Saint John Climacus: The Ladder of Divine Ascent (Part III)

Please note: As we continue the study of The Ladder of Divine Ascent, we hear the words, "Ascend, my brother, ascend eagerly." The Ladder of Saint John Climacus grew out of its author's living experience, and it requires from each reader a living, personal response. Read hastily, in a spirit of detached curiosity and the book is likely to prove a disappointment. But Saint John never meant it to be read in that manner. He expected it to be pondered slowly, in a spirit of compunction, and with a sincere intention on the reader's part change his way of life;

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The Feast of the Annunciation of our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary and Greek Independence

The Holy Feast of the Annunciation of Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary is celebrated on March 25th each year. The Feast commemorates the announcement by the Archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Son of God, would become incarnate and enter into this world through her womb.

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Saint John Climacus: The Ladder of Divine Ascent (Part II)

When writing to the servants of God, one should begin with our God and King Himself, the good, the supremely good, the all-good. Of all created and rational beings, endowed with the dignity of free will, some are friends of God, some are His true servants, some are useless servants (cf. St. Luke 17:10), some are entirely estranged, and there are some who, for all their weakness, take their stand against Him.

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