Deisis (Novogorod)

The Symbol of Faith

Descent into Hades

 

I believe in one God,
the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.  
 
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only-Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
Light of Light, true God of true God,
begotten, not made, of one essence with the Father,
through Whom all things were made.
Who for us men and for our salvation,
came down from heaven,
and was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate,
and suffered, and was buried.
And He rose on the third day, according to the Scriptures.
And He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
And He will come again with glory,
to judge the living and the dead,
and of His kingdom there will be no end.
 
And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord,  and Creator of Life,  
Who proceeds from the Father,  
Who together with the Father and the Son
is worshipped and glorified,
Who has spoken through the prophets.
 
And in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.
I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
I look forward to the resurrection of the dead;
and the life of the age to come. Amen. 

The Faith-N-Worship section is still under development. But the best statement of our faith in God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - is summarized in the Symbol of Faith which we commonly call the Creed. The first part of the Creed was written during the First Ecumenical Council held in Nicea, Asia Minor, in A.D. 325.The second part of the Creed (beginning with "I believe in the Holy Spirit....") was written during the Second Ecumenical Council held in Constantinople in A.D. 381. The Creed is proclaimed during every Divine Liturgy.

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Teachings of Christ

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:43-44 ESV)

Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life, drive away from me the spirit of despondency, carelessness, love of power, and idle chatter. (Prostration)

Instead, grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humility, patience, and love. (Prostration)

Yes, O Lord and King, grant that I may see my own faults and not condemn my brother. For You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen. (Prostration)

 

Encounter

Rejoice, O Mother of God, Virgin full of grace. * From you has risen the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, * shining upon those who are in darkness. * Rejoice also, you righteous Elder; * for you received in your arms the Deliverer of our souls, * Who has given us resurrection. (Troparion, Tone 1)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

O Christ God, through Your birth You sanctified the Virgin's womb; * and blessed, as it was proper, the hands of Simeon. * Now, having come, you saved us. * Give peace to Your commonwealth in times of war * and strengthen our civil authorities, whom You have loved, O You who alone loves mankind. (Kontakion, Tone 1)

Random Proverb

"My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights." (Proverbs 3:11,12 ESV)

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

When you are praying, watch over yourself so that not only your outward man prays, but your inward one also. Though you be sinful beyond measure, still pray. Do not heed the devil's provocation, craftiness, and despair, but overcome and conquer his wiles. Remember the abyss of the Saviour's mercy and love to mankind. The devil will represent the Lord's fact to you as terrible and unmerciful, rejecting your prayer and repentance; but remember the Saviour's own words, full of every hope and boldness for us: `Him that cometh to Me, I will in no wise cast out'; and `Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden' - with sins and iniquities, and wiles and calumnies of the devil - and I will give you rest.'

St. John of Kronstadt, My Life in Christ