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Conference held by Prof. Vasile Mihoc Saturday, December 5, 2009 in Nice

On December 6, 2009 we had in our midst as a guest style=”text-decoration: Fr Prof. Vasile Mihoc from the Faculty of Theology in Sibiu . It was present in the midst of our parish both evening Vespers and Divine Liturgy the next day. St. Nicholas has brought us the best gift this year: Professor Basil Mihoc Fr. He is a man who speaks like this and live as God’s word.

He is a professor at the Faculty of Theology of Sibiu, supervisor for many young and less young people who attend this university and the leader of those who are already enrolled in doctoral programs. At the same time is the father of a family and not any family, but a Christian, God blessed with 13 children.

It was a blessing to have him in our midst the parent teacher who was the teacher of many priests and bishops, but which is acealaşi time and a true leader of the salvation of many souls around the world.

After Vespers of St. Nicholas, parent teacher gave us a sermon around Chapter 5 of that we put out to the readers:

“With each verse of the Bible should be considered and its interpretation. Interpretation is as old as the Bible itself. Since there are Bible people and tried to find ways to interpret because we can not only understand the historical sense (which actually happened) a paragraph. But beyond this historical meaning of the text is full of symbols. It is superimposed on the historical sense and the author deals with the history of a persfectivă religious interpretative perspective already. The author himself understood what happened and tell us how to work the ninth of God.

Although these things have happened a long time before (maybe 34-35 centuries before us), we find that people very much in this text, because God is the same and the same man is responsible.

In Christian tradition, Pharaoh is described in this text is Satan. In our liturgical texts speak of the spiritual Pharaoh who is Satan and his ways is to oppose God. Egyptians are part of this bad paper the Pharaoh. They have oppressed the Israelites are the chosen people (God told Israel that it will bless those who bless you and I will be cursing those who curse it will). The Egyptians enslaved the people, made him an instrument of their pleasures in fact, they made very hard work, let’s not even to worship. We see that Moses did not initially demanded freedom of the people, leaving them only the right to worship his God. After the word of God, Moses asks Pharaoh to go right into the wilderness to worship. For people israelitean was not the right place to worship in a land like Egypt, but he asked to leave the desert.

This people was a migratory people, the model of Abraham – the nomad par excellence. God called Abraham, and he listens and goes after his speech, not knowing where he goes. God takes him from Ur in Chaldea, just north in Haran, and then descends into Canaan, Egypt and go to Abraham’s obedience has become nothing actually has been migration, but trusted that he had owned a country it was just a holy grave cave which he bought 300 pieces of silver. So Abraham is the only property of this grave, so he is the prototype of the believer, the Christian, God calls him, he knows where he goes, he actually goes to a temporary home, but to the heavenly homeland. Abraham was always a journey, a migration, and life was exemplary of us who are in a migration. We do not have a city standing here. God calls us, we go. We do not know where God leads us, but in fact our true homeland is beyond.

model of Abraham and God’s people asked to leave the desert, where they will receive later and the law. Also there were also the first temple, there was the tent where you install and install them. This time the sample remained in the desert of Israel’s religious history.

God învârtoşează heart of Pharaoh, remaining insensitive to miracles of Moses and Aaron, whereas Egyptian magicians could do that. But most of them were not miracles, but phantoms. Devil human imagination works, so the Fathers draw attention to the danger of imagination and fantasy that can arise from it.

In this chapter Moses propotipul Christ. He is as God to Pharaoh, that God gives him power over him to punish him, and Aaron is his prophet. There is a parallelism. Christ is a new Moses. As Moses in the desert fasting for 40 days before receiving the law, so Christ in the desert fasting for 40 days prior to enunciate the Sermon on the Mount “the New Law.” Parallels are drawn between this duality of persons: Aaron his prophet Moses and Jesus with John the Baptist – the prophet who precedes him.

When God always sends someone to preach the word is accompanied by a great preacher. If Moses is the rod that turns into a snake, or put his hand before the breast was once full of leprosy is the second time healed.

If Mântuiotorului himself, he was particularly controversial among heads of the Israelites. But saying that “nobody has done this miracle.” Even in Acts we read that the apostles were sent to propovăduiească did “great wonders” that people were simply overwhelmed.

So the word is accompanied Dumnezeisc great. But miracles are not only true sense, they are beneficent. There is an exact sense of all these wonders. For example, Hebrew for leprosy was a disease, the worst of the day. But God, through Moses can cure leprosy. It would be a beneficial role of such miracles.

chapters of the Old Testament do not want to be a precise history israelitean training people, but the interest is to show how God works with people. And so we see that God works with people throughout history. A God who is sometimes contradictory. It has not always been easy for Christians to understand the God of the Old Testament. In early Christianity who believed that there were current in the Old Testament God revealed in the New Testament was inferior. To understand the Old Testament God is needed to interpret Christ. Christ is the one that validated the Old Testament and He gave us the key to interpretation. For Christians there is a continuity of God’s work.

God is revealed at once, but gradually. So basically, the history is a history of biblical revelation. God reveals himself in many occasions and in various ways. God is revealed and the extent of their people to receive this revelation and the extent of their abilities to enter into relationship with God. Often the brevity of the Old Testament text is not impossible to reveal God, but man is unable to grasp. In this way should be interpreted and violence described in the Old Testament. It is God who supports violence, but it was the people’s perception of those times.

Old Testament is actually a whole divine pedagogy. Violence was characteristic of men. From the outset Cain kills Abel and violence went into an exacerbation. People came up to cannibalism. But God is working with these people who died, wants to raise. Try to gradually reduce this violence. The man is a cannibal, is a man who is able to fulfill the commandment “love thy neighbor as thyself.” To get here God works slowly, do not force him. He created a free man and he respects the man free. He leads the man from this state of cannibalism at the opportunity to receive Christ, taking account of the deification of man.

divine pedagogy as revealed in the Old Testament, God exposes the violence gradually becoming more. In the beginning God says not to kill humans, but animal. You turn man to violence on the animal’s blood to save humanity. This creates the characteristic Old Testament animal sacrifices.

This pedagogy reach climax when Christ put an end to sacrifices and offerings and animals. So more and more violence is unmasked and restricted to extinction. It is an extraordinary divine pedagogy.

people gradually discovered God, but Christ is the culmination of divine revelation, for now there is no progress of revelation. There is progress in deepening our revelation. We, through diligence and through the Holy Spirit can we understand more deeply the word of Holy Scripture in divine revelation. But God is revealed not only through Scripture (this is a restriction which seriously compromise the ability to understand divine revelation). For us it is Christ himself as the supreme revelation of the divine-human person. The Bible must come to know and to communion with Christ to know God.

In the steps that must traverse to reach the knowledge and communion with Christ, to perfection, Moses is exemplary. Although Moses was closest to God, was one who spoke with him “face to face,” he asks, however, to discover more “Lord I want to see.” While he sees God wants to see him more. So when you know God, you want to know more. Fathers say that grace is the Holy Spirit as water in which the drink more, the thirst for more.

So Moses is exemplary in this regard. St. Gregory of Nyssa sees in Moses arhietip for advancing a believer who increasingly deepening relationship with God. To increase must first have this desire. We are called to look into that communion with God, but perfection is a gift of life beyond. Old Testament righteous themselves without us did not get perfection, but looked forward to the eschatological gifts and they expected “to miss”.

We as Christians are spiritual in a different situation: they looked forward, and we look and we look forward, but at least the same extent and in the past “the fullness of time” at the time of the incarnation and redemptive work of Christ , that live between the “already” and “not yet”. We are the culmination of history that began with the incarnation of Christ is why we not only deepen the revelation of Scripture reading, but more than the communion with Christ and with God through Christ.

St. John Chrysostom says in his book “Homilies on Matthew” that only our inability to us we need to Scripture. Normally we would not have needed to Scripture. God says: “I will write my law in their hearts.” Scripture is an act of divine condescension. Laziness and our inability to make us we need to Scripture. We should have a relationship with God so that He will reveal to us the mystery of his heart. So great parents did not need a lot of books. The ideal was to be able to deepen the communion, this personal encounter with God.

sacraments are our communion with Christ, especially the Eucharist and we said at the Divine Liturgy, as we have shared: “I saw the true light, I got heavenly spirit, who- I believe that true “, so the Eucharist is a meeting rather than the mountain that Moses climbed, theophany is a deeper, truer. What was Moses lived only foreshadows. Mary is a very much higher than the temple in Jerusalem temple because God became incarnate in her womb true. Law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ, the Gospel says. “

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Icon exhibition: Monte Carlo, 3/02/2010

Our parish had the great pleasure to organize an exhibition of Romanian icons painted on glass and wood under the title “Fenêtre vers les cieux divins» . The exhibition was organized in cooperation with the Board of Administration of the Association “La Maison de l’Amerique Latin” from Monaco and the Monaco Honorary Consulate of Romania.

The event was held during February 3 to 20, 2010 in the lounge Association “Europe Résidence” in Monte Carlo under the patronage of His Highness the Sovereign Prince.

The exhibition opening was held Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at 19.

We would like to thank to our Honorary Consul in Monaco Ms. Angela Foster for all the effort in organizing this event of such great importance for the French Riviera Romanian community.

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Fundraiser concert for our Parish

Sunday, March 22, 2009 our parish has organized a fundraiser concert for the construction of the Romanian Orthodox church in Nice, supported by: Simon Ivas Totelecan (mezzo-soprano), Nelly Fourcade (piano) and John Hotenski (baritone), faithfuls of our parish. The program included works by Bach, Mozart, Rossini, Schubert, Schumann, Fauré, Franck, A. Eliade Bretan

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