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The Fourteenth Sunday After Trinity

Intent: Renewal of Spirit


Grant, eternal spirit, to us who kneel before Thy awesome darkness that it may become light by Thy grace; for we are but a small spark sprung from the fullness of Thy flame. Blow upon us with Thy breath though we feel it not; lead us though we follow not; receive us though our pride rejects Thy consolation; for save by Thee we cannot come to Thee; and unless Thou showest us the way we can never reach Thee.


The lesson is taken from the Great Announcement, attributed to the Holy Simon Magus:

Of all things that are concealed and manifested, the fire which is above the heavens is the treasurehouse, as it were a great Tree from which all flesh is nourished. The manifested side of the fire is the trunk, branches, leaves, and the outside bark. All these parts of the great Tree are set on fire from the all-devouring flame of the fire and destroyed. But the fruit of the Tree, if its imaging has been perfected and it takes shape of itself, is placed in the storehouse and is not cast into the fire. For the fruit is produced to be placed in the storehouse, but the husk to be committed to the fire; that is to say, the trunk, which is generated not for its own sake but for that of the fruit.


The gospel is taken from the Gospel according to St. Philip:

If anyone becomes a son of the bridal chamber he will receive the light. If anyone does not receive it while he is in this world, he will not receive it in the other place. He who has received that light will not be seen, nor can he be detained; and none shall be able to torment one of this kind even if he dwell in the world. And again when he goes out of the world he has already received the truth in images. The world has become the aeon. For the aeon is for him the pleroma and it is in this manner; it is revealed to him alone, not hidden in the darkness and the night but hidden in a perfect day and a holy light.

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