Do not fabricate raptures for yourself, do not excite your nerves, do not inflame yourself with a material fire, with the fire of your blood. The sacrifice pleasing to God is humility of heart, contrition of spirit. With wrath does God turn away from sacrifices offered with self-confident presumption, with a proud opinion of oneself, though the sacrifice be a whole burnt offering.
Pride excites the nerves, heats the blood, arouses daydreaming, enlivens the life of the fall; humility calms the nerves, subdues the motion of the blood, eliminates daydreaming, mortifies falls, enlivens the life in Jesus Christ.
“Obedience” before the Lord “is greater than good sacrifice, and submission than the fat of rams,” said the Prophet to the Israelite king who had dared to offer to God a wrong sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22). When you wish to offer to God the sacrifice of love, do not offer it self-willfully, from a thoughtless impulse; offer it with humility, in that time and that place which the Lord commanded.
The spiritual place on which alone spiritual sacrifices are commanded to be offered is humility. (Saying of St. Pimen the Great from the ).
The Lord marked the one who loves and the one who does not love by true and exact signs: “If a man love Me, he will keep My word. He that loveth Me not keepeth not My sayings”(John 14:23,24).
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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.
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