The Royal Doors
The Royal Doors
Icon of the Apostle Andrew
This is how we have assembled Christ’s grave at our small chapel.
Under that huge icon is a part of Christ’s gown from when he was buried.
My Godmother told me every church will receive a tiny piece of it.
there i light my candle, so that the virgin will protect you
We usually associate passions with emotions and with intensity in feelings, and as something good and human, but they are not the same.
Passions are actually our “falling short of” the real love and of any feelings in general.
A passion it’s the empty part of a half-emotion, the lie in a half-true.
True emotions are manifestations of God in us through His grace.
"I remember a certain Orthodox foreigner who came for a long stay in the Monastery. The Staretz made a profound impression on him. He grew fond of him and often went to see him. The other monks knew of this, and one day, meeting the foreigner in a corridor of the Monastery, Hieromonk N. of the Council of Elders, one of the most influential members of the Community, remarked to the visitor,
'I can't understand how a scholar like you can take pleasure in going to see Father Silouan, an illiterate peasant. Haven't we anybody cleverer than that?'
'It needs a 'scholar' to understand Father Silouan,' was the rather pained reply.
Why ‘educated men’ revered and went to see Staretz Silouan remained a mystery to this same Father N., and in conversation with Father Methodios, who ran the Monastery bookshop for many years, he remarked,
'I wonder why they go to him. After all, he reads nothing.'
'Reads nothing but fulfills everything, while others read a lot and fulfill nothing,' was Father Methodios' comment.”
-St. Silouan the Athonite by Archimandrite Sophrony, Pg. 74
"Father Silouan’s attitude towards those who differed from him was characterized by a sincere desire to see what was good in them, and not to offend them in anything they held sacred. He always remained himself; he was utterly convinced that ‘salvation lies in Christ-like humility’, and by virtue of this humility he strove with his whole soul to interpret every man at his best."
-St. Silouan the Athonite by Archimandrite Sophrony, Pg. 64
Ara Pacis Augustae (Altar of Augustan Peace), July 4, 13 B.C.E. Marble. Museo dell’Ara Pacis, Rome
Icons of St George the Trophy-bearer Part 3
Icons of St George the Trophy-bearer Part 2