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Wednesday. Also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness. Blow the trumpet, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly… let the bridegroom go forth of his cham-ber, and the bride out of her closet… let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep and say: “Spare thy peo-ple, O Lord!” (Joel 2:2–17). Who now hearkens unto this voice, resound-ing in the Church? If on the city squares a thunderous voice should resound from heaven, saying, “Spare yourselves, O people, so that the Lord will spare you!” — perhaps someone would hear it and awake from his ecstasy of pleasures, lusts and wine. The priests do not cease to plead, “Spare O Lord!” But from the Lord comes the just yet terrible answer, “I will not spare, for there are none seeking to be spared.” Ev-eryone is standing with their back to the Lord; they have turned from Him and forgotten Him.
Saint Theophan the Recluse