St Anthony's Monastery Phiale Source
It is so soothing to get up at 11:00 PM and follow the monks to the
main katholikon (St Nectarios) where we all say the Jesus Prayer
out loud for an hour. Can you hear it? Listen;
For our struggle is not against flesh
and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the
world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of
wickedness in the heavenly places" Ephesian 6:12.
Around 2:30 AM we return to church and the midnight office
begins. From then on, the prayers become a journey which will
prepare us and leads us to the sublime experience of the Divine
Liturgy. Finally the wondrous moment arrives, Christ is in
our midst! And we all draw near, with great longing and
expectation to receive Him who walks among the lampstands,
our Lord Jesus Christ, "clothed in a robe reaching to the feet,
and girded across His chest with a golden sash. His head and
His hair are white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes are
like a flame of fire. His feet are like burnished bronze, when it
has been made to glow in a furnace" Rev.1:13-15
We dare approach Him only because he has first invited us.
"His voice is like the sound of many waters" Rev.1:15., "Take
eat, this is My Body which is broken for you for the forgiveness
of sins. Drink of it all of you , this is my Blood of the new
covenant which is shed for you and for many for the
forgiveness of sins"
It is indescribable. Life enters into my very being, body and spirit.
My Lord dwells within the manger of my soul. Alleluia!
Our lives in this world are froth with difficulty and sorrow. We weep
and we fall and we get up again. Thank God for His Mercy never
leaves us. Thank God, for this monastery and for Elder Ephraim and
the brotherhood who loves us and prays for us!
Elder Ephraim Source
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St Nectarios Church's Interior Source