Strumica Diocese: News

Episcope Poemen of Poljana celebrates Divine Liturgy in the church of Saint Gregory Palamas in Strumica ( 02.04.2006 )

Today, on the Sunday of Saint John of the Ladder, the titular episcope to Metropolitan Nahum of Strumica, the Right Reverend Poemen of Poljana celebrated Divine Liturgy in the Strumica church of Saint Gregory Palamas and the Holy Great-martyr Demetrius the Myrrh-flowing, at which he ordained to priesthood the deacon Đoše Kostadinovski from Berovo.









“Obedience is absolute renunciation of our own life, clearly expressed in our bodily actions. Or: obedience is mortification of the members with our reason being alive. Obedience is performing one’s duty without examination. It is a voluntary death, life without curiosity, being carefree when in danger, our unprepared defense before God, no fear of death, safe sailing, walking in a dream. Obedience is the tomb of the will and the resurrection of humility. The one obedient is as if dead: he does not answer nor does he reckon, whether it comes to good things or something that seems evil, because responsible for all of it will be he who has mortified his soul godly. Obedience is an abandonment of discernment in a wealth of discernment.” (Saint John of the Ladder)