“Sighing from the depths of my heart, I saw above me an Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos. Turning to her, I Prayed…”

“Then I realized that it was my sins that prevented me from seeing the Life-Creating Wood. The Grace of the Lord then touched my heart. I wept and lamented, and I began to beat my breast. Sighing from the depths of my heart, I saw above me an Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos. Turning to her, I Prayed: “O Lady Virgin, who gave birth in the flesh to God the Word! I know that I am unworthy to look upon your Icon. I rightly inspire hatred and disgust before your Purity, but I know also that God became Man in order to call sinners to repentance. Help me, O All-Pure one. Let me enter the Church. Allow me to behold the Wood upon which the Lord was Crucified in the flesh, shedding His Blood for the redemption of sinners, and also for me. Be my witness before your Son that I will never defile my body again with the impurity of fornication. As soon as I have seen the Cross of your Son, I will renounce the world, and go wherever you lead me.”

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