Источник: Интернет Журнал Православие.фм
В книге «Несвятые святые» есть замечательный эпизод, связанный с темой поста. Во время Чеченской войны русские монахи приехали на Кавказ, чтобы исповедовать и причастить местных православных жителей. Организаторы поездки решили отблагодарить священников за труды. Тайком от отцов была приготовлена сказочная трапеза, с дымящимися грудами жареной баранины и прочими яствами. Узнав о «сюрпризе», монахи ужаснулись. Во-первых, монашествующие не вкушают мяса по обету. Во-вторых, на дворе стоял Великий Пост, а именно – суровые дни Страстной седмицы. Что делать? Как пишет автор, монахи мгновенно поняли: если они откажутся, то нанесут страшное оскорбление хозяевам. И они ели мясо, и пили вино, и это угощение было самой радостной трапезой любви в их жизни.
Source: Ancient Faith Ministries blog - Orthodox Reformed Bridge
Author: Robert Arakaki
Question: I have a question. Baptists and Pentecostals say infant baptism is not biblical. Do we find infant baptisms in the Bible? I heard someone say that this practice started around year AD 200. Where can I find the earliest teachings about infant baptism? When is the first time the early Fathers mentioned it? What does the Orthodox Church teach about this? How can a baby be “born again” with no personal faith before he/she has heard the Gospel being preached? Or what is the point of infant baptism? What difference is there between Catholic, Lutheran and Orthodox infant baptism?
If there is one civil holiday that Christians can totally sign up for, it is the Thanksgiving Day. One of the most important things we do in our Christian life is give thanks to God for everything.
We do it first of all during the Liturgy. In fact, one of the names for Liturgy is Eucharist. Which comes from a Greek word – ευχαριστώ (eucharisto), which means – thanksgiving.
We don’t have to wait for one special day in the year to give thanks. We do it every day - in daily prayers, with every breath we take, with every Liturgy we participate in. But to have one day as a reminder that all things belong to God, and all things come from Him, isn’t a bad idea.
Below is a sermon that was delivered by the late Father Alexander Schmemann, who did a lot in terms of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ on American soil.
He died in December 1983 from cancer. The last service he was able to serve was Thanksgiving Day that same year. During that Liturgy, Fr Alexander gave this sermon (slightly edited for our parish use), which is in the form of a prayer, a thanksgiving prayer of a man, who knew his journey on this earth was coming to an end.
Here are the words of Fr Alexander Schmemann:
Limitless and without consolation would have been our sorrow for close ones who are dying, if the Lord had not given us eternal life. Our life would be pointless if it ended with death. What benefit would there then be from virtue and good deed? Then they would be correct who say: "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!" But man was created for immortality, and by His resurrection Christ opened the gates of the Heavenly Kingdom, of eternal blessedness for those who have believed in Him and have lived righteously. Our earthly life is a preparation for the future life, and this preparation ends with our death. "It is appointed for mortals to die once, and after that the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27). Then a man leaves all his earthly cares; the body disintegrates, in order to rise anew at the General Resurrection. Often this spiritual vision begins in the dying even before death, and while still seeing those around them and even speaking with them, they see what others do not see.[i]
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