February 12, 2014 + A Sacrament of Healing
by St. Diadochos of Photike, Gnostic Chapters, 17, from Repentance and Confession, by John Chrysavgis
Just as bodily wounds that are not cared for are hardened and do not feel the bitterness of the medicine used by doctors, yet when they are cleansed they begin to feel the effect of the medicine and consequently are healed rapidly, so also with the soul . . . when it begins to be purified with great care, then it feels the fear of God burning it like a lifegiving medicine and it is judged while its [the soul's] passions are burned.
St. Meletius the Archbishop of Antioch
You appeared to your flock as a rule of faith, an image of humility and a teacher of abstinence. Because of your lowliness, Heaven was opened to you. Because of your poverty, riches were granted to you. O holy bishop, Meletius, pray to Christ our God to save our souls!
Kontakion, Tone 6
The apostate Macedonius fled in fear before your spiritual courage, but we your servants run to you to gain your intercession! Father Meletius, converser with the angels and fiery sword of Christ our God, we praise you as a star bringing light to all!