You are to “take my yoke upon you, and learn from me.” You are not learning from me how to refashion the fabric of the world, nor to create all things visible and invisible, nor to work miracles and raise the dead. Rather, you are simply learning of me: “that I am meek and lowly in heart.” If you wish to reach high, then begin at the lowest level. If you are trying to construct some mighty edifice in height, you will begin with the lowest foundation. This is humility. However great the mass of the building you may wish to design or erect, the taller the building is to be, the deeper you will dig the foundation. The building in the course of its erection rises up high, but he who digs its foundation must first go down very low. So then, you see even a building is low before it is high and the tower is raised only after humiliation.
O Jesus my Lord, Who became man and graced us with the beauty of Your life and with the example of faith, purity and love; help me, I pray, to love You with all my mind, heart and soul, and to live according to Your teachings. Strengthen me when temptations strike, that I may remain pure in thought and steadfast in virtue, doing only things that are pleasing to You. Guide me to live Your will and not my own as I look to the future. Grant me faith, courage and love, that I may serve You in holiness all the days of my life, through the prayers of the Theotokos and of all the Saints. Amen.
Join us this evening at 5:30 pm when we celebrate Great Vespers for the Feast of The Annunciation and Greek Independence Day!
You are invited to strengthen your soul tonight for your Lenten journey. Our second Pre-Sanctified Liturgy is scheduled for this evening at 5:30 PM followed by a Lenten meal sponsored by Keith Mallory and Peter Gianopoulos of Matanza Beer Kitchen. We will be discussing the first two chapters of our book Thirty Steps To Heaven.
If planning to receive Communion, please fast from all food from noon till the Eucharist tonight.
You should wish for your affairs to turn out, not as you think best, but according to God’s will. Then you will be undisturbed and thankful in your prayer.
Saint Evagrios the Solitary