Gazing upon our heart’s desire

WE, O much-loved little souls, not knowing or rather indifferent to the forms of the outside world, and various human customs and ways of thinking, fix our gaze uninterruptedly on the cross of our Christ, upon which the world is crucified to us, and we are crucified to the world, and one desire remains to us, one longing and goal and world and treasure and glory and remission and movement and energy, our Christ.

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi, in a Letter of September 10-13, 1982. See the original at Γέροντες της εποχής μας.


O GOD and Lord of Powers, and Maker of all creation, who in the compassion of thy mercy beyond imagining, sent down thine only-begotten Son, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, for the salvation of our race, and through his precious Cross tore up the record of our sins, and by it triumphed over the principalities and powers of darkness; do thou thyself, O Master, who loveth mankind, accept also our supplications of thanksgiving and entreaty; and deliver us from destroying and dark transgression, and from all our foes, visible and invisible, who seek our injury.

Nail down our flesh through fear of thee, and let not our hearts incline to words or thoughts of evil, but wound our souls with longing for thee; that we, ever gazing upon thee and guided by the light that comes forth from thee, beholding thee, the unapproachable and everlasting light, may ascribe unto thee confession and thanksgiving, unto the Father without beginning, with thine only-begotten Son and thine all-holy, good and life-giving Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

A Prayer of St Basil the Great, closing the Sixth Hour.