Chief Among Sinners?

This article was published in the December 2015 issue of The Word magazine of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America. Glory to God for this blessed honor.

The Modern Monastic Order Of Saint Simon of Cyrene

“…that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief …”     From Paul’s First Letter to Timothy 1:15

“O God, cleanse me, a sinner, for I have never done anything good in thy sight.”  From the First Prayer of Saint Macarius the Great

“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”  The Jesus Prayer based on Luke 18:9-14

“I believe, O Lord, that thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God, who didst come into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief”   From the Orthodox Divine Liturgy prayer before the Holy Eucharist


It is hard enough to admit one’s wrong doing.  It is harder still to declare one’s self to have committed the worst of crimes, and nearly impossible to still see one’s self continuing to be the worst of offenders.  This is the main…

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