Saint Alexander of Svir
Commemorated on August 30
St. John of Kronstadt
Love does not reflect. Love is simple. Love never mistakes. Likewise believe and trust without reflection, for faith and trust are also simple; or better: God, in whom we believe and in whom we trust, is an incomplex Being, as He is also simply love. Amen.
The Lord is so holy, so simple in His holiness, that one single evil or impure thought deprives us of Him, of the sweet and most sweet, of the pure and most pure peace and light of our souls. Hence it follows that the saints are all light; they are all one fragrance, like the light of the sun, like the purest air. Lord, grant this simple holiness to me also.
“Thine is the power;” that is, Thou holdest all and everything in Thy power and under Thine authority, even the spirits of evil. “Thine is the kingdom.” Thou art King over all, even over the spirits of evil. “Thine is the strength.” Thou maintainest all through Thy strength, and “Thine is the glory,” for Thou hast created everything for Thy glory.
There is only one God of my heart, my Lord and my God, and He is everything to me, as He is also everything to the whole world, visible and invisible, which was created by Him from nothing. Therefore, I ought not to cling to anything but to my God; I ought to part from everything that I have without regret, as from the dust which we trample under feet, and ought only to have in my heart love for God, and my brethren who are received in Christ into union with the Divine nature. “Ye might be partakers of the Divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” (2 Peter 1:4) “Now are we the sons of God.” (1 Cor. 10:17) Whilst malice is the child of the Devil, may it never, neither pride, nor self-exaltation, and envy, touch our heart, even for a single moment!
Troparion Saint Alexander of Svir (Tone 4)
Thou didst settle in the wilderness from thy youth eager to follow Christ’s footsteps, O Alexander. The Angels were amazed when they beheld thee struggling in the flesh and conquering onslaughts of passions. Dwelling on earth thou wast equal to the Angels. Pray to Christ our God to save our souls.