Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!
– Psalm 150
This particular Psalm has always been one of my favorites. Psalm 150 calls us to praise the Lord with songs and music. Ever since my childhood, I’ve always loved music, so much so that I started music lessons very early and seriously considered it a career at one point. Singing and playing the violin was more than just a pastime or a hobby; it was something that truly gave me joy. Mass, church programs and the community gave me many opportunities to use my talents to glorify God and serve His people. Continue reading
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God”
~ Matthew 5:8
What does it mean to be pure of heart?
It means to be clean, blameless, unstained from guilt. Being pure of heart involves having a singleness of heart toward God. A pure heart has no hypocrisy, no guile, no hidden motives. The pure heart is marked by transparency and an uncompromising desire to please God in all things. It is more than an external purity of behavior; it is an internal purity of soul. Continue reading
The Panaghia or All Holy icon venerated especially in Russia is the icon that best expresses all of this. The Mother of God is standing in an upright position with her arms raised in an attitude of total submission and acceptance.
The Lord with her is depicted as a princely child, visible in the centre of her bosom. Continue reading