“To be constantly in the prayerful spirit means to turn one’s thoughts and feelings to God. The main thing is to commend oneself obediently to His will and to accept everything that happens to us as something sent directly by Him.  
One must be totally concerned with those two things: thoughts and feelings to God.
When they are there, there is a prayer even though without words.”

~St. Theophan the Recluse

(Image of Christ the Redeemer via Pinterest)

You must never be afraid, if you are troubled by a flood of thoughts, that the enemy is too strong against you, that his attacks are never ending, that the war will last for your lifetime, and that you cannot avoid incessant downfalls of all kinds. Know that our enemies, with all their wiles, are in the hands of our divine Commander, our Lord Jesus Christ, for Whose honour and glory you are waging war. Since He himself leads you into battle, He will certainly not suffer your enemies to use violence against you and overcome you, if you do not yourself cross over to their side with your will. He will Himself fight for you and will deliver your enemies into your hands, when He wills and as He wills, as it is written: ‘The Lord thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee’ (Deut. xxii, 14).

+ From Unseen Warfare, St. Theophan the Recluse and St. Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain

“Do whatever falls to your hands, in your circle and in your situation– and believe that this is and will be your true work; nothing more from you is expected.

It is a great error to think that you must undertake important and great labours, whether for heaven, or, as the progressives think, in order to make one’s contribution to humanity.

That is not necessary at all. It is necessary only to do everything in accordance with the Lord’s commandments.

Just exactly what is to be done? Nothing in particular, just that which presents itself to each one according to the circumstances of his life, and which is demanded by the individual events with which each of us meets.”

St. Theophan the Recluse “The Spiritual Life”

Rose Soap and Cedar Perfume

A fem!snowbaz fic as a gift for my AMAZING, DEAR FRIEND @ismill!!! 

Word count: 5k

Warnings: Some blood/violence (rat-related, bc catacombs)

Sofia Snow is a smudge on my mirror that I can’t scrub off.

Sofia Snow is the scratchy tag on the back of my shirt.

Sofia Snow is a curse on our houses.

Sofia Snow is who I imagine walking down the isle with me in matching white dresses.

I hate Sofia Snow.


Snow barges into our room way past curfew, bruises blotched across her arms. She is gripping that damn sword, the one that’s almost as tall as she is and not quite as golden. It’s smeared with blood.

Green goblin goo is drying in that rat’s nest she calls hair.

Even though I’m screaming inside (I always am when she returns like this), I just blink impassively and turn back to my Potions textbook.

I can hear her slamming open drawers, sword rattling around and bumping into things until she finally spells it away. I try not to imagine her flushed face, the freckles violently spattered across her nose like fucking constellations.

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So,morning or evening,immediately before you begin to repeat your prayers,stand awhile,sit for awhile,or walk a little and try to steady your mind and turn it away from all worldly activities and objects.After this,think who He is to whom you turn in prayer,then recollect who you are;who it is who is about to start this invocation to Him in prayer.Do this in such a way as to waken in your heart a feeling of humility and reverent awe that you are standing in the presence of God.

St. Theophan

The White Wash of 16th Century History

I have a ways to go because there is so much, but this is a start; so feel free to check back on this thread periodically. 

Christ (Yahawashi) before and after in interior of Monastery located in Romania.

John 10:27-30 (KJVA)  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and my Father are one.

Wisdom of Solomon 3:1 (KJVA) But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and there shall no torment touch them.

King James I of England, who authorized the translation of the now famous King James Bible, was considered by many to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, monarchs that England has ever seen. 

They said fock it, deny any proof of anyone else standing there, and give him straight hair. We only need to prove there is a Mary and a Christ.

The “Ascension of Our Lord,” Russian icon from the Malo-Kirillov Monastery.

Theophanes the Greek: Transfiguration of the The Most High in 1403

The Resurrection of Lazarus

Image of the Messiah found all over Europe.

Apostles Peter and Paul

The Messiah washing the Disciples feet.

Yahawashi (The Messiah) on the throne. Greece, 18th century.

The Last Judgement

They just took the entire section out of Yahawashi being laid to rest.

Before: Descent from the Cross State Russian Museum. (HIDDEN)

After Photo: Descent from the Cross Lord Jesus Christ 2007. Tallinn. Estonia. Diana Arkhipov (LIE)

Entombment (XIX TH C.) Kostroma State Historical-Architectural and Art Museum-Reserve

The Real Council of Nicea

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Our inner confusion and disorderliness are innate, but they are not natural; they are not an essential part of our nature. Instead, they are crowded among our natural parts, disordering each one in its own activity, and in its mutual relationships with other parts. If this were natural, then their presence would not cause the suffering and tortures which we experience from them. That which is natural is what constitutes joy in life, but that which is unnatural oppresses it and tortures it.
—  St Theophan the Recluse

St. Theophan the Recluse writes, “Learn to perform everything you do in such a way that it warms the heart instead of cooling it. Whether reading or praying, working or talking with others, you should hold fast to this one aim - not to let your heart grow cool. Keep your inner stove always hot by reciting a short prayer, and watch over your feelings in case they dissipate this warmth… We should burn in our spirit, which is animated by the grace of the Holy Spirit. Why is it, then, that we do not burn in the spirit? Because we are occupied largely or even exclusively with our own personal affairs, with worldly business and public life, so that the spirit, although it still makes itself felt, is choked. In order to kindle the spirit, we must be aware of the unsatisfactory direction of our activities, especially their orientation towards earthly and worldly things; and we must enter deeply into the contemplation of what is divine, holy, heavenly, eternal. The most important thing is to begin to act in a manner that is truly spiritual. And then the spirit will start to burn: for as a result of all this, the gift of grace which lives within us will begin to grow in warmth.”

canyoufixthebrokenplease  asked:

Wow your blog is really interesting. There's a nice feel to it. I saw your post about Russian diminutives and YOI and started wondering what mine was. Unfortunately I couldn't find mine D: would you mind helping? My name is Tiffany. Thank you in advance! Have a nice day :)

Thank you so much, friend !!!  <3  Now let’s see what we can do… 

Tiffany is from ancient Greek Theophania. Which is the feminine form of Theophanes. There’s a Russian masculine name Feofan… which is archaic. Dead end.

тиффани is the Cyrillic form. Here’s where we find the diminutives on a few Russian sites so, here’s what we have for Tiffany / Theophania / Feofan (just in case):

Diminutives: Fanya, Fofa, Tif, Tifi
Pet names: Feofanya, Feofanka, Fofanya, Tifaiya

most likely for Tiffany:  Fanya / Tifaiya

Insanity can come from the Jesus Prayer only if people, while practising it, fail to renounce the sins and wicked habits which their conscience condemns. This causes a sharp inner conflict which robs the heart of all peace. As a result the brain grows confused and a man’s ideas become entangled and disorderly. ~ St. Theophan the Recluse