Ascend, brothers! Ascend eagerly to the mountain of the Lord!
St John Climacus is best-known for his famous book, "The Ladder of Divine Ascent," a description of how to reach heaven. Aimed at monks, lay Orthodox have found it helpful through the centuries for it describes how to grow in the spiritual life and much is applicable to the ordinary person. We celebrate St John on the fourth Sunday of Lent, as we all strive to reach higher spiritual goals. The divine ascent has been put in icon form, as well.
Learn more about St John by reading:
- St John on Wikipedia
- St John on OrthodoxWiki
- St John on OCA.org
- The Ladder of Divine Ascent (free, downloadable pdf)
- The Ladder of Divine Ascent (read online)
- Excerpts from The Ladder of Divine Ascent (read online)
- Guide to The Ladder on OrthodoxWiki
- Many articles about St John on Mystagogy
Troparion — Tone 1
Kontakion — Tone 4
Prayer: O Holy Desert Dweller and Angel in the body, You received heavenly gifts through fasting, vigils and prayer. On this day when we commemorate your life and works, we ask you to pray to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that he will guide us up the ladder of divine ascent, reaching the last rung which will open to us the kingdom of heaven. Amen.
Bible Verse: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. Matt 5:6.
Bible Question: How is one "filled" through fasting, vigils, and prayer?