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If you want to live in peace, go to the interior desert… Abba Macarius the Great

Honey of the Desert

Ερημίτης_Hermit_отшельник- еремит_1678. Abba Peter said this about the holy Macarius: ‘One day he came to the cell of an anchorite who happened to be ill, and he asked
him if he would take something to eat, though his cell was stripped bare. When the other replied, “Some sherbet,” that courageous man did not hesitate, but went as far as Alexandria to fetch some for the sick man. The astonishing thing is that no-one knew about it.’

9. He also said that when Abba Macarius received all the breth- ren in simplicity, some of them asked him why he mixed with them like this. He replied, ‘For twelve years I served the Lord, so that he might grant me this gift, and do you all advise me to give it up?’

16. Abba Macarius the Great said to the brothers at Scetis, when
he dismissed the assembly, ‘Flee, my brothers.’ One of the old men
asked him, ‘Where could we flee to beyond this desert?’ He put his
finger on his lips and said, ‘Flee that,’ and he went into his cell, shut
the door and sat down.

17. The same Abba Macarius said, ‘If you reprove someone, you
yourself get carried away by anger and you are satisfying your own
passion; do not lose yourself, therefore, in order to save another.’

18. The same Abba Macarius while he was in Egypt discovered
a man who owned a beast of burden engaged in plundering
Macarius’ goods. So he came up to the thief as if he was a stranger
and he helped him to load the animal. He saw him off in great peace
of soul, saying, ‘We have brought nothing into this world, and we
cannot take anything out of the world.’ (1 Tim. 6.7) ‘The Lord gave
and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.’ (Job

Ερημίτης_Hermit_отшельник- еремит_Тихий_берег22. Abba Moses said to Abba Macarius at Scetis, ‘I should like to
live in quiet prayer and the brethren do not let me.’ Abba Macarius
said to him, ‘I see that you are a sensitive man and incapable of
sending a brother away. Well, if you want to live in peace, go to
the interior desert, to Petra, and there you will be at peace.’ And so
he found peace.

26. One day Abba Macarius went to see Abba Anthony. He
spoke to him and then returned to Scetis. The Fathers came to meet
him, and as they were speaking, the old man said to them, ‘I said to
Abba Anthony that we do not have an offering in our district.’ But
the Fathers began to speak of other things without asking him to
tell them the old man’s reply and he himself did not tell them. One
of the Fathers said about this that when the Fathers see that the
brethren fail to question them about something that would be use-
ful, they ought to begin talking about it themselves; but if they are
not urged on by the brethren, they should not say anymore about
it, so that they shall not be found to have spoken without being
asked, and to have said unnecessary words.

27. Abba Isaiah questioned Abba Macarius saying, ‘Give me a
word.’ The old man said to him, ‘Flee from men,’ Abba Isaiah said
to him, ‘What does it mean to flee from men?’ The old man said, ‘It
means to sit in your cell and weep for your sins.’

The Sayings of the Desert Fathers ,The Alphabetical Collection ,Translated, with a foreword by Benedicta Ward,by Preface-Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh, Published by Liturgical Press, Revised edition, 1984

Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone
O God of our Fathers, ever dealing with us according to Thy gentleness: take not Thy mercy from us, but by their entreaties guide our life in peace.

Today the grace of the Holy Spirit has gathered us together. Let us all take up Thy cross and say: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest! (First Verse of Vespers – Palm Sunday).


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