January 23, 2013 + The Grace of God and Practicing the Commandments
by St. Simeon the New Theologian
From One Hundred & Twenty Wise Sayings from The Holy Fathers of the Orthodox Church
The roof of any house stands upon the foundations and the rest of the structure. The foundations themselves are laid in order to carry the roof. This is both useful and necessary, for the roof cannot stand without the foundations and the foundations are absolutely useless without the roof - no help to any living creature. In the same way the grace of God is preserved by the practice of the commandments, and the observance of these commandments is laid down like foundations through the gift of God. The grace of the Spirit cannot remain with us without the practice of the commandments, but the practice of the commandments is of no help or advantage to us without the grace of God.
Hieromartyr Clement the Bishop of Ancyra
You sprang up, most holy one, as a branch and stem of holiness, a most sacred flower of the contest of martyrdom and as a most sweet fruit given by God to the faithful. But as one who shared the struggle of the martyrs and the throne of hierarchs, intercede with Christ God that our souls may be saved.
Kontakion - Tone 4
You have become an honored branch of the vine of Christ, revealed as one of many many struggles, all-praised Clement, with your fellow champion you cried out: "Christ is the shining joy of martyrs."