Lenten Quotes:

“Fasting in respect of food is of no benefit for those who fail to fast with all their senses; for whosoever is successfully waging his battle must be temperate in all things.”
- St. Isidore of Pelusium
"Do not be ashamed to enter the Church to confess. Be ashamed when you sin but not when you repent." - St. John Chrysostom
 “It is folly to abstain all day long from food, but fail to abstain from sin and selfishness.” - St. John Chrysostom
 “Prayer is the test of everything. If prayer is right, everything is right.” - Bishop Theophan the Recluse
"Thirst after Jesus, and He will satisfy you with His love." - St. Isaac the Syrian
"Who is so great a God, as our God. You are the God, who alone does wonders." (from the Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers)
 “True fasting lies is rejecting evil, holding one's tongue, suppressing one's hatred, and banishing one's lust, evil words, lying, and betrayal of vows.” - St. Basil the Great
"Examine yourself, O soul, and see in what land your portion lies; and if you have crossed over to that field which bears a harvest of bitterness for those who till it, wail and cry aloud, with groaning and great affliction, those words which give rest to your God more than sacrifices and whole burnt offerings." - St. Isaac the Syrian
"Fasting is wonderful, because it tramples our sins like a dirty weed, while it cultivates and raises truth like a flower." - St. John Chrysostom
"Brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things" (Philippians 4:8)
"O Champion General, we your faithful inscribe to you the prize of victory as gratitude for being rescued from calamity, O Theotokos. But since you have invincible power, free us from all kinds of perils so that we may cry out to you: Rejoice, O Bride unwedded." (from the Akathist prayers)
"Within Your peace, O Lord, where all Your saints repose, give rest also to the souls of Your servants, for You alone are immortal." (from the Memorial Service)
"Seek nothing other than to fear Him, to love Him, and to walk in all His ways. This is your boast, and this is your God." - St. Gregory Palamas
"Do not say that it is impossible to receive the Spirit of God. Do not say that it is possible to be made whole without Him. Do not say that one can possess Him without knowing it. Do not say that God does not manifest Himself to man. Do not say that men cannot perceive the divine light, or that it is impossible in this age! Never is it found to be impossible, my friends. On the contrary, it is entirely possible when one desires it." - St. Symeon the New Theologian
"By fasting it is possible both to be delivered from future evils and to enjoy the good things to come. We fell into disease through sin; let us receive healing through repentance, which is not fruitful without fasting." - St. Basil the Great
"Through prayer we guard our chastity, control our temper and rid ourselves of vanity. It makes us forget injuries, overcomes envy, defeats injustice and makes amends
for sin... It will refresh you when you are weary and comfort you when you are sorrowful." - St. Gregory of Nyssa
 “Oh give thanks unto the Lord for He is good. For His mercy endures forever.” (Psalm 136:1)
"The pious youth within the furnace were rescued by the offspring of the Theotokos. He who was Prefigured then has been born on earth, and is gathering the entire universe to sing: Bless the Lord, all his works, and magnify him to the ages. Most-holy Theotokos, save us." (from the Akathist)
"In paradise of old the tree stripped me bare; for by giving me its fruit to eat, the enemy brought in death. But now the Tree of the Cross that clothes men with the garment of life has been set up on earth, and the whole world is filled with boundless joy. Beholding it venerated, O ye people, let us with one accord raise in faith our cry to God: His house is full of glory." (from Matins on the Sunday of the Holy Cross)
"Then the King will say to those at his right hand, 'Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.'" - Matthew 25:34-36
"In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength." - Isaiah 30:15
"Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you." - Proverbs 4:24
"If you receive the words of my commandment and hide them within yourself, your ear will be obedient to wisdom, and you will incline your heart to understanding." - Proverbs 2:1-2
"Your eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is sound, your whole body is full of light; but when it is not sound, your body is full of darkness. Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness." - Luke 11:34-35
"Keep your heart with all vigilance; for from it flow the springs of life." - Proverbs 4:23
"It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to thy name, O Most High; to declare thy steadfast love in the morning, and thy faithfulness by night." - Psalm 92:1-2
""For with God nothing will be impossible." And Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her." - Luke 1:37-38

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