An Orthodox Life

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jcassian:

Having cleansed yourself through fasting,You attained the understanding of wisdom,And from the desert fathers You learned the restraint of the passions.To this end through your prayers grant our flesh obedience to the spirit.For you are the teacher, O venerable John Cassian,Of all who in Christ praise your memory.
The image of God was truly preserved in you, O Father,For you took up the Cross and followed Christ.By so doing you taught us to disregard the flesh for it passes awayBut to care instead for the soul, since it is immortal.Therefore your spirit, venerable John Cassian, rejoices with the angels.
 
As a venerable monk,You consecrated your life to God,And radiant with virtue, O John Cassian,You shine like the sun with the splendor of your divine teachings,Illumining ever the hearts of all who honor you.Entreat Christ earnestly in behalf of thoseWho praise you with fervent love.

jcassian:

Having cleansed yourself through fasting,You attained the understanding of wisdom,And from the desert fathers You learned the restraint of the passions.To this end through your prayers grant our flesh obedience to the spirit.For you are the teacher, O venerable John Cassian,Of all who in Christ praise your memory.

The image of God was truly preserved in you, O Father,For you took up the Cross and followed Christ.By so doing you taught us to disregard the flesh for it passes awayBut to care instead for the soul, since it is immortal.Therefore your spirit, venerable John Cassian, rejoices with the angels.

 

As a venerable monk,You consecrated your life to God,And radiant with virtue, O John Cassian,You shine like the sun with the splendor of your divine teachings,Illumining ever the hearts of all who honor you.Entreat Christ earnestly in behalf of thoseWho praise you with fervent love.

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fromthefathers:

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

fromthefathers:

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

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Travel Today

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.

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willigula:

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)

willigula:

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)

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