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December 9, 2015 + On Intelligent Men

from St. Anthony the Great

"Men are often called intelligent wrongly. Intelligent men are not those who are erudite in the sayings and books of the wise men of old, but those who have an intelligent soul and can discriminate between good and evil. They avoid what is sinful and harms the soul; and with deep gratitude to God they resolutely adhere by dint of practice to what is good and benefits the soul. These men alone should truly be called intelligent."

from "On the Character of Men and on the Virtuous Life: One Hundred and Seventy Texts," Text 1, The Philokalia: The Complete Text (Vol. 1)


The Conception by Righteous Anna of the Most Holy Theotokos

Troparion, Tone 4

Today the bonds of barrenness are broken, God has heard the prayers of Joachim and Anna. He has promised them beyond all their hopes to bear the Maiden of God, by whom the uncircumscribed One was born as mortal Man; He commanded an angel to cry to her: "Rejoice, O full of grace, the Lord is with you!"

Kontakion, Tone 4

Podoben: "Today You have shown forth..."
Today the universe rejoices, for Anna has conceived the Theotokos through God's dispensation, for she has brought forth the one who is to bear the ineffable Word!


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