Elder Ephraim: Let our eyes look on high, for the eternal and everlasting things are above

IN the midst of Eden, a tree brought death;
But in the midst of the earth, a tree budded with life.
Tasting of the first, though we were incorruptible
We became corruptible. Happening upon the second,
We delighted in incorruption: For by the Cross,
God saves the race of men.

Matins, Menaion for September 20 (Afterfeast of the Exaltation of the Cross).

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Elder Ephraim Philotheitis of Arizona

“Contemplate the love of our Jesus; the love of Jesus will overpower every other natural love.” Elder Ephraim Philotheitis of Arizona.

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This is directed to be sung to the same melody as the following hymn:

THOU didst rise from the dead, the Life of all,
And an Angel of light cried out to the women,
‘Stay your tears, take the good news to the Apostles.
Singing hymns, noise it abroad: Christ the Lord is risen –
He is well-pleased, for he is God,
To save the race of men’.

Matins, Feast of All Saints.

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CONTEMPLATE the love of our Jesus; the love of Jesus will overpower every other natural love.

The more we renounce, the more love of God we shall enjoy.

Let us attend on high, where Jesus sits at the right hand of God.

Let our eyes look on high, for the eternal and everlasting things are above, not below; for everything here is dust and ashes.

Reflect on the luxuriousness of heaven: the infinite wisdom of God is there; inconceivable beauty is there; the angelic melodies are there; the riches of divine love are there; the life free from pain is there; the tears and sighs will be taken away there; only joy, love, peace, an eternal Pascha, and an unending festival are there, “Oh, the depth of the riches and knowledge of God!” (cf. Rom. 11:33)

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Cor 2:9)

Elder Ephraim Philotheitis [i.e. originally from the Philotheou monastery on Mount Athos], now of Arizona. Source.

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