"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need." Hebrews 4:14f Verses From Vespers on Great and Holy Friday. “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” “My Father, if this canno
We must have our gaze fixed on heaven. Then nothing here can shake us. "Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me. Ps. 49:15 Priest Dimitry Vidumkin The beginning of comfort in times of sorrow is recognizing in the trial - God's visit, His very presence. When tribulations come of their own accord, do not fear them. Do not think they came by chance or coincidence. No. They are engulfed by the incomprehensible Providence and Love of
The Bright Resurrection of Christ! The Passover (Pascha) of the Lord. He has led us from death to life by means of His resurrection. "...trampling down death - by death..." "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkn
Is to bear all suffering. Whether it comes from nature, indolence, sins, or people. Elder Ephraim Since we desire to live a Christ-like life, we are obligated to submit to God’s will because all things come from God. And since they are from God – and thus are the Divine Will – the heavenly Father commands them. Shall we not obey? Shall we not cry out with the blessed Job. “As it seemed good to the Lord, so it has come to pass. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Through pa
...though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me... Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the House of the Lord forever...