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

Friday, January 17, 2014

Subduing the Flesh to Raise the Body

Our Holy Venerable Father Anthony the Great, Founder of Christian Monasticism.

One of the stichera at Vespers at Psalm 140:
Tone 4
Burning with divine love and radiant with the Spirit,
your soul rose to desire truly infinite love!
You despised flesh and blood, and lived apart from the world,
yet you were united to it by great silence and abstinence.
Therefore you were fulfilled as you desired,
and as a star radiant with blessings, Anthony, you illumine our souls!

Let us imitate Our Holy Father Anthony and develop self-control over our flesh, that subduing the flesh, we may have it serve the spirit and be taken up into the exchange of Divine Love.