Vigil ( 01.04.2006 )
In the chapel of Saint Gregory Palamas in the female monastery of the Most Holy Theotokos Eleusa in Veljusa, last night Metropolitan Nahum of Strumica performed Vigil. At the Liturgy His Eminence ordained to deaconate the sub-deacon Vasiliy Valmarski from Berovo.
“The work of the Jesus prayer is not just for one or two days, but it lasts a long time and many years,” observes the Divine Chrysostom. “For much struggle and time is needed for the devil to be expelled and for Christ to take up His dwelling. …Devote yourselves to prayer, therefore, and wait on the Lord our God, until He has mercy on us. Seek nothing but mercy from the Lord of glory, with a humble and piteous heart. Cry out from morning to evening and, if possible, all night: ‘Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.’ And compel your nous in this work until death.” (Elder Ephraim of Philotheou)