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About the struggle of the weak with the Almighty. Saint Nikolai Velimirovič

Έγερσις του Λαζάρου_ The Raising of Lazarus_ Воскрешение Лазаря_4xsRL-B5 Z80

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.
    All ye who dwell in the deserts, in the mountains and caves, draw near and assemble with us, to meet the King and Master bearing palms in your hands; for He cometh to save our souls.

Homily:
Saint Nikolai Velimirovič
About the struggle of the weak with the Almighty

“And the chief priests plotted to kill Lazarus too” (St. John 12:10).

   They agreed among themselves to first kill the Maker and then His work. For Lazarus was the work of Christ. What is the use, they nefariously thought, to kill the Miracle-worker and to leave a living witness of His greatest miracle? For then, the people would be inflamed at them as evil doers! But, nevertheless, it happened that they killed Christ and missed Lazarus. And then? And then, they and their think alikes – killed scores of His apostles and missed hundreds. Then they killed thousands and missed hundreds of thousands. Then, they killed hundreds of thousands and missed millions. Finally it became clear that behind their backs, even the slain were resurrected to life as mown grass and those designated to be killed before the faces of the murderers, grew as sown grass. In vain did the wise Gamaliel say: “But if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them” (Acts of the Apostles 5:39). Those who wage war against God throughout the centuries in vain did they hone their own helplessness to mow down the crop of God. The more they cut down, the more the crops of God grew luxuriantly.

   O unreasonable combatants against Christ, those of that time and the present! Your mace rebounds from the city of Christ and strikes your own shed and destroys it into dust and ashes. Throughout the ages, you have had enough allies: besides the devil, with you were heretics, idolaters, fanatics, soothsayers, divinators depraved princes and the wealthy, tyrants and all insensitive sinners. Up to now you have been defeated and without any doubt all of your allies together with you will be defeated to the end of time.

   For that let it be to You O Almighty and irresistible Lord glory and thanks always. Amen.

The Prologue from Ohrid: Lives of Saints by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič for Old Calendar date February 18, and New Calendar date March 3 (2).
http://livingorthodoxfaith.blogspot.gr/2009/12/prologue-february-18-march-3.html

Έγερσις του Λαζάρου_ The Raising of Lazarus_ Воскрешение Лазаря_158-2

Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh

.And will come the resurrection of Lazarus, preparing us for Holy Week and out of the contemplation of the deeds of God we will enter into the contemplation of God Himself become man that we may be saved.

Let us therefore re-examine ourselves and if we have not done so according to the passages offered in the weeks of preparation, take off our blindness, become aware of a desperate condition, turn to God in desperate hope away from human judgement, face our own conscience, face God’s own judgement, and hope, and love, and enter into the realm of gratuitous love of the grace of God which is Lent.

Let us enter into this time which is called “the spring of life” as we enter into the physical spring of this season, when all things are made new, when all things begin to breath with new life, and only then shall we be able to face the stern and yet life-giving days of the Passion, of the death and the Resurrection of Christ. Amen.

Refrain: Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

O ye Monks, gather together from your dwellings, as the rational sheep, and with branches in your hands meet Christ the Chief Shepherd: For the Lord cometh willingly as a lamb to the slaughter, that He may deliver us from the tyranny of the wolf.

At the Aposticha;To the Martyrs; (Tone VIII):
O martyrs of the Lord, * ye hallow every place and heal every manner of infirmity: * and now we entreat you to intercede on our behalf ** that our souls may be delivered from the snares of the enemy.

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