Vodoča ( 10.11.2005 )
Today, on the day of the Holy Martyr Parasceva (of Iconium),
in the chapel of Saints Gregory Palamas and Elder Joseph the Spilaioti in the Vodoča monastery, Metropolitan Nahum of Strumica celebrated Divine Liturgy. At the Liturgy the newly baptized child of God Stephen partook of the Holy Mysteries of Christ.
“If you pray and continuously force yourself to pray, you will see how much grace you will receive. My child, man’s life is full of sorrow because he is in exile. Do not seek perfect rest. Since our Christ bore His Cross, we shall bear ours, too. If we endure all afflictions, we shall receive grace from the Lord. The Lord allows us to be tempted, so that he can test the zeal and love we have for Him. Therefore, patience is needed. Without patience a person does not obtain experience, acquire spiritual knowledge, or attain any measure of virtue and perfection. Love Jesus and say the prayer unceasingly, and it will enlighten you on His path.” (Elder Joseph the Spilaioti)