Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Moaning of Theotokos (17th century Spiritual Poem)

The Blessed Virgin, standing today at the Cross, 

Is crying movingly and leting a sweet voice out: 

Where will Your radiant non-evening beauty go down?

Oh bright Light, Eternal Sunrise,  
Where is Your longed-for face look, My Beautiful Light? 
My Beautiful Son, Sweetest Kindness,
What am I seeing here? Glorious terrible vision. 
Oh God's Wisdom, church Sweetness, 
 Oh great Light, Sweetest Jesus 
Woe unto Me, dearest Kindness,
Where did Your kindness hide, My beloved Son?
How can I see You being crucified on the cross?
Blessed Joseph, take off the body of Jesus, 
Oh bright sun, now hide your rays, 
Seeing your Creator suffering here unfairly.
Put it in a new tomb carved from stone.
“Weep not for me, O Mother, For I shall rise from the sepulcher. 
Sweetest Kindness, where is Your sweet look?
How can I bury You, My immortal and everlasting Son?
I will exalt you with glory above all the heavenly and earthly".
Will worship and glorify You as the King of the Ages and the Creator.
Arise, God, my Son, in three days from the sepulcher.
Go up to heaven to Your Father, judging all the ends of the earth.
Then all creatures, heavenly and earthly, 
Will worship and glorify You as the King of the Ages and the Creator.

Let us thank God for everything! (One of the last sermons of Met. Paul in Aleppo, abducted in Syria since 2013. )

04/22/2020 Syria (International Christian Concern) – Today marks the passage of seven years since two bishops were kidnapped in Syria, with no concrete information revealed as to their fate or abductors. Msgr. Yohanna Ibrahim, head of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Aleppo, and Msgr. Boulos Yazigi, head of the Greek Orthodox Church in Aleppo, were traveling together in a car on April 22, 2013. They were kidnapped by armed men, and their driver killed. They were traveling to the Turkish border with the intention of trying to secure the release of two other kidnapped Aleppo priests.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Paraclisul Maicii Domnului

I entreat you, O Virgin,
Disperse the storm of my grief,
and the soul's most inward confusion,
Scatter it far from me;
You are the Bride of God,
For you have brought forth the Christ,
the Prince of Peace;
Only, all-blameless One.

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Friday, June 28, 2019

The doors of repentance do Thou open unto me (Покаяния отверзи ми двери)


The doors of repentance do Thou open unto me, O Giver of life,
for my spirit waketh at dawn toward Thy holy temple,
bearing a temple of the body all defiled.
But in Thy compassion, cleanse it by the loving-kindness of Thy mercy.
 Both now and ever and unto ages of ages, Amen.

Покаяния отверзи ми двери, Жизнодавче, утренюет бо дух мой ко храму святому Твоему, храм носяй телесный весь осквернен; но яко щедр, очисти благоутробною Твоею милостию. 

Pokayaniya otverzi mi dveri, Zhiznodavche, utrenyuyet bo dukh moy ko khramu svyatomu Tvoyemu, khram nosyay telesnyy ves' oskvernen; no yako shchedr, ochisti blagoutrobnoyu Tvoyeyu milostiyu.

Guide me in the paths of salvation, O Theotokos,
for I have defiled my soul with shameful sins,
and have wasted all my life in slothfulness,
but by thine intercessions deliver me from all uncleanness.

На спасения стези настави мя, Богородице, студными бо окалях душу грехми и в лености все житие мое иждих; но Твоими молитвами избави мя от всякия нечистоты.

Na spaseniya stezi nastavi mya, Bogoroditse, studnymi bo okalyakh dushu grekhmi i v lenosti vse zhitiye moye izhdikh; no Tvoimi molitvami izbavi mya ot vsyakiya nechistoty.

Have mercy on me, O God, according to Thy great mercy
And according to the multitude of Thy compassions, blot out my transgressions.
When I think of the multitude of evil things I have done, I, a wretched one,
I tremble at the fearful day of judgment;
but trusting in the mercy of Thy loving-kindness, like David do I cry unto Thee:
Have mercy on me, O God, according to Thy great mercy.

Множества содеянных мною лютых помышляя окаянный, трепещу страшнаго дне суднаго, но надеяся на милость благоутробия Твоего, яко Давид вопию Ти: помилуй мя, Боже, по велицей Твоей милости.

Mnozhestva sodeyannykh mnoyu lyutykh pomyshlyaya okayannyy, trepeshchu strashnago dne sudnago, no nadeyasya na milost' blagoutrobiya Tvoyego, yako David vopiyu Ti: pomiluy mya, Bozhe, po velitsey Tvoyey milosti.

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If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

Ecce advenit dominator Dominus [Gregorian Chant]


I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. Rev.1:8

γώ εμι τ λφα κα τ , λέγει Κύριος Θεός, ν κα ν κα ρχόμενος, Παντοκράτωρ. Αποκ.1.8

Ecce advenit dominator Dominus:
 et regnum in manu eius, et potestas, et imperium.
Deus, iudicium tuum regi da: 
et iustitiam tuam Filio regis.
Ecce advenit dominator Dominus: 
et regnum in manu eius, et potestas, et imperium.

Behold the Lord the Ruler is come: 
and the Kingdom is in His Hand, and power, and dominion.
Give to the king Thy judgment, 
O God: and to the king's Son Thy justice.
Behold the Lord the Ruler is come: 
and the Kingdom is in His Hand, and power, and dominion.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Sexual Anarchy by fr. Josiah Trenham

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contemporary tolerance is intrinsically intolerant. It is blind to its own shortcomings because it erroneously thinks it holds the moral high ground; it cannot be questioned because it has become part of the West's plausibility structure.”
D.A. Carson, The Intolerance of Tolerance

The term “freedom” is truncated, divorced from truth, responsibility, the good of others, and the common welfare. Selfishness makes the autonomous individual easily seduced by these new rights.”

A new totalitarianism is developing under the cloak of [sexual] freedom.”  “The destruction of the family uproots every single human being. We become atomized human beings who can be manipulated to do anything.”
Gabriele Kuby, The Global Sexual Revolution: Destruction of Freedom in the Name of Freedom

Friday, June 21, 2019

A Lily In His Hidden Garden


Yesterday, I came across a site where devout Catholic ladies were talking about the issues of biblical femininity after the model of holy Virgin Mary. One lady expressed the essence of modest apparel beautifully as follows;

A woman is a lily and lilies are protected by petals.

I think the spirit of modesty springs forth from a deep sense of appreciation toward the divine fact that we are created as women in His Creation.

While the exposure-driven-world constantly instigates us to believe that our "petals" are already outdated so that our chastity guard could be weaken or loosen, nonetheless, those women who have found the mystical door leading to the Inner Garden would know in their hearts that it is in the very virtue of inner/outer modesty that we can truly find security, protection, intimate communion with our Lord and a bliss.

May God sanctify our whole being--spirit, soul and the body--, so that we can follow the Marian path of chastity and holiness. Let us cover ourselves with modest "petals" with a spirit of shamefacedness and humility. This is my prayer that you and I are being planted in His hidden lily garden and that the world will see His beauty in us. Amen.