Archbishop Hilarion Tritsky Source
"Today, at the Liturgy for the commemoration of the uncovering
of the relics of Holy Hieromartyr Hilarion (Troitsky) and Equal-
to-the-Apostles Princess Olga, Archimandrite Tikhon, the abbot
of Sretensky Monastery, gave a sermon on the Gospel reading.
In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Today we commemorate the uncovering of the relics of our
heavenly protector, Holy Hieromartyr Hilarion (Troitsky). The
Gospel reading for today (Mt. 12:38–45) is about how the people
came to their teacher and demanded a sign from the heavens—a
sign as pay for their faith in God. “We would see a sign from thee”
and we will believe, they said. However, Christ did not accept that
plan. He said, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a
sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the
So, what is that sign? It is the sign of overcoming tribulations and
understanding the meaning of trials, suffering, and the cross. The
prophet Jonah received great mercy from God—Divine wisdom—
but not before he had been cast into tribulation, and through this
tribulation he received the gift that he had requested: wisdom,
eternal life—a foretaste of eternal life." continues...
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