Saint Porphyrios of Kafsokalivia & Athens, Greece (+1991) & his wild birds

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The parrot of Saint Porphyrios of Kafsokalivia & Athens, Greece (+1991)

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Saint Porphyrios of Kafsokalivia & Athens, Greece (+1991)

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Saint Porphyrios

of Kafsokalivia & Athens, Greece (+1991)

& his wild birds

Saint Porphyrios was born Evangelos Bairaktaris in the village of Aghios Ioannis in the province of Karystia on the Greek island of Euboea (mod. Evia). The youngest of four, he left school after the first grade and worked in the town of Chalkida at a shop to make money for the family. He was a hard and obedient worker, and stayed there for a few years before moving to Piraeus on the mainland (it is Athens’ port) and working in a general store run by a relative.

Although he hardly knew how to read at the time, Elder Porphyrios had a copy of the Life of St John the Hut-Dweller which he read as a boy. St John inspired him. St John the Hut-Dweller was late fifth-century Constantinopolitan saint who secretly took up the monastic life at the famed monastery of the Acoimetae (Unsleeping Ones). After living for some years according to a very strict rule, St John was granted permission by his abbot to go life near his parents so as to cleanse his heart of earthly love for them. He then dwelled in a hut beside his family, identity unknown, for three years. He revealed himself to Continue reading “Saint Porphyrios of Kafsokalivia & Athens, Greece (+1991) & his wild birds”

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A Native American Prayer – We will fly on wings like eagles

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NATIVE AMERICANS MET ORTHODOXY

ALASKA OF MY HEART

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A Native American Prayer

We will fly on wings like eagles

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Dear God

I bow my head

and ask,

If it be Thy will,

please save this land

from those who seek

to destroy it.

-Amen-

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So we are truly on a wing and prayer. What an incredible symbol. When I was in Alaska as part of Alaska Team 2001 sent by the Orthodox Christian Missionary Center (http://www.ocmc.org) I saw a bald eagle, everyday, and if I saw one, I ALWAYS saw three minimum.

I’ve always loved our national symbol and spending the time that I did in Alaska gave me such a feeling of peace and love for this land in which I was born and for it’s Native Peoples that I can’t even express. Seeing Eagles everyday gave me a feeling like I was sharing my experience with them.

I am aware that such atrocities were committed against the Indigenous Populations here in both North & South America (let’s not forget the Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders as well), by Western Europeans in the name of God and of “Progress”. While Alaskans were not totally exempt from all that, it should be noted that the Orthodox Church in Alaska more often helped and protected the Alaskans (where & when they could).

Anyone who is interested can check out our website at: http://www.NAOCF.org for more information and through that site you can reach out to our Spiritual Adviser Fr. Thomas Andrew who is a Native Yupik Priest. Also, I’ll refer you to a PDF of our Journal (also available on our website) in particular an article written by Fr. Michael Oleksa, another Native Priest living and serving in Alaska. They are just two of the Native clergy serving Our Lord and their People in the North.

 

Father Cleopa Ilie of Romania (+1998) & the birds in the Divine Liturgy

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ORTHODOX ADVICES

Father Cleopa Ilie of Romania is a Saint of our days who died in December 2, 1998.

In May of 1948, on the feast of Ss. Constantine and Helen, Father Cleopa delivered a homily in which he said, “May God grant that our own rulers might become as the Holy King and Queen were, that the Church might be able to also commemorate them unto the ages.” The next day the state police took him to prison, leaving him in a bedless cell without bread or water for five days. After being released Father Cleopa, upon good counsel, fled to the mountains of Sihastria, where he lived in a in a hut mostly underground. There the elder prayed night and day seeking the help of God and the Theotokos.

During this time the elder was visited by the grace of God in the following way. Fr. Cleopa told his disciples that when he was building his hut, birds would come and sit on his head. The first time he served Liturgy on a stump in front of his hut, as he was communing the Holy Mysteries, a flock of birds came and gathered, such as he had never seen before. As he gazed upon them in astonishment, he noticed that each one had the sign of the Cross marked on it forehead.

Another time, after the preparation for Liturgy and having read all the prayers, he set the Antimension on the tree stump and began the Liturgy with the exclamation, “Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto the ages of ages!” Again the birds appeared, and as they perched in the branch of the tree they began to sing in beautiful and harmonic voices. Fr. Cleopa asked himself, “What could this be?” And an unseen voice whispered to him, “These are your chanters on the cliros.” These signs and others encouraged the Elder immensely during his time of exile.

Another time, he was serving the Divine Liturgy when he was living as a recluse and he had no choir. As he approached the time for the Cherubic Hymn, he heard a voice behind him tell him that he has his choir. Elder Cleopa looked around and birds with crosses on their heads descended and started singing the Cherubic Hymn, and then vanished when the Liturgy was over.

Sfintii si animalele ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Romanian

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SAINTS OF MY HEART

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Sfintii si animalele

Stiinta moderna defineste relatia dintre om si animale ca fiind una extrem de complexa. Din aceasta perspectiva, animalele sunt considerate fiinte cu care putem avea relatii sociale. Manifestam simpatie si afectiune fata de acestea insa, in acelasi timp, le Continue reading “Sfintii si animalele ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Romanian”

Saints & the animals that served them – PDF

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ANIMALS OF MY HEART

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Saints & the animals that served them – PDF

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Saint Artemon of Laodicea, Syria

Saint Brendan of Ireland

Saint Elijah the Prophet

Saints Florus & Laurus, Martyrs in Illyria, Croatia

Saint Gerasimus of Jordan Desert

Saint Kevin of Ireland

Saint Mamas of Caesarea, Cappadocia, Asia Minor

Saint Menas, Great Martyr of Egypt

Saint Seraphim of Sarov, Russia

Saint Sergius of Radonezh, Russia

Saint Tryphon of Campsada, Apamea, Syria

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Sainte Pharaïlde de Belgique et de Bruay-sur-l’Escaut, France (+740)╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French

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Bruay-sur-l’Escaut, France

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Gand, Belgique

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Sœur de Ste Gudule et nièce de Ste Gertrude de Nivelles, Pharaïlde voit le jour dans la région de Gand (Belgique). Malgré son désir de se consacrer à Dieu, ses parents l’obligent à épouser un jeune seigneur prénommé Guy. Elle devient rapidement veuve et profite de sa liberté pour se consacrer entièrement à la prière et à la charité.

Plusieurs miracles lui sont attribués, dont celui, d’une oie à qui elle aurait rendu la vie alors qu’elle avait déjà été tuée et plumée. Ses reliques ont reposé temporairement dan l’abbaye Saint-Bavon de Gand, avant d’être plusieurs fois transférées en divers lieux pour échapper aux dévastations causées par les guerres.

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Sainte Pharaïlde, ou Veerle en néerlandais, est une sainte ayant vécu de 650 à 740 – ce qui est une exception pour l’époque. Elle est née en Belgique, dans l’actuel Brabant, et a vécu à Steenockerzeel en Belgique et à Bruay-sur-l’Escaut dans le nord de la France.

Le début de sa vie

Elle est née en 650 en Gaule septentrionale. Sa famille possédait beaucoup de biens dans ce qui est actuellement le Hainaut et le Brabant ; certains historiens désignent le domaine de Geetbroek et celui de Gherbroek, près du château de Ham, entre Bruxelles et Malines. Son père s’appelait Thierri (Duiderik en Flamand), c’était un noble qui accompagnait le roi dans ses campagnes et, en temps de paix, vivait dans ses domaines et villas. Comme toutes les filles de bonnes familles de l’époque, elle reçut une solide éducation religieuse au monastère de Nivelle dirigée par Sainte Gertrude.

Sa vie à Bruay-sur-l’Escaut, France

Fille noble, elle ne choisit pas son mari ; on la maria avec Guy, le fils d’Othon, le chef d’une tribu saxonne établie à Bruay sur l’Escaut. Guy se blessa gravement lors d’une partie de chasse à cheval, Pharaïlde le soigna et il se remit lentement mais mourut de maladie. Veuve et seule très vite, elle rendit d’innombrables services à la population, elle avait les moyens et le savoir pour cela.

Les miracles

À Bruay-sur-l’Escaut, elle fit jaillir une source en frappant le sol de son fuseau pour étancher la soif des ouvriers qui travaillaient aux champs et qui n’avaient rien à boire.

Dans un de ses domaines de Bruay ou de Steenockerzeel, suivant les versions des historiens, une troupe d’oies sauvages vint se poser. Un domestique en captura une et la mangea en famille. Pharaïlde l’apprenant, demanda qu’on lui apporte les restes de l’oie et lui rendit la vie.

La fin de sa vie

Elle mourut à l’âge de 90 ans en 740, ayant rendu d’innombrables services de son vivant. Elle est inhumée dans la chapelle dédiée à Saint Jean-Baptiste qu’elle avait construite. Cette chapelle devint l’église Sainte Pharaïlde, probablement à Bruay-sur-l’Escaut. Les personnes commencèrent à la prier juste après sa mort car ils la considéraient comme une sainte et c’est grâce à eux que sa sainteté éclata. Son culte est ratifié en 754. En 810, on parle du sanctuaire de Pharaïlde dans une vie de Saint Saulve, martyrisé à Beuvrage. En 914, dans une charte du Roi Robert, on parle d’une Basilica beatae Pharaïldis qui a été détruite par les Normands pendant leur invasion de 879-883.

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Bruay-sur-l’Escaut, France

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Video: The Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow Kirill meets penguins in Antarctica – Orthodox Antarctica

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ORTHODOX HEART

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The Orthodox Patriarch

of Moscow Kirill meets penguins in Antarctica

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Orthodox Church in Antarctica

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Saint Pharaildis of Belgium & France raised a goose (+740)

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SAINTS OF MY HEART

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France

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Ghent, Belgium

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Bruay-sur-l’Escaut, France

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Saint Pharaildis (Pharailde) of Ghent, Belgium

& Bruay-sur-l’Escaut, France (+740)

January 4

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Saint Pharaildis or Pharailde (Dutch: Veerle) is an 8th-century Belgian saint and patron saint of Ghent. Her dates are imprecise, but she lived to a great age and died on January 5 at ninety.

Pharaildis was married against her will at a young age with a nobleman, even after having made a private vow of virginity. Her husband insisted that she was married to him, and her sexual fidelity was owed to him, not God. She was therefore physically abused for her refusal to submit to him, and for her late night visits to churches. When widowed, she was still a virgin, and dedicated herself to charity.

According to the Vita Gudilae Pharaildis was the sister of Saint Gudula, Saint Reineldis, and Saint Emebert.

Several miracles are attributed to the saint. Saint Pharaildis caused a well to spring up whose waters cured sick children, turned some bread hidden by a miserly woman into stone, and there are accounts of a “goose miracle,” in which Pharaildis resuscitated a cooked bird working only from its skin and bones.

Saint Pharaildis carries a goose as her insignia.

Her feast day is January 5.

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St Pharaildis

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Bruay-sur-l’Escaut, France