Ascend, my beloved, ascend, dispose your heart “to ascend by steps in the vale of tears, in the place which he hath set.”1 Hearken to the words of the prophet: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths.”2 “Who hath made our feet like the feet of harts, and who setteth us upon high places,’’3 in order that we may overcome all temptation during our journey in this holy way. Run, I beseech you, with him who said: “Let us hasten until we all meet into the unity of faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the age of the fulness of Christ,”4 Who was baptized when He was thirty years of age. Hence we must consider this measure of the age of the fulness of Christ, as the thirtieth stave or round in the mystic ladder. “For God is love.”5 To Him, as the source of every blessing, be praise, and glory, and empire, for ever and ever. Amen.

  1. Ps. lxxxviii. 6.

  2. Isaiah ii. 3.

  3. Ps. xvii. 34.

  4. Eph. iv. 13.

  5. I John iv. 8.


Archbishop Gregory
Dormition Skete
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Buena Vista, CO 81211-3177
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