Today we commemorate St. Moses the Black, AKA Venerable Moses the Ethiopian of Scete , Abba Moses the Robber, and Moses the Strong, a monk and martyr who died around 400.
You can read about St. Moses HERE and HERE
You can read the Eastern Orthodox Akathist (Hymn) To Our Holy Father Among The Saints, Moses The Black HERE
Seeing the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in you, your former gang members were also led to thoughts concerning the meaning of life, death and the path of salvation. Convicted by the purity of your life, they too changed their evil ways and followed thee, learning to cry out to God: Alleluia!
Once a thief and a robber but now a good shepherd, you are even at this moment calling lost sheep back to the straight and narrow way that leads to everlasting life. Pray that our hardened hearts and our darkened minds take heed to your call as we sing these praises:
Rejoice, perfection of renunciation.
Rejoice, guide of all who struggle to put off the old man and be clothed in Christ.
Rejoice, good seed that brought forth fruit an hundred fold.
Rejoice, you who through remembrance of death didst attain unto life.
Rejoice, you who passed through the valley of the shadow of death.
Rejoice, for your soul found rest in the still waters of Christ.
Rejoice, holy elder Moses, righteous teacher of true spiritual wisdom!
Unaware of your physical strength, a band of thieves foolishly tried to rob your cell of earthly treasure that did not exist. Never missing a chance to save a soul, you tied them up and dragged them into church. In truth, you took the Kingdom unto your brother by force, showing him the power of faith. Marveling at your mighty works we praise you:
Rejoice, solid foundation of brotherly love.
Rejoice, you who took no thought for food and raiment.
Rejoice, you who followed the way of the cross by daily struggles.
Rejoice, you who went from strength to strength to reach the Kingdom.
Rejoice, courageous soul that conquered fear by perfect love.
Rejoice, you who ever abides in God.
Rejoice, holy Elder Moses, righteous teacher of true spiritual wisdom!
Read Luke 15:1-7
Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” 3 So he told them this parable: 4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine fin the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for iI have found my sheep that was lost.’ 7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
5:1–7 In the first of three similar parables, Jesus uses the devotion of a shepherd to illustrate God’s willingness to find the wayward sinner. God does not abandon us to our foolishness but seeks us out, calling us to repentance and to faith in the Gospel.
Engelbrecht, Edward A. The Lutheran Study Bible. St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2009.
Bring us home, dear Lord, and let there be joy in heaven. Grant us daily repentance. Amen.