The True Light - Jesus Christ
Trusting in the Lord

When a man walks in the fear of God he knows no fear, even if he were to be surrounded by wicked men. He has the fear of God within him and wears the invincible armor of faith.

This makes him strong and able to take on anything, even things which seem difficult or impossible to most people. Such a man is like a giant surrounded by monkeys, or a roaring lion among dogs and foxes.

He goes forward trusting in the Lord and the constancy of his will to strike and paralyze his foes. He wields the blazing club of the Word in wisdom.

St. Symeon

St. Symeon

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A Time Line of Church History
33
Pentecost (A.D: 29 is thought to be more accurate).
49
Council at Jerusalem (Acts 15) establishes precedent for addressing Church disputes in Council. James presides as bishop.
69
Bishop Ignatius consecrated in Antioch in heart of New Testament era—St. Peter had been the first bishop there. Other early bishops include James, Polycarp, and Clement.
95
Book of Revelation written, probably the last of the New Testament books.
150
St. Justin Martyr describe’s the liturgical worship of the Church, centered in the Eucharist. Liturgical worship is rooted in both the Old and New Testament.
325
The Nicene Creed is established. The Council of Nicea settles the major heretical challenge to the Christian faith when the heretic Arius asserts Christ was created by the Father. St. Athanasius defends the eternality of the Son of God. The Arians continue their assault on true Christianity for years. Nicea is the first of Seven Ecumenical (Church-wide) Councils.
451
Council of Chalcedon affirms apostolic doctrine of two natures in Christ.
589
In a synod in Toledo, Spain, the filioque, asserting that the Holy Spirit procedes from the Father and the Son is added to the Nicene Creed. This error is later adopted by Rome.
787
The era of Ecumenical Councils ends at Nicea, with the Seventh Council bringing the centuries-old use of icons back into the Church.
988
Conversion of Russia begins.We knew not whether we were in heaven or on earth, for surely there is no such splendour or beauty anywhere upon earth. We cannot describe it to you: only this we know, that God dwells there among men, and that their service surpasses the worship of all other places. For we cannot forget that beauty. - Envoys of the Russian Prince Vladimir, after experiencing the Divine Liturgy at the Church of the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople in the year 987.
1054
The Great Schism occurs. Two major issues include Rome’s claim to a universal papal supremacy and her addition of the filioque clause to the Nicene Creed. The Photian schism (880) further complicated the debate.
1095
The Crusades begun by the Roman Church. The Sack of Constantinople by Rome (1204) adds to the estrangement between East and West.
1333
St. Gregory Palamas defends the Orthodox practice of hesychast spirituality and the use of the Jesus prayer.
1453
Turks overrun Constantinople; Byzantine Empire ends.
1517
Martin Luther nails his 95 Theses to the door of the Roman Church in Wittenberg, starting the Protestant Reformation.
1529
Church of England begins pulling away from Rome.
1794
Missionaries arrive on Kodiak Island in Alaska; Orthodoxy introduced to North America.
1854
Rome establishes the Immaculate Conception dogma.
1870
Papal Infallibility becomes Roman dogma.
1988
One thousand years of Orthodoxy in Russia, as Orthodox Church world-wide maintains fulness of the Apostolic faith.More info: http://saintignatiuschurch.org/timeline.html#timechart

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A Time Line of Church History

33

Pentecost (A.D: 29 is thought to be more accurate).

49

Council at Jerusalem (Acts 15) establishes precedent for addressing Church disputes in Council. James presides as bishop.

69

Bishop Ignatius consecrated in Antioch in heart of New Testament era—St. Peter had been the first bishop there. Other early bishops include James, Polycarp, and Clement.

95

Book of Revelation written, probably the last of the New Testament books.

150

St. Justin Martyr describe’s the liturgical worship of the Church, centered in the Eucharist. Liturgical worship is rooted in both the Old and New Testament.

325

The Nicene Creed is established. The Council of Nicea settles the major heretical challenge to the Christian faith when the heretic Arius asserts Christ was created by the Father. St. Athanasius defends the eternality of the Son of God. The Arians continue their assault on true Christianity for years. Nicea is the first of Seven Ecumenical (Church-wide) Councils.

451

Council of Chalcedon affirms apostolic doctrine of two natures in Christ.

589

In a synod in Toledo, Spain, the filioque, asserting that the Holy Spirit procedes from the Father and the Son is added to the Nicene Creed. This error is later adopted by Rome.

787

The era of Ecumenical Councils ends at Nicea, with the Seventh Council bringing the centuries-old use of icons back into the Church.

988

Conversion of Russia begins.
We knew not whether we were in heaven or on earth, for surely there is no such splendour or beauty anywhere upon earth. We cannot describe it to you: only this we know, that God dwells there among men, and that their service surpasses the worship of all other places. For we cannot forget that beauty. - Envoys of the Russian Prince Vladimir, after experiencing the Divine Liturgy at the Church of the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople in the year 987.

1054

The Great Schism occurs. Two major issues include Rome’s claim to a universal papal supremacy and her addition of the filioque clause to the Nicene Creed. The Photian schism (880) further complicated the debate.

1095

The Crusades begun by the Roman Church. The Sack of Constantinople by Rome (1204) adds to the estrangement between East and West.

1333

St. Gregory Palamas defends the Orthodox practice of hesychast spirituality and the use of the Jesus prayer.

1453

Turks overrun Constantinople; Byzantine Empire ends.

1517

Martin Luther nails his 95 Theses to the door of the Roman Church in Wittenberg, starting the Protestant Reformation.

1529

Church of England begins pulling away from Rome.

1794

Missionaries arrive on Kodiak Island in Alaska; Orthodoxy introduced to North America.

1854

Rome establishes the Immaculate Conception dogma.

1870

Papal Infallibility becomes Roman dogma.

1988

One thousand years of Orthodoxy in Russia, as Orthodox Church world-wide maintains fulness of the Apostolic faith.

More info: http://saintignatiuschurch.org/timeline.html#timechart

CBS 60 Minutes “Mount Athos”! Shot only a few months ago!

Bob Simon steps back in time when he gets rare access to monks in ancient monasteries on a remote Greek peninsula who have lived a Spartan life of prayer in a tradition virtually unchanged for a thousand years.

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcmWQe29zro&feature=related

Extra 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHxIm9EWrYQ&feature=relmfu

Extra 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0Rdk9zRZHM&feature=relmfu

Behind the scenes: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504803_162-20056220-10391709.html?tag=segementExtraScroller;housing

Happiness

If you are not happy without the designer suit, you will not be happy once you got it.

If you are not happy without the fancy new car, you will not be happy once you got it.

If you are not happy without the new watch, you will not be happy once you got it.

If you are not happy without fame and stardom, you will not be happy once you have it.

 

For all the riches of the world, could not make your soul happy, but God’s love and forgiveness can.

God’s Attention

If you want to grab God’s attention so He’ll hear you during prayer, turn the dial to humility, for God always works in this frequency; then humbly ask for His mercy.

- Elder Paisios

Jesus Prayer

"Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner."

The Russian hieromonk Dorotheus, a great instructor in spiritual asceticism, who was in this respect very much like St. Isaac the Syrian, counsels those who are learning the Jesus Prayer to recite it aloud at first. The vocal prayer, he says, will of itself turn into the mental.

"Mental prayer," he continues, "is the result of much vocal prayer, and mental prayer leads to the prayer of the heart. The Jesus Prayer should not be said in a loud voice but quietly, just audibly enough that you can hear yourself.,’ It is particularly beneficial to practice the Jesus Prayer aloud when assailed by distraction, grief, spiritual despondency and laziness. The vocal Jesus Prayer gradually awakens the soul from the deep moral slumber into which grief and spiritual despair are wont to thrust it. It is also particularly beneficial to practice the Jesus Prayer aloud when attacked by images, appetites of the flesh, and anger; when their influence causes the blood to boil. It should be practiced when peace and tranquillity vanish from the heart, and the mind hesitates, becomes weak, and—so to speak—goes into upheaval because of the multitude of unnecessary thoughts and images. The malicious princes of the air, whose presence is hidden to physical sight but who are felt by the soul through their influences upon it, hearing as they mount their attack the name of the Lord Jesus—which they dread—will become undecided and confused, and will take fright and withdraw immediately from the soul. The method of prayer which the hieromonk suggests is very simple and easy. It should be combined with the method of St. John of the Ladder: the Jesus Prayer should be recited loud enough that you can hear yourself, without any hurry, and by locking the mind into the words of the prayer. This last, the hieromonk enjoins upon all who pray by Jesus’ name.

http://orthodoxinfo.com/praxis/ignaty_jesus.aspx

χριστος ανεστη

The choir of the holy monastery of Vatopaidi Mount Athos in Greece is singing the byzantine hymn of the holy Easter: Christ is risen from the dead.

The icon of Christ in the video is one of the oldest of the Orthodox Church (6th century AD) it depicts Christ Pantocrator. His left eye is the eye of judgement that brings fear to the angels, and reminds of the judgement day, that is to come, while his right eye is the eye of mercy and his love for man.

The oldest known icon of Christ Pantocrator, Saint Catherine’s Monastery in Mount Sinai.
The two different facial expressions on either side emphasize Christ’s dual nature as fully God and fully human.

The oldest known icon of Christ Pantocrator, Saint Catherine’s Monastery in Mount Sinai.

The two different facial expressions on either side emphasize Christ’s dual nature as fully God and fully human.

Love = Truth
η αλήθεια είναι μόνο στην αγάπη = The truth is only in love