Hierarchical Divine Liturgy ( 30.09.2007 )
Today, on the feast day of the Holy Martyrs Pistis, Elpis, Agape, and their mother Sophia, in the monastery consecrated to Saint George the Victor and Saint Anthony the Great in Novo Selo, Metropolitan Nahum of Strumica celebrated Hierarchical Divine Liturgy.
“The most radical thing is to keep always the feeling of our insufficiency in relation to God. Then we will enter a permanent state of tension between self-condemnation and the love of Christ, between repentance and hope in the mercy of God. On the one hand, we live in anguish of being so far from the God whom we love; on the other hand, this suffering and this love act like an inner fire, and push us with great force towards God. This tension has found its most acute expression in the word of Christ to Staretz Silouan: ‘Keep thy mind in hell, and despair not’. This word sometimes provokes awe, fear, and even panic; but it should not crush us. It constitutes the fundamental principle of our life in Christ.” (Elder Sophrony)