Category Archives: Iconography

Help Me to See

Lord, I do not know what to ask of You. You know better than me what my needs are. You love more than I know how to love. Help me to see clearly my real needs which I do not see. I open my heart to You. Examine and reveal to me my faults and sins. I put all trust in You. I have no other desire than to fulfill Your will. Teach me how to pray. Pray in me. Amen.

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With the Fire Divine

Aflame in thy heart, O Laurence, with the fire divine, thou burntest
away the fire of passions utterly, O firm staff of athletes, O thou
God-bearing Martyr; and thou in truth while contesting didst cry with faith:
Nothing shall separate me from the love of Christ.

All Will Be Transformed

theotokos_donsk_437“Do you see what happens? With the Spirit of God we all become incapable of every sin. We are made incapable because Christ dwells within us. We are henceforth capable only of good. Thus we will acquire the grace of God and become possessed by God. If we abandon ourselves to the love of Christ, then all will be overturned, all will be transfigured, all will be transformed, all will be transubstantiated. Anger, resentment, jealousy, indignation, censure, ingratitude, melancholy and depression will all become love, joy, longing, divine eros. Paradise!”
– Elder Porphyrios, Wounded by Love

Everything Beautiful is in Christ

Christ , Mt.Athos, 13th century
“Love Christ and put nothing before His Love. Christ is Everything. He is the source of life, the ultimate desire, He is everything. Everything beautiful is in Christ.” -Elder Porphyrios

You Cannot Be Too Gentle

St. Seraphim of Sarov“You cannot be too gentle, too kind. Shun even to appear harsh in your treatment of each other. Joy, radiant joy, streams from the face of him who gives and kindles joy in the heart of him who receives. All condemnation is from the devil. Never condemn each other. We condemn others only because we shun knowing ourselves. When we gaze at our own failings, we see such a swamp that nothing in another can equal it. That is why we turn away, and make much of the faults of others. Instead of condemning others, strive to reach inner peace. Keep silent, refrain from judgement. This will raise you above the deadly arrows of slander, insult and outrage and will shield your glowing hearts against all evil.”

-St. Seraphim of Sarov

(h/t Mind in the Heart)

The Holy Mountain

I stumbled upon these stunning photos of Mt. Athos taken by photographer Zbigniew Kosc and wanted to share. Enjoy!

See more photos here.

How Jesus Sees Us

Not long ago I came across a video Frederica Matthewes-Green did for BeliefNet, drawing a lesson from the Christ Pantocrator icon of St. Catherine’s Monastery on Mt. Sinai (the eyes in the header of this site come from this icon). I liked it so much that I wanted to post her video here.

Watch the video.