Let us understand that God is a physician, and that suffering is a medicine for salvation.
St. Augustine (via kvtes)
Let no-one believe that there will be no recognition of one another on that terrible gathering. Yes, indeed, each one will recognize the one near him - not by the form of his body, but by the discerning eye of the soul.
Saint John of Damascus (via heroinscarlet)
The grass withers and the flowers fade but the word of our God endures forever.
Isaiah 40:8 KJV (via love-laughter-faith)
No one should lose heart under the pretext that the precepts of the Gospel are too difficult or impossible of fulfillment. God wishes man to be saved, and the purpose of His commandments is not to make him an offender by reason of their difficulty. No! God’s purpose is to reward us both here and hereafter for the keeping of His holy laws.
St. John Chrysostom (via heroinscarlet)
orthodoxfellowship:

Today, the Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke celebrates. As well as being an ardent follower of Christ through the Apostle Paul and writing two books of the New Testament (The Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts), he was also a doctor as well as an iconographer. According to tradition, st. Luke painted the first icons of the Most Holy Theotokos, one of them being the Hodegetria (as shown in this icon) and adding up to around 600 in number. O Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke, intercede for us +

orthodoxfellowship:

Today, the Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke celebrates. As well as being an ardent follower of Christ through the Apostle Paul and writing two books of the New Testament (The Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts), he was also a doctor as well as an iconographer. According to tradition, st. Luke painted the first icons of the Most Holy Theotokos, one of them being the Hodegetria (as shown in this icon) and adding up to around 600 in number. O Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke, intercede for us +

If you share secretly in the joy of someone you envy, you will be freed from your jealousy; and you will also be freed from your jealousy if you keep silent about the person you envy.
St. Thalassios the Libyan (via stkatherine)
orthodoxfellowship:

Today we celebrate the Seventh Ecumenical Council, held in Nicea, which dealt with the veneration of icons and fought against heretical iconoclasts. Leading this council was Holy Empress and Saint Irene. May all the Holy Fathers and Saint Irene intercede for us always +

orthodoxfellowship:

Today we celebrate the Seventh Ecumenical Council, held in Nicea, which dealt with the veneration of icons and fought against heretical iconoclasts. Leading this council was Holy Empress and Saint Irene. May all the Holy Fathers and Saint Irene intercede for us always +

kabane52:

Understanding patterns in the history of the Old Testament helps us understand the way that typology spills out into Church History. The fundamental pattern that one must understand in order to perceive the shape of Church history is the exodus pattern. So:

1. Exodus. The people are liberated.

2. There is a battle with an unexpected enemy, the Amalekites. In Genesis, the Amalekites are a mixture of two peoples- one descended from Abraham and one not. This is important, as in the history of the Church, her two enemies are heretics and pagans.

simplyorthodox:

Children’s icon stand or analogion Per Kevin Basil Fritts: This photo is from St Anne Orthodox Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The child-sized analogion was built by the rector, Fr. Stephen Freeman.

simplyorthodox:

Children’s icon stand or analogion Per Kevin Basil Fritts: This photo is from St Anne Orthodox Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The child-sized analogion was built by the rector, Fr. Stephen Freeman.