Enlightened Through Fasting

1St. Elias

“Elias was enlightened through fasting. He mounted the chariot of good works and was taken up to the heights of heaven. Emulate him, O humble soul. Abstain from every evil and jealousy, from every fleeting pleasure, so that ye might be cleansed of corrupting disease, the fires of Gehenna, crying to Christ: O Lord, glory to Thee.”

-Fifth Stichera of the first Presanctified Liturgy of Great Lent. Tone 2.

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