Tuesday, 19 March 2013

The Holy and Great Fast

Fully Bathed in the Light of the Resurrection
“Walk as children of light” • “he that loveth his brother abideth in the light”
(Ephesians 5:8; I St. John 2:19)
Let us rediscover the true meaning of of asceticism:
• a joyous rejection of what is beyond what one needs • the sharing of what
is excess with the poor • the continuous glorification and appreciation of God
a Godly orientation “towards the Other”—towards our Lord, our brother,
towards all creation—with reverence and dutifully.
Let us not forget
: • without love, no act of asceticism will lead us
to the Great Encounter, to the Nuptial Mystery of our union with Christ. . .!
• We will be brought to judgment first and foremost “for negligence in things virtuous
and for not having loved our neighbor.”
The Holy Ascetic Saint Theodore
dwelled atop a pillar (as a Stylite) for forty-eight years.
• To his naive question about is “future recompense,” a Holy Angel informed him:
“It will be the same as the recompense of a certain actor in Damascus,
who gave away all of his possessions to a poor woman. . .!”

“The Devil does not eat, drink, or marry. . . .!
• And he, who is technically the greatest ascetic,
is not, for all that, any less a demon”!
Let us constantly direct our asceticism towards its main purpose:
• purity of the heart and its • receptivity to love, that it might be
filled with the Light of the Resurrection!
March 4, 2013 (Old Style), Sunday of Cheesefare
† Bishop Cyprian of Oreoi
Acting President of the Holy Synod in Resistance