Hierarch’s Divine Liturgy in Vodoča ( 22.02.2005 )
In the chapel of the Venerable Gregory Palamas and Joseph Spilaioti in the female monastery in Vodoča, today Metropolitan Nahum of Strumica celebrated Divine Liturgy.
“He who suffers much in his heart when disgraced and grieved by others, let him know from this that within him he sustains the ancient serpent. Hence, if he endures with silence or answers with much humility, he will render that serpent weak and powerless. If, however, he responds with bitterness and speaks unashamedly, he will enable it to pour poison in his heart and to devour instantaneously his insides, so that becoming by this ever stronger day to day, this serpent will make the good disposition and the strength of his miserable soul its own prey, and then this man will start living to sin and dying completely to justice”. (Saint Symeon the New Theologian)