arheologinja:

Osogovo Monastery (MacedonianОсоговски Манастир) is a Macedonian Orthodox monastery located near Kriva Palanka,Republic of Macedona. 

The monastery consists of two churches including the larger “Saint Joachim of Osogovo” and the smaller “Holy Mother of God.” The monastery grounds also consist of a bell tower, dormitories, a guardhouse, and a residency for the Head of the Macedonian Orthodox Church.

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deeper-water asked: So, I am just super curious as to what draws you to the Orthodox Church.... If that is something you're ok talking about :)

Well, I like the divine liturgy, the incense, the chanting, and that Orthodoxy places more emphasis on the spiritual side of Christianity in regards to prayer, fasting, their view of sin and repentance, and the essence and energies of God.

Blessed Dormition Fast to all my Orthodox Christian friends.

gospelofthekingdom:

"It is a fearful thing to hate whom God has loved. To look upon another — his weaknesses, his sins, his faults, his defects — is to look upon one who is suffering. He is suffering from negative passions, from the same sinful human corruption from which you yourself suffer. This is very important: do not look upon him with the judgmental eyes of comparison, noting the sins you assume you would never commit. Rather, see him as a fellow sufferer, a fellow human being who is in need of the very healing of which you are in need. Help him, love him, pray for him, do unto him as you would have him do unto you."

-St. Tikhon of Zadonsk

gospelofthekingdom:

"It is a fearful thing to hate whom God has loved. To look upon another — his weaknesses, his sins, his faults, his defects — is to look upon one who is suffering. He is suffering from negative passions, from the same sinful human corruption from which you yourself suffer. This is very important: do not look upon him with the judgmental eyes of comparison, noting the sins you assume you would never commit. Rather, see him as a fellow sufferer, a fellow human being who is in need of the very healing of which you are in need. Help him, love him, pray for him, do unto him as you would have him do unto you."

-St. Tikhon of Zadonsk

asker

Anonymous asked: What is the philokalia? Would you recommend it?

collywollykinz:

the-violent-take-it-by-force:

collywollykinz:

The philokalia is a collection of writings of the Church Fathers from the fourth to fifteenth centuries, originally compiled by Saint Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain and Saint Makarios of Corinth. From what I have read about it, the writings deal mainly with prayer. It is one of the great treasures of the Orthodox Church, I would highly recommend checking it out!

FWIW, I would recommend reading Way of a Pilgrim first. From what I’ve heard, the Philokalia is a very difficult text, especially for a beginner, who doesn’t know much about the mystical tradition of the Orthodox Church; it should be read under the guidance of someone who’s more experienced in the Orthodox approach to the spiritual life. Way of a Piligrim, though - which I have read - sort of distills down the essential teachings of the Philokalia in a way that anyone can understand and even begin to practice. Just my two cents.

I have also read The Way of a Pilgrim, and I agree. It is an excellent introduction to Orthodox spirituality as a whole.