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Δευτέρα, 2 Μαΐου 2016

Εκατομμύρια Ορθόδοξοι του πλανήτη γιόρτασαν το Πάσχα.


Ομιλία με θέμα «Μείνατε πεινασμένοι! - Η Έννοια της Επιτυχίας και της Αποτυχίας στον Steve Jobs - Υπαρξιακός και Θεολογικός Σχολιασμός» από τον π. Χαράλαμπο Παπαδόπουλο.

ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΗ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ ΑΝΕΣΤΗ. Ι.Μ. ΑΓΙΟΥ ΙΩΑΝΝΟΥ ΜΑΚΡΙΝΟΥ ΜΕΓΑΡΩΝ.










ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΗ ΣΤΟ ΜΕΓΑΛΟ ΜΕΤΕΩΡΟ


Agape Vespers At Sinai, we have the service of Agape Vespers on Sunday morning. The Gospel is read in many languages, as a sign that the Glad Tidings of the Resurrection of Christ have gone forth into all the world.



All the lamps are lit over the reliquary of Saint Catherine, which is also covered with a beautifully embroidered fabric



Father Eumenios, keeping his paschal candle alight, waits for the Archbishop at the end of the service.


Ιερά Μονή Θεοβαδίστου Όρους Σινά, Αγίας Αικατερίνης. ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ ΑΝΕΣΤΗ. Holy Pascha






Holy Pascha
. . . ἔδωκεν ἑαυτὸν ἀντάλλαγμα τῷ θανάτῳ, ἐν ᾧ κατειχόμεθα, πεπραμένοι ὑπὸ τὴν ἁμαρτίαν· καὶ κατελθὼν διὰ τοῦ σταυροῦ εἰς τὸν ᾅδην, ἵνα πληρώσῃ ἑαυτοῦ τὰ πάντα, ἔλυσε τὰς ὀδύνας τοῦ θανάτου· καὶ ἀναστὰς τῇ τρίτῃ ἡμέρᾳ, καὶ ὁδοποιήσας πάσῃ σαρκὶ τὴν ἐκ νεκρῶν ἀνάστασιν, καθότι οὐκ ἦν δυνατὸν κρατεῖσθαι ὑπὸ τῆς φθορᾶς τὸν ἀρχηγὸν τῆς ζωῆς, ἐγένετο ἀπαρχὴ τῶν κεκοιμημένων, πρωτότοκος ἐκ τῶν νεκρῶν, ἵνα ᾖ αὐτὸς τὰ πάντα ἐν πᾶσι πρωτεύων . . .

. . . he gave himself a ransom to death, wherein we were held, sold under sin; and descending through the Cross into Hades, that he might fill all things with himself, he loosed the pains of death; and rising again the third day, and making for all flesh a way to the resurrection from the dead (because it was not possible that the author of life should be holden of corruption), he became the first-fruits of those that have fallen asleep, the first-born from the dead, that he might be in all things first among all . . .

(from the Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great)

Ελληνικοί Υπότιτλοι - Η Αγωγή των Παιδιών κατά τους Σύγχρονους Αγίους της Εκκλησίας μας


Transformed Icon Draws Pilgrims To Greek Orthodox Church In Homer Glen. CBS CHICAGO. VIDEO





http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2016/04/29/transformed-icon-draws-pilgrims-to-greek-orthodox-church/

Los Angeles Times

As millions of Orthodox Christians around the world prepare to celebrate Easter on Sunday and Jesus Christ's resurrection, thousands across the Chicago area are flocking to a suburban parish to see what they believe to be a different miracle.

Since July, tiny droplets of fragrant oil have trickled down an icon of St. John the Baptist in front of the altar at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Homer Glen, a village southwest of Chicago. Parishioners believe that the oil has healing properties and that its origins are a blessing from God.

"The first thing out of my mouth was, 'What do I do?'" said the Rev. Sotirios "Sam" Dimitriou, the parish priest. "You don't expect anything like this. It's breathtaking. It's so powerful to see such an act of God before your eyes."

Whether it's an act of God or a chemical reaction, few in the Greek Orthodox community care. A rational explanation is irrelevant if what seems to be a supernatural event draws people toward God, clergy say.

"We don't necessarily make official pronouncements on these things," said Bishop Demetrios, auxiliary bishop of Mokissos of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago. "We let the faithful believe it if they wish.... If it brings you closer to God, that's wonderful. If it doesn't, it doesn't."

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The oil, which parishioners believe to be myrrh, exudes from the icon's halo, wings, hands and beard and is collected by a reservoir of cotton at the icon's base. Dimitriou regularly extracts the oil into a pitcher, then saturates cotton balls, which he seals in plastic bags for parishioners to take home and share with their loved ones. So far, he has handed out more than 5,000 samples — a handy way to track the flow of pilgrims.

But he has been reluctant to broadcast its origins. Instead, news of the icon has spread by word of mouth.

Reports of the oil's healing effects have made their way to Dimitriou. One man reportedly went to the doctor concerning a blockage in his artery, but it had disappeared. Another reported being cancer-free after touching the oil.

The painter of the icon, Peter Mihalopoulos, said he believed the oil was why he was painting in his garage two days after a hip replacement.

And Dimitriou, who before the oil began to flow frequently passed out at the altar or in his office because of nerve damage, said he has not been hospitalized for his condition since September. He stopped taking his medication in January.

This is not the first time unexplained streaks of moisture have been spotted on an icon in the Chicago area.

An icon of Mary that appeared to be weeping has drawn huge crowds to St. Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church several times since it began to emit moisture in December 1986. In 1994, parishioners at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Cicero said they witnessed tears streaming from the eyes of Mary in an icon of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus.

Dimitriou said the oil on St. John the Baptist, unlike the weeping icons, appears to come from everywhere but his eyes. He has been told that means the icon offers a sign of joy, not sadness.

The fact that it's an icon of St. John the Baptist also sets it apart. John Price, a 20-year-old altar server, noticed the droplets of oil on the icon as he held a flickering candle during a Sunday service in July.

Sitting in the front chair that morning, his mother, Miki, noticed her son transfixed. When he told her later what he had witnessed, she immediately went back to the church to see for herself.

"That's my son's saint, and my son wants to be a priest," Miki Price said. "It totally blesses me that John was the first to see it."

James Skedros, dean of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Mass., said that although icons don't exude oil every day, similar episodes have taken place across the U.S. There is no formal process in the Orthodox Church of authenticating such incidents as miracles, he said, but they are believed to hold significance.

Could the phenomenon be attributed to a reaction to the church's environment? Of course, Skedros said. But what bishop wants to question the congregation, discredit a priest or doubt God?

Indeed, Demetrios sees the rivulets of oil and powerful perfume emanating from the icon as a blessing for a wounded congregation.

In 2007, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese suspended a former priest over allegations he sexually abused minors in the early 1970s while he was a priest at Assumption, when it was located in Olympia Fields. The parish moved to Homer Glen in 2013.

"God through this icon is somehow healing this parish from some serious hurt in its past," Demetrios said.

Helen Conits, who joined the parish last week, said the icon has offered her comfort and peace of mind. On Wednesday, she came to the church to be anointed with oil in the sacrament of holy unction and to pick up a cotton ball for her ailing father and her daughter.


"I do believe in miracles," she said. "I don't necessarily have to see it, but it's nice. At a time when everything seems to be falling apart in the world and for us personally, it's nice to see."

Büyükada Rum Yetimhanesi - 19 Mart 2016 . ΟΡΦΑΝΟΤΡΟΦΕΙΟ ΠΡΙΓΚΗΠΟΥ.


BÜYÜK ADA AYA YORGİ KİLİSESİ.


Büyükada Aya Yorgi Manastırı'nda Dilek Dileme Günü: 23 Nisan 2015 / İstanbul. ΑΓΙΟΣ ΓΕΩΡΓΙΟΣ ΚΟΥΔΟΥΜΑΣ . ΚΩΝΣΤΑΝΤΙΝΟΥΠΟΛΗ.


Büyükada "Aya Yorgi Manastırı" - İstanbul

Το θαύμα του Σικάγο: Χιλιάδες πιστοί συρρέουν για να δουν το μύρο που αναβλύζει από την εικόνα του Αγίου Ιωάννη του Προδρόμου




Με το θέμα της εκροής του ευώδους υγρού που εκρέει από την εικόνα του Αγίου Ιωάννη του Προδρόμου στον ιερό ναό Κοιμήσεως της Θεοτόκου στην πόλη Homer Glen του Ιλινόις ασχολούνται εκτενώς τα αμερικανικά ΜΜΕ, σημειώνοντας πως χιλιάδες πιστοί φτάνουν μέχρι την εκκλησία για να δουν από κοντά την θαυματουργή εικόνα.

Όπως αναφέρει η εφημερίδα Chicago Tribune στην ηλεκτρονική της έκδοση «καθώς εκατομμύρια Ορθοδόξων Χριστιανών ανά τον κόσμο ετοιμάζονται να γιορτάσουν το Πάσχα αυτή την Κυριακή και το θαύμα της Αναστάσεως του Ιησού Χριστού, χιλιάδες σ’ ολόκληρη της περιοχή του Σικάγου συγκεντρώνονται στην ενορία ενός προαστίου στα νοτιοδυτικά για να δουν αυτό που πιστεύουν πως είναι ένα διαφορετικό θαύμα.

Από τον Ιούλιο, μικρές σταγόνες ευώδους ελαίου έχουν στάξει από την εικόνα του Αγίου Ιωάννη του Βαπτιστή. Ενορίτες πιστεύουν ότι το ευώδες υγρό έχει ιαματικές ιδιότητες και πως η καταβολή του είναι ευλογία από τον Θεό».
«Δεν κάνουμε επίσημες δηλώσεις για αυτά τα θέματα», λέει ο επίσκοπος Δημήτριος της ελληνορθόδοξης αρχιεπισκοπής του Σικάγο Αφήνουμε τους πιστούς να πιστέψουν αν θέλουν… εάν αυτό τους φέρει πιο κοντά στο Θεό είναι θαυμάσιο. Εάν όχι, τότε όχι», συμπληρώνει.
Το υγρό το οποίο οι πιστοί πιστεύουν ότι είναι μύρο, βγαίνει από το πρόσωπο και τα φτερά του Ιωάννη του Προδρόμου, έτσι όπως είναι φιλοτεχνημένος στην εικόνα, μαζεύεται κάθε εβδομάδα με ένα κομμάτι βαμβάκι και στη συνέχεια το θαυματουργό υγρό για πολλούς  τοποθετείται σε μικρές πλαστικές σακούλες και δίνεται στους πιστούς. Μέχρι στιγμής έχουν δοθεί πάνω από 5000 τέτοια μικρά δείγματα.
Οι αναφορές για τις θεραπευτικές ικανότητες του μύρου έχουν διαδοθεί από στόμα σε στόμα στο Σικάγο και τις γύρω περιοχές. Ένας πιστός ο οποίος πήρε ένα μικρό δείγμα από το μύρο, και είχε φραγμένη αρτηρία στη συνέχεια δεν εμφανίστηκε στον γιατρό που τπο παρακολουθούσε. Υπάρχουν ακόμη αναφορές, όπως αναφέρει η Chicago Tribune  για θεραπεία πιστών που είχαν καρκίνο, μόλις ακούμπησαν το θαυματουργό αυτό υγρό που αναβλύζει από την εικόνα. 
 


Το  θέμα είχε φέρει στη δημοσιότητα ο «Εθνικός Κήρυξ» από τον περασμένο Μάρτιο, παραθέτοντας σε συνέντευξη την προσωπική μαρτυρία και περιγραφή του ιερατικού προϊσταμένου της κοινότητας, π. Σωτηρίου Δημητρίου.
Συγκεκριμένα, ο  «Εθνικός Κήρυξ»   έγραφε στις 15 Μαρτίου 2016 πως «ένα ανεξήγητο φαινόμενο συμβαίνει από τις 19 Ιουλίου του 2015 στην κοινότητα Κοιμήσεως της Θεοτόκου στην πόλη Homer Glen του Ιλινόις, όπου η εικόνα του Αγίου Ιωάννη του Προδρόμου εκρέει ένα υγρό το οποίο ευωδιάζει».
Σε επικοινωνία του «Εθνικού Κήρυκα» με τον ιερατικό προϊστάμενο της κοινότητας, π. Σωτήριο Δημητρίου, ο οποίος ιερατεύει στην κοινότητα από το έτος 1993, είπε ότι «η εικόνα του Αγίου Ιωάννη του Προδρόμου εκρέει κάποιο είδος υγρού το οποίο έχει μία ωραία οσμή. Το αντιλήφθηκαν πρώτες δύο ενορίτισσες οι οποίες κάθονται συνήθως στα πρώτα στασίδια, η κ. Νίκη Μιχαλοπούλου και η κ. Μίκη Πράις. Επίσης, από τους πρώτους που το παρατήρησε ήταν και ο ιεροψάλτης κ. Νίκος Αγγελόπουλος».
 

Ο π. Σωτήριος είπε ακόμα, πως «ήμουν ασθενής στο νοσοκομείο όταν ξεκίνησε αυτό το φαινόμενο και όταν βγήκα από το νοσοκομείο μου το είπαν αμέσως» και συμπλήρωσε «όταν πήγα να ασπαστώ την εικόνα παρατήρησα πράγματι ότι έτρεχε κάποιο υγρό, σταλαγματιές το οποίο ευωδίαζε, και δεν ήξερα τι είναι».

http://kapistrinews.blogspot.gr/2016/05/blog-post_16.html 

Thousands flock to Chicago church to see painting of St John the Baptist 'miraculously' SWEA







    Since July, a painting of St John the Baptist has been seeping oil at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Homer Glen, Illinois
    Reverend Sotirios Dimitriou has distributed about 5,000 cotton balls containing the oil to parishioners and pilgrims alike
    One man says that after receiving a sample of the oil, he went to the doctor about a blockage in an artery and it was gone
    Another person says their cancer went away 

Pilgrims to a Greek Orthodox church outside Chicago have reported miraculous healings which they believe have been caused by an oil seeping out of a painting of St John the Baptist.

Since July, the painting at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Homer Glen, Illinois has been 'sweating' an oil parishioners believe is myrrh - one of the gifts the three wise men gave Jesus on his birth.

So far, he says he's given out 5,000 samples of the oil to the faithful who have flocked to the church.

The painting seeps oil from its halo, wings, hands and beard - and not its eyes - which Dimitriou says means the icon offers joy and not sadness.

Several believers say that the oil has cured them of sicknesses, including one person who says they are now cancer free.

Another man says he went to the doctor about a blockage in an artery after receiving a sample of the oil, and found that the blockage was no longer there.

Even Dimitriou himself says he's seen an improvement in his health.

He tells the Tribune that before the oil started to flow, he would frequently pass out at the alter or in his office due to nerve damage.

But now he hasn't been hospitalized since September and he stopped taking his medication in January.

While Dimitriou admits that there may be a natural reason for the painting to seep oil, he says he's not looking to solve that mystery. 

'When people see this, it's just a reminder that God is still alive and still working through us and it's a reminder that there's still hope in the world for us,' he said.

The oil will likely lead to more congregants than usual this weekend, as the Greek Orthodox community celebrates Easter

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3566403/Thousands-flock-Chicago-church-painting-St-John-Baptist-miraculously-sweat.html