All visible things get their light from the sun, and all that is done according to reason gets its force from humility. Where there is no light, everything is dark; where there is no humility, all that we have is rotten…. We cannot describe the power and essence of this sun, humility, but from its properties and effects we can explain its intrinsic nature.
Based on St. John of the Ladder
A deacon beside the Holy Altar of the main church (Kyriakon) of the Vatopaidi Skete of St. Demetrios