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Venerable Silouan of Athos (September 24)

The Spirit of God teaches us to love all that exists, and the soul feels compassion for each being, and also loves enemies and pities demons, because in their fall they were detached from the good." Compassion makes no exceptions. "There are people who wish damnation and the torments in the fire of hell for their enemies or enemies of the Church. They think in this way because they haven’t learned from the Holy Spirit to love God. He who has learned love weeps for the whole world! You say, 'Let him burn in the fire of hell!' But I ask you, 'If God gave you a good place in Paradise and that from there you could see in the fire the man to whom you wished this torment, wouldn’t you feel pity for him, whoever he is, even if he is an enemy to the Church?' Or do you have a heart of metal?"

The saint felt so much pity and compassion for those who have to endure the sufferings of hell because he had himself experienced the beatitude of Paradise and the dreadful wretchedness of hell, and he knew the painful distance that separated both. For him, the love of enemies implies wishing and doing good to them. He who loves his enemies wants what is best for them—that they should repent, know God, and obtain the grace of salvation. "We must only have one thought," says St. Silouan "that all be saved."

Another factor of the love of enemies on which St. Silouan insists is prayer. "It is a great work in God’s eyes to pray for those who offend us and who make us suffer." For the starets, prayer for and love of enemies are intimately connected. "The Lord has given on earth the Holy Spirit who teaches the soul to love our enemies and to pray for them…. Lord, teach us through your Holy Spirit to love our enemies and to pray for them with tears…. Lord, as You prayed for your enemies, teach us also, through the Holy Spirit, to love our enemies…. The soul that has been taught to pray by the grace of God loves with compassion all creatures, and especially man."

Prayer indeed awakens in us love for our enemies, and at the same time results from love and is a witness to it. Prayer not only awakens the love of enemies, the love of enemies awakens prayer.

- from Jean-Claude Larchet in "St Silouan: On the Love of Enemies"


SERVICE SCHEDULE

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Schedule of Services
Monday
, September 25
6:15 p.m. Vespers

Tuesday, September 26
St. John the Theologian
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Wednesday
, September 27
6:15 p.m. Vespers

Thursday, September 28
8:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Saturday, September 30
5:00 p.m. Great Vespers @ Cathedral

Sunday, October 1
17th Sunday after Pentecost

Protection of the Holy Theotokos

7:30 a.m. Matins @ Cathedral
8:30 a.m. Chrismation @ Cathedral
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom @ Cathedral

 



NOTE: Elevators available at both the Cathedral and the Parish Center.

This Week's Event
Monday
, September 25
Parish Center Closed
6:00 p.m. Festival Meeting

Tuesday, September 26
Festival Prepping
8:00 a.m. Coring cabbage for Holubki
6:00 p.m. Stretchercise
7:00 p.m. Balalaika Rehearsal

Wednesday, September 27
Festival Prepping
9:00 a.m. Holubki making for Festival
7:00 p.m. Choir

Thursday, September 28
Festival Prepping
9:00 a.m. Holubki making for Festival
7:00 p.m. Male Choir Rehearsal

Friday
, September 29
Festival Prepping
NO Perohi Sales
5-9:00 p.m. Taste of Northeast Festival

Saturday, September 30
11-8:00 p.m. Taste of Northeast Festival

Sunday, October 1
11:00 a.m. Church School @ Parish Center
11:00 a.m. Set-up for Icon Workshop @ Gym
6:00 p.m. Icon Workshop @ Gym


















 


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