Open the fountain of tears

St Nikolai Velimirovic

St Nikolai Velimirovic

TRULY, the penitent is not one who laments over the evil deed he has committed, but one who laments over all the evil deeds that he is capable of committing.

A wise landowner not only cuts the thornbush that has pricked him, but every thornbush on the field that is waiting to prick him.

O my Lord, make haste to show a new way to every penitent, after he scorns his old way.

O heavenly Mother, Bride of the All-Holy Spirit, bow down toward our heart, when we repent. Open the fountain of tears within us, that we may wash away the heavy clay, that saddens our eyes.

O All-Holy Spirit, blow and disperse the unclean stench from the soul of the penitent that has been choking him, and lead him to repentance.

We bow down and beseech You, O Life-giving and Mighty Spirit!

St Nikolai of Ochrid (+ March 18, 1956), “Prayers By The Lake”, XVIII. From St Luke’s Orthodox Mission. More about St Nikolai at Wikipedia.

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