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

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Why We Need Confession

You can't pour wine into a bottle if the lid is closed. You can't pour wine into a bottle if the bottle is filled with sand and filth. Even if it is only a very small amount of sand and filth in the bottle, it still pollutes the wine, rendering it undrinkable. It is good for nothing but to be poured out on the ground. We are the bottles and the wine is Divine Love. Repentance is the realization that it is not about us and that we need to empty ourselves of everything to receive Divine Love, that we may be completely filled with Him. It is following in the footsteps of the apostles, who left everything to follow the Master; not following the would-be followers who made excuse and wanted to follow Christ while simultaneously doing another work. Let the dead bury the dead. It's not about us; it's about leaving this world to be joined to Divine Love.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Chants for the Theotokos, for Her Dormition

As we celebrate the Queen of Heaven ascending to the Cherubim Throne:

A sessional hymn for the feast, in Spanish:

And from the Latin Rite, Palestrina's motet, based on the Alleluia for the Mass of the feast:

Deathless Queen, Free Us from Death!

The Dormition of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

Today we celebrate the "Pascha of the Theotokos", her greatest feast and the end of her earthly life. Today the apostles were miraculously transported to Jerusalem to bid farewell to her. Today she was taken up to Heaven without suffering death, for since she is the Immacuate One and is free from the effects of the sin of Adam, she was not subject to either death or labor pains.

Today, O Theotokos, thine entrance in Heaven as its Queen, greater than the cherubim and more honorable than the seraphim, confounds heretics that deny thy purity, that thou wast ever-virgin and free from the sorrowful inheritance we have received from Adam, for God willed that thou wouldst bear the New Adam. Intercede for us now and bring the sinner back to the sight of the Face thou beholdest now again and restore her purity as thou art ever-pure and all-blameless.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Glory to Thee Who hast showed us the Light!

Today the Fire of Divine Love reveals Himself on Tabor in the small Pascha. Today the Bridegroom reveals His Majesty and shames His enemies. Today the sins of those living in darkness are exposed at the revelation of the Omnipotent Light. Those who have obeyed the Divine King and have fashioned themselves into His Image radiate with His Light and those who follow their own designs and the beliefs and passions of men in their superficial analysis of the created world are exposed as false by the Almighty Light who judges all!