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The Spiritual Means, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

17- Contemplating on death and judgment


The Church teaches us in the Prayer before sleeping (the Twelfth Hour prayer) to pray saying:

Behold, I am about to stand before the Just Judge in fear because of my numerous sins..., and If this life was everlasting and this world eternal, O my soul, you would have a valid excuse. But if your wicked deeds and repulsive evils are exposed before the Just Judge, what answer would you then give, when you are lying on the bed of sin and fail to subject the body?!

And in the Midnight Prayer, the Church directs us to contemplate on the end of the world and the second coming of Christ, the destiny of the wise virgins and the foolish virgins.. and the necessity for spiritual watchfulness..

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