Wednesday, 14 June 2017

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Saint Joseph the Hymnographer


The 14th of June is the feast day of Saint Joseph the Hymnographer.

Saint Joseph the Hymnographer lived between 816 to 883 and was born in Sicily to a Christian family. His family moved to Greece when Muslims invaded in order to escape persecution. He entered a monastery at the age of 15 and Saint Gregory the Dekapolite took him to Constantinople to defend against the iconoclast heresy there. He was chosen to be a messenger to Pope Leo III to obtain the Pope's assistance to battle the iconoclast heretics. However, he was captured by Muslims while on his way to Rome and was delivered to the iconoclast heretics. He was held a prisoner and Saint Nicholas appeared, asking him to sing in the name of God. He was freed from prison six years later and went back to Constantinople founding a monastery which was dedicated to Saint Gregory. He dedicated a church to Saint Bartholomew, whom he had a devotion to. Saint Bartholomew then appeared in a dream asking him to write hymns. His first hymn was in honour of Saint Bartholomew, he then wrote other hymns dedicated to Saint Nicholas, the Blessed Virgin Mary and other saints, composing almost 1000 hymns. He was exiled for seven ears after he stood against another uprising of iconoclasm. He died in Constantinople.

Reference: Morning Offering

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February 2, 2018 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, you whom my Son loves, you whom I love with an immeasurable motherly love, do not permit for selfishness, for self love, to rule the world. Do not permit for love and goodness to be hidden. You who are loved, who have come to know the love of my Son, remember that to be loved means to love. My children, have faith. When you have faith you are happy and are spreading peace; your soul trembles with joy. My Son is in such a soul. When you are giving yourself for the faith, when you are giving yourself for love, when you are doing good to your neighbor, my Son smiles in your soul. Apostles of my love, I am turning to you as a mother. I am gathering you around myself and I desire to lead you on the way of love and faith, on the way which leads to the light of the world. I am here for the sake of love, for the sake of faith, because with my motherly blessing I desire to give you hope and strength on your way - because the way which leads to my Son is not easy. It is full of renunciation, giving, sacrifice, forgiveness and much, much love. But this way leads to peace and happiness. My children, do not believe lying voices which speak to you about false things, false glitter. You, my children, return to the Scripture. I am looking at you with immeasurable love, and through God's grace am making myself evident to you. My children, set out with me. May your soul tremble with joy. Thank you.

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