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Acquiring the Joy of St. Seraphim

Acquiring the Joy of St. Seraphim
Acquiring the Joy of St. Seraphim
Acquiring the Joy of St. Seraphim
Acquiring the Joy of St. Seraphim

On Appearances and Help from St. Seraphim of Sarov in Our Days

How can we become like St. Seraphim of Sarov, and how can we acquire the joy with which the saint met every person? Here are several stories about this on his feast day:

Academician Dimitrije Stefanovic reposed in the Lord in Belgrade

Academician Dimitrije Stefanovic reposed in the Lord in Belgrade On August 1st, 2020.

Dimitrije Stefanović, a musicologist and conductor, long-term expert and connoisseur of Orthodox church music, was born in Pančevo on 25 November 1929. He graduated at the Faculty of Philosophy in Bel- grade (the Department of English and German) in 1955 and at the Music Academy in Belgrade (the Department of History of Music) in 1956. He obtained his B. Litt. and Ph.D. at Oxford University. During postgraduate studies, he worked with famous musicologists-Byzantinists Egon Wellesz, Henry Tillyard and Oliver Strunk. At the Music Faculty of Oxford University, he lectured on Byzantine and old Slavonic music. As a lecturer and participant at numerous international gatherings and congresses, he was a guest at many universities in Europe and America. He gave a large number of lectures on Orthodox and especially Serbian church music, hundreds of popular lectures for different audiences in the country and abroad: at twenty Yugoslav-German choir weeks (1971–1991), nineteen Summer Spiritual Academies in the monastery of Studenica, as well as at many Summer Schools of Church Chant ‘In Memory of Kornelije Stanković’.

Previously Unknown Homily Of St. Nikolai (Velimirović) Discovered In Serbian Monastery

Photo: volgeparhia.ruSt. Nikolai (Velimirović) is revered as one of the greatest saints of the 20th century. His gift for fiery and inspiring preaching earned him the moniker of “Serbia’s Chrysostom.”

Now, another example of his eloquence has been unearthed, as a manuscript of a previously unknown homily was discovered in Studenica Monastery in Brezova, Serbia, reports the official site of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

The Holy Monastery of Sinai Prays for Hagia Sophia

A voice of deep sorrow from the center of the Sinai desert, the Monastery of St. Catherine of the Holy and God-trodden Mountain of Sinai, a voice of brotherly prayer and petition.

Hymn of Entry to the Hagia Sophia

Hagia SophiaThis essay is published here on the occasion of the first prayers following Hagia Sophia’s reversion to a mosque, July 24, 2020.

It was spring 1964—a difficult year for the Orthodox Greek brothers of Constantinople, because of the well-known anti-Greek acts of the Turks, due to Cyprus. I was in the Theological Academy of Chalke (whose operation unfortunately has since been forbidden by the Turks). Great Lent had just started. In the Holy Trinity Monastery of Chalke, cantor Stanitsas chanted with his students: “Open for me the gates of repentance, O Life-Giver.” It was then that I experienced and understood Orthodox Byzantium: with all its grandeur it humbly repents in front of the Living and True God, as simply as washing in the morning or eating our daily bread.