By St. Theophan the Recluse
The Lord fell silent on Wednesday and Thursday until evening, so that on this evening He could pour out a speech with the disciples and to the disciples, a speech like which there is nothing in all the scriptures, not only human, but also Divine. Now, at the direction of the Church, we hear only from the lips of the Lord, so that they do not interfere with smearing Him, because this served Him as a preparation for death. He has only death before His eyes - the final mystery of His coming to earth for our salvation. We will also delve into the contemplation of this mysterious death, in order to extract from there the hope of salvation for our souls burdened with many sins, for we do not know how to find peace for ourselves, wearied from an awakened conscience and the consciousness of the righteousness of God's judgment over us, which is terrible and impartial.