Just as Christ trampled down death with His death, so the holy brothers, faithful to their cross, trampled through their passion-bearing upon the law of this world, in which enmity and strife, discord, pride and self-exaltation, obstinacy and stubbornness, and touchiness reign.
What advice can we give to a person who is getting ready to fast properly for the first time in his life and to pass through the time of Great Lent with austerity? What does he need to be cautious about and to what should he pay particular attention?
“Today is radiantly adorned the most glorious city of Moscow”—so begins the main hymn of the fеast in honor of this icon. But how can a city be adorned in which sin and vice coexist next to the walls of our churches, and the temptation of sin and the pride of life are openly exhibited as the height of happiness of which man should dream in this life?
And they took the first step of life in the Church when they accepted with their whole hearts the truth that all people are in sin and under the power of sin, and thus the freedom from sin that makes man perfect, wondrous, pious, meek and a friend of God is brought to pass through the fulfillment of the words of the Holy Gospel.Which words?