The enemy of art is the absence of limitations. --Orson Welles

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Icon of the Savior: "Not Made with Hands"

Commemorated August 16
Troparion — Tone 2
We venerate Your most pure image, O Good One, /
and ask forgiveness of our transgressions, O Christ God. /
Of Your own will You were pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh / to deliver Your creatures from bondage to the Enemy. /
Therefore with thanksgiving we cry aloud to You: /
 “You have filled all with joy, O our Savior, /
 by coming to save the world.”

http://orthodoxlogos5.wordpress.com/2014/03/12/icon-not-made-by-hands-from-lydda/
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Kontakion — Tone 2
Uncircumscribed Word of the Father /
as we behold the victorious image of Your true incarnation, /
not made by hands, but divinely wrought /
in Your ineffable and divine dispensation towards us, /
we honor it with veneration!

Black flag

Vox Day:

"Don't listen to the taqiyyah. The black flag is a symbol of Islamic supremacy. It is a sad testament to the spineless men of the West that a woman has to act in their staid [sic]."


Agree 100%

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos

Commemorated August 15

from GOARCH:

The Feast of the Dormition of Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary is celebrated on August 15 each year. The Feast commemorates the repose (dormition and in the Greek kimisis) or "falling-asleep" of the Mother of Jesus Christ, our Lord. The Feast also commemorates the translation or assumption into heaven of the body of the Theotokos.

Biblical Story

The Holy Scriptures tell us that when our Lord was dying on the Cross, He saw His mother and His disciple John and said to the Virgin Mary, "Woman, behold your son!" and to John, "Behold your mother!" (John 19:25-27). From that hour, the Apostle took care of the Theotokos in his own home.
Along with the biblical reference in Acts 1:14 that confirms that the Virgin Mary was with the Holy Apostles on the day of Pentecost, the tradition of the Church holds that she remained in the home of the Apostle John in Jerusalem, continuing a ministry in word and deed.


The Dormition:
 
At the time of her death, the disciples of our Lord who were preaching throughout the world returned to Jerusalem to see the Theotokos. Except for the Apostle Thomas, all of them including the Apostle Paul were gathered together at her bedside. At the moment of her death, Jesus Christ himself descended and carried her soul into heaven.

Following her repose, the body of the Theotokos was taken in procession and laid in a tomb near the Garden of Gethsemane. When the Apostle Thomas arrived three days after her repose and desired to see her body, the tomb was found to be empty. The bodily assumption of the Theotokos was confirmed by the message of an angel and by her appearance to the Apostles.


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Chick of the Week


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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Still on Facebook?

Why?

From Nick Russo. Just two of seven most egregious agreements to use the FB messenger:

  • Change the state of network connectivity – This means that Facebook can change or alter your connection to the Internet or cell service. You’re basically giving Facebook the ability to turn features on your phone on and off for it’s own reasons without telling you.
  • Call phone numbers and send SMS messages – This means that if Facebook wants to…it can send text messages to your contacts on your behalf. Do you see the trouble in this? Who is Facebook to be able to access and send messages on your phone? You’re basically giving a stranger your phone and telling them to do what they want when they want!

 Just remember, FB is not a tool made for you, it is a collection center for their product. The product is: YOU.