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He who has strong faith also has great patience in suffering. Lord, the God of the long-suffering and patient Job, teach us to bless Thy name in our sufferings. Saint Nikolai Velimirovič 

ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΗ ΤΟΥ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΥ_Holy Resurrection of Jesus Christ_Воскресение Иисуса Христа_ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΗ 001Χριστός ανέστη! Αληθώς ανέστη!
Christ is risen! Truly He is risen!
ХристосВоскрес! Воистину Воскрес!
ქრისტეაღსდგა! ჭეშმარიტადაღსდგა!
Kristus (ir) augšāmcēlies! Patiesi viņš ir augšāmcēlies!

Righteous Job the Long-suffering.
Blessed Sophia the ascetic of Kleisoura, the Pontian (1974)
Saint Seraphim of Mt. Domvu of Livadeia (1602)
Venerable Job of Pochaev, abbot and wonderworker (1651)
Venerable Micah (Micheas), the disciple of the Saint Sergius of Radonezh (1385)
Birthday of Royal Martyr Tsar Nicholas II

Commemorated on May 6th

A brother said to Abba Poemen, ‘My heart becomes lukewarm when a little suffering comes my way.’ The old man said to him, ‘Do we not admire Joseph, a young man of seventeen, for enduring his temptation to the end? And God glorified him. Do we not also see Job, how he suffered to the end, and lived in endurance? Temptations cannot destroy hope in God.’

Abba John the Dwarf said, ‘You know that the first blow the devil gave to Job was through his possessions; and he saw that he had not grieved him nor separated him from God. Whith the second blow, he touched his flesh, but the brave athlete did not sin by any word that came out of his mouth in that either. In fact, he had within his heart that which is of God, and he drew on that source unceasingly.’

Hymns of Praise
Job, the Suffering Servant,
by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič

Ιώβ ο πολύαθλος_Job the Long-suffering_Иов Многострадальный_ΙΩΒ-555Tell me brother, what you are able to endure,
And how much of a man you are, I will tell you.
Job the righteous rich man and all glorious
By Satan, on a dunghill was thrown,
And with pus and sores covered,
To dogs and to men, a horrifying sight!
Whatever he had, in a day perished
Except faith and except patience.
But with the weapon of faith and patience
Job, the horrible Satan overcame.
The uneven struggle, God looked on,
To the righteous one, victory He imparted.
With victory, all other riches,
And the envious devil shamed.
The Prologue from Ohrid: Lives of Saints by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič

ΙΩΒ πολύαθλος_Job the Long-suffering_Иов Многострадальный_ ΓΚΡΑΤΣΑΝΙΤΣΑ2- - CopyHomily
on long-suffering Job
St. Nikolai Velimirovich

The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away (Job 1:21).

Brethren, let the righteous one fear nothing; all shall be well with him. [1] The whole of Sacred Scripture shows us that God will never forsake the righteous. The example of Job shows us this as clearly as the sun. Job had seven sons and three daughters; he had riches, respect among the people, and friends. And he lost all of this in one day. He did not grumble against God but fell down upon the ground and worshiped and said,

Naked came I out of my mother’s womb and naked shall I return thither (Job 1:20-21).

Then Job lost his health, the last of what he had, and his entire body, from the top of his head to the heels of his feet, was covered with sores and pus. And Job sat in ashes and lifted up praise to God. His wife tried to persuade him to renounce his God, but righteous Job said to her:
Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? (Job 2:10).

His friends reproached him, saying that he was sinful and proud in his understanding and righteousness before them, but Job humbly prayed to God and patiently endured all his wounds and misfortunes.

It happens today, as it did then, that when some misfortune befalls us, our neighbors consider themselves to be more intelligent and more righteous than we are. But the most wise God permitted all these misfortunes to fall on Job in order to test not only Job His servant but also his kinsmen and his friends. When each of them had shown what kind of person he was, when each of them had been tested before God, then God, with His almighty right hand, restored Job to health, returned twice as much wealth as He had taken away, and gave him again seven sons and three daughters.

He who has strong faith, brethren, has clear spiritual sight, so that he can see the finger of God in his prosperity as well as in his suffering. He who has strong faith also has great patience in suffering. When God gives to him, he gives thanks, and when God takes away, he blesses:
Blessed be the name of the Lord (Job 1:21).

O Lord, the God of the long-suffering and patient Job, teach us to bless Thy name in our sufferings.

To Thee be glory and praise forever. Amen.
[1] And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28) https://www.ellopos.net/elpenor/greek-texts/new-testament/romans/8.asp
The Prologue from Ohrid: Lives of Saints by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič


St. Sophia the Righteous, the “Ascetic of the Panagia”

Σοφία η εν Κλεισούρα_St. Sophia the Ascetic of Kleisoura_Св. Софии (Хотокуриди)_kleisoura~0“Sophia Saoulidi, the “ascetic of the Panagia”, was born in a village of Trebizond in Pontus of Asia Minor in 1883. Her asceticism began in Pontus on a mountain away from her relatives. It was there that one day Saint George appeared to her and warned her to notify the villagers of a coming persecution and to flee, and in this way she saved the village. 

She came to Greece in 1919 as an exile. when they arrived in Greece the Panagia appeared to her and said: “Come to my house.” Sophia asked: “Where are you and where is your house?” The Panagia responded: “I am in Kleisoura.” Therefore she went and settled at the Monastery of the Birth of the Theotokos in Kleisoura of Kastoria.

In 1967 Sophia became very sick and was in great pain. Her stomach had open sores that smelled. She took the pain courageously, saying: “The Panagia will come to take away my pain. She promised me.” Some Athenians have her on videotape explaining what happened soon thereafter:
The Panagia came with the Archangel Gabriel and Saint George, as well as other Saints. The Archangel said: ‘We will cut you now’. I said: ‘I am a sinner, I must confess, receive communion, then you can cut me’. ‘You will not die’, he said, ‘we are doing a surgery on you’, and he cut me open.”

As with many Saints, she had a special relationship with wild animals, especially with bears in the forest, but also with snakes and birds…
Eldress Sophia fell asleep in the Lord on May 6, 1974 and was buried on the grounds of the Monastery. She was well-known in Western Macedonia, and many who knew her come to pray at her tomb. Her relics are kept in the Monastery, and upon request to the nuns can be venerated by the faithful.”Σοφία η εν Κλεισούρα_St. Sophia the Ascetic of Kleisoura_Св. Софии (Хотокуриди)_031Repent, because the clouds of wrath of God have approaching the earth. Great evil is coming, comes from a lot of sin.

The fear of God makes a person wise. What is the fear of God? Not that one should be afraid of God, but to be afraid to sadden someone, to harm someone, to do them no wrong, and to not make accusations. This is wisdom. After all this, God will illumine you as to what to do in your life.

Panagia told me where, in the Holy Books of the chosen of my Son, it says everything that will occur in time. A third war will occur…Three-quarters of mankind will be destroyed…Only one-quarter will be saved…

Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on Your world, and later, on us!

Greece, if she keeps the faith, will be saved from the evil which is about to come. If, however, she does not keep the faith, she will be destroyed…All the demons will fall upon her…The evil will come and the wheat will be separated from the chaff, the sheep from the goats…

If the world repents, we will take back the City [Constantinople] with Love… If we do not repent, we will take it back with blood…

Have fear of God…Have Love…Have compassion.

Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on Your world, and later, on us!

Did you see? Did you hear? Shut your mouth!

“Let the mouth become basil and a rose.”

My soul is burning for Christ!

May you be well. May you have joy! Repent, my children…May you have prayer…day and night…wherever you walk, wherever you are found, wherever you are standing, always you should say: “My Christ, have mercy on me!” With a sweet tongue speak to God, that your prayer might reach Him.

Epistle of James 5,10-11: Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. 11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

Book of Job – Τo βιβλίο του Ιώβ

St. Tsar-Martyr Nicholas II Romanov of Russia ‘’I was born on 6 May, on the feast-day of St Job the Long-suffering…”. And all his life he was a Golgotha.

St. Ephraim the Great Martyr of Nea Makri said: “I will do many miracles, I will help many people, before the sufferings come!…before the misfortunes (calamities) come”

Paschal troparion or Christos anesti Tone 1

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!

Troparion to Righteous Job the Long-Suffering Tone 1

As an indestructible pillar of courage, you repulsed the attacks of Belial and remained unmoved in temptation. Therefore, O wise Job, the Church praises you as a model of endurance and an example of virtue; and she is made radiant by your great deeds.

Tone IV: Spec. Mel.: “Thou hast given a sign …”:

O blessed Job, thou wast known to be * righteous and guileless, * truthful, blameless and faithful, * abstaining from every evil thing, * truly adorned with the virtues * and resplendent in piety. * Wherefore, we call thee blessed * and, rejoicing, we celebrate today * thy holy and honored festival.

Arrayed in the riches of piety * as in a costly robe of purple, * and adorned with mercy and righteousness * as with a divine crown, * thou didst exercise dominion * over the tyrannical passions, * O blameless Job; * wherefore, thou hast passed over to the noetic kingdom, * to stand before the eternal King, O all-glorious one.

Righteous Job the Much-Suffering, Troparion, Tone I —

Seeing the richness of the virtues of Job,/ the enemy of the righteous plotted to steal them;/ yet though he broke down the tower of his body,/ he could not steal the treasure of his spirit;/ for he who, having stripped me naked, took me captive/ found the soul of the blameless one fully armed./ Wherefore, anticipating my need before the end, O Savior,// deliver me from the deceiver and save me.

Kontakion of the saint, in Tone VIII: Spec. Mel.: ”As the first-fruits …”:

Shown to be truthful and righteous, pious, blameless and sanctified, O most glorious one, thou true favorite of God, thou hast enlightened the world with thy patience, O most patient and valiant one. Wherefore, O thou who art divinely wise, we all hymn thy memory.

Irmos: Eve, through weakness, abode under the curse of disobedience; but thou, O Virgin Theotokos, hast put forth blessing for the world through the Offspring of thy child-bearing. Wherefore, we all magnify thee.

Job was worthily crowned with splendor for his patience; but thou, O Satan, the only enemy of the righteous, wast put to shame, for thine expectation proved in vain, and thou weepest and art downcast, unable to bear the crowning of the righteous one.

Gazing upon Thine immortal glory, insofar as it is possible for men to behold it, and seized with fear and trembling greatly, Job cried out with reverence: “I am dust and earth, but Thou art the Lord!” Wherefore, we all magnify thee.

The books of life have received thee as is meet, and the store-houses of heaven have taken thee in like ripe grain, and thou art full of the days of the Spirit, O blessed Job, favorite of the Lord. Wherefore, we all call thee blessed.

Triadicon: O worshipful Trinity our God, thou Unity in three Hypostases, all-holy and one in glory, thou hast shown Thyself to the world as light, life and incorruption. Save Thy servants from deception, that we may worship Thee with faith.

Theotokion: Thou hast been shown to be a receptacle of Wisdom far exceeding the mind, O all-immaculate Maiden, and an animate throne and gate; wherefore, virgins, loving thee as their Queen, O Virgin, have brought themselves forth, following in the train of thee, the divine Maiden.


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