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L. To the Archimandrite Gerontius. 1696

The characters of souls are often depicted in words and their unseen forms revealed; so now your reverence’s letter exhibits the piety of your holy soul. Your waiting for that sentence, your anxiety, your search for advocates and preparation for a defence, clearly indicate your soul’s zeal about divine things. We on the contrary are in a manner inactive and sleepy; we are nurtured in idleness, and stand in need of much assistance from prayers. Give them to us, O man beloved of God, that now at all events we may wake up and give some care to the soul.



All that is known of Gerontius is his being the recipient of the letter. “Archimandrite” = ρχων τῆς μάνδρας, i.e. ruler of the fold or byre.

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