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August 27, 2014 + Concerning Condemnation of One's Neighbor

by Antiochos (author of the Pandects)

Condemnation of one's neighbor is the worst of all the passions; for not only odes it render the one who condemns liable to the severest punishment, since he usurps God's prerogative as Judge and becomes, so to speak, a rival of God, but the condemner, by stripping himself of the protection and help of God on account of his condemnation, also opens himself up to falling into that very sin for which he condemns his neighbor. He who is condemned, if he is not resentful towards the one who has condemned him, mitigates the gravity of the sin which elicited his condemnation. But he who condemns takes upon himself the burden of the sin of the one whom he condemns, as the parable of the Publican and the Pharisee very clearly shows us.

From Antiochos (author of the Pandects), taken from The Evergetinos: The Complete Text, vol. 3 Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies, 2008, p. 12.

 

 

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Venerable Pimen the Great

Troparion, Tone 8

By a flood of tears you made the desert fertile, and your longing for God brought forth fruits in abundance. By the radiance of miracles you illumined the whole universe! Our Father Pimen, pray to Christ God to save our souls!

Kontakion, Tone 4

The memorial of your illustrious struggles delights the souls of the devout today, Pimen, our venerable father, wise in God.