Our Orthodox faith,
our wealth, and our glory,
our stock, our crown,
We will never deny you, O beloved Orthodoxy,
nor lie to you, O time-honoured reverence,
nor walk away from you, O mother piety.
We have been born in you, we live in you,
and we will die in you.
If time asks for it,
we will sacrifice ten thousand times our lives for you.
-Joseph Vriennios (Spiritual Father o f St. Mark of Ephesus)
For the third year in row lessonsfromamonastery will publish a post each day in the Truth of Our Faith series for this Lenten week following the Sunday of Orthodoxy. It is a week of posts both honouring the confessors of Orthodoxy who did/do not shy away from preaching the truth of our faith, as well as writings that enlighten the darkness of ignorance by addressing the fruitlessness of heresy. I hope and pray that we all have the courage and conviction to live the words of this poem. If we lack the courage, may we strive to acquire it during this time of prayer and fasting.