Family means bearing a cross, because in a time when less and less children are born, Christian parents, and especially mothers, are taking the responsibility of bearing in their wombs babies, as a blessing of God in their lives, a gift that they need to accept as a true blessing. We can talk about a cross of giving birth, raising, schooling and teaching, a cross of parents for their children. We could name all these “the cross of maternity” “the cross of giving birth” “cross”, “care” or “attention for education” and “cross of spiritual education”.
The light of God, given to us in abundance through the Holy Mysteries and services, personal prayer, Jesus’ prayer and the study of patristic books, they all aim towards the same target: to make out of us a durable house. Saints pray for us in heaven and interfere for us, but we should also make an effort to build our spiritual house on healthy, durable and untainted and holy grounds.
Over 30.000 pilgrims attented the The Holy Liturgy that was officiated today by an assembly of 22 hierarcs, headed by Archbishop Damaskinos Anastasios of Jaffa and Arimathea. Over 30.000 souls became one, to worship God’s mercy and to thank Saint Parascheva for her countless miracles. Saint Parascheva, holy miracle worker, have mercy and meet the demands of your servants, bring joy to every soul that needs your bounty!
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