THE PSALTER AS A BOOK OF NEEDS, according to the usage of Saint Arsenios of Cappadocia, as transmitted by the Athonite Saint Paisios

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St. Arsenios of Cappadocia: BLESSING-PSALTER

THE PSALTER AS A BOOK OF NEEDS, according to the usage of St. Arsenios of Cappadocia, as transmitted by the Athonite Saint Paisios.

translated for the St. Pachomius Library by Vassilios Kollias

edited by Karen Rae Keck

EDITOR’S NOTE: Saint Arsenios used to use the Psalms for blessings, especially when there was no prescribed blessing for a particular occasion. Here in Part One is the correspondence between the psalms and different occasions. The original Greek list can be found in -O Geron Paisios- by the Hieromonk Christodoulos, Agion Oros, 1994. In Part Two, we have provided a (rather poor) index; perhaps someone else would care to fashion a better.

Apart from all religious considerations, this “Book of Needs” is a fascinating portrait of village life in Anatolia at the beginning of the Twentieth Century: whether it reflects more the “longue duree” of Byzantine history or the particular difficulties of St. Arsenios’ time we do not feel well enough informed even to speculate. There is certainly no idealization of rural conditions here: particularly noteworthy is the extreme concern for alleviating psychological as well as physical pain, and the mention of what we would nowadays call “post-traumatic stress disorder”.

To us, at least, the exact reasoning behind the saint’s choice of a particular psalm for a given need is not always obvious; perhaps this is by design, to encourage close reflection on the words. Orthodoxy is not magic, and a document like this one is not an endorsement of “peasant superstition”; it is rather a channel through which the Love of God can enter into every aspect of human society.

PART ONE: A LIST OF PSALMS FOR USE AS BLESSINGS, ARRANGED BY ORDER IN THE PSALTER:

[IMPORTANT NOTE: The FIRST number is the number of the psalm in the Greek Septuagint Bible. The SECOND number is the number of the psalm found in the Masoretic text and in most English language Bibles, such as the King James!]

1 (1) When a tree or a vine is planted, so that it may bring forth fruit.

2 (2) So that God illumines those who go to meetings and councils.

3 (3) So that badness goes away from people, so that they do not torment unjustly their fellows.

4 (4) So that God heals the sensitive people who fell ill from depression because of the behaviour of hard-hearted people.

5 (5) So that God heals the wounded eyes that were bitten by a bad person.

6 (6) So that God frees the person who has been under a spell.

7 (7) For those who got damaged from fear, from the terrors and the Continue reading “THE PSALTER AS A BOOK OF NEEDS, according to the usage of Saint Arsenios of Cappadocia, as transmitted by the Athonite Saint Paisios”

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视频: 3分鐘,學心禱 (台灣東正教會) Prayer

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3分鐘,學心禱 (台灣東正教會)

心禱 簡介

如何才能實現我主的教導:「你要盡心、盡性、盡意愛主─你的神」(太22:37)
如何才能實踐使徒的囑咐:「不住的禱告」(帖前5:17)
如何才能親身見證:「神的國就在你們心裡」(路17:21)

心禱 (the prayer of the heart),又名耶穌禱文 (Jesus Prayer)
就是靈魂時刻燃燒的愛意,
就是分分秒秒不止息的祈禱,
就是開啟神國的鑰匙。

載於聖經,始於初代教會,在曠野和修道生活中達到頂峰。

最簡單的禱詞 : 主耶穌,憐憫我…
卻蘊含著最深刻的神學,凝鍊了整部聖經的精要。

最樸實的實踐 : 一次又一次地默誦…
卻能領人至心靈最深之處,與摯愛相遇,與至愛結合為一。

至今希臘阿陀斯聖山(Mt. Athos)上,仍有長老們透過心禱,親身體驗了那連死亡也無法隔絕的愛和光芒。

李亮神父:
來自東正教會希臘阿陀斯聖山Gregoriou Monastery修院,
身為修士的屬靈父親(spiritual father)
並於修院中實踐心禱十多年。
來臺後,於各神學院教導東正教神學,靈修,希臘原文解經等課程。
其屬靈父親為已故希臘知名靈修導師 St. Porphyrios。

透過影集,我們將一步步引領各位,認識心禱,實踐心禱;
願您親自體會「神要擦去他們一切的眼淚;不再有死亡,也不再有悲哀、哭號、疼痛,因為­以前的事都過去了。」(啟21:4)

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台灣基督東正教會隸屬於普世宗主教聖統香港及東南亞教區,
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