10 Orthodox New Years Resolutions

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Making New Years resolutions? Consider the following Ten Points for a better Orthodox way of life. These will nourish your soul and bring you closer to God and an eternal ire in His kingdom.
 
1. Praying Daily: Have a regular prayer rule that includes morning and evening prayer.
2. Worshiping and Participating in the Sacraments: Attend and participate in the Divine Liturgy receiving Holy Communion regularly as well as regular participation in Confession.
3. Honoring the Liturgical Cycle: Follow the seasons of the church and participate in the fasts and feasts of the Church.
4. Using the Jesus Prayer: Repeat the Holy name whenever possible throughout the day or night.
5. Slowing Down and Ordering Your Life: Set priorities and reduce the stress and friction caused by a hurried life.
6. Being Watchful: Give full attention to what you are doing at the moment.
7. Taming the Passions: Overcome your habits, attachment to your likes and dislikes, and learn to practice the virtues.
8. Putting Others First: Free yourself from your selfishness and find joy in helping others.
9. Spiritual Fellowship: Spend time regularly with other Orthodox Christians for support and inspiration.
10. Reading Scripture and the writings of the Church Fathers.
 

6 DAY TRIP TO ROMANIA

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OUR ENGLISH SPEAKING COMMUNITY ORGANISES...

A 6 DAY TRIP TO ROMANIA

Departure: Larnaca-Bucharest     29/04/2019   OB 138   12.30-14.50

Return:      Bucharest-Larnaca     04/05/2019   OB 137   16.15-18.30

1st DAY:  LARNACA - BUCHAREST - IASI

Meeting at the area next to the church of St. Apostle Barnabas Dasoupolis.  Departure for Larnaca airport.  Direct flight to Bucharest capital of Romania, by blue air airlines.  After arriving at Bucharest we will take the bus and travel to Iasi.  (Capital of Moldavia) After a couple of stops, arrival at the hotel.  Free time to take a rest.  Dinner.  

2nd DAY: IASI - SUCEAVA - IASI

Breakfast.  Departure for Suceava area in the provicne of bucovina, well known for its painted monasteries, masterpieces of Byzantine art.  (both indoor and outdoor)  We will first viist the convent of VORONET dedicated to St.  George (built at 1488 AD by st. Steven) It is considered wondrous for its beautiful frescoes that are famous worldwide for their blue color.  St.  Steven built the monastery so that he would fulfill the promise that he gave to his spiritual father after a victory agaist the Turks.  The 

How Advent and Christmas are loosing their sense in the modern world

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So…they’ve taken Christmas out of Christmas and put it in Advent, and they’ve taken Christ out of Advent, except it’s not really Advent anymore, it’s Shopping Season, and then when the real Christmas comes, Christ is still in Christmas but Christmas is over. And who has done it is not who everybody thinks it is. (Are you still with me?) That is where modern American society is. The true Advent and Christmas are still here in the Church, but is anybody paying any attention?
 
Orthodox Advent and Christmas
Here’s how the Church intends us to keep this time of year: On November 15 our Orthodox Advent (Christmas) Fast begins. The calendars all say it should be kept like Great Lent. In parish use (outside the monasteries) I think it is usually just meatless. All Christians once kept an Advent Fast; now we Orthodox alone are left to tell you, and I’m not sure how many of us keep it. All the liturgical churches, east and west, follow approximately the same pattern. Advent is intended to be a time of quiet patient waiting, hope, prayer, repentance, reflection on the m

"Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit"

Mathew 28:19