Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Icon of The Mother of God of The Life-Giving Spring

For Bright Friday: Celebration of the Feast of "The Icon of The Mother of God of The Life-Giving Spring" in Greece


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Dan Everiss

Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 1:10 PM

A brief history:

Bright Friday: The Life Giving Spring of the Mother of God

Commemorated on April 13

Today we commemorate the Life-Giving Spring of the Most Holy Theotokos.

There once was a beautiful church in Constantinople dedicated to the Mother of God, which had been built in the fifth century by the holy Emperor Leo the Great (January 20) in the Seven Towers district.

Before becoming emperor, Leo was walking in a wooded area where he met a blind man who was thirsty and asked Leo to help him find water. Though he agreed to search for water, he was unable to find any. Suddenly, he heard a voice telling him that there was water nearby. He looked again, but still could not find the water. Then he heard the voice saying “Emperor Leo, go into the deepest part of the woods, and you will find water there. Take some of the cloudy water in your hands and give it to the blind man to drink.Then take the clay and put it on his eyes. Then you shall know who I am.” Leo obeyed these instructions, and the blind man regained his sight. Later, Saint Leo became emperor, just as the Theotokos had prophesied.

Leo built a church over the site at his own expense, and the water continued to work miraculous cures. Therefore, it was called “The Life-Giving Spring.”

After the Fall of Constantinople in 1453, the church was torn down by the Moslems, and the stones were used to build a mosque. Only a small chapel remained at the site of the church. Twenty-five steps led down into the chapel, which had a window in the roof to let the light in. The holy Spring was still there, surrounded by a railing. 

After the Greek Revolution in 1821, even this little chapel was destroyed and the Spring was buried under the rubble. Christians later obtained permission to rebuild the chapel, and work began in July of 1833. While workmen were clearing the ground, they uncovered the foundations of the earlier church. The Sultan allowed them to build not just a chapel, but a new and beautiful church on the foundations of the old one.

Construction began on September 14, 1833, and was completed on December 30, 1834. Patriarch Constantine II consecrated the church on February 2, 1835, dedicating it to the Most Holy Theotokos.

The Turks desecrated and destroyed the church again on September 6, 1955. A smaller church now stands on the site, and the waters of the Life-Giving Spring continue to work miracles.

There is also a Life-Giving Spring Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos which is commemorated on April 4.

O most favored by God, thou dost confer on me the healing of thy grace from thine inexhaustible Spring. Therefore, since thou gavest birth incomprehensibly to the Word, I implore thee to refresh me with the dew of thy grace that I might cry to thee:

Hail, O Water of Salvation!


ИПЦ Греции: Празднование иконы Живоносный Источник (ФОТО)

Genuine Orthodox Church of Greece: The Celebration of the Icon of the Mother of God of the Life-giving Source (PHOTOS)

Автор: Ольга. Author: OlgaДата публикации: Date of publication: 18 апреля 2018 April 18, 2018 . . Категория: ИПЦ Греции .Category: CPI of Greece .

В Светлую Пятницу 31.03/13.04 - 2018 г. со всей яркостью был отпразднован праздник Иконы Божией Матери "Живоносный Источник".

On Bright Friday 31.03 / 13.04 - 2018 the holiday of the Icon of the Mother of God "The Life-giving Spring" was celebrated with all  brilliance.

В апостольском городе Патрас в знаменитом одноименном монастыре была ослужена Божественная Литургия Блаженнейшим архиепископом Афинским и всея Греции Калиникосом с участием местного священства и большого стечениямирян.

In the apostolic city of Patras, Greece in the famous monastery of the same name,[of 'The Life-Giving Spring']  the Divine Liturgy was celebrated  by His Beatitude Kalinikos, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, with the participation of the local priests and a large gathering of the laity.

В этот праздничный день Высокопреосвященнейший архиепископ Калиникос произнес прововедь в которой особо упомянул о Воскресении Господа Иисуса Христа и Чудесах Пресвятой Богородицы.

 On this holiday, His Eminence Archbishop Kalinikos read a gospel lesson, in which it specifically mentioned the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and he also spoke about the miracles of the Most Holy Theotokos.

После окончания Божественной Литургии был совершен Крестный ход вокруг монастыря, затем настоятельница монастыря геронтисса Николая пригласила всех на праздничную трапезу всех верных.

 After the Divine Liturgy, the Cross-procession around the monastery was completed, and then the head/ruler of the monastery, Abbess Gerontissa Nikolaia, invited everyone to a festive meal for all the faithful in attendance.

В Крионери, Аттика, празднование отмечалось в Монастыре Господа Вседержителя, который возглавил Преосвященнейший митрополит Аттики и Воиотии Хризостомос при сослужении Преосвященнейшего митрополита Фессалоникийского Григориу, участии священства и клира.

In Cryoneri, Attica Greece, this celebration [for the festal church-calendar celebration  of the icon of 'The Life-Giving Spring'] was conducted in the Monastery of the Lord Almighty, led by His Grace Metropolitan Chrysostomos, of Attica and Voiotii, with the con-celebration  of His Grace Metropolitan Grigori of Thessalonica, the participation of the priests and by all of the clergy.

 Во время Божественной Литургии Преосвященнейший митрополит Аттики и Воитии Хризостомос произвел священническую хиротонию диакона Михаила.
 During the Divine Liturgy, His Grace Chrysostomos, Metropolitan of Attica,  performed the priestly ordination of Deacon Michael. (См.ЗДЕСЬ ) (See HERE )

В Ризомилос Вестинос, префектуры Магнисиас в старинном монастыре Иконы Пресвятой Богородицы "Живоносный Источник" были отслужены Всенощная и Божественная Литургия Преосвященнейшим митрополитом Димитриадским Фотием при сослужении Преосвященнейшего митрополита Пирейского и Саламинского Фотия, при участии большого колличества священства, клира и стечении многочисленной паствы.

In Rizomilos Vestinos, prefectures of Magnisias, Greece,  in the ancient Monastery of the Icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary "The Life-giving Spring", the All-Night Vigil and the Divine Liturgy were celebrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Photios of Dimitriadsky,  with the co-operation of His Grace Metropolitan Photios of Piraeus and Salamis, and with the participation of a large number of the priests, other clergy and the confluence of the numerous flock. (См. ЗДЕСЬ ) (See HERE )
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Be sober at all of the Lord's feasts

Sharing: "Be sober at all of the Lord's feasts and especially at Pascha and remember the poor": Homily for Sunday of St. Thomas by St. John of Kronstadt

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Dan Everiss

Tue, Apr 17, 2018 at 1:26 PM

Homily for the Sunday of Saint Thomas
By St. John of Kronstadt

Christ is Risen!

Beloved brothers and sisters,
So Bright Week has passed
and taken with it our deeds to the throne of the
Heavenly Master and Judge: there, brothers,
there are our deeds now. I say this in order to
frighten with the fear of the heavenly judgment
those who unworthily, not Christian-like, miss-spent
the feast of the bright Resurrection of Christ
and to comfort those who spent it with
temperance and spiritual joy.
How did very many spend the feast of the
bright Resurrection? I would not like to call to
remembrance those foul human deeds but they,
together with those that performed them, need
to be remembered and judged on behalf of God.

The all-bright feast was met, after the bright Paschal service, with dark deeds:
intemperance and drunkenness, fights, cursing, and all types of sin. Consider that we
fasted before the feast only in order to, with even more eagerness, rush into all fleshly,
sinful deeds so that we can unashamedly and with insolence indulge in every iniquity.
Alas! Woe unto us!

All those who met the feast with intemperance and drunkenness, adultery, cursing, and
other similar deeds of the flesh lost all the benefit which they had received (if they even
received any) from the fast, lost the benefit from repentance and communion of the
Holy Mysteries, trampled them as an unreasonable animal under their feet, lost the
acceptable time for salvation, given them by the mercy of the Lord, time which will not
be returned. It was proper to say to you during the fast, behold, now is the accepted
time; behold, now is the day of salvation (2 Cor. 6:2) for it was just then that you had
come to the saving font of repentance and to the all-cleansing, true Mysteries of the
body and blood of the Lord. Now your confession and communion is put off until the
next fast but who knows if the Lord will vouchsafe you to again confess and commune?
Who knows if you will repose in those very iniquities with which again, after the font of
repentance, you have defiled yourself? How painful, how piteous, beloved brothers, that
so soon you have turned out to be betrayers of Christ and have given yourself over to the
devil to serve him, the original murderer, the author of, and instructor in of every type of
sin! You are, using the words of the Saviour, and I, a great sinner, am as well are of your
father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do (John 8:44).

What, then, remains for us to do, beloved brothers? To pray and weep for our sins. To
weep that not Christian-like and not even human-like did many of us meet the feast but
like vile idol worshipers and like wild animals, which have not been fed for a long time
with their favorite food. To weep that we have trampled upon the great, soul-saving
Mysteries of Christ, that is, repentance and communion, and counted them as nought.
To weep that the time, given for salvation, we have thoughtlessly lost. May we weep and
pray to the Lord that He “not become angry with us neither destroy us with our
iniquities” (first morning prayer) but would return us to the way of repentance and
make us skilled performers of His commandments. Let us firmly decide from now on
not to give ourselves over to intemperance and drunkenness and all the sins which
follow, and with tears ask the Lord that He, with the Grace of the Holy Spirit, would
strengthen us in our intentions and good deeds.

Brothers! May we all shed tears for we all unworthily met the great feast of the Lord and
angered our Lord; not in this way, not in this way indeed, should we meet the feasts of
the Lord. We need to meet them with spiritual joy in the Lord, for our deliverance from
sins and for our eternal salvation through Christ, the Son of God, with deeds of mercy,
temperance from passions, visiting the church of God in spirit and truth and with
simplicity in food and clothing.

O, you, decorated with gold and a multitude of precious fabrics, women and maids! In
the name of the Lord, I direct my speech to you! What a multitude of poor would you
have been able to cause to rejoice on the all-bright day of the Resurrection of Christ and,
in that way, worthily meet that great feast, if you would have, in generosity and
Christian love, changed even a few of these decorations into money and given that
money to the poor who are so many in our city? Would it not have been reasonable, in a
Christian way, if you had fewer precious clothing and the money remaining you had
given to the poor? What rich mercy would you have received on that day from Christ the
Lord? Yes, truly Christian-like would you have then met the feast of Christ’s
Resurrection. But now what? You are decorated like idols but the members of Christ are
without clothes; you are satiated but the members of Christ are in want; you roll in every
possible pleasure but those are in tears; we are in rich and decorated dwellings but those
are in cramped conditions and uncleanness, in dwellings which are often not any better
than a pigsty. We do not have Christian love and, therefore, there is no true feast of the
Resurrection of Christ, for those truly celebrate the Resurrection who himself is raised
from dead deeds to deeds of virtue and Christian faith and love, trampling on
intemperance, luxury, and all of the passions.

Brothers and Sisters! May we celebrate the feasts of the Lord as Christians and not as


ROCA's two bishop's fraternal visit to Romania

ROCA's two bishop's fraternal visit to Romania

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Dan Everiss

Tue, Apr 17, 2018 at 10:36 AM

Christ, Our Eternal Joy, Is Risen! and Death Is No More!

Fraternal visit of two of our ROCA bishops to our sister Romanian Old Calendar Church:

РПЦЗ-РПСЦ: Паломническая поездка к румынским старостильникам (ФОТО)

 ROCOR-RRSA: Pilgrimage trip to Romanian Old-Calendarists (PHOTOS)

Автор: Митрополит Агафангел. Author:Metropolitan AgafangelДата публикации: Date of publication: 17 апреля 2018 April 17, 2018 . . Категория: РПЦЗ .Category: ROCOR .
Anfim Basarabeanul.
16/17 апреля 2018 Преосвященные Архиепископ Георгий и Епископ Анфим совершили поломническую поездку по монастырям старостильной Румынской Церкви.

April 16/17, 2018 The Most Reverend Archbishop George and Bishop Anfim made a pilgrimage tour to the monasteries of the Old Calendar Romanian Orthodox Church.

Anfim Basarabeanul.
Anfim Basarabeanul.
Anfim Basarabeanul.
Anfim Basarabeanul.
Метки: рпцз , румынская старостильная церковь Tags: rpcz , Romanian Old Calendar Church

Radonitsa in Vladivostok:

Radonitsa in Vladivostok:

РПЦЗ: Радоница 2018 во Владивостоке

ROCOR: Radonitsa 2018 in Vladivostok

Автор: Митрополит Агафангел.Author:Metropolitan Agafangel.Дата публикации:Date of publication:17 апреля 2018April 17, 2018..Категория:РПЦЗ.Category: ROCOR.
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На Радоницу Епископ Анастасий отслужил панихиду у могилы диакона Виктора Щурова.

 On Radonitsa, Bishop Anastasy served a pannichida service at the grave of deacon Viktor Shchurov.
Метки:рпцзепископ анастасийдальневосточная епархияTags: rpczbishop anastasiiFar Eastern eparchy

Radonitsa in Makarovo, Ukraine

Radonitsa in Makarovo, Ukraine, Kazan Mother of God Parish:

РПЦЗ: Радоница 2018 в селе Макарово на Украине (ФОТО)

ROCOR: Radonitsa 2018 in the village of Makarovo in Ukraine (PHOTOS)

Автор: Митрополит Агафангел.Author:Metropolitan Agafangel.Дата публикации:Date of publication:17 апреля 2018April 17, 2018..Категория:РПЦЗ.Category: ROCOR.

Игумен Мефодий отслужил панихиду на местном кладбище для прихожан прихода в честь Казанской иконы Божией Матери.

Hegumen Mefody served a memorial service at a local cemetery for parishioners of the parish in honor of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God.

Метки:рпцзодесская епархиясело макаровоTags: rpczOdessa diocesevillage of Makarovo

Radonica 2018 in Odessa

St. Michael's Cathedral Parish in Odessa, Ukraine:
 Link to reach this article and the VIDEO:

РПЦЗ: Радоница 2018 в Одессе, на приходском участке (ФОТО, ВИДЕО)

ROCOR: Radonica 2018 in Odessa, in the parish (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Автор: Митрополит Агафангел.Author:Metropolitan Agafangel.Дата публикации:Date of publication:17 апреля 2018April 17, 2018..Категория:РПЦЗ.Category: ROCOR.

Радоница 2018 года на приходском участке Архангело-Михайловского храма РПЦЗ в Одессе.

Radonitsa in 2018 on the parish cemetery site belonging to the Archangel Michael Church of the ROCA in Odessa, Ukraine .

Feast of St. Innocent First Bishop of Irkutsk

Sharing: World-Wide ROCA: Vladyka Anastasy with his flock, Patronal Feast of St. Innocent First Bishop of Irkutsk, in Far Eastern Diocese

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Dan Everiss

Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 3:09 PM
Note: In North America, this saint is originally & primarily known as: "St. Innocent of Irkutsk", and then his further added titles, as stated below in this article.


РПЦЗ: Престольный праздник в Дальневосточной епархии (ФОТО)

ROCOR: Patronal Feast in the Far Eastern Diocese (PHOTOS)

Автор: Митрополит Агафангел. Author:Metropolitan AgafangelДата публикации: Date of publication: 16 апреля 2018 16 April 2018 . . Категория: РПЦЗ .Category: ROCOR .
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Храм Святителя Иннокентия, Митрополита Московского, просветителя Сибири и Аляски.

At the Church of St. Innocent ['of Irkutsk']  Metropolitan of Moscow, Enlightener of Siberia and Alaska.

Приморский край, Кавалеровский район, п. Кавалерово.

At the Primorsky Krai, Kavalerovo district, Kavalerovo settlement.

Престольный праздник.

Patronal Feast Day.

Службу совершает Епископ Дальневостовный и Приморский Анастасий.

 The service was performed by ROCA  Bishop Vladyka Anastassy, of Vladivostok and the Far East and Primorsky.
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Метки: рпцз , епископ анастасий , дальневосточная епархия Tags: rpcz , bishop anastasii , Far Eastern eparchy
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