Saint Symeon the New Theologian: On the Banishment and Repentance of Adam and Every Christian

Being banished from Paradise, Adam and Eve immediately began to thirst and hunger, to freeze and shiver, to have labors and sweat, and to endure all those difficulties and griefs that we even now endure. Therefore, they soon felt into what a bitter condition they had descended, and to what a great misfortune they had become subject. Then they realized both their own hardness of heart and their lack of repentance, as well as God’s unutterable condescension and compassion towards them.

The Blessed State, a Homily by Saint Symeon the New Theologian

1. That human nature through the incarnation of the Son, God the Word, comes again into the blessed state, that is, into the good and divine condition in which it was until the transgression of Adam. Inasmush as human nature lost its blessed state through the transgression of Adam, it is essential¬† for us to […]