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dramoor:

Nothing has life in and by itself, everything vanishes, everything dissolves. Cut off from its roots, a flower can live for a short time in water and even decorate a room, but we realize that it is dying, that it is already subject to corruption.

Man ate the forbidden fruit, thinking that it would give him life.
But life itself outside of and without God is simply communion with death.

Man desires life, not simply for a moment, but for eternity, life which in the church’s hymnography so beautifully is called “life unfading”.  This life is the One who is himself life, that is, in God - in the knowledge of him,
in communion with him, in love and in praise and in the possession of him.
Life means possessing God.”

~ Fr. Alexander Schmemann, from O Death Where Is Thy Sting

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dramoor:

"One finds Christ, The Bridegroom of the soul, Who alone opens to man the Heavenly Kingdom - Who is and shall ever be the only Door to Paradise.”
~from Door to Paradise; Jesus Christ in Ancient Orthodoxy
(Photo: dramoor © 2014 Ceiling detail in Holy Resurrection Cathedral, St. Petersburg, Russia)
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dramoor:

"One finds Christ, The Bridegroom of the soul, Who alone opens to man the Heavenly Kingdom -
Who is and shall ever be the only Door to Paradise.”

~from Door to Paradise; Jesus Christ in Ancient Orthodoxy

(Photo: dramoor © 2014 Ceiling detail in Holy Resurrection Cathedral, St. Petersburg, Russia)

canonizedandotherwise:

Late have I loved you,

Beauty so ancient and so new,

late have I loved you!

Lo, you were within,

but I outside, seeking there for you,

and upon the shapely things you have made

I rushed headlong,

I, misshapen.

You were with me but I was not with you.

They held me back far from you,

those things which would have no being

were they not in you.

You called, shouted, broke through my deafness;

you flared, blazed, banished my blindness;

you lavished your fragrance,

I gasped, and now I pant for you;

I tasted you, and I hunger and thirst;

you touched me, and I burned for your peace.

—Augustine Confessions X.27

news-from-syria:

Mourning the death of the Syrian Army soldiers in Raqqa and prayer for the safety of the rest. We trust you honorable men. We have all confidence that you will defeat the ISIS terrorists. Syria will stay Syrian !!
This picture is for a syrian soldier in Al Tabakka airport who was recorded saying: The Islamic State! I swear to God.. We will eliminate it. 



Those were last words of this Syrian soldier before his execution by ISIS.
news-from-syria:

Mourning the death of the Syrian Army soldiers in Raqqa and prayer for the safety of the rest. We trust you honorable men. We have all confidence that you will defeat the ISIS terrorists. Syria will stay Syrian !!
This picture is for a syrian soldier in Al Tabakka airport who was recorded saying: The Islamic State! I swear to God.. We will eliminate it. 



Those were last words of this Syrian soldier before his execution by ISIS.

news-from-syria:

Mourning the death of the Syrian Army soldiers in Raqqa and prayer for the safety of the rest. We trust you honorable men. We have all confidence that you will defeat the ISIS terrorists. Syria will stay Syrian !!

This picture is for a syrian soldier in Al Tabakka airport who was recorded saying: The Islamic State! I swear to God.. We will eliminate it. 

Those were last words of this Syrian soldier before his execution by ISIS.
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