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St. Seraphim of Sarov, One man who performs God’s will is greater in God’s eyes than many lawless ones.

Σεραφείμ Σάρωφ_St. Seraphim of Sarov_ Преподобный Серафим Саровский_22289.b (1)Especially remarkable were St. Seraphim’s following words to Fr. Vasily, the father-confessor of the Diveyevo Convent:

“I want them to receive Christ’s Holy and Life-Giving Mysteries, Batiushka, during all the four fasts, and all the twelve major feasts. I would even like them to receive more often than on feast days alone; the more often the better.

“You are their father-confessor—do not prohibit them, I say to you. For the gift of Holy Communion is so great, that even though a person be sinful, he may, with humility and awareness of his sinfulness only, approach the Lord who has redeemed us all. And though he be covered with festering sins from head to toe, he will be cleansed, Batiushka, by Christ’s blessing, and will become lighter and lighter, until he is completely enlightened and is saved. There, Batiushka, you are their father-confessor, and I tell you all this so that you will know.”

However, Fr. Seraphim cautioned: “If they approach without sufficient repentance, it sometimes happens thus: on earth they have received Communion, but with the Lord they have not communed. He who reverently receives the Holy Mysteries more than once a year will be saved, happy, and live long upon the earth. I believe,” he added, “that by God’s great mercy he and all his kin shall be marked with grace. One man who performs God’s will is greater in God’s eyes than many lawless ones.”

From the book, St. Seraphim of Sarov, by Elena Kontsevitch 
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