Then Job looked at her and said, “You have spoken as one of the foolish women speaks. If we accepted good things from the Lord’s hand, shall we not endure evil things?” In all these things that happened to him, Job did not sin with his lips against God (ibid, 2:15).
Lord, You gave us righteous Job as an example of moral strength and of patience and fortitude, his virtues and pious words and his godly actions, even though he suffered; and thus, O good One, You instruct all those who waver when faced with tragedy. O Jesus the almighty Savior of our souls, we extol the plan for salvation that You, O Lord, have fulfilled in Your love for man. (Sticheron of Festal Vespers)
On beholding the riches of Job's virtues, the enemy of the righteous contrived to despoil them; and though he cast down the tower of the Saint's body, he could not plunder the wealth of his spirit, for he found the soul of that blameless one to be fully armed; but as for me, he hath stripped me and led me captive away. Hasten, then, before the end, rescue me from the wily one, O Saviour, and save me (Festal Apolytikion).
A graduate of Long Island University, College of Pharmacy, and Saint Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, John works to share the richness and beauty of the Orthodox Faith with the wider community.
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