Not a knowledge that you learn, but a knowledge that you suffer. That is Orthodox spirituality.
Two things are very important… “Love one another,” and “Fear not, only believe.”
We must love people and accept them in our hearts as God presents them to us. It has been thus ordained by the Lord Himself and by the Orthodox Tradition.
The faculty of judgement (Krisis) comes naturally to man. Criticism (Katakrisis) and reproval spring from malice. Discernment (Diakrisis) is a gift from God and we should pray for it. It is essential to our protection and progress.
Keep your mouth shut in the hour of crisis, when a problem is acute. Do not say anything, because you may regret it a thousand times. Instead, tell it to the Angels so that they may place it at the Lord’s Feet, and pray the Lord for an Angel of Peace to calm your soul.
The love which binds people together, is the greatest Divine Gift.
The Christian must respect the mystery of the existence of everyone and everything.
Never desire anything but the will of God, and receive with love the evil that comes to you.
We become a replication of heaven with “May Your will be done on earth as in heaven.”
A Christian’s security should be divine protection.
Anxiety is for those who have no Faith.
Never expect anybody to understand you. Only God.
When in truth we appreciate the gifts which God gives us, we don’t have time to seek anything else. We run to say thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. We see a person … thank you. We see a flower … thank you. We see a glass of milk … thank you.
For everything … thank you. And such a joy comes into our life, that many do not understand even if they are close to us; What is all this!
If you have love for all the world, the whole world is beautiful.
Prokeimenon: (Tone VI):
Prokeimenon: O Lord, save Thy people * and bless Thine inheritance.
Verse: Unto Thee have I cried, O Lord, my God.
A READING FROM THE BOOK OF GENESIS (4:8 – 15)
Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper? And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground. And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand; When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth. And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me. And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.
ODE VIII, Second Canon
Irmos: In His divine power the Lord descended …,
Refrain: Glory to Thy precious Cross O Lord.
Rejoice, O Cross, for by thee the thief in a single moment acknowledged Christ’s divinity, crying: ‘Lord, remember me in Thy Kingdom.’ Make us also sharers in that Kingdom.