Friday, January 19, 2007

Dragons are there... but there too is God

On January 19 the Church remembers Saint Makarios the Great, one of the most important teachers of the spiritual life from the fourth and fifth centuries.

An excerpt from one of his homilies:

"The heart itself is but a small vessel, yet dragons are there, and there are also lions; there are poisonous beasts and all the treasures of evil. There are rough and uneven roads; there are precipices; but there too is God, the angels, life and the Kingdom, light and the apostles, the heavenly cities and treasures of grace. All things are within it."

Troparion - Tone 1

Dweller of the desert and angel in the body
you were shown to be a wonder-worker, our God-bearing Father Macarius.
You received heavenly gifts through fasting, vigil, and prayer:
healing the sick and the souls of those drawn to you by faith.
Glory to Him who gave you strength!
Glory to Him who granted you a crown!
Glory to Him who through you grants healing to all!

For more on Saint Makarios, visit the website of the Orthodox Church in America.