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Saint Sophia Blog: May

The Fifth Friday after Pascha. CHRISTOS ANESTI! CHRIST IS RISEN! The Last Pascha – A Reverie »

May 31st, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Stephen Freeman, May 31, 2015  I had a reverie around the time of Pascha. My life has had many chapters. I have loved friends and lost friends. My memory is filled with much that is bittersweet – not my favorite flavor. But my reverie was a dream of Pascha – the Last Pascha. I wrote this in a Facebook post and have looked it up numerous times for balm for […]

The Fifth Thursday after Pascha. CHRISTOS ANESTI! CHRIST IS RISEN! Members of One Another (Part XII): Compassion Towards Plants »

May 30th, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

The compassionate love of St Silouan extends beyond animals to plants: ‘Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees’ (Revelation 7:3). On one occasion when the two of them were walking together, Fr Sophrony struck out with his stick at a clump of tall wild grass. The Starets said nothing, but he shook his head doubtfully; and at once Fr Sophrony was ashamed. In his own writings St […]

The Fifth Wednesday after Pascha. CHRISTOS ANESTI! CHRIST IS RISEN! Black Tuesday, May 29, 1453, The Fall of Constantinople »

May 29th, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

Constantine XI Paleologos, the last Emperor of the East Roman Empire, who was martyred by the forces of Sultan Mehmet during the assault on The City on May 29, 1453, was a man whose personal life was marked by tragedy, but who above all maintained steadfast his Christian faith and his dedication to his duties as the Christian Emperor. He is venerated among Orthodox for his deep faith in Christ, […]

The Fifth Tuesday after Pascha. CHRISTOS ANESTI! CHRIST IS RISEN! The Desert and Temptation (Part I) »

May 28th, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

One of the great themes of monasticism is the desert. The monks deliberately went into the desert to be alone and to seek God. The ancients considered the desert the dwelling-place of demons. Anthony went into the desert to fight the demons on their own turf. It was a heroic decision to push his way into the realm of the demons — and a declaration of war on the demons […]

The Fifth Monday after Pascha. CHRISTOS ANESTI! CHRIST IS RISEN! Venerable Saint Bede of Jarrow »

May 27th, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Vladimir Moss Our holy Father Bede the Venerable was born in the year 673 on the lands of the monastery of St. Paul at Jarrow in Northumbria. At the age of seven he was entrusted to the first abbot of Jarrow, St. Benedict Biscop, and after his repose to his successor, St. Ceolfrid. There is a tradition that during a plague that swept England during St. Ceolfrid’s abbacy, only […]