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October 8, 2014 + He Who Tends to His Own Vices is Incapable of Condemning His Brother

On seeing someone sinning, a holy man wept bitterly and said: "He has fallen today, and I will surely fall tomorrow; he will assuredly repent, but as for myself, I am not sure if I will repent."

The Evergetinos: A Complete Text, Vol. 3, Edited and Translated by Archbp. Chrysostomos and Hieromonk Patapios, Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies, 2008, p. 12.










Venerable Pelagia the Penitent

Troparion, Tone 8

The image of God was truly preserved in you, O Mother, for you took up the Cross and followed Christ. By so doing doing you taught us to disregard the flesh for it passes away but to care instead for the soul, since it is immortal. Therefore your spirit, venerable Pelagia, rejoices with the angels.

Kontakion, Tone 2

You wore out your body through fasting, vigils, and prayer beseeching the Creator to completely forgive your deeds. You achieved this, holy Mother Pelagia, thereby showing us the way to repentance.