Life’s lessons: Beatitudes


Life’s lessons: Beatitudes 

Blessed is he who is ever filled with spiritual joy and untiringly carries the Lord's good yoke, for he shall be crowned with glory. 

Blessed is he who has cleansed himself of all sinful corruption, for boldly can he receive the King of glory, our Lord Jesus Christ, into his house. 

Blessed is he who reverently approaches the most pure mysteries of the Savior with fear and trembling, knowing that he receives into his body indestructible life. 

Blessed is he who hourly contemplates death and has rendered ineffectual in himself the shameful passions that nest in the hearts of the careless, for such a man will be comforted at the time of his repose. 

Blessed is he who ceaselessly recalls the torments of Gehenna and hastens with tears and sighs to repent sincerely before the Lord, for he will be delivered from all sorrow. 

Blessed is he who always humbles himself willingly, for he will be crowned by the One Who willingly humbled Himself for us. 

Blessed is he who with all reverence, like Mary, remains at the Lord's feet (in prayer), and, like Martha, hastens to receive the Lord and Saviour (with good works). 

Blessed is he who, inflamed with the fear of God, always bears within himself the warmth of the Holy Spirit, and has burned up the thorns and thistles of wicked thoughts. 

Blessed is he who with spiritual awareness loves meekness, and does not allow himself to be deceived by the evil serpent, but lays his hopes on the good and kindhearted Lord.

Prayer of St Ephraim the Syrian. 


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