by Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica
God has created us in such a manner that we all influence one another.
When a neighbor or friend feels compassion for our suffering, we immediately feel comforted and stronger.
Likewise, repentance is a change of life.
We must change our way of thinking, for life has dealt us many blows.
We see the entire world, not just our nation, suffering because of that.
If we turn toward the Fountain of Life—God—then He will give us the strength to become rooted in good thoughts—quiet, peaceful, and kind thoughts, full of love.
Our sincere repentance will shine through, for good thoughts, good wishes, and feelings of love radiate peace and give comfort to every being.
There, now you understand what repentance is all about.
Repentance is a complete turning of one’s heart toward Absolute Goodness, and not only of the heart but also of the mind, the feelings, the body, and one’s whole being.
Repentance is the unbreakable union of love with our Father and Creator.
Therefore we must always be in prayer and at all times ask the Mother of God to give us the strength to love Him as she herself does, along with the saints and the angels.
Then we will be blessed both in this life and in eternity as well.
For God is love, peace, and joy, which fills every being that seeks Him from the heart.
And so, it is clear that if we wish good for ourselves and our neighbors, we must change.
Our thoughts influence not only us but everything that surrounds us.
That is why we must emit only good, quiet, and kind thoughts.
The Lord commands us to love our enemies, not for their sake, but for our own good.
For as long as we wallow in the remembrance of an insult we have suffered from a friend, a neighbor, or a relative, we will have neither peace nor rest.
We must become free from such thoughts.
This means that we must forgive from the heart.
Everything must be forgiven.
The peace we feel afterwards brings a sense of well-being, joy, and comfort not only to us but to all who surround us.
Everyone will feel the impact of our thoughts if our thoughts are kind and peaceful.
And the opposite is true, as well.”
Excerpt from: Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives: the Life and Teachings of Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica, Saint Herman of Alaska Brotherhood, 2010.Tone Plagal of the Fourth
Open to me the gates of repentance, O Giver of Life,
For my spirit rises early to pray towards thy holy temple.
Bearing the temple of my body all defiled;
But in Thy compassion, purify me by the loving kindness of Thy mercy.
Lead me on the paths of salvation, O Mother of God,
For I have profaned my soul with shameful sins,
and have wasted my life in laziness.
But by your intercessions, deliver me from all impurity.
Idiomelon. Mode 1
When the harlot became aware that You, the Son of the Virgin, were God, she began to weep as one who had done things deserving tears, and imploring You she said, “Undo my debt, I pray You, as I undo my braids. Love me who am kissing You, though rightly I am hated; and alongside the publicans I will proclaim You, Benefactor who loves humanity.” (Hymn of Great and Holy Wednesday)