Feast Day: March 30th
& the Fourth Sunday of Great Lent
The Life of Saint John Climacus: During the time of his silence in the cave, John wrote many worthwhile books, of which the most glorious is “The Ladder”. This book is still read by many, even today. In this book, John describes the method of elevating the Soul to God, as ascending a ladder…
Apolytikion: With the rivers of your tears, you have made the barren desert fertile. Through sighs of sorrow from deep within you, your labors have borne fruit a hundred-fold. By your Miracles you have become a light, shining upon the world. O John, our Holy Father, Pray to Christ our God, to save our Souls.
Kontakion: As ever-blooming fruits, thou dost offer the teachings of thy God-given book, O wise John, thou most blessed, while sweetening the hearts of all them that heed it with vigilance; for it is a ladder from the Earth unto Heaven that conferreth glory on the Souls that ascend it and honour thee faithfully.
Megalynarion: Like that lofty ladder which Jacob was reaching to the Heavens, even so, by your Godly words, you have raised a ladder that brings all the faithful unto the heights of virtue, O Blessed Father John.
“His body ascended the heights of Sinai, while his soul ascended the heights of Heaven.” – Monk Daniel
In his book The Ladder of Divine Ascent, Saint John wrote of thirty Divine and Spiritual ascents, such as the rungs of a ladder, as the method of elevating the Soul to God, as one ascends a ladder.