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September 24, 2014 + True Righteousness, and Pride, are Antithetical

by Abba Arsenius
from the Sayings of the Desert Fathers

[Arsenius] saw a temple and two men on horseback, opposite one another, carrying a piece of wood crosswise. They wanted to go in through the door, but could not because they held their piece of wood crosswise. Neither of them would draw back before the other, so as to carry the wood straight; so they remained outside the door. A voice said to the old man, "These men carry the yoke of righteousness with arrogance, and do not humble themselves and walk in the humble way of Christ. So they remain outside the kingdom of God.

Priest Joseph Lucas, The Prayer of the Publican, Orthodox Research Institute, Rollinsford, NH, 2011, p.64, taken from Ward, Benedicta Ward, The Sayings of the Desert Fathers: The Alphabetical Collection, p. 15-16.

 

 

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Synaxis of All Saints of Alaska

Troparion, Tone 4

Today Alaska rejoices and America celebrates, for the new world has been sanctified by martyrdom Kodiak echoes with songs of thanksgiving, Iliamna and Kenai observe the festival of faith. The Apostle and martyr Juvenaly is glorified, and Peter the Aleut is exalted by his voluntary sacrifice. In their devotion and love for the Lord they willingly endured persecution and death for the Truth, now in the Kingdom of Heaven they intercede for our souls!

Kontakion, Tone 4

Today Valaam joins Alaska in celebrating this joyous feast, as her spiritual son Juvenaly embraces the new martyr Peter with love. Together they suffered for the Lord in America and united the old world with the new by their voluntary sacrifice. Now forever they stand before the King of glory and intercede for our souls.