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

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Don't Get Attached to Something You Will Leave Behind

"All human things are vain since they cannot survive the grave: will riches survive, or glory attend us beyond the tomb? No! When death approaches, all these vanish. Let us then cry out to our Immortal King, that He may give rest to those who have departed from us, and place them in the joy of Heaven."
-from the Aposticha at Vespers last night.

Saturday is the day of the week dedicated to the dead. Let us keep death as a constant reminder of the need for repentance and the vanity of things of this world. Physical and emotional pleasures are empty vanities as your body will rot in your grave. Let us not deceive ourselves with excuses. Only the condition of your soul matters as it is the only thing you can take with you when you die.