June 10th honours the 220 Holy Martyrs of China

Baby giving homageThe Holy Martyrs of ChinaThe Boxer Rebellion and those who stood against  is highlighted today with this Memorial Feast.  The Box Rebellion was actually an officially supported peasant uprising in 1900 that attempted to drive all foreigners from China. The group was named  “Boxers” by foreigners.  In Chinese they were called  Yihequan (“Righteous …

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June 11th, Celebration of It is Truly Meet (Axion Estin) & Right to Bless you

Today, June 11 we celebrate elevation of the Hymn Axion Estin to a monk on Mt. Athos by the Archangel Gabriel, You can hear the hymn here on Youtube.Reading from the Synaxarion:This miracle occurred during the reign of Emperor Basil II and Nicholas Chrysoberges was Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople The patriarch is commemorated on December 16.The …

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Why prayer and meditation are not the same thing

Madisyn Taylor for DailyOm had a nice write up on the differences between meditation and prayer.  So many do not realize that they are not the same thing at all though there is no doubt that many Christian mystics (see that meditation is supportive of prayer though not directly mentioned in the Bible) as for …

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