GENTLENESS and radiance flow from him. … He is weak, like a spider’s web, and yet all-powerful.
He receives such a deluge of grace that his house of clay is overwhelmed. His feeble body can no longer endure; he overflows, is set on fire, and all within him and round him becomes light.
Vasileios, Abbot of the Iveron, speaking of a monk he knows.
THOU cloud around the sun of the heart’s eyes, thou lampstand of shining gold for the divine brightness, spotless Lady, unstained, blameless in all things: I beseech thee, shine upon my darkened soul, blinded by the passions, with a shaft of dispassion, wash my defiled heart clean with streams of compunction and tears of repentance, and cleanse me of soiling, making petition for me with Christ our God, that he grant unto me, who with true devotion worship thine all holy son, forgiveness for my failings.
Matins, October 12. Source.