December 16, 2012

Holy Fathers on the Name of God: St. John of Kronstadt

The Name of God is God Himself. Therefore it is said: ‘Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain;’or ‘the Name of the God of Jacob defend thee;’or, again, ‘bring my soul out of prison that I may give thanks unto Thy Name.’ As the Lord is the most incomplex Spirit, He is wholly contained in one word, in one thought, being at the same time wholly everywhere - in all creatures. This is why, if you only call upon the Name of the Lord, you call upon the Lord Himself, the Saviour of those who believe, and you shall be saved. ‘Whosoever shall call on the Name of the Lord shall be saved.’ ‘Call upon me [My Name] in the time of trouble; so will I hear thee, and shalt praise me.’

St. John of Kronstadt, My Life in Christ, p. 477