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August 3, 2016 + The Expulsion of Sorrow

by St. John of Kronstadt

Wherever I am, as soon as I raise the eyes of my heart in my affliction to God, the Lover of men immediately answers my faith and prayer, and the sorrow immediately departs. He is at every time and every hour near me, only I do not see it, but I feel it vividly in my heart. Sorrow is the death of the heart, and it is a falling away from God. The expansion, the peace of heart through lively faith in Him, prove more clearly than the day, that God is constantly present near me, and that He dwells within me. What intercessor or angel can set us free from our sins or sorrows? None, but God alone. This is from experience.

From My Life in Christ


Venerable Isaac the Ascetic

Troparion, Tone 4

O God of our Fathers, always always act with kindness towards us; take not Your mercy from us, but guide our lives in peace through the prayers of Venerable Isaac, Dalmatus, and Faustus.

Kontakion, Tone 2

Through asceticism you shone like lights in the world and by your faith you overthrew heresies. We praise you with hymns, Isaac, Dalmatus, and Faustus, as servants of Christ who are praying for us all.

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