Love for God is this

LOVE for God is this: to choose Him rather than the world, and the soul rather than the flesh, by despising the things of this world and by devoting ourselves constantly to Him through self-control, love, prayer, psalmody and so on.

St Maximus the Confessor, “Four Hundred Texts On Love”, Third Century, §50. Translation by Sherrard, Palmer, and Ware in “The Philokalia”, Vol. II.

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An icon of St Paul the Apostle

An icon of St Paul the Apostle: “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men ... for ye serve the Lord Christ”.

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PUT on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.

Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God; And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

St Paul, Epistle to the Colossians 3:12-24.

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Psalms 1-3, chanted in Romanian, with Alleluias

BLESSED is the man who has not walked in the counsel of the ungodly, and has not stood in the way of sinners, and has not sat in the seat of evil men. But his pleasure is in the law of the Lord; and in his law will he meditate day and night. (Ps 1:1-2)

Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice in him with trembling. Accept correction, lest at any time the Lord be angry, and ye should perish from the righteous way: whensoever his wrath shall be suddenly kindled, blessed are all they that trust in him. (Ps 2:11-12)

Many say concerning my soul, There is no deliverance for him in his God. But thou, O Lord, art my helper: my glory, and the one that lifts up my head. I cried to the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy mountain. (Ps 3:2-4)

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