Holy Ascension Orthodox Christian Church
West Chester, PA
Parish website: holyascension.net
The Vicious Circle of Ungodliness
(Commentary on Psalm 1)
The ungodly are those who despise searching for the knowledge of God, who in their irreverent mind take for granted that there is no Creator of the world, who assert that it arrived at the order and beauty that we see by chance, who in order to deprive their Creator of all power to pass judgement on a life lived rightly or in sin will have it that a person comes into being and passes out of it again by the simple operations of a law of nature. Thus all the counsel of these people is wavering, unsteady and vague and wanders about in the same familiar paths and over the same familiar ground, never finding a resting place, for it rails to reach any definite decision. They have never in their system risen to the doctrine of a Creator of the world, whether the world is for humanity or humanity for the world, the reason for death, its extent and nature. They press in ceaseless motion round the circle of this godless argument and find no rest in these imaginings. There are besides, other counsels of the ungodly, that is, of those who have fallen into heresy …
Their reasoning ever takes the course of a vicious circle; without grasp or foothold to stay them, they tread their interminable round of endless indecision. Their ungodliness consists in measuring God not by his own revelation but by a standard of their choosing they forget that it is as godless to make a god as to deny him; if you ask them what effect these opinions have on their faith and hope, they are perplexed and confused, they wander from the point and will fully avoid the real issue of the debate.
Happy is the one, then, who has not walked in this kind of counsel of the ungodly, who has not even entertained the wish to walk it in, for it is a sin even to think for a moment of things that are ungodly.
St. Hilary of Poitiers, Homily on Psalm 1.7-8
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Wednesday Night Paraklesis and Lecture Series @ 6:30pm
LECTURE 2 : Wed. 6/19 - Use of the Psalms in Vespers LECTURE 3 : Wed. 6/26 - The Priestly Prayers of Vespers LECTURE 4 : Wed. 7/10 - “O Lord I Have Cried,” and Reoccurring Hymns LECTURE 5 : Wed. 7/17 - Exploration of Festal Old Testament Readings at Vespers
This Week’s Schedule of Services and Events
WED: 6:15pm Paraklesis, followed by Potluck and Lecture.
THUR: 5:00pm Vespers for St. Julian
FRI: 5:00pm Vespers for the Hieromartyr Eusebius
SAT: 9:30am Soul Saturday Akathist for the Departed / 5:00pm Great Vespers, Confessions follow
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