Sunday of Saint John of the Ladder ( 02.04.2006 )
Today, on the Sunday of Saint John of the Ladder, Metropolitan Nahum of Strumica celebrated Hierarch’s Divine Liturgy in the cathedral of Saints Methodius and Cyril in Strumica. At the Liturgy His Eminence ordained to deaconate the sub-deacon Goran Dimitkovski of the church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul in Pehčevo. The present faithful partook of the Holy Mysteries of Christ.
“The man who truly loves God and truly seeks the Kingdom that is to come, the man who grieves over his sins and is truly filled with thoughts about the sufferings and the eternal condemnation, the man who seriously trembles at the thought about his death – is no longer capable of taking care of property, money and this world’s glory, of relatives, friends, brethren or anything earthly whatsoever. Having completely ceased caring about that, loathing any thought about that, even his own body, free of all this, carefree, he stoutly follows Christ and constantly looks up toward heaven, expecting help from there, according to the words of the Saint: My soul clings to You (Ps. 63:8), as also another unforgettable one said: But as for me, I have not hurried away from being a shepherd after You, nor have I longed for the woeful day (Jer. 17:16).” (