Hristos a înviat!
From my little chapel in my front room, I never serve the Divine services in slippers! Somehow, although this would be more appropriate and comfortable, it seems rather casual and disrespectful; so I always put on my clean shoes as I would as in Church! I’m sure no one would notice my feet under my cassock, but I know, and I know that all things should be done in order as the Apostle Paul reminds us.( 1 Corinthians 14:40) To dress correctly befitting the task is something that we should not easily dismiss. It was good to see some of the gentlemen wearing ties at Pascha!!
I remember mountain walking in Transylvania with my spiritual brother and some students some years ago- a variety of inappropriate footwear seemed the fashion- trainers, sandals and even grandfather’s old brown brogues, but no walking boots! Needless to say there were some very sore feet at the end of each day.
St Columba and the shoes of Turf. ( part I of 2)
In the early Church in these islands with few writing materials, the Gospel was often conveyed by singing bards. A message came to St. Columba (who was also a singing bard) that the leading Bishop in Ireland had outlawed this practice and that” he was not to set foot on the Island of Ireland!” St Columba remembering how many had been converted on earlier missions by singing the Gospel stories decided to go back to Ireland but in order not to contravene the Bishop’s instructions he cut and took two turfs of soil from Iona with him on the boat. On reaching Ireland he tied these two turfs to his feet!
Mountain Walking in Transylvania
Matthew 7:14: “Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way
which leads to life ,and there are few who find it.
The climb was hard following the track
It tired the legs and wrenched the back;
Clearer and lighter was the air
Greater and slower was the care.
In which we made our way.
The thin line of friends began to spread,
Like a spider’s hoary thread
On the mountain climb together
Stretched in love for one another.
As we walked the way
Stopping often to refresh and rest,
To view the scene, to pray, to jest,
To share a thought, to catch a sigh
To marvel at the birds on high.
As we walked His Way.
Our destination now in sight,
We summon up our little might,
To reach the summit and the goal
With all our heart, mind, strength and soul.
With Him who is the Way.
What toil we must endure, what fatigue, while we are attempting to
climb hills and the summits of mountains! What, that we may ascend
to heaven! If you consider the promised reward, what you endure is
less. Immortality is given to the one who perseveres; everlasting
life is offered; the Lord promises His Kingdom.