A great friend of mine, Juliana, has been struggling with her faith for sometime now. She last participated in Church services consistently during Great and Holy week two years ago; speaking with me somewhat recently, she found the services to be so saddening, that she could not bring herself to experience them anymore. To me, this sort of real sadness at the Passion of Christ seems to be a gift and fruit of the Spirit of God. Nevertheless, she let it overcome her and it has pulled her away from the life of the Orthodox Church. She did not grow up with Orthodoxy, but rather came into it as a collegian. It makes me wonder how much I have allowed myself to think of the liturgies as rote, rather than opportunities for compunction and contrition, particularly during Great and Holy Week.
Please pray for her faith to be built up, and for any fears she may have to be wiped away by the Lord. And please, pray for me, that I might be a source of edification for her in any way God would will. Thank you.