"Day and night She spent her time in prayer. The Most Holy Theotokos went often to the Holy Sepulchre of the Lord, and here She offered up fevent prayer. More than once, enemies of the Savior sought to hinder Her from visiting her holy place, and they asked the High Priest for a guard to watch over the Grave of the Lord. The Holy Virgin continued to pray right in front of them, yet "unseen by anyone.
Alas the Great Lent is upon us. This week began the holiest and strictest fast of the church calender. This Monday the Coptic Church began a 55 day long fast (and I believe most other Orthodox families have begun their Lent too) to help direct our minds and hearts towards the crucified Christ, to lift our spirits and thoughts to heaven and to teach us to the spurn the vain and boring and fruitless pleasures of the world.
Modern day Coptic heroes As there was great joy in the manger with the three shepherds, the wise men and the choir of angels, there was also something else ... What happened soon after Christ's birth? Which category of society did not only not rejoice for Christ's birth, but was actually punished awfully for it? A… Continue reading The birth of Christ isn’t all too joyous
It is written in the life of an enigmatic miracle-working Russian monk who lived in the time of Soviet Russia: "Once on Easter night the guards ordered Fr. Leonty to renounce God. He declined. Then they tied him to a rope and head first dipped him into a toilet bowl...