O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Those Who Live In Sin, Live In The Past

Before the time of the saving cross, sin ruled over all the earth. Impiety prevailed, and men reveled in the pleasures of the flesh! But since the mystery of the cross was performed and the demons' torture was smothered by the knowledge of God, the virtuous life of heaven has reigned on the earth. Therefore the fast is honored! Abstinence glistens, and prayer is strengthened! The witness of these is the present time granted to us by the crucified Christ, our God for the salvation of our souls!
-Apostiha at Matins this morning in the Byzantine Office