Each day let us consider the heavenly treasure we have gained

BUT lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.

Matthew 6:20

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AS many times as the enemy attacks you either through passion or through sadness or despondency or despair, immediately grab the weapon of prayer, and you shall see how much it disappears and not even a trace of it remains.

An icon of the All-Holy Mother of God

“When you are fought against by the enemy, call upon the help of the most holy Theotokos.”

When you are fought against by the enemy call upon the help of the most holy Theotokos, the guardian Angel of your soul and all the Angels and Saints, and along with this, firstly, announce it to your spiritual father, or ask the prayers and counsels of the other brothers, because a brother helped by a brother is like a strong and fortified city.

In these things forcefulness, striving and bravery is necessary […]

MAY the All Good God and Father of us all bless us and grant us the portion of the saved. May all our striving and all our concern be this, how to be saved.

We are merchants. Each day let us consider the gain which we obtained.

Let us consider the heavenly treasure, which even if we obtain once we will never fear losing but will rejoice unto the ages together with God, the Angels and the Saints.

May Your mercy O Lord come upon us as we have hoped in you […]

STRIVE in every way to lead others also unto the light of truth.

St Philotheos Zervakos of Paros (+1980), “Spiritual Counsels” Vol II, tr. Fr Nicholas Palis.

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A view of the Church of the Hundred Doors (Ekatontapyliani) on the isalnd of Paros

A view of the Church of the Hundred Doors (Ekatontapyliani) on the island of Paros

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IN body and soul, sick as I am,
consider me worthy,
only Mother of our true God,
of your godly providence and kindness,
for you are good and the one who gave birth to Good.

I entreat you, O Virgin, dispel the strife in my soul,
pacify, I pray you, the tempest of my despondency,
for you, O Bride of God,
gave birth to him who is calm’s source,
you gave birth to Christ, you alone are the one all-praised.

From the Little Paraklesis, traditionally sung on August 1 as part of the Procession of the Holy Cross. Translation from Anastasis.

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