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Gal And, out of love for her, does not let her in.

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She finds that she cannot walk into the holy place. She tried three or four times to enter but each time was repelled by a mighty force. Take this seriously: St. Mary is a creature of extremes.

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She had sinned boldly and now she begins her repentance with an even greater zeal. Mary experienced the great mercy of a physical manifestation of the spiritual reality. None of us who are impenitent are welcome in the holy place. Spiritually, we are not in the holy place. Communion in the Lord is also communion with the whole Church. If you do, you will eat and drink condemnation upon yourself because you are not truly discerning the body 1 Cor After she did repent, Mary was able to enter the holy place — the Church of the Resurrection — and there venerate the holy cross and she then went the Church of the Forerunner and received the holy mysteries of the Church.

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Holy Repentance leads to Holy Communion. So clearly and emphatically did our holy mother Mary of Egypt understand this, that she then began a life of severe repentance for many years.

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For seventeen years, she battled the wild beasts in the desert — that is, her own mad desires and passions. When you go to a place of isolation and quiet, you will see more clearly the battle being waged over your own heart. Mary was not a frequent communicant.

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Only after more than seventeen years of repentance in the desert with severe fasting, ceaseless prayer, and self-discipline did Mary finally again receive Holy Communion from the priest Zosimas. I believe a more frequent nourishment from the body and blood of Christ is helpful and even necessary for most of us as we seek and strive by the grace of God for ever greater union with God. Frequent reception of Holy Communion without holy repentance — will not save us. An essential — that is to say, not an optional — part of repentance is the holy mystery of repentance, which our holy mother Mary received in the Church of the Forerunner the evening she began to repent.

This must be a part of our lives as Orthodox Catholic Christians. It comes from the Holy Spirit through the Church and through the Scripture. How often you need to go personally is a discussion that you need to have with your spiritual father or mother.

Do not be ashamed when you repent: it is a medicine for sin – St John Chrysostom

A good general guide is to go four times a year — once during each of the four fasts. As St. Do not utterly neglect to confess. Do not fail to repent. Let us be inspired by the example of our holy mother Mary of Egypt — by her fervor and zeal for repentance — and let us not take too lightly the discipline of God cf. Heb Let us repent and approach with fear of God and with faith. Tagged as: repentance , saints , St.

Mary of Egypt. His courage in branding vice caused him to be exiled and ill-treated.

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John Chrysostom died at Comana in Pontus on September 14, Saint John Chrysostom. John Chrysostom delivered nine homilies on repentance in Antioch of Syria sometime between and With conviction and certitude, he preached that repentance was a necessity for both the sinner and the righteous man. This volume presents Chrysostom's homilies on repentance and includes a sermon on almsgiving that he preached in Antioch during the winter months in General Index. Index on Holy Scriptures.