After my death our beloved Church abroad will break three ways ... first the Greeks will leave us as they were never a part of us ... then those who live for this world and its glory will go to Moscow ... what will remain will be those souls faithful to Christ and His Church. ~St. Philaret of NY


Holy Fire 2017

Eugenia in Pennsylvania shares with us:

Holy Light Fire 2017 Better Quality

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Christ is Risen!
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Paschal Greetings from our friend Ivan Koukharsky in Argentina.

Paschal Greetings from Archdeacon Basil Yakimov in Australia

Click on words to hear recording of greetings spoken.

Καλό πάσχα (Kaló pasha – Happy Pascha!) - Χριστός ανέστη! (Hristós anésti) Christ has Risen

Αληθώς ανέστη! (Alithós anésti) Truly he has Risen (reply)

Христос Bоскресe! (Xristos voskres) Воистину Bоскресe! (Voistinu voskres)

Approaching Pascha

Saint Edward Brotherhood

Sat, Apr 15, 2017 at 3:26 AM

Dear-in Christ, Everyone,

Bless!  First of  all, as we will have little time during the rest of the day, may I greet all our parishioners, supporters, helpers, friends and acquaintances in anticipation with the joyous Easter greeting:

Christ is Risen! 
Truly, He is Risen!

May the joy of the festival and its grace lighten your paths in life ii the days and years ahead.

But let us look a some words of Saint Ambrose of Milan, which tell us how to approach this feast in order to be benefitted deeply and spiritually, keeping it not simply as a folk custom or as an occasion for worldly celebration.  He writes:

"There are some, dearly beloved, who seem to be seeking the Lord, but since they are slothful and strangers to virtue, they do not deserve to find Him; nor, when found, to see Him.  What, however, were these holy women [the Myrrhbearers] seeking at the tomb, if not the Body of the Lord Jesus?  And you, what is it you are seeking in the Church if not Jesus, that is, the Saviour?  But if you wish to find Him, the Sun now being risen, then come as these women came; that is, let there be no darkness of evil in your hearts; for the desires of the flesh and the works that are evil are darkness.  They in whose hearts there is darkness of this kind see not the light, and understand not Christ, for Christ is the Light.  Therefore, drive the darkness from you, brethren, that is, all sinful desires and all evil works, and provide yourselves with sweet spices, that is earnest prayers, saying with the Psalmist: Let my prayer, O Lord, be set forth as incense before Thee" (Ps. 140:2).

In the love of our Risen Saviour,

Fr Alexis & Brotherhood

Paschal Greetings from Haiti

lecteur nicolas

Sat, Apr 15, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Reply-To: "lecteurnicolas@yahoo.fr"
To: Joanna Higginbotham

Bonsoir ma sœur! Je vous souhaite une joyeuse fête de pâques. Que le seigneur vous bénisse tous!

machine translation:
Good evening sister! I wish you a joyful Easter. May the Lord bless you all!


Paschal Greetings from East Coast USA

Mat. Irene & Larissa

Muslim War on Cross Cancels Easter in Egypt

• Muslim War on Cross Cancels Easter in Egypt video 18 minutes
     Due to fears of backlash by radical muslims Easter has been cancelled in Egypt

Holy Friday 2014 Noble Joseph

From: Dutikow [mailto:dutikow@juno.com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 3:44 PM
To: Irene Dutikow
Subject: Holy Friday 2014

Memory Eternal

Presbytera Theodora reposed (early Holy Wednesday morning?), wife of Fr. Michael Azkoul.  They had recently moved from St. Louis, Missouri, to St. John the Forerunner GOC church near Chicago. 

God grant her rest in Thy kingdom!  

St. John: Before the Shroud

St. Ioann, arhiyep. Shanghai and San Francisco († 1966): Before the Shroud

Author: Nun Faith incl. . Posted in Archive ROCOR (Views: 14)

Mournful gathering. A sad sight. Before us is a dead man, moreover, an extraordinary dead man. The King of heaven and earth, the Creator of the whole universe, lies before us. For us He died. We have sinned, but He suffered. People violated the banishment of God, they departed from God, and God, wishing to attract Himself to Him with His love, suffers and dies for them. God could not suffer and die with the Divine, therefore he incarnates, and suffers and dies with his human nature, without ceasing to be God. All this He does for us, to show His love for us.

How thankful to Him our hearts must be filled!

How can we thank Him with dignity?

His flowers are brought to the grave, they are kindled. He is holy. The Lord also does not reject these sacrifices, but He wants the other from us, and only with Him will he accept the rest of the offering. Son, give Me your heart, "God said through another Holy Letter of the Old Oneslaught. Our Lord is waiting for our hearts; This is what we must give to Him. To love to keep and teach him and to fulfill them is a gratitude to the Victim for us, which is pleasing and pleasing to Him.

Approaching to kiss the face of the lifeless Savior, let us firmly resolve to follow the path indicated by Him. And if we have to endure adversities and difficulties in this way, Christ Himself will be the helper, who will be crucified with Him and will give them endless blessings in His heavenly Kingdom, which we also will be honored. Amen.

Source: Words of the Father in the Saints of Our Father John, Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco-Wonderworker. A collection of propoveds, precepts, messages, instructions and decrees. / Compiled by (traitor ROCOR-MP) proto-priest Petr Perekrestov to the glorification of Saint John. - San Francisco: "Russian Shepherd", 1994. - P. 107.

MP consecrated a luxury Apple iphone for Pascha

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Christ our first Teacher on the end times

Two verses from Great Compline Monday Holy Week
(Let those who say we should not concern ourselves with end times teaching be shutted up.)  

O Jesus, beyond measure is Thy love for mankind!  For Thou hast made known to us the appointed time when the end of the world shall come to pass, though Thou hast hidden the hour from us, yet Thou hast plainly revealed the signs which shall precede its coming.
Canticle Two,Triodion page 520

When the Teacher spoke of flight on the Sabbath and in the winter, He foretold darkly, as in a riddle, the storm of the present age, which is the seventh day of the week, when the end shall come as the winter.
Canticle Eight,Triodion page 521

Psaltic Wiki in the works

DEP PSALTIC ARTS GROUP - Psaltic Wiki in the works


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John-Peter Presson

Wed, Apr 12, 2017 at 7:04 AM
To: "John P. Presson"

For all the bad news and bad trends of the 21st Century, the Psaltic Arts is receiving unprecedented upsurge in the United States --all the English adaptations, the upsurge in people interested in the Psaltic Arts, increased availability of instruction, a newly vital and resurgent Psaltic music diploma program at HCHC (SPOTS, Maybe?????).

A group of colleagues of mine are now putting together a "Psaltic Wiki".  It is yet to be populated, but those of things fill up quite quickly.

John-Peter Presson
Protopsaltis of the Diocese of Etna & Portland (ΓΟΧ)
Director of Liturgical Music -Holy Nativity of the Theotokos Cathedral -Portland, OR
Musicorum et cantorum magna est distantia, isti dicunt, illi sciunt quae componit musica. - Guido of Arrezzo

Doxasticon of the Aposticha of the Praises Holy Wednesday the nun "Kassiani"

DEP PSALTIC ARTS GROUP - Doxasticon of the Aposticha of the Praises Holy Wedn. the nun "Kassiani"

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John-Peter Presson

Tue, Apr 11, 2017 at 11:35 AM
To: "John P. Presson"


The Doxastikon of Holy Wednesday's Bridegroom Orthros. The arrangement is a hybrid composite of one of the settings in Kypsele and an arrangement of Protopsaltis Konstantine Lagouris of Montreal. I recorded this as a multitrack (pardon the timing boo-boos)to illuminate the the group singing against the sections that I assigned for a monophonarios to chant alone. A great deal was modelled after the choir chanting by my friend and colleague Stelios Kontakiotis, the former protopsaltis of the choir in Washington, DC that laureate protopsaltis Harilaos Papastolou founded so many many years ago, and now for many years protopsaltis of the parish on the Island of TInos.

Good Strength

John-Peter Presson
Protopsaltis of the Diocese of Etna & Portland (ΓΟΧ)
Director of Liturgical Music -Holy Nativity of the Theotokos Cathedral -Portland, OR
Musicorum et cantorum magna est distantia, isti dicunt, illi sciunt quae componit musica. - Guido of Arrezzo

(X) St. Philaret On the Raising of Lazarus

This sermon will not be saved here because I have it archived on another blog:

What an amazing miracle this was! The Gospels tell us that our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, resurrected three people: first, the daughter of Jairus, the head of the synagogue, second, a young man, the son of the widow of Nain, and, finally, Lazarus. It is interesting to note the upward progression from one miracle to the next. The first resurrection was of a young girl, the daughter of Jairus, who had just died at the time. The Lord went to their house and brought her back to life. The young man of Nain was already being taken to the cemetery, the funeral procession having just gone out of the gates of town with his corpse. It was there that death which had already taken place met Life Who happened to be passing by, and Life overcame death. As for Lazarus, the Gospel tells us clearly that he had been dead for four days, and his body had already started to decay. That is why this miracle is so striking. Yet, the enemies of Christ denying His miracles try to explain them all away with natural causes. They claim that Christ knew some sort of secret science of healing, or that Lazarus had not actually died, but was just in a deep state of unconsciousness. They say that since Christ was very knowledgeable and had learned many things, He could also bring a person in a deep sleep back to life. However, they simply could not come to terms with what happened to Lazarus, for what kind of sleep could this be, when Lazarus had already begun to decompose when the Lord resurrected him?! 
We should remember, dear brothers and sisters, that for good reason the Church sings in the troparion these words: “In confirming the common Resurrection, O Christ God, Thou didst raise up Lazarus from the dead”. What does this mean? It means ‘Christ God, by raising Lazarus You attest to all that a general resurrection from the dead will take place’. The Lord Jesus Christ performed this astonishing miracle to show all of us that there WILL be a general resurrection, and that, in due time, as the Lord sees fit (we do not know when this will be), we will all die at some point and then come back to life in the general resurrection. 
The Lord is concerned for His faithful. He knows how difficult death is for people and how we perceive it as such a threat to our existence. Therefore, He shows us in actual deed what the resurrection of the dead will be like. He Himself said that those in the tombs will emerge at the sound of the voice of the Son of God, and, indeed, in this case, He spoke, and at His voice the one who had been dead and partially decomposed came forth healthy, whole, and unharmed. 
Let us remember that the Lord performed this miracle to assure us that there will be a general resurrection. Nowadays many people have lost faith and no longer believe in the truth of the miracles described in the Gospels. You can see for yourselves what is happening around us. Yet, this miracle should put the soul of a believer completely at rest, for the Lord clearly said, “He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live” (Jn. 11:25). This is certainly very reassuring. When the Lord was speaking with Martha before the raising of Lazarus and said, “Your brother will rise again”, she said, “I know that he will rise again in the general resurrection at the last day when we will all be resurrected”. She answered correctly, for she had heard His teaching before. And the Lord said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live” (Jn. 11:25). Therefore, knowing what Christ promised us in the New Testament and knowing about His miracles, let this be our comfort and firm support of our faith and relief in sorrow when we are seeing off our departed ones. As the Lord raised Lazarus, He will raise us also, in due time, as He sees fit. Amen. 
St. Metropolitan Philaret of New York, Sermons, Vol. II, pp. 190-192 

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• London has 423 new mosques and 500 closed churches

• Lazarus Saturday, Archbishop Andrew of Novo-Diveyevo

• Each One of Us is Potentially a Judas – Hieromonk Seraphim (Rose)

• Quote: To paraphrase G. K. Chesterton: 
     "It's not that Byzantine music was tried and found wanting; it was found difficult and left untried."

• Authenitc Church Music
     The following article and a response that a friend and colleague published as a letter to the editor that it was original published in:

• A Brief Overview of the Psaltic Art, Grammenos Karanos, PhD
     The following article was published by a friend and colleague of mine, Dr. Grammenos Karanos, who has headed up the, now largely successful, resurrection of the psaltic musical arts program at Hellenic College/Holy Cross Seminary in Brookline, MA. While his targeted readership is doubtlessly primarily in the New Calendar Greek Archdiocese, it is superb food for thought from a superb teacher of the psaltic arts who is committed, along with me to the preeminence and pride of place of this sacred and sacramental musical art in the Liturgy of us who are the legacy of the Great Church.  Καλω ψαλτικη

Sermon: On the Cross (Bishop Joseph)


Saint Theophan the Recluse, the great instructor of our Russian people on faith
and piety, said that the Cross of Christ has three parts. The cross that each Christian
ought to bear in his life also has three parts. Interestingly, the actual wood of the Cross
was made up of wood from three different kinds of trees, a fact that was prophetically
foretold. In bearing the cross, all parts merge into one.

The first cross is the cross of fallen mankind, about which the Holy Apostle Paul
says: “For the good that I would, I do not; but the evil I would not, that I do” (Rom.
7:19). This is the consequence of the ancestral sin that is passed down through

The second cross is what we usually refer to as our daily cross. This is the sum
total of all our sorrows, all the problems and difficulties, of which our life is full. This is
exactly what is meant by ‘bearing one’s cross’. However, there is more to this. St.
Theophan says that as soon as a person who is surrounded on all sides by sorrows, illness,
and problems gives himself over to the will of God with his whole heart and soul,
acknowledging that the Lord does everything for the good and accepting as good
whatever is sent to him on this way of the cross, as soon as he says this in his heart, then
everything changes, as if he had waved a magic wand. Nothing around him has changed,
but everything is seen in a different light. What Elder Ambrose of Optina said is very
pertinent here: “What will be, will be, and what will be is what God gives, and God does
everything for the good”.

Then there is the third, or central part of the cross. With great humility St.
Theophan the Recluse says of this cross, “This cross is known only to a person who is
already spiritually advanced. He has already overcome all temptations and deals easily
with all problems. However, there are temptations of a higher order, those of pride, of
exalting oneself before others, thinking oneself to be better and higher than everyone
else. This is the most difficult cross and is known only to a person who has overcome it
with much a great deal of effort”.

St. Theophan teaches that a Christian must bear his cross. A person’s life begins
under the cross in the baptismal font, and then a cross is worn around his neck. When he
is buried, the cross that he took up goes with him, and a cross is placed over his grave
showing that the dust of a believing Christian lies there. Let us remember this, and bear
our cross which gives a person strength and saves him amidst all of life’s difficulties. Let
the Christian never forget the power of the Cross, and through it the Lord will always
keep him from every misfortune. Amen.

+Bishop Joseph

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Trump Supporters Question the Syria Strike

Did Trump get a spell put on him?
One indication that a person has been put under witchcraft is when they do a sudden overnight "about face" change and do something(s) completely out of character (always ultimately for the worse).  We saw such flip-flops like this in almost half of our ROCOR hierarchs/clergy with the ROCOR-MP union.   All the world's leaders will be corrupt before Antichrist appears on the world stage.   I guess, if a leader is not already corrupt, then he will be made corrupt by the demons that are experts at corrupting men.  President Trump is a sincere heterodox Christian, but without the Church, how can he withstand the wiles of the demons serving Antichrist in these end times?  

Trump's Syria Strike: Tactical? or Totaltarian?
April 8, 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIynbe85MwE  (16 minutes + 3-minute commercial)
 "flip-flop" minute 06:13
 "deep-state neo-con puppet" minute 06:44 ('deep-state neo-con puppet' parallel to KGB sleeper-agent)
 "extra creepy" minute 08:17  (demonic manipulation of sentiment/emotion)

Truth About Trump's Air Strike on Syria
Paul Joseph Watson  April 7, 2017
CAUTION: f-word 1x minute 00:12

Snowflake "Exorcism"
At a Trump rally during the weekend of the March 4 a liberal snowflake has such an extreme display –– it is similar to the hatred of the demons seen at exorcisms.
Part 1
Part 2

Another Video:
(January 9, 2017)
This video is also worthwhile, because our Church prophesy says that in the end times all the wealth of the world will be in the hands of a few.