The Divine Liturgy, what a splendor indeed! – Elder Ephraim of Arizona

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The Divine Liturgy, what a splendor indeed!

Elder Ephraim of Arizona

The Divine Liturgy, what a splendor indeed! Man has been honored by God in such a way that He Himself comes down to earth with His Angelic Orders every time there is a Liturgy, in order to nurture man with His Most Holy Body and His Most Precious Blood! For He has given us everything. Is there anything physical or spiritual, perishable or everlasting, that has not been offered to us? None! Is there anything superior to His Most Holy Body and Blood, which is given to us on a daily basis? There is certainly not. God has enabled man, who is full of soil and dirt, to serve the Divine Liturgy. So priceless is the Divine Love that just a tiny drop exceeds any earthly, physical and secular love.

Adam and Eve’s sin was the starting point of all the distressing events that have occurred to this day and of those that will occur until the end of time. Disobedience, like a sperm inside Eve’s womb, gave birth to and transmitted physical and spiritual death to all of humanity. Poor Eve, could there have been a way for her to see that “the split second” taste of the fruit would cause such turmoil, thus compelling the Holy Trinity to have a “co-entreaty” so that the one Person of the Life-Giving Trinity would be sent to the world and endure, by the works of His hands, the blows, insults, whipping, spitting as well as all kinds of obscenity and ultimately be hung on the Cross as a curse! “Cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree” (Gal. 3:13).

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The conversion of a fanatical Jew woman who wanted to kill Elder Ephraim of Arizona, USA

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The conversion of a fanatical Jew woman

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The conversion of a fanatical Jew woman who wanted to kill Elder Ephraim of Arizona, USA

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The conversion of a fanatical Jew woman

who wanted to kill Elder Ephraim of Arizona, USA

Everyone knows the high spiritual status of Elder Ephraim of Arizona, USA. A fanatical Jew woman wanted to do evil to the Elder years ago. So, dressed as a pious Christian with long clothes and headcovering, she went to see the Elder. His subordinates told her she could not see him and tried other days. After days we allowed her to see him. She had hidden a knife in her clothes to kill him, and she was suddenly surprised when she saw him standing upright and cried Elder! She saw him flying in the air at a poached stand! She tells her, drop the knife and I’ll come down to talk. The monastery guards came in and disarmed her. Finally the woman repented and believed and was baptized. The Holiness of the Elder appeared once again.

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Τα 19 Μοναστήρια του π. Εφραίμ του Φιλοθεΐτου

στις ΗΠΑ & στον Καναδά

Τὸ 1960 οἱ Ὀρθόδοξοι Χριστιανοί τῆς Ἀμερικῆς σὲ ἐπιστολή τους πρὸς τὸν Ἁγιορείτη μοναχὸ Θεόκλητο Διονυσιάτη ἔκαναν ἔκκληση τὸ Ἅγιο Ὄρος νὰ στείλει μοναχοὺς καὶ νὰ ἱδρυθεῖ ἕνα τουλάχιστον ἢ περισσότερα -ἂν ἦταν δυνατὸν- μοναστήρια στὴν Ἀμερική.

Αὐτὸ ποὺ ζητοῦσε ὁ π. Ἰωάννης τὸ 1960, καὶ δυστυχῶς τὸ Ἅγιον Ὄρος δὲν μπόρεσε νὰ τὸ ἱκανοποιήσει, τὸ πραγματοποίησε ὁ Θεὸς δεκατέσσερα χρόνια μετά, ἥσυχα καὶ χωρὶς τυμπανοκρουσίες καὶ χωρὶς νὰ τὸ ἀντιληφθεῖ κανείς.

Τὸ 1979 φθάνει στὸν Καναδᾶ, γιὰ λόγους ὑγείας, ὁ ἱερομόναχος π. Ἐφραίμ, ἡγούμενος τῆς Ἱ. Μ. Φιλοθέου τοῦ Ἁγίου Ὄρους, πνευματικὸ τέκνο τοῦ ἡσυχαστοῦ Ἰωσήφ, ὁ ὁποῖος ἀνακαίνισε καὶ ἐπάνδρωσε μὲ μοναχούς του, ἐκτὸς ἀπὸ τὴν μονὴ τοῦ Φιλοθέου καὶ τὶς μονὲς Καρακάλλου, Ξηροποτάμου καὶ Κωνσταμονίτου. Ἦταν γνήσιος ἐκπρόσωπος τῆς παλαιᾶς ἁγιορείτικης παραδόσεως καὶ ὁ ἐκ τῶν κυρίων παραγόντων τῆς ἀναστηλώσεως καὶ ἀνασυγκροτήσεως τοῦ ἁγιορειτικοῦ μοναχισμοῦ.

Ὁ π. Ἐφραίμ, μόλις ἔφθασε στὸν Καναδᾶ καὶ ἄρχισε τὶς ἐξετάσεις στοὺς γιατροὺς συγχρόνως ἄρχισε νὰ ἐξομολογεῖ νὰ νουθετεῖ νὰ διδάσκει τοὺς ἀποδήμους Ἕλληνες ποὺ Continue reading “Τα 19 Μοναστήρια του π. Εφραίμ του Φιλοθεΐτου στις ΗΠΑ & στον Καναδά”

Sherie Mercier, USA: Called To Orthodoxy ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* A former Pentecostal minister and Independent Old Catholic Priest’s conversion story to the Orthodox faith

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Called To Orthodoxy

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A former Pentecostal minister and Independent Old Catholic Priest’s conversion story to the Orthodox faith

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Sherie Mercier, Michigan, USA

Where do I begin? I was born and raised in St. Joseph, Michigan, on the shores of SW Lake Michigan – across the lake from Chicago, 61 years ago. My parents were not very religious, in fact, they attended a Methodist church in my hometown. The pastor was a medical doctor and eventually left the active ministry and set up shop as a General Family practitioner. My parents stopped attending church and after that I never remember them ever stepping into a church at all, even to this day. My mother is deceased but my father is still alive and I have never seen him enter a church.

So, eventually, around the age of 7 or so, I went to a Baptist church with my neighbors and continued to do so until my teenage years. I then set out to check different denominations, usually joining them, then leaving because something didn’t “feel right”. Of course, our home town had a huge Roman Catholic following, plus my maternal grandmother had been Roman Catholic herself.

I remember seeing statues of Mary and crucifixes. Our public school in that Continue reading “Sherie Mercier, USA: Called To Orthodoxy ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* A former Pentecostal minister and Independent Old Catholic Priest’s conversion story to the Orthodox faith”