Coffee hour:



It is not possible to represent and to think of the cross without love. Where the cross is, there is love. In church you see crosses everywhere and on everything, in order that everything should remind you that you are in the temple of the God of love, the temple of love crucified for us.

St. John of Kronstadt (via phil0kalia)

(Source: mihalovesellie)

The grace of repentance, which acts in those who struggle, is a patristic inheritance. It is a divine transaction and exchange in which we give dust and receive heaven. We exchange matter for the Spirit. Every drop of sweat, every pain, every ascesis for God is an exchange.

Elder Joseph the Hesychast

Christianity is always out of fashion because it is always sane; and all fashions are mild insanities.

G. K. Chesterton (via nonjeneregrette)

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast.

The famous yiayia from my church reposed yesterday… I went to the memorial service today, but can’t go to the funeral service tomorrow

Eternal memory, yiayia Alexandra/Mother Maria +

She’ll be missed

You are the people of God; he loved you and chose you for his own. So then, you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.

There is no need at all to make long discourses; it is enough to stretch out one’s hand and say, ‘Lord, as you will, and as you know, have mercy.’ And if the conflict grows fiercer say, ‘Lord help!’ God knows very well what we need and He shows us His mercy.

Ever let mercy outweigh all else in you. Let our compassion be a mirror where we may see in ourselves that likeness and that true image which belong to the Divine nature and Divine essence. A heart hard and unmerciful will never be pure


Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Jerusalem.

This is my most favorite place on the planet

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