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Issue 1   Sunday 1 April, 2018

Just as it is a pressing duty of every Christian when he loses his peace of heart to do all he can to restore it, so it is no less obligatory for him to allow no accidental happenings of life to disturb this peace; I mean illness, wounds, death of relatives, wars, fires, sudden joys, fears and sorrows, memories of former sins and errors, in a word, everything which usually troubles and agitates the heart. It is indispensable in such cases not to allow oneself to feel worry and agitation, for, having succumbed to them, a man loses self-possession and the capacity to understand events clearly and see the right way to act, each of which gives the enemy the possibility to agitate a man still more and push him to take some step, that is difficultly or quite impossible to remedy.

— St. Theophan the Recluse, Unseen Warfare, p. 155

Life is much easier for the man who is given over to the will of God, since in illness, in poverty, in persecution he reflects thus: ‘such is God’s pleasure, and I must endure on account of my sins.

— St. Silouan, Wisdom from Mount Athos, p. 68

The most perfect way is not to pray for our health - not to pray to become well, but to become good. That is what I pray for myself. Do you hear? I do not mean to be good in the sense of virtuous, but in the sense acquiring divine zeal, of abandoning ourselves in trust to God’s love, and of praying rather for our soul. And we mean our soul as it is incorporated in the Church, whose head is Christ, along with all our fellow men and our brothers and sisters in Christ.

— St Porphyrios, Wounded by Love, The life and Wisdom of Elder Porphyrios, p. 229

God especially loves and provides for large families. A large family provides children with many opportunities to grow up normally, as long as the parents give them the proper nurturing. One child helps the other. The oldest girl helps the mother; the second child takes care of the younger one, and so forth. There is a sense of giving and they live in an atmosphere of sacrifice and love. The younger ones love and respect the older ones; and this is something that comes naturally in a large family.

— St. Paisios, Family Life, p.78

In this issue

Lord and Master of my life

By Fr Raphael Pavouris

Holy and Great Lent is full of most beautiful hymns and prayers. However, there is one prayer which sums up the Lenten ethos more than any other. It is called the Prayer of St Ephraim the Syrian (4th c). This prayer is said in all weekday Services during Lent and in our private prayer rule.

St Gregory Palamas

By Stephen Griffith

In the fourteenth century two men left their homes to become monks. Gregory Palamas, the son of a Byzantine noble family left the possibility of a career at the imperial court to join a monastic community on Mount Athos. Barlaam of Calabria, a Greek-Italian, left his home in Italy to find monastic life in the East. Barlaam sought out some monks to learn about prayer from them. They taught him that a fruit of deep inner prayer was a vision of God as uncreated light. Barlaam was shocked to hear this. The idea that God could be seen by people seemed to go against the principle that God is transcendent – totally other.

Δύο του Δεκέμβρη

Μία ιστορἰα για παιδιἀ.

Recipe: Cypriot Olive Cake

A delicious olive pie ideal for the fast.

Life of St Mary of Egypt

St Mary of Egypt was an ascetic in the Judean desert. The Church venerates her especially during great lent because her example of repentance was magnificent. We are blessed to have the story of her life, told in her own words, as it was recorded by the monk Zosimas, who by the grace of God met her in the final year of her life.

Profound Innocence

By Rod Angus

Ever since our daughter Judi reposed aged 17, 14 years ago, I have felt an unceasing desire to carry her in my life and in the things I do, to represent her in some way within my own faith and practices. I don’t mean the mere ‘memory’ of her as of someone who is dead, but the conscious reality of a young lady who now reposes, who rests in the arms of a God who says that he is not the God of the dead at all, but of the living only.

Let us entrust ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God

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