Sunday's Thoughts
by Alice-Alexandra-Sofia
 

 

 

The Foundation

 

 

The texts of Prayers on this page are not “the intellectual property,” and they can be copyrighted by no one:

they are the precious inheritance of the Greek Orthodox Christians and

they belong to the world – to all the people created by God.

 

 

The Lord’s Prayer – Our Father:

 

Our Father Who are in heaven! Hallowed be Thy Name.

Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven;

Give us this day our daily bread;

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors;

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for Thine is the kingdom and the Power and the glory for ages. Amen.

{Matthew 6:9-13}

 

{God Himself gave this prayer to His disciples. In the contemporary terms, this prayer might be likened to the concise code, which identifies the nature, stimulates conditions of existence, sustains existence, and provides the password for identification and the key for entrance/connection of the system (human mind) into/with the realm, to which the system belongs – the kingdom of God.}

 

The Creed:

 

I believe in one God, the Father, Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages. Light of light, true God of true God, begotten not created, of one essence with the Father, through Whom all things were made. For us and for our salvation, He came down from heaven and was incarnated by the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became man. Crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and He suffered and was buried, and on the third day He rose according to the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. And He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead. His kingdom will have no end.

And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of life, Who proceeds from the Father, Who together with the Father, and the Son is worshiped and glorified, Who spoke through the prophets.

In one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.

I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins.

I expect the resurrection of the dead. And the life of the age to come, Amen.

 

{The text of The Creed – also called The Nicean Creed – was established by the First Ecumenical (or Universal) Council of Constantinople (A.D. 381, in Nicene) as the unchangeable and inaccessible for any misinterpretation declaration of the beliefs, which identify the Christian. As of today, the Greek Orthodox Christians profess The Nicean Creed and express their beliefs with the same words found by their ancestors and forerunners.}

 

The Jesus Prayer:

 

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

 

{The Jesus Prayer is the foundation of the Holy Hesychasm. The Holy Hesychasm is the continuation (the next stage, at which the Name of God was revealed) of the ancient way of prayer and life, which was found by the Old Testament’s Patriarchs and followed by the Hebrew Prophets. In the New Testament times, the tradition ascribes

            – to St. John the Apostle – the foundation

            – to the Desert Fathers, especially St. John Climacus (†649-?), – development and dissemination

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            – to St. Gregory Palamas (1296-1359) – completion of the Holy Hesychasm as one of the pillars on which the Greek Orthodoxy stands.}

 

 

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