Saint Moses the Ethiopian, Monk & Priest-Martyr in Egypt (+405) August 28




St Moses of Ethiopia (+405)

Saint Moses the Ethiopian,

Monk & Priest-Martyr in Egypt (+405)

August 28

Saint Moses the Ethiopian (330–405), (also known as Abba Moses the Robber, the Black, the Abyssinian, the Ethiopian and the Strong) was an ascetic monk and priest in Egypt in the fourth century AD, and a notable Desert Father.

Moses was a servant of a government official in Egypt who dismissed him for theft and suspected murder. A large, imposing figure, he became the leader of a gang of bandits who roamed the Nile Valley spreading terror and violence.

On one occasion, a barking dog prevented Moses from carrying out a robbery, so he swore vengeance on the owner. Weapons in his mouth, Moses swam the river toward the owner’s hut. The owner, again alerted, hid, and the frustrated Moses took some of his sheep to slaughter. Attempting to go In front of local authorities, he took shelter with some monks in a colony in the desert of Wadi El Natrun, then called Sketes, near Alexandria. The dedication of their lives, as well as their peace and contentment, influenced Moses deeply. He soon gave up his old way of life, became a Christian, was baptized and joined the monastic community at Scetes.

Moses had a rather difficult time adjusting to regular monastic discipline. His flair for adventure remained with him. Attacked by a group of robbers in his desert cell, Moses fought back, overpowered the intruders, and dragged them to the chapel where the other monks were at prayer. He told the brothers that he did not think it Christian to hurt the robbers and asked what he should do with them. Moses was zealous in all he did, but became discouraged when he concluded he was not perfect enough. Early one morning, Saint Isidore, abbot of the monastery, took Moses to the roof and together they watched the first rays of dawn come over the horizon. Isidore told Moses, “Only slowly do the rays of the sun drive away the night and usher in a new day, and thus, only slowly does one become a perfect contemplative.”

Moses proved to be effective as a prophetic spiritual leader. The abbot ordered the brothers to fast during a particular week. Some brothers came to Moses, and he prepared a meal for them. Neighboring monks reported to the abbot that Moses was breaking the fast. When they came to confront Moses, they changed their minds, saying “You did not keep a human commandment, but it was so that you might keep the divine commandment of hospitality.” Some see in this account one of the earliest allusions to the Paschal fast, which developed at this time.

When a brother committed a fault and Moses was invited to a meeting to discuss an appropriate penance, Moses refused to attend. When he was again called to the meeting, Moses took a leaking jug filled with water and carried it on his shoulder. Another version of the story has him carrying a basket filled with sand. When he arrived at the meeting place, the others asked why he was carrying the jug. He replied, “My sins run out behind me and I do not see them, but today I am coming to judge the errors of another.” On hearing this, the assembled brothers forgave the erring monk.

Moses became the spiritual leader of a colony of hermits in the Western Desert. Later, he was ordained a priest

At about age 75, about the year 405 AD, a group of Berbers planned to attack the monastery. The brothers wanted to defend themselves, but Moses forbade it. He told them to retreat, rather than take up weapons. He and seven others remained behind and were martyred by the bandits.

His feast day is on August 28.




Video: Christ is Risen! – Holy Easter in Ghana, Africa




Christ is Risen! – Holy Easter in Ghana, Africa

Video: Χριστός Ανέστη! – Πάσχα στην Γκάνα της Αφρικής




Χριστός Ανέστη! – Πάσχα στην Γκάνα της Αφρικής

Die Sondag van die Ortodoksie ╰⊰¸¸. •¨* Afrikaans





Die Sondag van die Ortodoksie


Verlede Sondag het ons die Sondag van die Sege van die Ortodoksie gevier. Hier is ‘n uittreksel uit ons bisdomlike blad oor dié fees.

Vandag, op die eerste Sondag van die Groot Vastyd, gedenk ons die oorwinning van die Ortodoksie oor die kettery van die ikonoklasme. In die agste eeu is die Kerk uitmekaar geskeur deur hulle wat beswaar gemaak het teen die verering van die ikone, en in 787 het die Tweede Konsilie van Nicea daarop gereageer deur die rol van ikone in die Kerk te bevestig en te verklaar dat “Wanneer hierdie voorstellings beskou word, dit hulle wat daarna kyk hulle prototipe sal laat gedenk en liefhê .” Die Konsilie het onderskei tussen aanbidding, wat God alleen toekom, en die verering wat ons aan ikone gee, en verklaar dat wanneer ons ‘n ikoon vereer, ons eintlik die werklikheid vereer wat dit verteenwoordig.

Selfs na die Konsilie het die ikonoklasme voortgeduur totdat die keisering Theodora in 844 die Ortodoksie opnuut gevestig het met ‘n plegtige prosessie en verering van die ikone op die eerste Sondag van die Vastyd. Dit was die begin van vandag se fees en vier die sege van die ware leer oor kettery.

Die sege van die Ortodoksie wat ons vandag vier, staan in volledige samehang met die vroeëre stryd vir die Ortodokse geloof, want wat op die spel was, was nie bloot die geldigheid van die verering van die ikone nie, maar juis die werklikheid van die Vleeswording van Christus, wat die Kerk in vroeëre eeue geworstel het om te bely. Omdat God in Christus volledig mens geword het, is die stoflike self geheillig en het dit ‘n geskikte medium geword om Sy beeltenis weer te gee. Soos Sint Johannes van Damaskus geskryf het: “As ‘n mens eers verstaan dat die Onliggaamlike vir jou mens geword het, is dit vanselfsprekend dat jy Sy menslike beeld kan weergee.”

Onomskryfbare Meester, in u goddelike natuur, en in die laaste tye vlees geword, het dit U behaag om omskryfbaar te word; want deur vlees aan te neem, het U ook al die eienskappe daarvan aangeneem. Wanneer ons daarom die vorm van u gelykenis weergee, gee ons dit ‘n relatiewe verering en word ons verhef tot liefde vir U, en in die navolging van die tradisies van die apostels, verkry ons daaruit die genade van heling.

Uit die Vespers vir die Sondag van die Ortodoksie

Uittreksel uit Evangelion. ‘n Bulletin van die Ortodoks-Christelike Geloof, 4 Maart 2012.

Begin van die Groot Vastyd ╰⊰¸¸. •¨* Afrikaans






Begin van die Groot Vastyd


Welkom by ons nuwe webblad!

Vandag het die begin van die Groot Vastyd aangebreek, ‘n tyd van bekering en inkeer, ter voorbereiding vir die groot feesdag van die Opstanding met die Pasga van die Heer. Dit begin met die Vergifnisvespers waartydens die gelowiges mekaar om vergifnis vra, want daar kan eintlik nie sprake wees van bekering as ons nie bereid is om mekaar se oortredinge te vergewe nie. Hierdie aangrypende diens het vanmiddag in ons kapel plaasgevind waar onderstaande foto geneem is.


Bedehuis Bethanië

A Ortodoxia – Em Fé Ortodoxa – Bispo Alexander ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Portuguese





A Ortodoxia

 Em Fé Ortodoxa – Bispo Alexander



É a autêntica religião cristã pregada pelo Nosso Senhor Jesus Cristo, transmitida pelos Apóstolos aos seus sucessores e aos fiéis e preservada zelosamente na sua pureza pela Igreja Ortodoxa através dos séculos.

É a doutrina certa e justa, compreendida, sem reduções nem acréscimos, nas Sagradas Escrituras, na Tradição e nos Sete Concílios Ecuménicos.

É a doutrina ensinada e pregada pela Igreja Ortodoxa para glorificar a Deus e salvar as Continue reading “A Ortodoxia – Em Fé Ortodoxa – Bispo Alexander ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Portuguese”

Άγιος Αντώνιος ο Μέγας, ερημίτης στη Θηβαΐδα Αιγύπτου, πατέρας του Μοναχικού βίου & Καθηγητης της Ερήμου, από Koma Αιγύπτου (+356) [κοιμήθηκε 105 ετών] – 17 Ιανουαρίου





Άγιος Αντώνιος ο Μέγας,

όσιος ερημίτης ατη Θηβαΐδα Αιγύπτου

(σημ. Dayr Mari της Ερυθράς Θάλασσας της Αἰγύπτου),

πατέρας τοῦ Μοναχικοῦ βίου καί Καθηγητῆς τῆς ἐρήμου,

από Koma (κοντά al-Minya, Heptanomis) Αιγύπτου (+356)

[κοίμήθηκε 105 ἐτῶν]

17 Ιανουαρίου

Ο Μέγας Αντώνιος είναι Άγιος της Ορθόδοξης Εκκλησίας και ο πρώτος ασκητής του Χριστιανισμού, που θεμελίωσε τον υγιή Μοναχισμό. Έζησε στα χρόνια των αυτοκρατόρων Διοκλητιανού και Μαξιμιανού μέχρι και την εποχή του Μεγάλου Κωνσταντίνου και των παιδιών του. Το μεγαλύτερο μέρος της ζωής του το έζησε ως ασκητής στην έρημο και πέθανε στις 17 Ιανουαρίου του 356, οπότε και εορτάζεται η μνήμη του.

Την βιογραφία του Αγίου Αντωνίου έγραψε στην ελληνική ο Άγιος Αθανάσιος ο Μέγας ο οποίος ως επίσκοπος Αλεξανδρείας την έστειλε αρχικά σε μοναχούς της Αιγύπτου αρχίζοντας με τη φράση “Αγαθήν άμιλλαν ενωτίσασθε”. Αυτήν αντέγραψε στη συνέχεια ο Συμεών ο Μεταφραστής από τον οποίον και παρέλαβε ο Αγάπιος ο Κρης που μετέφρασε εκ του ελληνικού και καταχώρησε στον εκδοθέντα υπ΄ αυτού “Παράδεισον”. Ιδιαίτερο εγκωμιαστικό λόγο στον Μέγα Αντώνιο συνέθεσε ο Ιεροδιδάσκαλος Μακάριος ο Πάτμιος.

Ο Άγιος Αντώνιος, τον οποίον οι Άγιοι Πατέρες ανακήρυξαν Μέγα, γεννήθηκε επί εποχής Δεκίου, το έτος 251 (έτος σνά) στην πόλη Κομά της Kάτω Αιγύπτου, κοντά στη Μέμφιδα, από πλούσιους αλλά ευσεβείς χριστιανούς γονείς. Από την παιδική του ηλικία τον Continue reading “Άγιος Αντώνιος ο Μέγας, ερημίτης στη Θηβαΐδα Αιγύπτου, πατέρας του Μοναχικού βίου & Καθηγητης της Ερήμου, από Koma Αιγύπτου (+356) [κοιμήθηκε 105 ετών] – 17 Ιανουαρίου”