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The Ladder of VirtueOur Holy Father John Climacus

4th Sunday
of
Great Lent
Our Holy Father
John Climacus

 

30 March and Fourth Sunday of Great Lent Our Holy Father John Climacus is commemorated because his book, "The Ladder of Virtue", is read in monasteries during Great Lent. Our Holy Father John Climacus wrote "The Ladder of Virtue" to instruct monks on living a life of asceticism and penance. In this book, Our Holy Father John Climacus teaches souls how to ascend to the summit of union with God in a step a step manner through the practice of virtues. Each chapter has an exposition of a virtue. Our Holy Father John Climacus starts with the practical virtues and progresses to the theoretical or mystical virtues. "The Ladder of Virtue" describes Christian life like climbing a ladder from earth to heaven.

"The Ladder of Virtue" has 30 chapters. The reading of "The Ladder of Virtue" would be completed on the Fourth Sunday of Great Lent. That is the reason why we honor him on the Fourth Sunday of Great Lent.

Biography

Our Holy Father John ClimacusOur Holy Father John Climacus was a 7th century monk living on Mount Sion (Mount Zion). It is generally accepted that he died on March 30, about 649 AD.

At the age of 16, Our Holy Father John Climacus entered a monastery on Mount Sinai. According to some sources, after forty years of living as a hermit, he was elected Hegumen (abbot) of the monastery of St. Catherine at Mount Sinai. Later, Our Holy Father John Climacus wrote his book.

Name

Our Holy Father John Climacus is also called "St John Climakos", "St John Klimakos", and "St John of the Ladder". His name "Climacus" is from the title of his book, "The Ladder of Virtue". "Climax" is the Greek word for the American word "ladder".

Kontakion (TONE 1)

O wise and blessed John, you gave us your teachings as fruits ever ripeto liven the hearts of those who hear them well.Your doctrine is like a ladder that leads to heavenly and everlasting glorythe souls of those who honor you.

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St. John Climacus Catholic Encyclopedia


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