The bright feast of the Protection of the Mother of God! It is a witness to us of the great glory with which the Most Holy Mother of God is crowned in the heavens. On this day she appeared in heavenly glory, and people saw her and rejoiced. In her hands she held a wondrous protecting veil, to show how she protects and defends people from all evil. There is a two-fold joy for us on this feast. One is that we see a great and righteous woman, a sufferer in earthly life, crowned with such heavenly glory; and the other is that, while abiding in the heavens, she attentively cares for Christians, for the heirs of her Son and God.
And if she makes us glad by her defence, by her appearances, both before, and now, and always, we also, brothers and sisters, should make her glad. We truly can bring joy to the Most Holy Mother of God. You ask, how?
If we believe in the Son of God and the Son of the Virgin Mary, we bring joy to the Mother of God. If we love Him, as She loves us, we bring joy to the Mother of God. If we keep Christ’s commandments, by this we bring joy to the one who gave birth to the Lord Christ.
If we repent of our sins, she rejoices with the angels and all the heavenly powers of God. But if we sin and do not repent, we offend the Most Pure Mother of God, we offend the bright angels of God and all the righteous ones in heaven. But the Lord pays attention to our hearts, not to our words; and when He comes to judge the world, He will judge not our talk, but our hearts. If our hearts are not pure He will reject us, but if He finds our hearts pure and filled with mercy and love, He will accept us into His eternal Kingdom. If the core of a tree is rotten, will it live much longer? If the core of a tree is rotten, will it live much longer? But the human heart rots from sin and when it rots, then a man becomes the shadow of a man and he drags across the earth until he disappears from it entirely.
May it not be so with you, my brothers and sisters do not turn into a shadow but remain people of God; and if you are people of God, then you are also the heirs to the Kingdom of God.
That the righteous inherit the Kingdom of God is witnessed by the Most Pure Mother of God through her appearance in glory and light, with her protecting veil, with which she protects from evil all who run to her with tears, prayer and faith. She appeared and she still appears not just for the sake of appearing, but in order to open the spiritual eyes of those without faith, so that they would learn of eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven;
To console the sorrowing, so that they would know what great joy awaits them in the next life;
To be a support to the little and the weak, so that they might walk their earthly path with joy, and enter into the Kingdom;
To encourage the penitent, so that they would not stumble on the path of repentance, but stand fast and be saved;
To repay every drop of her Sons blood with the salvation of many, many human souls;
To repay every drop of her Sons blood with the salvation of many, many human souls; All people from the beginning of the world to its end, be they numerous as the blades of grass on the earth and grains of sand in the sea, can be saved by this Blood.
There is not a person on earth for whom the Son of the Most Pure Virgin did not give His precious Blood. Praise the righteous, correct the sinner, encourage those who repent. But just as dirty water cannot whiten soiled cloth, neither can the sinner cleanse another sinner until he has cleansed himself. Therefore the Lord warns you to heal yourself! (cf. Luke 4:23). If you want to correct others, correct yourself, and then be zealous for others. This is the law of Christ.
This is how you will bring joy to the Most Pure Mother of God, who brings us joy always. She guards us against attacks and prays for us to God, and kisses us as a mother does her children. She burns with the desire that everyone be saved and enter into Her Son’s Kingdom. Glory and praise be to our God, and to you peace, health, joy, and blessing unto the ages of ages.
Translated by The Catalogue of Good Deeds