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July - August 2006

SPIRITUAL WISDOM FROM THE CHURCH FATHERS

On prayer lists for commemoration at the Divine Liturgy

When the priest cuts of the particles from the prosphora and commemorates the names of the faithful during the prothesis, and angel of the Lord descends and takes this commemoration and places it before the throne of Christ as a prayer for those commemorated.

- Elder Iakovos Tsalikis of Evia (1920-1991)

Let us not tire, brothers, of helping those we love who are departed for the other life. Let us not tire of praying for them, particularly at the Divine Liturgy. ...For this reason, then, let us pray with courage for the whole world, and let us commemorate our departed together with the Martyrs, Confessors and Priests. For we - all the faithful - are one spiritual body, even though some members are 'brighter' than others. Let us commemorate them; let us ask forgiveness for them from everywhere - from the petitions, from the gifts offered for them, and from the Saints who are commemorated with them at the time of the Divine Liturgy.

- St John Chrysostom


On the essence of Orthodox Truth

Those that are educated have understood dogma with their minds and not with the spirit of the Holy Fathers. At the same time, those who are unlettered have grabbed hold of dogma with their teeth, which is why they grind their teeth when they speak about ecclesiastical matters. In this way, greater harm is caused by those in the Church than by those who battle against Her from without.

- Elder Paisios Eznepidis of Souroti (1924-1994)


On effective prayer

We you pray, make prostrations; even if this tires you. Prayer that is accompanied by voluntary sacrifice becomes more pleasing to God and is more effective.

- Elder Porphyrios (1906-1991)

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