Jesus Christ, as God, is: (1) Omnipresent: “And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but He that came down from heaven, the Son of man, Which is in heaven”; (2) Eternal: To the Jews’ question of how hast Thou seen Abraham, when Thou art not yet fifty years old, the Saviour replied: “Before Abraham was, I am.” When proceeding to His voluntary suffering, the Saviour prayed to the Father: “And now, O Father, glorify Thou Me with Thine own self with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was”; (3) To the Saviour is inherent knowledge equal to God the Father’s knowledge: “All things are delivered to Me of My Father, and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal Him.”, All the Evangelists begin their Gospels with the Divine nature of Christ: the Evangelist Matthew calls the Saviour Emmanuel, which means “God is with us.” The Evangelist Mark testifies that after the baptism, when the Saviour came out of the water, John the Baptist saw “the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him. Initially he did not understand his mission. Let us heed the pure words of the Lord, dear brethren, let us receive these good seeds into the good soil of our faithful hearts, let us follow the example of Lazarus’s patience and humility, in order to escape the bitter and tormented fate of the rich man, and instead of barren merriment on earth – let us rejoice in the eternal bliss and joy of paradise. Thus let us try daily, and especially on Sundays, to thank our Creator and Saviour: thanks be to God for everything! And what a difference between them now: Lazarus lives in the eternal joy of paradise, while the rich man suffers the torture of the flames of hell. The parable of the rich man and Lazarus adds to the parable of the good seed by showing us a concrete example of its action on people. But it will be, according to the divine Paul, just like our bodies… By God’s command all creation, at the time of universal resurrection, will not be as it had been created – material and physical, but shall be re-created and made into a great immaterial and spiritual dwelling, surpassing all sensual perception.”. The prayer of faith always enlightens and purifies a person, snatches him out of life’s busyness, opens up for him the horizons of the Kingdom of God. Спасо-Преображенский Собор : 5432 Fernwood Ave. (Near Fountain and Western) Los Angeles, California 90027: A Parish of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia: Click here for Schedule of Services. And all of them are absolutely wrong. belongs to the original Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR) and The church administration was upset with him over this and began to pay out his salary not to him, but to his wife, in order that he not give it away to the poor. Being the True God, Jesus Christ after His incarnation also became the perfect man, like unto us in all but sin. He says: they have Moses and the prophets, – that is, he clearly points out that the rich man’s brothers were also provided with the good seed, they heard the word of God spoken through Moses and the prophets. All the children dedicated to God lived at the temple in special chambers, exercising themselves in prayer, the reading of the Holy Scriptures, and various activities appropriate to their gender and age. Know-ledge does not dare tolerate anything destructive to nature, but avoids it; by faith many entered fire, suppressed the burning power of fire, and passed through it unscathed, and walked on the crest of waves as on firm earth. However, he does not get even those, because the rich man’s heart is made of stone. And although revelation is higher than natural knowledge, still we know that there cannot be any contradictions between true Revelation and true natural knowledge. Gratitude to God may be compared with the warm rays of the sun, which penetrate the dark cellar of our soul. Nevertheless, I will set forth an answer based not on my own reasoning, but on the unarguable authority of a holy Father of supreme spiritual life, St. Isaac the Syrian, who spoke of the soul’s ascension to God on the basis of personal experience. Moreover, it was able to live through the Civil War and the subsequent destruction, and to restore itself, becoming a mighty power. In 2019, HTOC's sock collection box was overflowing, much the same as in years prior! Thus, in today’s parable the Lord Himself confirms to us the existence of paradise and hell, and the fate which awaits every one of us in accordance with the soil of our hearts. Amen. (Reprinted from “Argumenty i fakty,” No. Those times were called “the 19th century, the iron century.” In accordance with this epithet, iron logic should also have been manifest throughout it. The first was pre-eternally from the Father, the second was two thousand years ago in Bethlehem of Judea, and the third – until the end of time – is in each Christian soul that has come to love the law of the Gospel. The Holy Spirit – one-in-essence with the Father and the Son – descends upon us for the sake of the Son’s sacrifice, cleanses our conscience of sinful deeds, enlivens and sanctifies our being, gives us His divine power which we need for a righteous life, and makes us children of God. He took upon Himself the sins of all mankind, suffered humiliation, mockery, beating, suffering on the cross and a shameful death for our sake, shed His blood for us and gave up His life for us, “that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”. And the names with which Her icons have come into Church history bear witness to the fact of how close the Mother of God always was to Her true Christian sons, who appealed to Her quick intercession in decisive and difficult moments of their life. Then and there the minister decided that he would daily thank God for his sanity. But how to combine with the theory of the progressive godlessness of Russia the phenomenon of Saint John of Kronstadt, who was born on October 31, 1829? My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord (Psalm 83:1-2). Fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife, for that which is conceived in Her is of the Holy Spirit; and She shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus (Yeshua – physician, healer), for He shall save His people from their sins. We are glad to welcome you to the official website of the Transfiguration of our Lord Russian Therefore now, on this feast day of Her icon “The Joy of All Who Sorrow,” let us turn to Her our hearts and our prayers. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying: behold, a Virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” Such is the mystery of the third nativity. No, it had never entered his mind to thank God for such an obvious gift. The sick Lazarus patiently lies at the gates of the rich man and does not ask to share his wealth, but only hopes for some small crumbs from the rich man’s table. Paradise did not yet exist at that time. the church. According to the testimony of St. John the Theologian: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. This example characterizes mankind’s general attitude towards life’s gifts: people have become accustomed to accepting everything as their due, as a matter of course. of ancient Russian Orthodoxy. Obviously – nothing, obviously their hearts contain the same rocky soil as the rich man’s, and nothing can help them now. And if the house of our parents beckons us with its love and affection, and if we find a quiet refuge under its roof, how can we not seek the house of the Lord?! She daily came to the temple and prayed unimpeded in the Holy of Holies, conversing with the angels, who brought Her heavenly food, while the food She received together with the other children She gave away to the poor. everything that the Lord tells us is the absolute truth. If you examine this question objectively and dispassionately, separating genuine proofs from suppositions and philosophy, you will see that there is no factual data which could make us believe that the earth is more than 7,500 years old. The Jews were after the Saviour precisely because He, “calling God His Father, made Himself equal with God”; or “My Father worketh hitherto, and I work”; “For as the Father raiseth up the dead and quickeneth them, even so the Son quickeneth whom He will”; “For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: that all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father”; “For as the Father hath life in Himself, so hath He given to the Son to have life in Himself” (John 5:17-26).