christianity

A Quote by Saint Ephraim the Syrain on god, christianity, prayer, spirituality, wisdom, humility, patience, love, change, and growth

Prayer is converse with God, equal honor with the Angels, progress in good things, averting of evils, righting of sinners.

Saint Ephraim the Syrain

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A Quote by Saint Tikon of Zadonsk on god, christianity, heaven, heart, mercy, conscience, love, sin, compassion, and gratitude

It is demanded of us, Christians, that we receive these heavenly and most sweet tidings {the Gospel} gratefully as they are sent from Heaven, and that from a pure heart we always give thanks to God our Benefactor,  Who so freely had mercy on us, and that we show holy obedience and compliance in all thankfulness.  For conscience itself instructs and convinces us to be thankful to our Benefactor.  He loved us who are unworthy.  Let us also love Him Who is worthy of all love.  Love requires that we never offend the beloved.  God is offended by every sin.  Let us keep away from every sin and let us do His holy will that we may not offend Him as our compassionate Father and Benefactor.

Saint Tikon of Zadonsk

Source: Daily Lives, Miracles, and Wisdom of the Saints and Fasting Calendar

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A Quote by Elder Pasios of the Holy Mountain on god, christianity, divine, victory, symbol, truth, sacred, spirit, devil, and gift

We have the power of the Holy Cross, our holy symbol, the divine grace of Christ, only as long as we have the holy marking of the Holy Baptism, meaning we have denied the devil and sided with Christ, and received the Holy Marking, the seal of the Gift of the Holy Spirit.

Elder Pasios of the Holy Mountain

Source: http://www.antiochianladiocese.org/

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A Quote by unknown on god, christianity, salvation, freedom, love, compassion, joy, slavery, and world

Thy pure image do we venerate, O good One, asking forgiveness of our sins, O Christ our God; for by Thine own will Thou didst ascend the Cross in Thy body, to save Thy creatures from the bondage of the enemy.  Thou hast verily filled all with joy, since Thou didst come, O our Savior, to save the world.

unknown

Source: http://www.antiochianladiocese.org/ (Apolytikion in Tone 2) from a service of The Holy Orthodox Christian Church

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A Quote by Saint Nikolai Velimirovich on world, wisdom, god, truth, reality, spirituality, priorties, christianity, pilgrimage, and humility

"We are fools for Christ's sake." (1 Corinthians 4:10)

Thus speaks the great Apostle Paul who in the beginning was guided by worldly wisdom, which is against Christ, until he recognizes the falsehood and decay of the wisdom of the world and the light and stability of the wisdom of Christ. Then, the holy apostle did not become angry with the world because they called him "a fool for Christ's sake" neither did he, in defiance of the world, hesitate to be called by this name.

It is not of any value to us how the world is going to regard or call us. However, it is important, and extremely important, how the holy angels in the heavens will regard and call us when, after death, we meet with them. This is of crucial importance and everything else is nothing.

Either we are fools for the world because of Christ or we are fools for Christ because of the world. O how short-lived is the sound of a word of the world! If the world would say to us "fool," the world will die and its word will die! What then is the value of its word? But if the heavenly, immortal ones say to us "fool," that will neither die nor is it removed from us as eternal condemnation.

Whoever does not believe in the Living God, nor in eternal life, nor in the Incarnation of the Lord Christ, nor in Christ's Resurrection nor in the truth of the Gospel nor in God's eternal mercy and justice - is it any wonder if he considers that one a fool who does believes in all of this?

O, may every one of us who cross ourselves with the Sign of the Cross not only find it easy to endure but with satisfaction receive the name "fool" for Christ's sake! Let us rejoice and be glad if the non-believers call us such, for that means that we are close to Christ and far away from the non-believers. Let us rejoice and be glad and repeat with a powerful echo in the ears of the world: yes, yes, indeed we are fools for Christ's sake!

O Lord Most-wise, strengthen us by Your power that we not fear the non-believing world neither when they lash us with whips nor when they insult us with words for Your sake.

Saint Nikolai Velimirovich

Source: Prologue of Ohrid http://www.westsrbdio.org/prolog/my.html

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A Quote by Saint Ephraim the Syrain on god, truth, christianity, love, temptations, help, spirituality, evil, compassion, and protection

Like the apple of Thine eye preserve me, O Lord God; defend me and beneath Thy wings shelter me from temptations.

Saint Ephraim the Syrain

Source: http://www.antiochianladiocese.org

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A Quote by Saint Ephraim the Syrain on god, christianity, prayer, spirituality, wisdom, humility, patience, love, change, and growth

O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, meddling, lust of power, and idle talk.  But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience and love to Thy servant.  Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own sins and not to judge my brother; for Thou art blessed unto ages of ages.  Amen.

Saint Ephraim the Syrain

Source: Traditional Prayer of the Holy Orthodox Christian Church

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A Quote by Saint Nikolai Velimirovich on god, christianity, spirituality, heart, soul, wisdom, protection, spirit, peace, and purity

For every man, peace of soul is precious. With those who have attained peace of soul, the body can be in constant motion; in work, in pain, but their souls, affixed to God, always remain in unwavering peace. St. Seraphim of Sarov teaches: "It is necessary to concern oneself with all means in order to preserve peace of soul and not to be disturbed by the insults of others. That is why it is necessary, at all costs, to restrain yourself from anger with the help of vigilance over one's self, preserving the mind and heart from indecent movements. For preserving peace of soul, it is also necessary to avoid judging others. By not judging and by silence, peace of the soul is preserved. When a man is in such a state of mind, he receives divine revelations. In order for man to be preserved from judging others, he must be vigilant over himself; he must not receive from anyone non-spiritual thoughts and he should be dead toward everything worldly. We must tirelessly guard the heart from indecent thoughts and influences. `With closest custody, guard your heart for in it are the sources of life.'

(Proverbs 4:23). From perpetual vigilance over the heart, purity is born, in which the Lord is seen according to the words of eternal truth: `Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God' "(St. Matthew 5:8). 

Saint Nikolai Velimirovich

Source: Proluge of Ohrid http://www.westsrbdio.org/prolog/my.html

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A Quote by Bishop JOSEPHhttp://www.antiochianl on god, christianity, gospel, service, forgiveness, anger, love, people, world, and gratitude

We cannot serve anyone with whom we have animosity.  This is why the Gospels stress forgiveness.  Our Lord even forgave those who crucified Him, crying out from the cross, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34)  If we are to serve the world, we must first be able to forgive everyone and anyone.  The slightest amount of unforgiveness or anger towards anyone is enough to keep us from God, for in God there is only love.

Bishop Joseph

Source: http://www.antiochianladiocese.org/

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A Quote by Blessed Theophylact on god, christianity, kingdom, heaven, happiness, life, souls, heart, choices, and faith

The kingdom of God is always present for him who desires and wills it.  When a man's disposition and way of life are like that of an angel, most assuredly this is the kingdom of God.  For God indeed is said to rule as King when nothing worldly meddles in the governing of our souls and when in every respect we live not in this world.  This manner of life we have within us, that is to say, we have within us when we desire and will of it.  We do not need to wait a long time, or until our departure from this life; instead, faith and a God-pleasing life, which accompanies faith, are very near us.

Blessed Theophylact

Source: Daily Lives, Miracles, and Wisdom of the Saints and Fasting Calendar

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