About the Sunday of the Last Judgment

On this day we commemorate the inescapable second coming of Christ, so that no one who will take the love of God for mankind for granted and live in laziness saying, "God loves mankind, and when I am separated from Him by sin, all is prepared for my restoration." This fearsome day of judgment has been designated for commemoration at this point in time, that those who live in laziness may be encouraged to the virtues, not trusting only in the love of God, but also realizing that He is the righteous Judge who will judge all men according to their deeds. With one word the Lord will separate the righteous from the sinners. Those who have done good will receive eternal life, and those who have done evil will suffer the consequences of their hard hearted wickedness.

Let it be noted that Christ will not ask who fasted, or who undertook ascetic feats, or who performed miracles, for although these things are good, mercy and compassion are far better. He will question both the righteous and the sinners on six commandment-like virtues, of which everyone is capable: "For I was hungry, and ye gave me to eat. I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink. I was a stranger, and ye took me in; naked, and ye clothed me. I was sick, and ye visited me. I was in prison, and ye came to me. Inasmuch as ye have done it to one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it to me." Those who have served Christ, knowing or unknowingly, will joyfully delight in attaining the Kingdom of Heaven, being close to God in His holy place, and receiving everlasting glory and exaltation. But those who are separated from God through wasting the life of their souls in laziness and worldliness will receive torment and darkness, deprived of the divine radiance. (adapted from the Synaxarion)