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Prophet Jeremiah – Saint Isidora, the Fool for Christ, The most humiliated among mens became wedded with angelic glory before God. St. Nikolai Velimirovic

ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΗ ΤΟΥ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΥ_Holy Resurrection of Jesus Christ_Воскресение Иисуса Христа_anastasi xristou moni xorasΧριστός ανέστη! Αληθώς ανέστη!
Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!
ХристосВоскрес! Воистину Воскрес!
Kristus (ir) augšāmcēlies! Patiesi viņš ir augšāmcēlies!
ქრისტეაღსდგა! ჭეშმარიტადაღსდგა!

Saint Isidora, the Fool for Christ of Tabennesi
Prophet Jeremiah
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Commemorated on May 1

Homily:
About the appearance of the prophet Jeremiah from the other world
by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič

“This done, in like manner there appeared a man with gray hairs and exceeding glorious, who was of a wonderful and excellent majesty. Then Onias answered, saying, This is a lover of the brethren, who prays much for the people and for the holy city, to wit, Jeremiah the prophet of God” (2 Maccabees 15:13-14).

Ιερεμία Προφήτη-Jeremiah Prophet-Иереми́я Пророк-34 - CopyThis was the vision which was seen by the courageous Judas Maccabees. The first to appear to him from the other world was Onias the high priest and after that the holy Prophet Jeremiah. Just as Moses and Elijah were seen in glory by the apostles on Mt. Tabor, thus, at one time Judas Maccabees saw the Prophet Jeremiah in glory.
Not even before the resurrected Christ did God the Merciful leave men without proof of life after death. In Christian times, however, those proofs are without number and without end. Whoever, even after all of this, doubts in life after death, that one stands under the curse of his sin as under his grave stone. As inanimate things cannot see the light of day, so neither can he see who doubts life which is and to which there is no end.

But, behold with what kind of glory is the Prophet Jeremiah wedded in the other life! “Gray hairs and exceeding glorious.” Around him a certain indescribable dignity, a certain bright aureole, a certain inexpressible pleasure and beauty. He who was dragged and beaten by men to whom he communicated and imparted the will of God and who was a captive in prison and a martyr in a fetid hole and who was ridiculed as folly and was tried as a traitor and finally, as a transgressor, was stoned to death. However, one is the judgment of sinners, another is the judgment of God. The most humiliated among men became wedded with angelic glory before God.

And yet behold how heaven calls one, whom the earth called false, a traitor and a transgressor! “Lover of the brethren” this is how heaven called him. “Lover of the brethren” who prays much for the people. Finally, see how the saints in heaven pray to God for us! Not sleeping, they are praying for us while we are asleep; not eating, they are praying for us while we are eating and have over-eaten; not sinning, they are praying for us while we are sinning.

O brethren, let us be ashamed before so many of our sincere friends. Let us be ashamed, let us be ashamed of so many prayers for us by the saints and let us join with their prayers.
O Lord All-wonderful, forgive us our sinful slothfulness and dullness.

To You be glory and thanks always. Amen.
The Prologue from Ohrid: Lives of Saints by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič 
http://livingorthodoxfaith.blogspot.gr/2010/04/prologue-may-16-may-29.html

The Greek Old Testament – The Book of Prophet Jeremiah
https://www.ellopos.net/elpenor/greek-texts/septuagint/chapter.asp?book=44

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Venerable Isidora the Fool for Christ
by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič

Ισιδώρα η δια Χριστόν Σαλή της Ταβέννης_ Saint Isidora the Simple of Tabenna_ святая Исидо́ра Тавеннийская _For Christ_ESSEX_Isidora lived in the fourth century and was a nun in a convent in Tabennisi. She pretended insanity in order to conceal her virtues and her mortification. Isidora performed the most menial tasks, fed on the leftovers on the dishes, served all and everyone and was despised by all and everyone. At that time, an angel of God revealed to the great ascetic Pitirim about Isidora’s secret. Pitirim came to the convent and when he saw Isidora he bowed down to the ground before her. And so, she to him. Then the sisters informed Pitirim that she was insane. “All of you are insane” replied Pitirim, “and this one is greater before the Lord than I and all of you; I only pray that God will render to me that which is intended for her at the Dreadful Judgment!” Then the sisters became ashamed and begged both Pitirim and Isidora for forgiveness. From then on, everyone began to show respect for Isidora. And she, to escape the honors of men, fled the convent to a place unknown and died about the year 365 A.D.
The Prologue from Ohrid: Lives of Saints by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič
http://prologue.orthodox.cn/May10.htm

St. Abba Pitirim of Thebaid about St. Isidora, Fool for Christ, “She is our spiritual mother, and I pray to be equal to her on the Day of Judgment.”
https://iconandlight.wordpress.com/2019/11/29/st-abba-pitirim-of-egypt/

Troparion Prophet Jeremiah — Tone 2

As we celebrate the memory of Thy Prophet Jeremias, O Lord, through him we beseech Thee to save our souls.

Kontakion Prophet Jeremiah — Tone 3

Cleansing your radiant heart through the Spirit, / O great Prophet and Martyr, / glorious Jeremiah, / You received from on high the gift of prophecy. / You cried out with a great voice to the nations: / This is our God, and there is none other beside Him / who became incarnate and appeared on earth.

St. Isidora the Fool for Christ of Tabennesi, Troparion in Tone VIII —

In thee, O mother, that which was created according to the image of God was manifestly saved; for, taking up thy cross, thou didst follow after Christ; and, praying, thou didst learn to disdain the flesh, for it passeth away, hut to care for thy soul as a thing immortal. Where­fore, with the angels thy spirit doth rejoice, O venerable Isidora.

Apolytikion of Tamara, Queen of Georgia
Third Tone

Let the mountain-tops and vales of Georgia sound with songs of praise to laud Tamara as the vessel of wisdom, the smiling sun, the sword of truth, the conversion of infidels, the most harmonious reed-pipe of Jesus Christ, and our fervent intercessor before the King of Kings, entreating Him to grant great mercy unto us.

Christ is risen! Truly He is risen!

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