"I am your father, I am your brother, I am your bridegroom, I am your home, I am your sustenance, I am your clothing, I am your root, I am your foundation, Everything you want, I am. You have need for nothing. I will work for you, I have come to serve and not be served. I am your friend, I am your members, I am the head, I am your brother, I am your sister, I am your mother, I am all things. Only abide in Me. I have died for you." (Commentary on the Gospel of St. Matthew by St. John Chrysostom)
“O Mother of God, the Indescribable Word of the Father took flesh through you, and therefore became describable; and penetrating with His divine Beauty the impure image of man, He restored it to its pristine state. As we confess our salvation we depict it in word and icons.”
Father Boris Kritsky Caretaker of the ancient icon of the Virgin Theotokos "Of The Sign" Known also as The Kursk "Root Icon" Thus named because it was found by hunters laying face down by the roots of a tree. When it was lifted from the ground a spring of fresh water gushed from under the icon. Saint Seraphim of Sarov was healed through this icon while he was very young. This picture was taken in 1981 and Father Boris had just transported the icon from our Mission in Etna,...
"Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host-by the Divine Power of God -cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits, who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
this is our holy orthodoxy ... always patient and ready to receive us into its healing light. amazing how a little corner in the house like this becomes a complete church in itself; in turn a whole cosmos filled with God's love, embracing all who approach 'in faith and love'.