Adam Laments His Exile

Adam

In the previous blog, The Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise, we read the words of Archimandrite Aimilianos reflecting on what Adam might have thought and said to God when God questioned him as to why he was trying to hide from His Creator.   In the meditation below, St Silouan puts in Adam’s mouth words lamenting what he lost in being exiled from Paradise.  Though the earth has beautiful landscapes, he cannot find joy in them knowing what exists in Paradise, yet which is no longer attainable for him.

“Adam wept:

‘The desert cannot pleasure me;

nor the high mountains,

nor meadow nor forest,

nor the singing of birds.

I have no pleasure in any thing.

My soul sorrows with a great sorrow: I have grieved God. And were the Lord to set me down in paradise again, there, too, would I sorrow and weep – ‘O, why did I grieve my beloved God?’”

(St Silouan in Remember Thy First Love by Archimandrite Zacharias, p 200)

Adam & Eve worship at the heavenly altar

Adam sees the magnificent beauty in God’s created world, and yet he agonizes over what he lost in being exiled from Paradise.  The pleasures of this world are nothing compared to Paradise Adam tells us.  The entire world was his – a vacation paradise.   Yet, he finds nothing on earth comparable to the Paradise lost.

Great Lent is trying to help us believe Adam’s lament – what we humans have lost is far greater than anything we might experience on earth.   We may be quite attached to this world, yet Great Lent calls  us to yearn for something greater, something we’ve never known.   Can we feel Adam’s exile and believe there is something even more glorious awaiting us, if only we will let go of the things we value so highly on earth?

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5 thoughts on “Adam Laments His Exile

  1. Pingback: The Expulsion of Adam from Paradise – Fr. Ted's Blog

  2. Jim Forest

    Fr Ted, I had not seen the icon of Adam & Eve worshiping at the heavenly altar before. Beautiful and very moving. Where did you find it? Can you say more about it?

    Jim

    On Sun, Mar 13, 2016 at 8:22 PM, Fr. Teds Blog wrote:

    > Fr. Ted posted: ” In the previous blog, The Expulsion of Adam and Eve from > Paradise, we read the words of Archimandrite Aimilianos reflecting on what > Adam might have thought and said to God when God questioned him as to why > he was trying to hide from His Creator. In ” >

    1. Fr. Ted

      Jim,

      The “icon” is actually a detail from a much larger icon of All Saints. It is a Greek icon. Adam and Eve at worship are a small part of the icon, but at the very center of the icon. I do not know the iconographer, nor can I tell you any more about the icon. A copy of this icon is in one of our church school classrooms, but I don’t know who brought it to the church or where the icon comes from. Sorry I cannot be of more help.

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