Death scares sinners, and the saints greeted her with joy

Olga Scherbak
11.05.2015

Death scares sinners, and the saints greeted her with joy

 

About what is needed in order to meet death not with horror, but with joy

 

When we approach death, we mostly meet it with horror, not with joy. Why is that? Yes, because then we become crowded everywhere. Looking back, unpaid sin and unforgiven evil meet us there; let us gaze forward - we shake God, Judge the impartial, eternal bliss, which we have lost for temporary sin, sweetness and hellish torment, ready to devour us forever. Simply because we are horrified by death because we are sinners. If we were the righteous, then it would be a different matter. We would meet death not with horror, but with joyYu.

 

During the times of the persecutions, two relatives — the virgins Martha and Maria — lived. They constantly prayed to God, and their only desire was to accept the crown of martyrdom for Christ. Once, when the royal governor passed by their house, when they saw him, they exclaimed: “We are Christians!” The voevoda stopped with his servants.The virgins of the packs cried out: “We are Christians!” To that the voivode answered them: “Since you are young, I forgive you, go to yourself, I will not betray you to death”. Then Martha said: “Oh, commander, death for Christ is not death, but eternal life!” Mary said the same; the young monk Karion who was there also said the same. The voivode was already angry here and ordered to hang them on three crosses. The command was fulfilled.

Since at that time the torturers had a custom: after a while the suffering of those executed on the cross cut off their heads - then Maria, seeing the approach of this last suffering, said to the executioner: “Have some patience with us and let us send our last chants to God”. The executioner agreed. Then a voice was heard from the crosses: “We have lifted our eyes to you, living in heaven! Behold, as the eyes of the slaves are turned not by the hand of their masters, as the eyes of a slave are upon the hand of her madam; so be our eyes unto the Lord our God, until he has mercy on us. Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy on us ”(Psalm 122, 1-4).

 

At the end of the singing, Martha said: "If one of our brothers wants to say goodbye to us, let him come and say good-bye, otherwise we will soon be in the heavenly Jerusalem."The assembled Christians bade farewell to the sufferers, then the executioner cut off the heads of them and they said, “I delivered my soul with joy at the Lord’s hand.”

 

Look: it means that the death of the above-mentioned saints was not terrible when they themselves were looking for it. So, death was desired for them, when they called it not mortal, but eternal life. So, death was joyful for them, when, as has been said, after terrible sufferings from being nailed to the cross, they gave their souls to the Lord with joy. Yes, truly death was not terrible for them, for they were filled with holiness and, so to speak, breathed it.

 

And this example of a calm, joyful attitude towards death among the saints is not the only one. Listen to what the holy Apostle Paul says to himself: “For me, life is Christ, and death is a gain ... I have the desire to resolve and be with Christ” (Phil. 1, 21 and 23).

 

So that's how, brothers, saints looked at death; so she was joyful for them! It will be the same for us if we in our life follow them. We will imitate the saints, we will lag behind our sins, we will wash them with tears of repentance, we will live in God and for God, and then we will take boldness at death and exclaim with David: “If we go andin the midst of the shadow of death, do not fear evil, for thou art with me ”(Ps. 22: 4). Amen.

 

From the book “Prologue in the teachings”, compiled by Archpriest Viktor Guryev

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    Death scares sinners, and the saints greeted her with joy

    Death scares sinners, and the saints greeted her with joy

    Death scares sinners, and the saints greeted her with joy

    Death scares sinners, and the saints greeted her with joy

    Death scares sinners, and the saints greeted her with joy

    Death scares sinners, and the saints greeted her with joy

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