"Let us not criticize, because God will allow us to fall into the same sins.Thus, a housewife in a village, while lighting a fire in her oven to bake bread," wished "that she could burn alive in her oven, a girl from a neighboring village, who became pregnant with a stranger.
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Holy Trinity is a very beautiful feast. On this day, temples and homes are decorated with flowers and green plants. People also go to the Church for the service with bunches of flowers. And these bouquets are filled with the symbol of the feast: white is the symbol of the Holy Spirit, red is the symbol of the blood of Christ, spilled for the salvation of people, blue is the symbol of the Heavenly Father. But the most important color of the Trinity is green. Temples and homes are decorated with green branches and even small trees.
These branches remind us of the oak of Mamre, the green oak under which God, the Holy Trinity, appeared to Abraham in the form of three angels. These branches and flowers take us back to that fiftieth day when the Lord gave Moses the Ten Commandments, and it was the time of spring, and the whole of Mount Sinai was covered with blossoming trees. This reminds us of the events of that morning, when tongues of fire descended on the apostles and Jerusalem was drowned in flowers and greenery.
But Holy Trinity's greenery also has a symbolic meaning.
Green is a symbol of the soul which blossoms because it has been touched by the grace of the Holy Spirit. Green is a symbol of the soul that lives, blooms and is filled with life as long as it is grafted into the true Vine-Christ. The Feast of the Holy Trinity is a day of communion with eternal life, eternal youth and beauty. And even the little bouquet in hand is filled with wonderful meaning.
What we carry within us is transmitted to others.Therefore, we must work to ensure that there is peace in our home.
Peace can come from each of us and be transmitted to others.
You see how few humble and kind people are on earth, but they are blessed.
Archimandrite Thaddeus Vitovnitsky
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
On Saturday of the Souls (June 19) before Pentecost we commemorate all departed Orthodox Christians who have fallen asleep in the Lord.
"What is the significance of Mount Athos for humanity?" "There are many monks on Mount Athos who pray for people all over the world." "Elder Parthenios lived in Russia, where the Mother of God once appeared. He asked her: "What is the role of a monk?" She explained to him that he should pray and make requests for all mankind. We will never save ourselves. We will be saved by others for our attitude towards them."