Q:Hello again. I've noticed you use quite a lot of imagery of the Archangel Michael. What is it that draws you to him in particular?
The question would rather be “What does not draw you to him?” and then the answer would be. “There is nothing that does not draw me to him.”
He is the Saint I love most after God (and Panagia).
Even it might sound stupid and naive but I love everything about him and what he stands for. And as more I get to know about him, the more I love him.
Starting with the fact that he, in his own will, stood up in the rebellion, to defend God. He stood up and kept the army of God together to fight the rebellion off in his love for God. And not just this, he tried to make his fallen brothers come back to their creator instead of just kicking them out, but he also called of them in his love to not leave.
Because of his loyalty he became the new prince of heaven even he was just of the rank of an archangel and compared to other ranks this is kinda low. (Seraphim/Cherubim/Thrones).
As he fought over the body of Moses he did not accuse or juge over Satan, but, knowing, that just God is allowed to judge, said “May the Lord rebuke you.” Angels are defenders of the truth and are not accusers. I am sure he would never dare to accuse someone, because he did not even accuse the devil. He is a defender, not an accuser.
It is said that he is the one who was with the angels who destroyed Sodom an Gomorrah, an the one who killed the firstborn in Egypt so God’s people could get free. All of this seems cruel at first but the fact that their souls came into the same place as where Adam and Eve (and the Saints at this time) were, and later Christ came to free humanity from death, this is not cruel anymore, at all. Even they got killed they got the chance to get freed as Christ rose from the dead.
Some say he was the one who expelled Adam and Even from Paradise, since he is said to have a firesword.
Many miracles happened from prayers to him. A lot of people get helped through his intercessions and the help he is allowed to give on his own.
He became one of the greatest enemies to the demons and the devil, even he once held a small rank.
His loyality and love are traits I value highly.
Everyone has saints he feels close to, and he is the one I would call “my saint”. Because of this I took his name in baptism in honor and love to him. And I did not regret, and I am sure I will never regret this decision.
Christ freeing Adam and Eve after all of this time to take them back with Him, to heaven.
That is beautiful.
RIGHT BUT WHO ARE ALL THE PEOPLE WATCHING JESUS?
On the left I can spot Saint John the Baptist right away.
I guess on the left it is either Kind David or maybe King Constaintine (or another Saint King) and all of the saints that died between the creation of the world and Christs resurrection.
But someone else might recognize them better than me at 3 am.
Christe arsdga - Georgian Paschal Hymn
This is just my favourite chant in the world.
If this does not touch your heart, then I don’t know.
Christ is risen, and by dying conquers death.
We need no longer fear the grave. He is the giver of life.
PASCHA / 2008. Christé arsdga! Tcheshmaritad arsdga!
I get so excited about Pascha right now!!!!!!!
Cherubic Hymn (Cherouvikos Hymnos) [Greece]-Χαιρουβικός ύμνος-Greek Orthodox Tetraphonic Chorus
Cherubic Hymn - Living H2O
cherubic hymn - რომელნი ქერუბიმთა
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Saturday, March 8, 2014 / February 23, 2014 (Church Calendar)
First Saturday of the Great Lent. Tone three.
Great Lent. Food with Oil
- Great Martyr Theodore Tyro (306) (movable holiday on Saturday of the 1st week of the Great Lent).
- Hieromartyr Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna (167).
New Hieromartyrs Alexis, Nicholas priests and Martyr Sergius (1938).
- Venerable Polycarp, monk, of Briansk (1620-21).
- Venerables John, Antioch, Antoninus, Moses, Zebinas, Polychronius, Moses, and Damian, ascetics of the Syrian desert (5th c.).
- Venerable Alexander, founder of the order of the Unsleeping Ones (430).
Venerable Moses, monk, of White Lake (1480).
Venerable Gorgonia, sister of St. Gregory the Theologian (372) (Greek).
Venerable Damian of Esphigmenou, Mt. Athos (1280) (Greek).
New Monk-martyr Damian the New of Philotheou, who suffered at Larissa (1568) (Greek).
St. John the Harvester of Stylos in Calabria (11th c.).
Venerable Cosmas of Zographou, Mt. Athos (1281).
New Hieromartyr Lazarus of the Peloponnese (1618).
St. Nazarius, abbot of Valaam (1809).
St. Mildburga, abbes of Much Wenlock..
Martyr Clement (Greek).
Martyr Thea (Greek).
The Scripture Readings
1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:
4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.
7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.
8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:
11 They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;
12 And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
2 Timothy 2:1-10 (St. Theodore)
1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
6 The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.
7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.
8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:
9 Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.
10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
23 And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn.
24 And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful?
25 And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him?
26 How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him?
27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:
28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.
3:1 And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand.
2 And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him.
3 And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth.
4 And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace.
5 And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.
John 15:17-16:2 (St. Theodore)
17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.
18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.
22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin.
23 He that hateth me hateth my Father also.
24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.
25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.
26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.
16:1 These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.
The First Week of Great Lent, Kontakion, Tone VI —
My soul, my soul, arise! Why are you sleeping? The end is drawing hear, and you will be confounded. Awake, then, and be watchful, that Christ our God may spare you, Who is everywhere present and fills all things.
Great Martyr Theodore Tyro, Troparion, Tone II —
Great are the triumphs of faith! In a fountain of flame the holy martyr Theodore rejoiced as in refreshing water. For having been made a whole burnt offering by fire, he was offered as sweet bread to the Trinity. By his prayers, O Christ our God, save our souls.
Kontakion, Tone VIII—
Having received the faith of Christ in thy heart as an inner shield, thou didst overcome all the opposing forces, O great champion, and thou hast been crowned with a heavenly crown, O Theodore, for thou art eternally invincible.
St. Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, Troparion, in Tone IV —
As thou didst share in the ways of the apostles/ and didst occupy their throne,/ thou didst find thine activity to be a passage to divine vision,/ O divinely inspired one./ Wherefore, ordering the word of truth,/ thou didst suffer for the Faith even to the shedding of thy blood.// O hieromartyr Polycarp, entreat Christ God, that our souls be saved.
Kontakion, Tone I “The choir of the angels” —
Offering sacrifices of the virtues unto the Lord as spiritual fruits,/ O wise Polycarp,/ thou wast therefore glorified by God as a worthy hierarch./ Wherefore, enlightened today by thy words,// we hymn thy praiseworthy memory, glorifying the Lord.
Okay I will make this a thing now. Since I created it long ago. I shall post more there.
And don’t drink coffee while lent!
It will just drag so much important things out of your body.