May I die,
Before I die,
So I will not die,
When I die.
The saying that you are reading is one that is often found in the monastic “cells” (rooms) of the monks of Mount Athos. It reminds them that here in this life is the arena where we are called to die to self so that having done so we might be resurrected to the eternal life with God. Here on earth we are aided in resisting sin and selfish behaviour by remembering our death. “What does it profit a man to gain the entire world and to forfeit his soul?”, our Lord and Saviour asked us. We answer by saying: “It profits me nothing! Let me live for you and you alone…” Let me die to my self here so that when I die I will not die but live eternally with you in Heaven, in the eternal embrace of Love, selfless love. (Fr. Amphlochios)
The DOC Mottos:
Dead to Self, Orthodox Forever.
D.T.T.W. = Dead To The World.
Ave Christus Rex! (Hail Christ the King!)
What is the DOC about?
- Love for Christ
- Love for Orthodoxy
- Love for America
- Love for neighbor: all mankind.
Quotes from Holy Scripture & the Holy Fathers:
- Matthew 16:25: For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
- Numbers 21:9: And Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.
- John 3:14-15: And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
- John 15:13: Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
- Romans 6:8: Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him.
- 1 Timothy 2:11: If we be dead with Him, we shall also live with Him.
- Galatians 2:20: I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
- Galatians 3:13: Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.
- 1 Corinthians 15:31: I die daily, I affirm by your glory, brethren, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- 2 Timothy 4:8: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
- James 1:12: Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
- St. Anthony the Great: Death, if one keeps it in mind, is immortality; but to not keep it in mind is death.
- St. Isaac the Syrian: …the Saints that while alive they were dead; for though living in the flesh, they did not live for the flesh.
- St. Gregory of Nyssa: For our sake he became a serpent, to devour and consume the Egyptian serpents produced by the sorcerers.
- Elder Cleopa: The greatest wisdom that guards a man from all sin, and guides him to perpetual happiness, is to always see death in front of you! And to have Jesus Christ (the prayer) in mind and heart!