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Tough years will come, but don’t be afraid. God does not forsake His children, he will protect them brazenly, if you don’t have anything to eat, you will wake up in the morning finding a loaf of bread on the table and you will say: “Where did this come from?” Don’t think about the future, everything is in God’s hands. Elder Ambrose Lazaris of Dadiou

Γέννηση του Ιησού Χριστού_ Рождество Христово_ Nativity of Christ-icon5792Prophet Sophonias (635 B.C.).
St. John the Hesychast, disciple of Saint Sabbas the Sanctified, former bishop of Colonia (454-558),
Saint George of Cernica Romania
New Martyr Angelis of Chios formerly a doctor of Argos (1813)
Saint George Sedov, Confessor (1960)

Commemorated December 3

Words of Eternal Life by Father Ambrose Lazaris of Dadiou

Towards the end of August 2001, someone asked him to pray to Saint Nektarios to help him and the Elder said:
“Let the Saint be, my child. He is now in America running to save lives”.
On September 11th, the disaster at the Twin Towers took place. Some months earlier he had seen what was going to happen and had warned that it was going to change history.
“A great evil will begin in America, and not just in September. Alas!”
He had given this warning to the Metropolitan of Sisaniou, Anthony, in one of the latter’s visits, in the presence of other people. However, he did not give any explanation.
“Your Eminence, wait and see what calamity will befall the Americans in two months.” (p. 119)

Αμβρόσιος Λάζαρης_Elder Ambrose of Dadiou_Старец Амвросий Лазарис_geron-amvrosios-07In 1990, he had said that the Lord will soon start revealing his Saints in front of people, because He wishes to strengthen mankind. Since temptations will be great and the trials unbearable, the Lord will instruct his Saints to show up, especially great Saints like Saint Demetrios or Saint George. People will hear that this Saint appeared in Crete this week, next week in Macedonia, the other one there, etc.

– Tough years will come, but don’t be afraid. God does not forsake His children, he will protect them brazenly.
– What do you mean, Elder?
– Well, if you don’t have anything to eat, you will wake up in the morning finding a loaf of bread on the table and you will say: “Where did this come from?” But you must have faith. Without faith, nothing happens.

Because very hard times are coming for mankind, God took certain people and made them officers.

Things will advance very rapidly. The devil will prevail. Whoever approaches him, he will strike and he will crush. He has no friends.

Whoever gets the mark (of the beast), will not find a moment of peace. You must acquire strong faith, by yourselves, with patience, with kindness, with fairness. We must not lose the faith! Have steadfast faith, and God will provide help. Without praying, we are doomed. Don’t think about the future, everything is in God’s hands. Read the Patristic texts every day a little and God will enlighten. Then your mind (nous) will grow stronger.

The Elder was speaking about the end of the world and was saying that it will only last as long as it takes to sing the Exapsalmos [the six Psalms at the beginning of Orthros]: a few minutes.
“At the time of our judgment, the angels will sing the Exapsalmos in the heavens. All the people, who will be alive at the time, will die simultaneously and immediately afterwards they will rise again. Everyone will possess their bodies, but without matter, they will take no room, each one of us will see the others’ bodies and we will all be 33 years old.

“The Lord will hold the Book of Life, the Gospel, and immediately we will move to the right or the left by ourselves, because we will know if we are destined to go to Paradise or not. That’s the reason why inside the church, the icon depicting Christ at the Throne of the Lord, is showing Him holding an open book without an oil candle. This means that there will be no mercy during His Second Coming. Whereas on the iconostasi, where all the icons are, His icon depicts Him holding a closed book and on top there is an oil candle burning. This means that we are still living in the hour of mercy.”

“You must be careful because the Evil One is setting traps. Do not laugh! He is next to us and you cannot see him. Listen to what I am saying to you. Do not stop praying!
“The Devil pushes people to commit a sin and then he scares them off and they are embarrassed to confess it.
“I went to Hell for 15 minutes and I thought I was there for three hours.”

Αμβρόσιος Λάζαρης_Elder Ambrose of Dadiou_Старец Амвросий Лазарис_images“The prayer “Lord, have mercy” is like a sword which cuts the Devil in half.”
Poor people! Both monks and laymen! We are living during the difficult times, but the struggle is a struggle. You must not stop struggling, not even for a second. You must fight until the end. Then at the last minute, the Lord, who awards people the wreath, will give you not the futile possessions of this life, but will make you worthy of reigning in His Kingdom! Forever! Not just for a thousand or a hundred thousand years.‘Forever’ means it has no end.”

Malice is the worst sin and we cannot have any excuses. It must be expelled from inside us.
The Saints also committed sins, but they were sanctified. As human beings, they have also committed trespasses, but they were sanctified.

 Out of the 10 million Greeks, the 2 million will be saved, because they are steadfast. Why, did you see what you’re telling me? You won’t change course the way you are, even if they chop your head off. That’s how those 2 million of the Greeks are.
But the 8 million that the wolf took and choked, where are they? You really don’t know what corruption exists inside Greece. An unimaginable catastrophe, both of the spirit and of the body.

St John the Silent (the Hesychast) disciple of Saint Sabbas the Sanctified, former bishop of Colonia, Will I be saved? This question should torment every one of us..

I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee… St John the Silent bishop of Colonia of St Sabbas Monastery

Apolytikion in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone

You are a guide of Orthodoxy, a teacher of piety and modesty, a luminary of the world, the God inspired pride of monastics. O wise John, you have enlightened everyone by your teachings. You are the harp of the Spirit. Intercede to Christ our God for the salvation of our souls.

Troparion St. Ambrosios Lazaris of Dadiou In Tone VIII:

   In thee, O Father, the image of God was preserved unspoiled, * for taking up thy Cross, and following Christ, * thou didst teach by thine own example to despise the flesh as transient, * that we should rather bestow upon the immortal soul particular care; * wherefore, together with the Angels, thy most pure spirit rejoiceth, O venerable Ambrosios.