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February 17, 2016 + On Church Attendance and Anxieties

by St. Macarius of Optina

Since your desire to attend church services is good, this overpowering anxiety about what may happen to your children while you are away from home can be nothing but a subtle temptation.

A father's presence in the home is naturally a great help to all; but since David the Prophet says, The Lord preserveth the simple (Ps. 116:6), can you think that your presence alone, without His help, is worth anything to them? On the other hand, surely His care is sufficient without your presence. And if God should allow some accident to befall one of them, could you prevent it, even if you were on the spot at the time? When you leave home to go to church, commit your children to the care of our Lady and their guardian angels. In church, pray for them. But do not put off going there because of unreasonable scruples, anxieties and fears. [203]

Letters of Elder Macarius of Optina - St. Vladimir Seminary Press, p. 61


Great Martyr Theodore the Tyro ("The Recruit")

Troparion, Tone 2

Great are the accomplishments of faith, for the Holy Martyr Theodore rejoiced in the flames as though at the waters of rest, offering himself as sweet bread to the Trinity. So by his prayers, O Christ God, save our souls!

Kontakion, Tone 8

Your faith in Christ was like a breastplate upon your heart: With its aid, you overcame the power of the enemy. Therefore you are crowned in eternity with a heavenly diadem.

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