June 5, 2013 + About the Justification of Almsgiving
Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich
The Prologue from Ohrid
"Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do it" (Proverbs 3:27).
The Lord does not deny you that which you need, neither should you deny the man whom the Lord has sent to encounter you in order to test your heart. If a beggar extends his hand to you for help once in your life, give to him and do not refuse. Remember how many years there are in your life and how many are the hours in a day and how many are the minutes in an hour-every minute of so many, many thousands of days you extend your hand to the Lord and the Lord gives and does not refuse. Remember the mercy of God and your lack of mercy will burn you as a live coal and it will never give you any peace until you repent and soften your heart.
Do not ever say: "These beggars annoy me!" So many millions of men live on earth and all are beggars before the Lord; emperors as well as laborers, the wealthy as well as servants, all are beggars before the Lord and the Lord never said: "These beggars annoy me!" O man, give thanksgiving to God that someone seeks something good from you, be it material, or spiritual! This means that you are a man of God's trust: God has entrusted some of His goods to you because all goods belong to God. Show yourself worthy of this trust, show yourself worthy in lesser things so that you may be entrusted with greater things.
O Lord, most rich, soften our hearts and enlighten our understanding that we may be merciful in the goods which You, the All-merciful, have entrusted to us.
To You be glory and thanks always. Amen.
Hieromartyr Dorotheus the Bishop of Tyre
O Dorotheus, wise hierarch of Christ, you received the light of wisdom as a gift from the Father of lights. You increased the talents given to you and in your old age contested beyond the bounds of nature. And now, O Hieromartyr, you even intercede for our souls!
Kontakion, Tone 3
By preaching Orthodox doctrine, O Hieromartyr, you offered yourself as a godly and holy gift. First you excelled in asceticism and then in the contest of martyrdom, attaining the victor’s prize from Christ our God!
Kontakion, Tone 5
You were resplendent, O blessed Dorotheus, with virtues brighter than the sun and with your sufferings! You shine forth and enlighten the land, dispelling the darkness of idolatry and base heresy. Therefore, we celebrate your memory with splendor!