Matins Gospel Reading:
The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple
The Fast of the Nativity is the Church's wise solace and aid to human infirmity. We are a forgetful people, but our forgetfulness is not unknown to God; and our hearts with all their misconceptions and weakened understandings are not unfamiliar to the Holy Spirit who guides and sustains this Church. We who fall far from God through the magnitude of our sin, are called nonetheless to be close to Him. We who run afar off are called to return. Read more...
"When you pray, try to let the prayer reach your heart; in other words, it is necessary that your heart should feel what you are talking about in your prayer, that it should wish for the blessing for which you are asking.... Observe, during prayer, whether your heart is in accord with that which you are saying." - St. John of Kronstadt
This year, Holy Pascha was celebrated on April 16th. In 2024, Holy Pascha will be celebrated on May 5th.
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Prayer to Our Lord by Monk Antiochus of Pandectis
Grant us, O Master, repose of body and soul as we go to sleep, and preserve us from the gloomy sleep of sin and from every dark and passionate pleasure of the night. Quell the attacks of the passions; quench the fiery darts of the veil one which are treacherously directed against us. Put down the rebellions of our flesh, and lull to sleep our every earthly and material thought. And grant us, O God, a wakeful mind, a chaste thought, a sober heart, and gentle sleep, free from every satanic fantasy. Raise us up at the hour of prayer, confirmed in Your commandments and having with ourselves a steadfast remembrance of Your judgments. Grant us to hymn Your glory all the night long, that we may sing, bless and glorify Your most honorable and majestic Name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.
Sayings From The Church Fathers
The kingdom of heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force' (Matt. 11:12), since it is 'through many tribulations that we must enter the kingdom' (Acts 14:22) of heaven. The 'kingdom of heaven' consists in partaking of the Holy Spirit, for this is what the saying 'The kingdom of heaven is within you' (Luke 17:21) means. So we must endeavor to receive the Holy Spirit within ourselves and to keep Him.
- St. Symeon the New Theologian, from The Discourses: VI, no. 4; Paulist Press pg. 122
Occupy yourself with reading with a calm spirit, so that your mind may be constantly raised up to contemplation of the wondrous acts of God, lifted, as it were, by some hand outstretched to it. " Abba Evagrius
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