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Entreat God to grant you the grace of the Holy Spirit.

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Tomorrow, we will celebrate the Vespers of Holy Pentecost, with the wonderful "prayers on bended knee". The following excerpt from Reflections of a Humble Heart  (pp. 93-4) is an excellent preparation for this service.

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"Therefore, on the day of the Feast of Holy Pentecost, when, brother, reverently and on bended knee, you listen to the prayers uttered by the priest speaking for an on behalf of his flock, be sure what it is you are praying for. On this day the Holy Spirit is clearly pleasant in the Church and He hears your prayers! For this reason, brother, concentrate, consider beforehand and reflect on just what it is you are going to ask God. Possibly you have many sorrows and troubles weighing upon your heart, and you want to ask God to resolve these difficulties and to help you. Pray for this. But, what is of infinitely greater importance and priority, you should entreat God to grant you the grace of the Holy Spirit and to fill your soul to overflowing, to exhaustion. In other words, you must ask that He receive you, while still in this life, into the Kingdom of Heaven, that He grant you the pledge and beginning of future, eternal delight. I will even add that this alone should be your entreaty on that day. But the flesh is weak, and according to your weakness ask God, if you wish, concerning your earthly affairs as well. God will hearken to you, as it is written: The Lord will hear thee in the day of affliction (Ps 19:2). But do not forget, on no account must you forget that the most important of your requests must be to receive the grace of the Holy Spirit. Know, brother, that if you receive this gift, you will have no need of anything else, nor will you desire anything more, because the Holy Spirit is a Treasury filled with good things beyond measure."

This Holy Spirit we must seek and must earn. St. Hilary of Poitiers

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009


Let us therefore make use of this great benefit, and seek for personal experience of this most needful Gift. For the Apostle says, in words I have already cited, `But we have not received the spirit of this world, but the Spirit which is of God, that we may know the things that are given unto us by God.’


We receive Him, then, that we may know. Faculties of the human body, if denied their exercise, will lie dormant. The eye without light, natural or artificial, cannot fulfill its office; the ear will be ignorant of its function unless some voice or sound be heard; the nostrils unconscious of their purpose unless some scent be breathed.


Not that the faculty will be absent, because it is never called into use, but that there will be no experience of its existence.


So, too, the soul of man, unless through faith it have appropriated the gift of the Spirit, will have the innate faculty of apprehending God, but be destitute of the light of knowledge.


That Gift, which is in Christ, is One, yet offered, and offered fully, to all; denied to none, and given to each according to the measure of his willingness to receive; its stores the richer, the more earnest the desire to earn them. This gift is with us unto the end of the world, the solace of our waiting, the assurance, by the favors which He bestows, of the hope that shall be ours, the light of our minds, the sun of our souls.


This Holy Spirit we must seek and must earn, and then hold fast by faith and obedience to the commands of God. St. Hilary of Poitiers, On the Trinity, Book II


The Holy Spirit. Cleanse thy vessel. Spiritual Work. St Cyril, St Anthony the Great.

Sunday, June 7th, 2009



Cleanse thy vessel, that thou mayest receive grace more abundantly. For though remission of sins is given equally to all, the communion of the Holy Ghost is bestowed in proportion to each man’s faith. If thou hast labored little, thou receivest little; but if thou hast wrought much, the reward is great. Thou art running for thyself, see to thine own interest. First Catechetical Lecture Of Our Holy Father Cyril, Archbishop Of Jerusalem, To Those Who Are To Be Enlightened, Delivered Extempore At Jerusalem, As An Introductory Lecture To Those Who Had Come Forward For Baptism


In my opinion the grace of the Holy Spirit most readily fills those who undertake spiritual work wholeheartedly and determine from the very beginning to stand firm and never to give ground to the enemy in no matter what battle, until they conquer him.


However, the Holy Spirit, Who has called them, at first makes all things easy for them, in order thus to sweeten the beginning of the work of repentance, and only later shows them its ways in their full truth (arduousness).


Helping them in all things, He impresses on them what works of repentance they should undertake, and lays down the form and limits both as regards the body and the soul, until He brings them to complete conversion to God, their Creator. For this purpose He constantly urges them to give exertion to body and soul in order that both alike, being equally sanctified, should equally become worthy heirs of eternal life; to exert the body in constant fasting, work and frequent vigils, and the soul, in spiritual exercises and diligence in all forms of service (and obediences) performed through the body.


This (to do nothing carelessly, but always with care and the fear of God) should be zealously observed in all work done with the body, if we wish it to bear fruit. St Anthony the Great, "Early Fathers from the Philokalia," translated by E. Kadloubovsky and G.E.H. Palmer, (London: Faber & Faber, 1981), pp. 39-40


Synergy and the Holy Spirit – St Symeon the New Theologion

Saturday, June 6th, 2009


A house roof is held up by the foundations and the rest of the building, and the foundation and the rest of the building are laid to hold the roof – since both are necessary and useful – and neither is the roof built without the foundations and the rest of the house, nor can foundations and walls without roof make a building fit to live in.


So it is with the soul: the grace of the Holy Spirit is preserved by keeping the commandments, and the keeping of the commandments is the foundation laid for receiving the gifts of God’s grace.


Neither does the grace of the Holy Spirit remain in us without our obeying the commandments, nor can obeying the commandments be useful and salutary without Divine grace.


St. Simeon the New Theologian (Practical and Theological Precepts no. 95, Writings from the Philokalia on Prayer of the Heart; Faber and Faber pg. 119)


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The Holy Spirit – Gleanings from the Holy Fathers

Friday, June 5th, 2009


Pentecost is almost upon us. I have posted many things about Pentecost this week, and actually have lots more. Maybe I will get to sending those things, but in the meantime, I want to post something form the Holy Fathers abut the Holy Spirit – a selection each day for a few/many days.

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But when the Holy Spirit dwells in the heart of a person, He shows him all his inner poverty and weakness, and the corruption of his heart and soul, and his separation from God; and with all his virtues and righteousness. He shows him his sins, his sloth and indifference regarding the salvation and good of people his self-seeking in his apparently most disinterested virtues, his coarse selfishness even where he does not suspect it.


To be brief, the Holy Spirit shows him everything as it really is.


Then a person begins to have true humility, begins to lose hope in his own powers and virtues, regards himself as the worst of men. And when a person humbles himself before Jesus Christ Who alone is Holy in the glory of God the Father, he begins to repent truly, and resolves never again to sin but to live more carefully.


And if he really has some virtues, then he sees clearly that he practiced and practices them only with the help of God, and therefore he begins to put his trust only in God. St. Innocent of Irkutsk, Indication of the Way Into the Kingdom of Heaven


Audio talk on: Prayers of the church, O Heavenly King

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008


O Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, Who art everywhere present and fillest all things, Treasury of good things and Giver of life: Come and dwell in us, and cleanse us of all impurity, and save our souls, O Good One.

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17th Saturday after Pentecost – Matthew 25:1-13 – Parable Of The Ten Virgins

Sunday, January 27th, 2008


The Parable of the Ten Virgins is also appointed for Holy Equal to the Apostles Nina, Enlightener of Georgia. She is remembered Jan 14/27. This day fell on a Sunday in 2008.

Matthew 25:1-13 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. {2} And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. {3} They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: {4} But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. {5} While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. {6} And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. {7} Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. {8} And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. {9} But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. {10} And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. {11} Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. {12} But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. {13} Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

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