asking our Lord Jesus Christ for dwelt in your soul and body and filling your life.
Amen.



Editor: Διάκονος. Rev.Deacon. Spyridon (Kamil Tannous)
Orthodox Patristic Church
www.christ-prayer.org