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About turtlemom3

Early 70’s Orthodox Christian, wife, mother, grandmother, nurse with PhD, disabled. Have wonderful service dog - Warrior! Married to the Ol’ Curmudgeon - and I’m pretty doggone happy about that! Interests: Orthodox Christianity; reading; service dogs; computers, woodworking Greatest Life Experiences: Converting to Orthodoxy, Caving in Idaho, Attending Russian Orthodox Choir Conference (Oh! that music!). Favorite Things Back in High School: Reading; classical music - nerdy things. Favorite Things Back in College: Reading; classical music - nerdy things Favorite Things to do Now: Reading; classical music, computer stuff, surfing the internet - nerdy things - no real change! Favorite TV Programs: Anything about Sci-fi or forensics - or both? Favorite Movies: The Chosen; Ostrov; 84 Charing Cross Rd; Air Force One; Becket; Indiana Jones; Star Wars; Favorite Music: Russian Orthodox (Christian) chant; Bach; Mozart's Magic Flute Favorite Quote: The body is a slave, the soul a sovereign, and therefore it is due to Divine mercy when the body is worn out by illness: for thereby the passions are weakened, and a man comes to himself; indeed, bodily illness itself is sometimes caused by the passions.”~*~ St. Seraphim of Sarov, Spiritual Instructions Favorite Authors: Robert Heinlein; Mercedes Lackey; Anne MacCaffrey, Fr. Steven Ritter, Sarah Elizabeth Cowrie, St. Nikolai Velimirovic - among many others

From An Athonite Gerontikon

The Karouliotan ascetic elder Philaretos, when nearing his end, called his co-ascetic neighbor, Gabriel, to come to him and bring a pick-axe and shovel. “Brother come, my end is near. I must prepare for my trip. By your love, let … Continue reading

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From the Apophthegmata Patrum

An old man said, “If it were possible, at the time of the coming of Christ after the Resurrection, that men’s souls should die of fear, the whole world would die of terror and confusion.  What a sight, to see … Continue reading

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On Marriage and Family Life

On Marriage and Family Life Excerpts from notes made by the Royal Martyr Empress Alexandra Fedorovna Foreword There are many religious treatises to be found on monasticism, but there are too few books dedicated to acquainting the contemporary reader with … Continue reading

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Look How the Night Grows Pale

Look how the night grows pale; the darkness gives way to a delicate, serene blueness. So gradually as to be scarcely noticeable, traces of light appear in the east. It is no longer night, but neither is it yet day. … Continue reading

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The Martyr Tatiana in the Afterfeast of the Theophany

Theophany of our Lord, Troparion, Tone I — When Thou, O Lord, wast baptized in the Jordan,/ the worship of the Trinity was made manifest;/ for, the voice of the Father bare witness unto Thee,/ calling Thee His beloved Son;/ … Continue reading

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The Pearl: Seven Hymns On The Faith

The Pearl: Seven Hymns On The Faith by St. Ephraim of Syria Translated by J.B. Morris re-edited by John Gwynn HYMN I. ** 1. ** On a certain day a pearl did I take up, my brethren; I saw in … Continue reading

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St. Nikolai Velimirovic on the Lord’s Prayer

This is from the website of Sts. Peter and Paul Serbian Orthodox Church in Lilburn GA. We will be visiting there from time to time as it is much closer to our home than our own parish (10 miles vs … Continue reading

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