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dramoor:

"It is a great gift of the mercy and love of God for us that we, who are sinful, impure, fallible, weak are allowed to be His servants, as are the angels. It is a great gift of the mercy and love of God for us that our Lord Jesus Christ became Incarnate – for He identified Himself completely with us by sharing fully in our human nature. He did not do this for the angels!"

"Holy Archangels and Angels, pray to God for us."

~via st.georgegreenvile.org

(art via Fr. Nektarios Serfes)

by-grace-of-god:

Just a selection of the many apparitions of Mother Mary 

1531, Guadalupe, Mexico—On a hill outside Mexico City, the Blessed Mother appeared four times to a recent convert to Christianity, Juan Diego. Mary proclaimed herself “the Mother of the true God who gives life” and left her image permanently upon Diego’s tilma or mantle. 

1830, Paris, France—In the chapel of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, Mary showed herself three times to novice Catherine Laboure (age 24). Laboure said she was commissioned by the Virgin to have the medal of the Immaculate Conception or “Miraculous Medal” made in order to spread devotion to Our Lady. 

1846, La Salette, France—Six thousand feet up in the French Alps, Mary is believed to have come to Maximin Giraud (age 11) and Melanie Calvat (age 14) while they tended sheep. Her appearance in sorrow and tears called for conversion and penance for sins. 

1858, Lourdes, France—At the Grotto of Massabielle, the Virgin showed herself 18 times to Bernadette Soubirous (age 14). Under the title “the Immaculate Conception,” she called for penance and prayer for the conversion of sinners. 

1871, Pontmain, France - Mary appeared on a farm to Eugene (age 10) and Joseph Barbadette (age 12) and Francoise Richer and Jeanne-Marie Lebosse, students at the nearby convent school. Mary’s message was written on a banner that unfurled from her feet: “But pray my children. God will hear you in a short time. My Son allows Himself to be moved by compassion.” 

1879, Knock, County Mayo, Ireland—During a pouring rain, the figures of Mary, Joseph, John the Apostle and a lamb on a plain altar appeared over the gable of the village chapel, enveloped in a bright light. None of them spoke. At least 15 people, between the ages of 5 and 75, saw the apparition. 

1917, Fatima, Portugal—While tending sheep, Lucia de Santos (age 10) and her two cousins, Francisco (age 9) and Jacinta Marto (age 7), reported six apparitions of Mary, who identified herself as “Our Lady of the Rosary.” Mary urged prayer of the rosary, penance for the conversion of sinners and consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart. 

1932-33, Beauraing, Belgium—Mary is believed to have come 33 times to the playground of a convent school to five children (ages 9-15), Andree and Gilberte Degeimbre and Albert, Fernande and Gilberte Voisin. Identifying herself as “the Immaculate Virgin” and “Mother of God, Queen of Heaven,” she called for prayer for the conversion of sinners. 

1933, Banneux, Belgium—In a garden behind the Beco family’s cottage, the Blessed Mother is said to have appeared to Mariette Beco (age 11) eight times. Calling herself the “Virgin of the Poor,” Mary promised to intercede for the poor, the sick and the suffering. 

dramoor:

"Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are his body.”

~St. Teresa of Avila

عيد النيروز هو عيد فرعوني مصري قديم و هو أول يوم في السنة الزراعية الجديدة و في عام 282 ميلادية بداية حكم الطاغية الروماني دقلديانوس  اصبح فيما بعد عيد بداية السنة القبطية تذكارا لعصر الشهداء 

ومع عصر دقلديانوس أحتفظ المصريين بمواقيت وشهور سنينهم التي يعتمد الفلاح عليها في الزراعة مع تغيير عداد السنين وتصفيره لجعله السنة الأولي لحكم دقلديانوس =282 ميلادية = 1 قبطية = 4525 توتية (فرعونية)، ومن هنا أرتبط النيروز بعيد الشهداء 

 أن عيد النيروز هو أقدم عيد لأقدم أمة

حارّب فيه شهدائنا الظلم وضحوا بنفوسهم لأجل ايمانهم 

Blessed Coptic New Year 1731

dramoor:

"Consider mercifulness not for what you give but for what you get, not as a loss but a gain, because through it you receive more than you give. If you give bread, you will receive eternal life. You give clothing and receive the robe of immortality; you give shelter under your roof and you receive the heavenly kingdom. You give perishable joys and receive eternal blessings.”
~St. John Chrysostom
(Photo: dramoor © 2014 Holy Resurrection Cathedral, St. Petersburg, Russia)
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dramoor:

"Consider mercifulness not for what you give but for what you get, not as a loss but a gain, because through it you receive more than you give. If you give bread, you will receive eternal life. You give clothing and receive the robe of immortality; you give shelter under your roof and you receive the heavenly kingdom.
You give perishable joys and receive eternal blessings.”

~St. John Chrysostom

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

dramoor:

"Prayer is a refuge for those who are shaken, an anchor for those tossed by waves, a walking stick for the infirm, a treasure house for the poor, a stronghold for the rich, a destroyer of sicknesses, a preserver of health.  He who can sincerely pray is richer than everyone else, even though he is the poorest of all. On the contrary, he who does not have recourse to prayer, even though he sit on a king’s throne, is the poorest of all…."

~St. John Chrysostom

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