How should we build our prayer rule?

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It is impossible to imagine a meaningful Christian life without a daily prayer rule. But what should this prayer rule be? How long or short, and consisting of which prayers? How can we prevent our daily prayer rule from becoming purely a formality? What should we pay particular attention to, and what mistakes should we avoid? And what is the most important thing in a prayer rule?
 
The rule is for man, and not the other way around
 
—There are three important components to a prayer rule: proper measure, consistency, and quality.
 
1. Proper measure. The proper measure adorns a person in any work—both earthly and spiritual. It is very important to find the middle, royal path. This is a surety of success. This law is important and relevant in our prayer rule. We have to force ourselves in prayer on the one hand, but refrain from zeal not according to reason on the other. We mustn’t be lazy, but it is also dangerous to overdo it. In my view, it is better not to complete something in a prayer rule, and leave the desire to pray for another day. Overdoing it more often than not causes aversion and inner protest. The fathers say that the small rule is without price. Obviously there is need of a spiritual guide here, who is experienced and discerning in the practical work of prayer. But this advice presupposes a measure of freedom and personal choice on the part of the inquirer.

5 day trip to Serbia

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THE HOLY ARCHBISHOPRIC OF CYPRUS organizes a...
 
5 DAY JOURNEY TO SERBIA
 
Departure:         Larnaca - Belgrade  19/04/2017 JU 507  04:10 – 05:45
Return:                Belgrade – Larnaca   23/04/2017 JU 506  23:59 – 03:24 (24/4/17)
 
19th APRIL Wednesday: (ARIVAL AT BELGRADE – TOUR IN BELGRADE)
We will meet at Larnaca airport.  Departure - direct flight to Belgrade by Serbian Airlines.  Arrival.  We will pick up our luggage and go directly to the hotel in Belgrade.  Then we will visit the temple of Saint Savvas, the parliament, the central square, the Archdiocese and then we will head towards the modern neighbourhoods of new Belgrade.  We will continue our tour by visiting the famous Kalemegdan fortress, well known as the Acropolis of Belgrade, and from there we will be able to enjoy the panoramic view of the town.  Following a walk through the old historical centre and the famous Knez Mihajlova street with its modern shops.  Then we will experience a romantic cruise sailing on the waters of Sava and Danube rivers.  Dinner and stay at the hotel in Belgrade.  
20th APRIL Thursday: (FRUSKA GORA   -  SREMSKI  KARLOVIC   -  NOVI  SAD – MONASTERY OF KOVILJ )
After breakfast we will depart for a whole day trip, beginning with the exceptional Fruska Gora, a high altitude town with natural beauty lying on the endless plain of Voivodina.  We will stop at the monastery of Krusendol built in the 16th century.  Following a visit to the beautiful baroque style town of Sremski Karlovci.  We will continue our tour to the second biggest town of Serbia – Novi Sad, named as the “Serbian Athens”.  There, we will visit the metropolitan temple.  In the old town we will have some free time for lunch (optional) and then take a short walk.  Return to Belgrade.  On our way to Belgrade we will visit the monastery of Kovilj.  Dinner and stay at the hotel in Belgrade. 
21st APRIL Friday: ( BELGRADE – CELIJE MONASTERY  – LELIC MONASTERY  -  KRALJEVO) 
After breakfast we will depart with our luggage for the town of Kraljevo through Valjevo.  On our way we will visit the monastery of Celije to venerate the tomb of St. Justin Popovic.  A short distance from Celije is the monastery of Lelic where we will go there to see the tomb of Saint Nicholas Velimirovic, spiritual father of Saint Justin Popovic.  Then we will go for lunch (optional) at a restaurant in the nearby town of Valjevo.  We will then head south, towards the town of Kraljevo where we estimate to arrive at our hotel in the afternoon.  Room arrangement will follow.  Free time

Annual dinner with his eminence Bishop of Karpasia fr. Christoforos

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I N V I T A T I O N

You are cordially invited to join the dinner hosted by our bishop to all Orthodox converts, catechumens, and English Bible study members.  

Date/time:  Thursday 19th January 2017 at 7.00pm

Venue:  Reception hall of Agia Sophia Church - Strovolos

Price:  FREE

If you are interested to join please contact Gillian at 99932761 or Evgenia at 99944676  either by call or message stating your name/surname and the number of family members escorting you.  

Dead line to sign up:  Saturday the 14th of January 

ONLY FAMILY MEMBERS CAN JOIN (i.e. spouces and children) -  NO FRIENDS

PLEASE SIGN UP ONLY IF YOU ARE SURE YOU WILL ATTEND SO THAT NO FOOD WILL BE WASTED

"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