He touched the Blood of Christ… – Experiences during the Divine Liturgy – Fr. Stephen Anagnostopoulos

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He touched the Blood of Christ…

Experiences during the Divine Liturgy

Fr. Stephen Anagnostopoulos:

Father Anthony Tsigas was a priest at the Church of Prophet Elijah in the area of Kastella located in Piraeus (Greece). When the deceased Metropolitan of Piraeus, Chrysostom Tavladorakis was still alive.

One Saturday morning, as Father Anthony was performing the Divine Liturgy he reached the point where he had to Consecrate the Holy Gifts.
As he was on bent knees saying the Prayer, his hands were leaning on the Holy Table.

During the moment when he was about to get up in order to bless the Precious Gifts, a drop of Blood falls on his hand from up high; in fact, It spattered him!!

He was in a state of terror when he saw It!! Terrified as he was,he was looking at It and then he was captured by holy awe, fear; he was ecstatic and astonished,in other words he experienced various mixed, incomprehensible feelings that could not of course be described by Father Anthony. As soon as he got up he did not know what to do! He licked the Blood of Christ… he did not know what had come over him. Nevertheless, the Grace of our Holy God, after this miracle, made him look at the Holy Chalice only to realize that it was empty!

He had forgotten to fill it with wine. Next,when he looked at the Body he saw that It was in fact unpierced. That is to say, he had not completed the Holy Proskomedia.

The chanter continued chanting “We hymn thee, we bless Thee…” the priest told him to continue with a nod (there were not as many people since it was Saturday), he took the Holy Spear, pierced the Holy Bread and said; one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear,and at once there came out blood and water”.

Afterwards he filled the Holy Cup,then poured the wine and water,as usual, blessed it, made the sign of the Cross and after having completed all this, he was on bent knees once again in order to read the consecration Prayer, got up blessed the Precious Gifts and our All Holy God transformed the bread and wine-the way it is always done every time there is a Divine Liturgy-into the Body and Blood of Christ. Following the Consecration and the end of the Divine Liturgy, he consumed the Holy Cup cleaning it entirely.

Immediately after the Divine Liturgy which was held on a Saturday,he told Metropolitan Chrysostom all about his experience. The latter then took Father Anthony’s hand so that he could smell it. It had an inexpressible sweet-smelling savor!! He took it and started kissing it many times.

—My Bishop!, Says Father Anthony.

—I am not kissing your own hand he said,even though it should also be kissed, for you are a Celebrant of the Most High.

It does not matter if you are a priest and I a bishop. I have touched in you hand the Blood of God,the Blood of God!!!!!

I recall that after Father Anthony’s falling asleep the bishop narrated the story to me.

Since the bishop was very expressive,he stood up and said;

—Father Stephan, the BLOOD OF CHRIST!!, and started crying!

All this takes place during the Divine Liturgy!!

Christ is not hidden in the Precious Gifts (He is not concealed or simply
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Vivre la Divine Liturgie – Père Stéphane Anagnostopoulos – Avant propos à l’édition française ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French

PROTOPRESBYTRE STÉPHANE ANAGNOSTOPOULOS

VIVRE LA DIVINE LITURGIE

La divine liturgie orthodoxe interprétée et

commentée selon la Tradition et les expériences de

nombreux prêtres, moines et laïcs orthodoxes

LE PIRÉE 2011

Traduit du grec
par l’archimandrite

Éphrem Triantaphyllópoulos
Vicaire Général du Saint Évêché de Sissánion et de Siatista
CP 503 00 Siatista, Grèce.

Tél. 00302465021365 ou 00306977179788 mob.
Fax : 00302465021204

C’est avec une joie en Jésus-Christ très profonde et pour la gloire de notre Dieu Trinitaire que nous donnons l’autorisation de traduire en français notre ét ude modeste, «Expériences Liturgiques».

Cette analyse de la Divine Liturgie offre aux pieux lecteurs, non seulement quelques connaissances de base, mais aussi l’expérience vécue, dans l’histoire, du sacrifice sur la Croix du Fils et Verbe de Dieu qui s’est incarné «du Saint-Esprit et de la Vierge Marie», en la Personne de notre Sauveur Jésus-Christ.

Les orthodoxes de partout, de toutes les nations et de toutes les langues, qui participent au sacrement suprême de la sainte eucharistie avec crainte de Dieu, un vrai repentir, une foi fervente et un amour
agissant, c’est-à-dire dignement, sont divinement changés et incompréhensible ment transfigurés, car ils communient «au Corps et au Sang du Christ pour la rémission des péchés et la vie éternelle».

Et alors …

C’est le débordement de la grâce divine!

C’est la plénitude de l’amour divin!

C’est la fête céleste et splendide!

C’est l’éclat spirituel et l’allégresse divine!

C’est l’embellissement angélique de l’âme!

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The Most Holy Virgin Mary Mother of God, disciplines two children! – Experiences during the Divine Liturgy

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HOLY VIRGIN MARY MOTHER OF GOD

The Most Holy Virgin Mary Mother of God, disciplines two children!

Experiences during the Divine Liturgy

Fr. Stephan Anagnostopoulos, Greece:

A relative of mine told me the following incident: A friend of his who was a doctor, like all the other children who laugh and move aimlessly here and there inside the Church Temple without realizing it,was also laughing with his cousin teasing the other children and running hear and there.

Even though the Liturgy had finished,they had taken the antidoron and the
people had already left, however these two children and the doctor along
with his cousin started being naughty inside the Church Temple.
That is when an austere and at the same time sweet woman’s voice
was heard telling them:

—In my Son’s house we do not play! We do not run here and there. We pray,we receive Holy Communion and partake of His Body and Blood. The Blood of my Son!

And… She grabs them by the neck and in a split of a second both children
were outdoors,in the Churches yard!!

The doctor then replies: “Just let them come to me and tell me that there
is or there is not a God.

God spoke to me through His All-Holy Mother.”

Taken from the book: Fr. Stephan Anagnostopoulos, Experiences during the Divine Liturgy

The Holy Spear of  the Divine Liturgy & Saint Theodosius of Argos, Greece (+922)

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SYNAXARION-HAGIOLOGY

The Holy Spear of  the Divine Liturgy

& Saint Theodosius of Argos, Greece (+922)

August 7

Fr. Stephen Anagnostopoulos, Greece:

With the Holy Spear we make exactly the same symbolic movement with that of the soldier who pierced the side of Christ’s Holy Body on the Cross, we say; one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side,and forthwith came there out “blood and water”, as we pour wine and water inside the Holy Cup.

At this point it is worth mentioning Saint Theodosius of Argos, Greece (+922), true story…

This Saint in particular celebrated the Divine Liturgy only once. On the first day he became a deacon,on the second day a priest,and on the third day he performed the Liturgy for the first time. When it was time to “pierce” the Holy Bread with the Holy Spear,he saw,right before his eyes, himself as a soldier with a sharp spear piercing the Holy Body of the Lord as Blood and Water were coming out of His side.

No one will ever find out how terrified he must have been(this will remain unknown)when he poured wine and water inside the Holy Cup!
He was indeed captivated by Divine fear so much so that when he had completed the Divine Liturgy he never celebrated it again.

Taken from the book: Fr. Stephan Anagnostopoulos, Experiences during the Divine Liturgy

 

Des dizaines de passereaux et d’autres oiseaux entraient et sortaient et au dehors de l’église par les fen êtres ouvertes de la coupole, gazouillant et chantant avec vivacité ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French

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ANIMALS OF MY HEART

Père Stéphane Anagnostopoulos:

Un fidèle m’a raconté un événement similaire qui a eu lieu à l’église de la Mère de Dieu qui s’appelle «Ecatontapyliani» et qui se trouve à Paros (dans les Cyclades, Grèce), pendant la Divine Liturgie de la veille de l’Épiphanie, en 1998.

Des dizaines de passereaux et d’autres oiseaux entraient et sortaient et au dehors de l’église par les fen êtres ouvertes de la coupole, gazouillant et chantant avec vivacité. Pourtant, à l’heure de la consécration des saints dons, ils se sont tus et immobilis és tous pour recommencer après l’ecphonèse: «Et en premier lieu pour notre très sainte…» [Notes personnelles de l’auteur].

Les propres paroles du Seigneur «Ceci est mon corps…ceci est mon sang…» (Marc 14, 22-24) à la sainte Cène, le soir du jeudi saint, témoignent de cette réalité du Changement du pain et du vin en Corps et en Sang du Christ. La constitution donc du saint sacrement est divine. C’est le Christ lui même qui en est l’auteur.

Les signes visibles du saint sacrement sont le pain au levain, le vin et la prière secrète «envoie ton Saint-Esprit sur nous et sur ces Dons…». Ce n’est pas seulement la grâce du Christ qui est transmise par la sainte communion comme c’est le cas d’ ailleurs pour d’autres sacrements, mais c’est le Christ, le Seigneur lui-même. Les fidèles qui reçoivent dignement le Corps et le Sang du Christ, s’ y intègrent, ayant les mêmes corps et sang que Lui. L’adhésion au Corps de l’église, c’est-à-dire l’incorporation, commence par le saint Baptême et s’achève avec la sainte communion, c’est-à-dire l’intégration. Cela veut dire que notre être tout entier reçoit d’une façon mystique la Vie-même, notre Seigneur et Rédempteur et l’incorpore.

Source:

Père Stéphane Anagnostopoulos

Vivre la Divine Liturgie

Expériences Liturgiques

Le Pirée 2011

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

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HEAVEN ON EARTH – ORTHODOXY

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”

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

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TEXTS – ORTHODOXY

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).

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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!

From the book:

Fr. Stephan Anagnostopoulos, Experiences During the Divine Liturgy