20 Aerial Toll Houses Patristic Witness

I am trying to catch up on Prologue recordings. Interesting to note that the Saints specifically call out 20 tollhouses….

January 12th / December 30th
THE VENERABLE THEODORA OF CONSTANTINOPLE

Theodora was a nun and servant of St. Basil the New (March 26). After her death, she appeared to St. Gregory, a disciple of Basil, and described for him all twenty toll-houses through which her soul had passed until, through the prayers of St. Basil, she had entered into eternal rest. Theodora presented herself to the Lord on December 30, 940.

orthodoxwiki.org/Aerial_Toll-Houses

Noah’s Ark Icon

Noah’s Ark came to rest over our fireplace in the living room.

Righteous Νώε preserver of man a nd namesake of our family. Pray for us. That we might choose righteousness and make it aboard the Ark of Christ.

Noahs Arc

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Saint Anna Mission

Any Lutherans interested in Orthodoxy? We are working on bringing a group of people descended from the European Christian Tradition to Orthodoxy. My hope is that we can get a large enough group together to complete what Luther originally set out to do.

Saint Anna Mission Update: We continue to add content.

We have added a Calendar with The Prologue From Ohrid entries for each day of the year.
saintannamission.org/2023/12/07/the-prologue-

We have also added links based on the current date to push the correct calendar day and daily prayers.

saintannamission.org/

Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future – Edited For Modernism/Ecumenism

I was so excited to order and read this book. I have since come to find out that the writings have been altered from the earlier edition to have a modernist/ecumenist reading.

Removed…

1979 4th Edition Version Page 220

“Many of them follow the bishops of the few Orthodox jurisdictions that have taken strong stands against the apostasy of our times: the Catacomb Church of Russia, the Russian Church Outside of Russia, the True Orthodox Christians (Old Calendarists) of Greece. But there are some left in other jurisdictions also,…”

1983 5th Edition 2021 Printing Page 184

“Many of them follow the bishops of the few Orthodox churches that have taken strong stands against the apostasy of our times. But there are some left in other Orthodox churches also,…”

Typika Service Helpful Information Definitions and Resources

TYPIKA – Prayers, and hymmns from the Divine Liturgy chanted on days when the Divine Liturgy is not celebrated. In the absence of a priest, a deacon,or layman may lead the service of the Typika.

TYPIKON – The Book of direction or rubrics that explains how to celebrate the services. There are two major versions in use in the Orthodox Church and several minor adaptations, the Greek Typikon and the Slavonic Typikon.

HOURS – Short services – read at the First Hour (6:00 AM), Third Hour (9:00 AM), Sixth Hour (Noon) and the Ninth Hour (3:00 PM). The Hours are often combined to form the Royal Hours on the eves of major Feasts.

Prayer To The Holy Spirit – O Heavenly King, O Comforter, Spirit of Truth, Who art everywhere present and fillest all things, Treasury of good things and Giver of life: Come and dwell in us, and cleanse us of all impurities, and save our souls, O Good One.

TRISAGION – (Greek – Thrice Holy) A hymn “Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us,” sung during services and said during private prayer.

TROPARION – A short hymn.

THEOTOKION – A troparion in honor of the Theotokos. The final troparion of a set of stichera is usually a Theotokion.

KONTAKION – A troparion that summarizes the historical meaning of a feast. Originally a kontakion consisted of several verses. Today only the major troparion of a kontakion is still sung, with the sole exception of the Akathist Hymn, which is still sung in its entirety. The author of most kontakia was St. Romanos the Melodos, d.518.

Prokeimenon – A liturgical verse or scriptural passage sung or read before the apostolic reading.

Epistle – A writing directed or sent to a person or group of persons, usually a letter and a very formal, often didactic and elegant one. The letters from Apostles to Christians in the New Testament are often referred to as epistles.

Gospel – (in Greek, is evangelion which, means the “glad tidings” or the “good news”) is the message of Christ. In the Greco-Roman world, from the time of Alexander the Great and on into the Roman Empire, this word was used to refer to history-making, world-shaping reports of political, military, or societal victories.

https://www.fatheralexander.org/booklets/english/hours_typica.htm
http://www.saintjonah.org/services/horologion.htm
https://www.holycrossyakima.org/orthodoxPdfs/Orthodox%20Glossary.pdf

Aerial Tollhouses

During my journey to Orthodoxy, I came across the Aerial Tollhouses. I discovered this topic to be one of those hot button issues modernizers do not like. I found it amazing that while Christians complain about fornication and sodomy all the time, they care little for the remaining toll houses. Do you think this might be part of the problem?

1. Sins of the tongue, such as empty words, dirty talk, insults, ridicule, singing worldly songs, too much or loud laughter, and similar sins.

2. Lies, which includes not only ordinary lies, but also the breaking of oaths, the violation of vows given to God, taking God’s name in vain, hiding sins during confession, and similar acts.

3. Slander. It includes judging, humiliating, embarrassing, mocking, and laughing at people, and similar transgressions.

4. Gluttony, which includes overeating, drunkenness, eating between meals, eating without prayer, not holding fasts, choosing tasty over plain food, eating when not hungry, and the like.

5. Laziness, where the soul is held accountable for every day and hour spent in laziness, for neglecting to serve God and pray, for missing Church services, and also for not earning money through hard, honest labor, for not working as much as you are paid, and all similar sins.

6. Theft, which includes stealing and robbery, whether small, big, light, violent, public, or hidden.

7. Covetousness, including love of riches and goods, failure to give to charity, and similar acts.

8. Usury, lending money at intereset (orthowiki dropped this one), loan-sharking, overpricing, and similar sins.

9. Injustice, being unjust, especially in judicial affairs, accepting or giving bribes, dishonest trading and business, using false measures, and similar sins.

10 Envy.

11. Pride, vanity, self-will, boasting, not honoring parents and civil authorities, insubordination, disobedience, and similar sins.

12. Anger and rage.

13. Remembering evil, hatred, holding a grudge, and revenge.

14. Murder, not just plain murder, but also wounding, maiming, hitting, pushing, and generally injuring people.

15. Magic, divination, conjuring demons, making poison, all superstitions, and associated acts.

16. Lust, fornication, unclean thoughts, lustful looks, unchaste touches.

17. Adultery.

18. Sodomy: bestiality, homosexuality, incest, masturbation, and all other unnatural sins.

19. Heresy: rejecting any part of Orthodox faith, wrongly interpreting it, apostasy, blasphemy, and all similar sins.

20. Unmercifulness: failing to show mercy and charity to people, and being cruel in any way.

Toll Houses