Story about Toll booths (Partial Judgment) – Fr. Stephan Anagnostopoulos

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Story about Toll booths (Partial Judgment)

From Experiences during the Divine Liturgy

Fr. Stephan Anagnostopoulos:

The Middle state takes place after the soul’s “First” or “partial judgments”,
which takes place right after the soul is separated from the body. This ‘First”or “Partial Judgment” of man is also our Church Dogma.

We will conclude with an incidence which was mentioned to me by a grandchild of a certain priest many years ago during Confession.

A young man told me this about his grandfather, who was a priest. When he was a boy of about 5 or 6, the grandfather died and they burried him the next day. On the third day the family went to read the memorial prayers at the Continue reading “Story about Toll booths (Partial Judgment) – Fr. Stephan Anagnostopoulos”

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Epistle, Gospel and Sermon – Fr. Stephan Anagnostopoulos, Greece

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Epistle, Gospel and Sermon

Fr. Stephan Anagnostopoulos, Greece

God speaks to us through the Sacred readings. The reading from Holy scripture tell us about Jesus’s life and how to follow His teachings. Gospel means “good news.” Both the Gospel and the Epistle readings are meant to inspire us with the good news about God’s love for all of us.

First the Epistle is read. The Epistle is a letter that was written by Saint Paul and other apostles and deemed by the Church to be Holy Scripture. At the beginning we are called to be attentive, to listen closely as we are about to hear God’s wisdom. Then there is the “prokeimenon.” This is a short verse from the Psalms that reveal God’s wonders to us. The reading symbolizes the revelation of the divine mysteries by the Prophets and anticipation of the Kingdom of God on earth. Originally it was a whole psalm chanted in antiphons.

Why is that the Epistle comes before the Gospel? We have an answer given by Saint Nicholas Cabasilas:

“What is said by the Lord Him self is the most perfect revelation, compared to that which is said by the Apostles. And since we mentioned that way is performed in the Divine Liturgy is revealed gradually, there is an upward, gradual journey that is why as we are moving from lower to higher, we first read the Epistle readings and then the Gospel readings” (Saint Nicholas Cabasilas, P.G. 150, 416C).

At the end of the Epistle reading we sing, Alleluia, which is an exclamation of joy which is sung majestically, slowly and melodically. Its actual meaning is Continue reading “Epistle, Gospel and Sermon – Fr. Stephan Anagnostopoulos, Greece”

The Priest is standing before the Holy Gate and exclaims: “Let us attend…” – Fr. Stephan Anagnostopoulos, Greece

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The Priest is standing

before the Holy Gate and exclaims: “Let us attend…”

Fr. Stephan Anagnostopoulos, Greece

The Priest is standing before the Holy Gate and exclaims: “Let us attend…”, many times in fact. However, this entreaty is the voice of the Church but most people do not pay attention to it… “Let us attend…”, “let us attend…”, and no one attends.

Many say: “We will hear the same things again… again and again”.

Others again say: “We do not understand anything they say…”.

How dare you say that whatever it is they read it is always the same, for you know neither the names of the Prophets, nor the names of the Apostles, nor the names of the Evangelists?

And again, how do you dare say that you do not understand the sacred texts of the Readings during the Diving Liturgy, when you do not study them at home at all? . . .

In order for us not to be “judged”, let us attend! Let us attend! Let us be attentive!

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Η μνημόνευση ονομάτων στην Θεία Λειτουργία διώχνει το μίσος – Άγιος Βαρσανούφιος της Μονής Όπτινα της Ρωσίας (+1913)

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Η μνημόνευση ονομάτων στην Θεία Λειτουργία διώχνει το μίσος

Άγιος Βαρσανούφιος της Όπτινα, Ρωσίας (+1913)

Ἀναφέρει ὁ Ἅγιος Στάρετς Βαρσανούφιος τῆς Μονῆς Ὄπτινα τῆς Ρωσίας:

«Κάποτε, ἕνας ἄρχοντας τῆς τσαρικῆς αὐλῆς, πῆγε νά συμβουλευθῆ ἕνα περίφημο τότε γιά τήν ἀρετή του, ἱερέα τῆς Πετρουπόλεως.

—Πάτερ, πές μου, τί νά κάνω; Ἔχω πολλούς ἐχθρούς. Μέ μισοῦν “ματαίως”· χωρίς κανένα λόγο. Μέ συκοφαντοῦν στόν Τσάρο. Κινδυνεύω νά χάσω τή δουλειά μου. Ἄν ὁ Τσάρος πεισθῆ καί μέ ἀπολύση, ποῦ θά σταθῶ; Πῶς θά ζήσω; Σᾶς παρακαλῶ, συμβουλέψετέ με. Τί νά κάνω;

—Νά προσεύχεσαι. Γιά ὅλους. Καί περισσότερο γι᾽ αὐτούς πού ξεσηκώθηκαν ἐναντίον σου. Καί στό σπίτι. Ἀλλά καί στήν Ἐκκλησία, στή Θ. Λειτουργία. Ἔχει μεγάλη σημασία αὐτό.

—Καί τί θά βγῆ μέ αὐτό, πάτερ;, εἶπε πικραμένος.

—Θά τό δῆς. Τά “ψίχουλα”, οἱ μαργαρίτες —οἱ μερίδες τίς ὁποῖες βγάζει ὁ ἱερέας στήν προσκομιδή, ὅταν διαβάζη ὀνόματα— συμβολίζουν τίς ψυχές τῶν ἀνθρώπων· ζώντων καί κεκοιμημένων. Κάι κάποια στιγμή, αὐτές τίς μερίδες ὁ παπᾶς τίς ρίχνει μέσα στό Ἅγ. Ποτήριο, μέ τά λόγια: “Ἀπόπλυνε, Κύριε, τά ἁμαρτήματα τῶν ἐνθάδε μνημονευθέντων δούλων σου, τῷ Αἵματί Σου τῷ Ἁγίῷ”. Δηλαδή παρακαλεῖ τό Χριστό νά ξεπλύνη μέ τό Αἷμα Του τίς ψυχές τῶν ἀνθρώπων πού μνημόνευσε.

Καί πρόσθεσε:

—Γι᾽ αὐτό, ἄν θέλης, ἄκουσε με. Γράψε τά ὀνόματα ἐκείνων πού σέ ἐπιβουλεύονται σ᾽ ἕνα χαρτί καί δῶσε τα στόν ἱερέα, νά τά μνημονεύη στή Λειτουργία· καί θά τό δῆς!

Ἀπό τότε πέρασαν μία, δύο, τρεῖς ἑβδομάδες. Μετά ἀπό ἕνα μῆνα, νάτος, πάλι στόν παπᾶ. Καί πέφτοντας μπροστά στά πόδια του, ἐξομολογήθηκε:

—Θαῦμα, πάτερ! Θαῦμα! Θαῦμα! Δέν θά τό πιστέψετε! Ἔκανα αὐτό πού μοῦ εἴπατε. Καί, νά! Αὐτοί πού μέχρι τώρα μέ μισοῦσαν, καί ἤθελαν τό κακό μου, τώρα μοῦ συμπεριφέρονται μέ τέτοιο σεβασμό, μοῦ δείχνουν τέτοια ἀγάπη, πού δέν ξέρω, πῶς νά τό ἐξηγήσω. Τό στόμα τους, πού πρῶτα ἦταν ὅλο χολή, τώρα στάζει μέλι. Ὅπου καί νά σταθοῦν, μόνο καλές κουβέντες λένε γιά μένα!

Καί ὁ σεβάσμιος γέροντας συμπέρανε:

—Εἶδες, λοιπόν! Σοῦ τό ἔλεγα. Ἄφησε τό θέμα σου στόν καλό Θεό καί θά τό δῆς. Τώρα τό βλέπεις, ὁλοκάθαρα, πόσο ὁ Θεός φροντίζει γιά μᾶς.
Πάντοτε, λοιπόν, καί σύ “ἐν ψαλτηρίῳ” νά τό ἀνοίγης τό κάθε σου πρόβλημα. Νά προσεύχεσαι. Ἰδιαίτερα γιά “τούς ἐχθραίνοντάς σοι ματαίως”(Ψ 3, 8)· δηλαδή γιά ἐκείνους πού, χωρίς κανένα λόγο, σέ ἐπιβουλεύονται. Καί ὁ Θεός, θά τούς κάνει φίλους σου».

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