Where should we Ascend?

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The Lord dwelt on earth for forty days after His Resurrection. But He was not with the disciples constantly, but appeared and spoke with them from time to time, sometimes in another form, for which reason the Apostles could not outwardly recognize their Teacher (Mark 16:12). Thus, on the road to Emmaus the disciples knew the Lord only in the breaking of bread, later lamenting that they had not hearkened to the voice of their hearts burning within them while Jesus spoke with them along the way. The Lord, as it were, accustomed the Apostles to another kind of communication, not like when He spoke and exhorted them directly, but to a transfigured and loftier communication in spirit and in truth (John 4:23).

Group baptism of Catechism class 2017

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                                                     CONGRATULATIONS!!! 

By God's help and providence on Saturday 13th of May our Catechism class was baptized at Agia Sophia Temple, at Strovolos.  

Converts:  George Muikia (from Kenya), Marios Iliazet (Cypriot-Egyptian), Michaella Christides (Zambia), Demetra Petrlikova (Czech Rep.), Mary-Rose Martinez (Philippines), Eleni Genalyn Chiriacu (Philippines). 

May God always help them to keep the light of the Holy Spirit always alive in their hearts!! 

 

What is the basis of venerating Saints' relics

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The veneration of the relics of the saints is rooted in several Biblical truths, as well as in the Tradition of the Church.
 
1). Unlike the pagan Greeks, we believe in the goodness of creation. As we are told in Genesis 1:31, when God completed his work of creation:
 
"And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good."
 
Consequently, we believe that God can and does use material things to impart grace, as is seen throughout both the Old and New Testaments.
 
2). God honors those who honor him.
 
"for them that honor me I will honor, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed" (1 Samuel 2:30).
 
"if any man serve me, him will my Father honor" (John 12:26).
 
"Wondrous is God in His saints; the God of Israel, He will give power and strength unto His people. Blessed is God" (Psalm 67[68]:35 LXX).
 
3). God has worked miracles through the relics of the saints in Scripture.
 
We are told that when the Prophet Elijah was taken up to heaven in fiery chariot, his mantle fell to the Prophet Elisha:
 
"And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the Lord God of Elijah? an

"Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit"

Mathew 28:19