Vigil in Veljusa ( 24.05.2005 )
In the chapel of Saint Gregory Palamas in the female monastery of the Most Holy Theotokos Eleusa, in honour of Saints Methodius and Cyril, last night Metropolitan Nahum of Strumica performed Vigil.
Mother Syncletica used to say:
“Great struggle and labour have in the beginning they who approach God, and immense joy afterwards. Just as they who wish to light a fire at first strive hard and shed tears, thus accomplishing the desired, according to what is said: ‘Our God is a fire that burns’—let us also with tears and labour flame up the Divine fire.”
Mother Sarah used to say:
“I put my foot to ascend the ladder, and before I start I place death before my eyes.”