For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad (II Corinthians, 5: 10).
On the Sunday of the Dreadful Judgement (The Meatfare Sunday), Metropolitan Vladimir of Chisinau and all Moldova, officiated the Divine Liturgy in the Metropolitan Nativity of the Lord Cathedral in Chisinau.
Concelebrated to the first hierarch was Bishop Ioan of Soroca, Metropolitan Vicar, and numerous priests and deacons of the holy place.
Numerous church-goers participated in the Liturgy, sharing the solemnity of the divine service.
The Gospel Reading of this Sunday (Mathew 25: 31-46), speaks about the Last Judgement of our Lord, and underlines that Righteous Judge will demand from us acts of faith that speak more than volumes of words.
Thus, the Gospel Reading on the Sunday of the Last Judgement reveals to us the mystery and the goal of our liberty. The way we use this liberty in our life on earth determines our state after death. Whether we used our liberty in order to cultivate merciful love for our neighbour who was in need, or we mistook liberty, confusing it with indifference and neglect towards others – this will determine our life in the eternity.
The Gospel teaches us that we are truly free and blessed by God only when we make acts of goodness and kindness.
The following Sunday is dedicated to the commemoration of casting away of Adam and Eve from Heaven, and is called the Sunday of Forgiveness.
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