A vigil in honour of St. Gregory Palamas
"In thy wisdom thou hast put to death every lust of the flesh that is condemned to perish, and through asceticism thou hast brought thy soul to life, devoting all its powers to the contemplation of God." (Canon of the Saint)
son of the divine and never-setting light, St. Gregory Palamas, truly real man
of God and a good servant, minister of the Divine Misteries, having devoted
himself to the most ascetic fits in his early youth, such as fasting and
unceasing prayer, managed to overcome the intrigues of the demons and became a
chosen vessel for the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Therefore it is not by chance
is exactly what the Gospel of the first week of the Holy Lent is about.
Informing his good friend Nathanaile about Christ, Apostle Philip uses very
simple words to convey the good news to this true Israelian without any
wickedness, who was sincerely looking for God. To the question asked by
Nathanaile: "Can anything good come out of
The very next week we are revealed the meaning of faith through the Gospel about the healing of the paralysed. His relatives had such strong faith that God will heal the diseased and were trying in every possible way to reach God so that finally they opened the roof of the house in order to bring in the paralysed through it. Having seen their strong faith, our Lord immediately healed the diseased.
these spiritual interpretations of the Gospel, the abbot of the Bigorsky
monastery, Archimandrite Parthenios, inspired at the beginning of the night
vigil the numerous faithful who came to the monastery of St. George, thus
opening their hearts for spiritual contemplation and all night prayer in honour
of St. Gregory Palamas," the mouth of theologians and home of Divine wisdom, a
spiritual ocean of practice and contemplation…" These wonderful verses chanted
in festive byzantine chants by the members of the byzantine ecclesiastical choir
"St. John Harmosine" from
The very day of the saint was enriched with the arrival of the two Bishops, the Metropolitan of Debar – Kichevo Diocese, Mr. Timothy, who presided with the Divine Liturgy and the Metropolitan of Strumica Diocese, Mr. Naum.
Contemplating in his sermon after the Liturgy about the meaning of the Holy Lent in the struggle of the Church for the healing of its children from their spiritual and carnal diseases, Metropolitan Timothy emphasised: "The Great Lent is a period when the Holy Church requires our repentance and confession so that we can be cured from the spiritual disease, refered to as sin in the works of the Holy Fathers.The greatest enemy of the human kind through sin enters in the souls of people anxiety, distress and breakdown, constantly deadening our conscience. He creates distrust and hate among people, quarrels and wars among nations and countries… Therefore, the Holy Church with its great spiritual experience, most sincerely recomends to us the fasting, the prayer, Divine support through the grace of the Holy Spirit which we receive through the Holy Misteries, and especially the sincere repentance in tears for our sins, as well as the Holy Communion with the Blood and Body of our Lord Jesus Christ."
By the prayers of St. Gregory Palamas, may our Lord listen to our prayers and grant us strenght and zeal so that we could spend the time of the Holy Lent in the greatest restraining, hoping that for our small effort and fit we would be made worthy of clensing our sins and meeting God in our hearts and finally and that at the end of the Lenten period we would ressurect together with Him, celebrating the Holy Pasha with great joy in our Lord.