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Homily Three on the Entrance of the Theotokos (St. Luke of Simferopol)


From statistical information on individuals who have reached a really superior age, we be taught that they’re particularly quite a few amongst these dwelling on the excessive mountains of the Caucasus and Azerbaijan and on different excessive mountains. And in our time, someplace in Azerbaijan, there lives a rare previous man who has reached 100 and fifty years, and there are numerous centenarians there.How can we clarify this extraordinary affect of excessive mountains on the longevity of individuals’s lives?

Undoubtedly, to a really giant extent as a result of the highlanders breathe the purest air all their lives and eat primarily dairy merchandise and the meat of wholesome sheep.

And in big cities, by which the inhabitants reaches tens of millions, individuals breathe utterly unhealthy air, containing many miasms of all contagious illnesses, and sometimes dwell in flats and homes contaminated with tuberculosis micro organism, that are very troublesome to exterminate. Huge high-rise buildings block the trail of the life-giving rays of the solar. And the meals of the inhabitants of the nice cities is, in fact, a lot worse than the meals of the individuals of the excessive mountains.

It is sort of comprehensible, subsequently, that the lifetime of the inhabitants of enormous cities is way shorter than the lifetime of mountaineers and even peasants dwelling in wholesome and brilliant villages.

But not solely the lifetime of the physique is vital for us, however the circumstances by which the non secular life of youngsters, adolescents and younger individuals develope are extraordinarily vital, the affect of the social atmosphere by which they develop is vital. The non secular development of youngsters and youth of each sexes typically relies upon completely on the instance of oldsters and different shut individuals. Morally and spiritually, the kids of drunkards, thieves and bandits perish, whose instance of life is much more disastrous than tuberculosis and microbes of all different contagious illnesses.

Children are very impressionable, and the whole lot they see and listen to round them leaves a deep imprint on their minds and hearts.

Everything that I’ve stated now, though they might not categorical it clearly in phrases, was effectively understood by the pure hearts of the mother and father of the Most Holy Theotokos, the righteous Joachim and Anna, and correctly took care to put their Little Daughter Mary in probably the most favorable circumstances for an upbringing in holiness, purity and the concern of God.

No matter how troublesome it was to half with the Little Daughter given to them by God after a long time of childlessness, they took her to the House of God. The priest Zechariah, the longer term father of John the Baptist, met Her, and, on the inspiration of God, ventured into an unparalleled deed – he led Her not solely into the sanctuary of the temple, the place solely monks entered, however even into its most holy half, separated by a heavy curtain and known as the Holy of Holies, into which solely yearly might the excessive priest enter with sacrificial blood.

Here as soon as stood the best shrine – the Ark of the Covenant, which contained the tablets acquired from God on Mount Sinai by the nice prophet Moses, Aaron’s employees and a vessel with manna. Its last destiny just isn’t precisely identified, however it’s most certainly that it was destroyed throughout the destruction of the primary Jerusalem temple by Nebuchadnezzar.

The little Blessed Virgin Mary acquired permission from the priest Zechariah to return each day to the Holy of Holies and right here pray to God within the invisible presence of the Angels of God. She lived in one of many rooms connected outdoors to the wall of the temple. In these small rooms on the temple lived individuals who had devoted themselves to God; there additionally lived the unlucky wretched, in want of charity. The Most Holy Theotokos served them, these unlucky ones, all the times, dwelling amongst them, she served them along with her works, her love.

For these deeds of mercy, She was all the time surrounded by the love of the cherished, and on this environment of affection she lived with them for twelve years. Every day She prayed for a very long time within the temple and there She breathed within the aroma of the prayers of quite a few individuals and the smoke of incense burned on the censer altar, which was pleasing to God.

The holy and pure environment of the temple was as helpful for Her non secular development because the purest air of the excessive mountains was for the bodily well being and longevity of the highlanders. Not individuals with impure and evil hearts, however type and God-fearing individuals surrounded Her and made up Her social atmosphere, blessed by God.

There inside, the Holy Maiden Mary grew and blossomed like an opulent flower, aromatic earlier than God and folks. In it, She acquired all of the makings to turn out to be later extra honorable than the Cherubim and past evaluate extra superb than the Seraphim.

Oh, you, my neighbors and beloved Christians, all the time keep in mind the holy and righteous Joachim and Anna, who so correctly raised their God-given Daughter.

Try to create favorable circumstances in your youngsters to develop in holiness, fact and goodness.

Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, the Sun of Righteousness, might He enable you on this work that pleases Him. Amen.

Source: Translated by John Sanidopoulos.

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