Holy hermits go up to heaven, while others, because of their selfishness, tumble into hell. The image comes from the book "Κλίμαξ" ("Ladder") of St. John of Sinai (ca. 579 - 649). About hell in the Orthodox Tradition, see here & here.
The Venerable 10,000 Ascetics of the Thebaid, reposed in peace (August 7, Eastern Orthodox liturgics).
On this day, the Orthodox Church celebrates the known and unknown hermits of ancient times, who lived in the desert of Thebaid, Egypt.
The Orthodox Christians (the Christians of the ancient faith) we consider pillars of the Church these saints, many of whom are teachers of humanity.
The Thebaid or Thebais (Greek: Θηβαΐς, Thēbaïs) was a region of ancient Egypt, which comprised the thirteen southernmost nomes of Upper Egypt, from Abydos to Aswan.
Around the 5th century, since it was a desert, the Thebaid became a place of retreat of a number of Christian hermits, and was the birthplace of St Pachomius. In Christian art, the Thebaid was represented as a place with numerous monks.
Map of the late Roman Diocese of Egypt, with Thebais in the south (from here).
Dream Team of the Desert (tag)
How “White” is the Orthodox Church?
On the same day celebrate in Orthodox Church:
Saint Or (Horus) of the Thebaid (390)
Saint Virginmartyr Potamia of Alexandria, the Wonderworker, by the sword (4th century)
Saint Hyperechius of the "Paradise", Egypt (4th century)
Ancient Christian faith (Orthodox Church) in Africa
African Saints (tag)Hymn to the African Saints
Deification - The Uncreated Light
"Partakers of Divine Nature" - About Deification & Uncreated Light in Orthodox Church
Theosis (deification): The True Purpose of Human Life
Theosis, St. Silouan and Elder Sophrony
LIVE, BEYOND THE LIMITS!
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