On How to Prepare Yourself for Communion
"Before communing, you must necessarily prepare yourself, that is, confessing to your spiritual father, correcting yourself, feeling compunction, acquiring inner attention, guarding yourself from passionate thoughts as far as possible, and from every other vice. You must also exercise self-restraint, pray, be inwardly awake, and do every other kind of good deed, reflecting what awesome King you are about to receive within yourself; especially if you consider the grace which is given to you from Communion is proportionate to your preparation." - St. Makarios of Corinth
My daughter is being chrismated today, and my wife is getting baptized into the Church. Pray for us, please! :)
We’re flying today from Abu Dhabi to North America. First time on an overseas flight with our little girl. If you could, please pray for us and the flight, and pray that our baby sleeps and doesn’t have too much of a problem flying. And pray for me, a sinner.
Beautiful church in Underground Salt Mine in Romania. Several hundred meters bel…
It’s hard to describe in words or pictures the immense weightlessness of the central dome of the Hagia Sophia - an engineering marvel made even more incredible by unfathomable antiquity.
The Hagia Sophia was already a thousand years old when Francisco Pizarro conquered the Inca Empire.
(photograph by Billy Knox, 2010)
"They say that [Abba Theon] used to go out of his cell at night and stay in the company of the wild animals, giving them drink from the water he had. Certainly one could see the tracks of antelopes and wild asses and gazelles and other animals near his hermitage. These creatures always gave him pleasure." Paradise of the Desert Fathers
Just seen this post going around Facebook and others. I thought it is best to clear up the historical inaccuracy.
1) The Early Church called this Festival Pascha (The welsh still call is Pasg) and Easter was not a name chosen by Constantine but is a later Western invention (From Anglo-Saxon and not Isthar) Most Christian communities still call it Pascha, which it would have been known as Constantine himself (Greek speaker). We can therefore conclude that he wouldn’t have even known the festival by the name Easter, which destroys this Hypothesis completely.
2) Many Theories as to the Origins of the name “Easter” exist and most scholars believe that Easter gets its name from Germanic. There is no evidence that this derives at all from Ishtar and her symbols were not eggs and rabbits but a gateway, an own and a Lion (Look at the carving behind the writing!) No reputable Scholar has put the theory of a link between her and Easter forward with supporting facts due to the clear lack of any significant link.
3) The celebration existed long before Constantine Legalised Christianity. The Quatrodeciman controversy was a discussion of over the date the Celebration of this festival as the Western and Eastern Bishoprics calculated it differently. This occurred close to 200 years before Constantine. Therefore, his influence on the date of the Festival was non-existent as it had been discussed by the Church already.
4) The 2nd Century Apologist Melito of Sardis wrote the famed Treatise ‘On Pascha’ to be read at the festival, which existed in the 2nd century. Again, this shows that there was an Easter before Constantine.
To suggest that celebrating Easter is a ‘Constantine Pagan influence’ is to plea historical ignorance and ignore basic Christian History. All anyone needs to do is pick up a History book to see these facts.
Christians have celebrated this with a the Feast of the Resurrection since the 1st Century, do not let groups like these wipe out historical fact in order to condemn their straw man version of the Apostolic Faith.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew officiated at the Patriarchal and Hierarchal co-celebration in the Church of the Resurrection in Jerusalem, also serving were Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III, the clergy of the Synod of the Ecumenical Throne and the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the priests and deacons, Sunday, May 25, 2014. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is currently in in Jerusalem tonight where he will meet with Pope Francis.