Groans and sadness cry out to the Lord, trembling tears intercede for us, and the tears shed out of all-holy love show that our prayer has been accepted...Hold fast to the blessed and joyful sorrow...and do not cease laboring for it until it lefts you high above the things of the world to present you, a cleansed offering, to Christ.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Mourning on Great and Holy Saturday
Today Jesus is in the tomb and the Orthodox Christians around the world are mourning the savior. But this mourning cannot help but anticipate it relief, as the Paschal feast is within sight and the Lord is eager to spring from the tomb, resurrected, triumphant, and regnant forever. It is because of this that John of Sinai can speak of sorrow the way that he does.