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« on: March 21, 2010, 04:04:12 AM »

I'm just realizing that this is the last week before Holy Week. Where has Great Lent gone? What have I done to grow in my prayer life or askesis? It seems like nothing. If anything, I've gone backwards.

Please pray for me, that I may perhaps at least keep these last few days of Lent with vigilance.
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« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2010, 06:48:19 AM »

Believe you me, I wholly understand all too well, and this is only my 1st Lent.

Lord have mercy and may God grant you the necessary strength, peace and guidance...
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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2010, 07:42:33 AM »

Lord have mercy.

From the Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom:
"....If anyone has arrived even at the eleventh hour, let him not fear on account of his delay. For the Master is gracious and receives the last, even as the first; he gives rest to him that comes at the eleventh hour, just as to him who has labored from the first.... "
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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2010, 08:58:06 AM »

Lord, have mercy. Very understandable.

I recall a story: one guy asked a monk who lived in an Orthodox monastery, "what do you guys do all day in your monastery?" The monk answered, "ah, it's very simple: we fall down, and then rise up. Then we fall again, and rise again. Then fall, then rise..."
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« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2010, 01:02:39 PM »

Lord have mercy, this is my first Lent as well.
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« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2010, 01:44:16 PM »

Thanks all. This will be my third Lent as an Orthodox Christian.

Lord have mercy on all of us!
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« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2010, 01:47:10 PM »

Lord have Mercy.
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« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2010, 06:09:14 PM »

I'm just realizing that this is the last week before Holy Week. Where has Great Lent gone? What have I done to grow in my prayer life or askesis? It seems like nothing. If anything, I've gone backwards.

Please pray for me, that I may perhaps at least keep these last few days of Lent with vigilance.

I feel exactly the same way!  Cry

Lord Jesus Jesus Christ Son of God have mercy on me a sinner
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« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2010, 06:11:14 PM »

Lord have mercy.

From the Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom:
"....If anyone has arrived even at the eleventh hour, let him not fear on account of his delay. For the Master is gracious and receives the last, even as the first; he gives rest to him that comes at the eleventh hour, just as to him who has labored from the first.... "

A very uplifting quote.  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2010, 06:52:31 PM »

Yes, the distractions are many. I know what you mean. Lord have Mercy!











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« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2010, 07:06:30 PM »

Lord, have mercy. Very understandable.

I recall a story: one guy asked a monk who lived in an Orthodox monastery, "what do you guys do all day in your monastery?" The monk answered, "ah, it's very simple: we fall down, and then rise up. Then we fall again, and rise again. Then fall, then rise..."

A read a similar story about a despondent man who went to a monk and explained, "I have fallen so many times, and each time I get back up I only fall again." The monk looked at him and said, "My son, do not focus on how many times you fall; but rejoice instead that you always get back up."


"Lord have mercy on us."


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« Reply #11 on: March 21, 2010, 08:57:49 PM »

I stumbled upon this quote just yesterday and it was somewhat encouraging and yet scary:

Abba Xanthias said, 'The thief was on the cross and he was justified by a single word; and Judas who was counted in the number of the apostles lost all his labour in one single night and descended from heaven to hell. Therefore, let no-one boast of his good works, for all those who trust in themselves fall.'

Perhaps this can also be relevant.  Through the prayers of the right-hand thief, remember me oh Lord when You come into Your kindgom.
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« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2010, 09:00:46 PM »

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« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2010, 10:33:08 PM »

Lord have Mercy!
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« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2010, 06:44:29 AM »

Believe you me, I wholly understand all too well, and this is only my 1st Lent.

Lord have mercy and may God grant you the necessary strength, peace and guidance...
I'm just realizing that this is the last week before Holy Week. Where has Great Lent gone? What have I done to grow in my prayer life or askesis? It seems like nothing. If anything, I've gone backwards.

Please pray for me, that I may perhaps at least keep these last few days of Lent with vigilance.
y'all need to do volunteer work @ ur parish.  i  volunteer my time at the parish bakery & we make pastries all day.  we feed our deacon, we pray, we stay connected. im the youngest one there.  on occasion,  there are some young folks there donating their time but not too often. most people spilt after liturgy & dont help out, or even ask the deacon/priest  where they can help.

i love the parish bakery. i really benefit from it because i get to hang out with old retired folks that fast & so their humility & patience rubs off on me. im so simultaneously exhausted & grateful  by the end of the day that when it comes time for me to do my compline... im so humbled.   i cant explain it but its like my prayers are so much more genuine & deep.  so i guess thats what saved my lenten experience.  being in church all the time keeps you immersed in it.
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« Reply #15 on: March 22, 2010, 12:56:25 PM »

This presentation, entitled "Relying on the Mercy of God: What to Do When Great Lent Isn't So Great," given by Father Stephen Loposky, Director of Camp Nazareth, Mercer, PA on March 6th in Pittsburgh at a Lenten Retreat may help you.  http://www.acrod.org/multimedia/audio/conferences/2977
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« Reply #16 on: March 22, 2010, 05:37:20 PM »

Lord have mercy!


Although I mentioned in another thread that I am delaying my catechism indefinitely, I have attempted to go through the rigours of Great Lent (the fast and the extra Liturgies). I have never, ever observed any kind of Lenten tradition before (even though surrounded by Catholic relatives) and--it's hard! My reasoning for doing this was, "If I can survive Great Lent, then maybe I can become an Orthodox Christian."

So persevere my friend. Run the good race and fight the good fight.
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« Reply #17 on: March 22, 2010, 06:56:48 PM »

Lord have mercy!


Although I mentioned in another thread that I am delaying my catechism indefinitely, I have attempted to go through the rigours of Great Lent (the fast and the extra Liturgies). I have never, ever observed any kind of Lenten tradition before (even though surrounded by Catholic relatives) and--it's hard! My reasoning for doing this was, "If I can survive Great Lent, then maybe I can become an Orthodox Christian."

So persevere my friend. Run the good race and fight the good fight.

Prayers for you as well!

And if it's any consolation, I don't think anyone has ever died from observing Great Lent! Wink

Lord have mercy on us all!
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« Reply #18 on: March 22, 2010, 07:52:01 PM »

Lord have mercy.
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