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Τίτλος:Lay not up Treasures on Earth, but in Heaven
Συγγραφέας: St John Maximovich
Κατηγορία:Λειτουργικό Ἔτος
Θέμα: Προσευχή, Νηστεία, Ἄσκηση, Μεγάλη Τεσσαρακοστή
Πηγή/Έκδοση:www.stmaryofegypt.org
Χρ.Έκδοσης:
Ἐννόημα
! Everything virtuous done by a man is written in the soul and will not be taken from him.
 
! Ιn spiritual life there are times of special attention to what is needful for the soul. Such is Great Lent - a time of special attention, examination, of the freeing of spiritual forces.
 
! This is the most important thing, for a soul to be able to accept the grace of God, so that those treasures will be stored up in the soul, which will not be taken from it.
 
Lay not up Treasures on Earth, but in Heaven
St John Maximovich



Lay not up Treasures on Earth, but in Heaven where Nothing is Lost

The Lord speaks to all people of all times and races, and tells them something clear and well-known. Today a person is alive, but tomorrow he dies and everything that he has is lost to him. But the soul, which moves the body, continues to live and it is either comforted and happy, or sad and burdened. Man is created thus; the body must live as the soul desires. At the moment of death the soul continues to live without the body. Everything will perish except that which the soul has gathered through love and prayer. Everything virtuous done by a man is written in the soul and will not be taken from him. While a person is alive, he finds himself paying attention to many things: clothing, health, his job, studies. There are times when he is concerned only with the thought of war or a failed harvest - of everything that is necessary for life on earth.

So, too, in spiritual life there are times of special attention to what is needful for the soul. Such is Great Lent - a time of special attention, examination, of the freeing of spiritual forces. Fasting is established by the Holy Spirit. Righteous men, striving towards God, through life experience came to know the meaning of fasting and bear witness that without fasting there can be no spiritual life. All the various attacks of the devil, all his temptations, everything concerning the diabolic world, is cast aside -becomes powerless and is shamed-when a person firmly follows the words of the Saviour Himself, the Lord Jesus Christ: " .. . This kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting" (Matt. 17:21).

Now is a time of fasting, a suitable time for cleansing the soul. This is the most important thing, for a soul to be able to accept the grace of God, so that those treasures will be stored up in the soul, which will not be taken from it. And then the path of its life will be straight; in the soul there will be peace and joy.

"Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me."
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Ἡ Θεία Λειτουργία

Ἡ Ἐκκλησία εἶναι ὁ λαὸς τοῦ Θεοῦ, καὶ ἑπομένως ἡ θεία Λειτουργία, σὰν δημόσιο ἔργο, γίνεται γιὰ τὸ λαὸ τοῦ Θεοῦ ἀπὸ τὸν ἴδιο τὸ λαό. Γιατί δὲν λειτουργοῦν μόνοι τους οὔτε μυστικὰ οἱ ἱερεῖς τῆς Ἐκκλησίας, ἀλλὰ κάθε φορὰ ὁ λαὸς τοῦ Θεοῦ μὲ τοὺς ἱερεῖς του τελοῦν τὴ θεία Λειτουργία. Ὅταν λέμε λαὸς τοῦ Θεοῦ, δὲν ἐννοοοῦμε χωριστά τοὺς λαϊκοὺς ἀπὸ τοὺς κληρικούς, ἀλλὰ καὶ τοὺς λαϊκοὺς καὶ τοὺς κληρικοὺς· ὅλοι μαζὶ καὶ λαϊκοὶ καὶ κληρικοὶ εἴμαστε ὁ λαὸς τοῦ Θεοῦ.