In essence being God, most-compassionate Master, You assumed human nature without transmutation. Fulfilling the Law, of Your own will You accepted circumcision in the flesh, to bring an end to the shadow, and to remove the passions that cover us. Glory to Your benevolence, O Lord; glory to Your compassion; glory to Your inexpressible condescension, O Word.
“Have you not heard Paul saying, “You keep days and months and seasons and years; I fear lest I have laboured in vain for you”? Otherwise it is of the most extreme folly that from one day, if it be fortunate, to expect this from the whole year; but it is not of folly alone, rather this is the judgment of diabolical activity, not to entrust the things of our life to our own haste and eagerness, but to cycles of the days.
On the Feast of the Entry of the Most-holy Mother of God into the Temple of Solomon (21st November), we shall sing the Christmas hymn: “Christ is born, give glory! Christ comes from heaven, go to meet Him! Christ is on earth, be exalted!” The Church invites us to praise Christ from the bottom of our hearts, for He “made Himself nothing, taking on the form of a servant, and coming in the likeness of men” (Phil. 2:7); He emptied His divinity to become one with His creation.
After His Baptism by John in the Jordan Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness, which is an icon/symbol of the world-a battleground. That’s why the Epistle for the Saturday after Epiphany is Ephesians 6:1-17 where Saint Paul teaches about the Armor of God and fighting the forces of evil. No one, […]