The person who loves the most is he who humbles himself the most. No one will ever attain the degree of humility of Christ or His Mother, hence no one will ever be greater than they are. True human progress is progress in humility. Here is hidden true happiness. Everything else is as smoke in the wind.
Based on Elder Sophrony (Saharov)
Censing the miracle-working icon of Our Lady Vimatarissa inside the Sanctuary of the Katholikon Church at Vatopaidi. In this photo the icon has been removed from its usual place — the stand seen in the background to the monk’s right — as a preparation for taking it out into the nave of the church. The icon of Vimatarissa is taken out from the Sanctuary only on special occasions — in this case, for the Nativity of Christ.
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