Be like a king in your heart through grace-given mourning

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The Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopedi – The Orthodox Monastic Republic of Mount Athos – 13/2/17

Be like a king in your heart, seated high in humility, and commanding laughter: Go, and it goes; and sweet weeping: Come, and it comes; and our tyrant and slave, the body: Do this, and it does it.

Only the one who is clothed in blessed and grace-given mourning as in a wedding garment knows the spiritual laughter of the soul.

Based on St. John of the Ladder.

A moment in the refectory during Small Compline on Forgiveness Sunday.

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