Archive for March, 2007

Great Lent Week Five

Sts. Zosimus and Mary of Egypt

This is the part of Lent where things can get tough. The initial fervor wears off and you’re left with nothing but work.

Then, just in time, we sing the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete and review the life of St. Mary of Egypt.

If you’ve not read the life of St. Mary of Egypt, you should do so now. Here’s the link to the complete text on Monachos.net http://www.monachos.net/library/Mary_of_Egypt,_Complete_Life_by_Patriarch_Sophronius_of_Jerusalem

An extraordinary recounting of an extraordinary individual, is it not?

Reading the Great Canon, I experience a variety of emotions, from great sorrow and remorse, to joy. I am sorrowful as I know that I must join Holy Mary’s lament of her sin. For I too find myself spotted and stained by the shameful desires of the world. I cannot stand before God and expect anything except judgment.

But I am joyful, because I have the reassurance of the ages, knowing that holy ancestors such as King David succumbed to great sin, and yet received great forgiveness. How can I be prideful in my fallen nature and say “my sin is too great”. Is anything impossible for God?

And let us also give glory to God, the eternal King, that He may grant us too His mercy in the day of judgment for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord, to Whom belongs all glory, honour, dominion and adoration with the Eternal Father and the Most Holy and Life-giving Spirit, now and always, and throughout all ages. Amen. –Prayer of Patriarch Sophronius of Jerusalem


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