As St. Paul writes in his letter to the Phillipian Church,
But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
Phillipians 3:7-11, NKJV, biblegateway.com
In Orthodox Christian Holy Week, we walk with Christ through his betrayal, suffering, death, burial, and resurrection. And in all our lives we seek to conform ourselves to our Lord Jesus Christ not only in His victory, but also through His sufferings, through patient endurance of loss and pain. While some may be called to the priesthood, the monastic
life, missions of mercy and Church planting, others may receive a call the value of which is difficult to understand: the ministry of suffering.
a reflection from the website of St. Aidan Orthodox Church, Cranbrook, British Columbia :