now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, according to Your
Word; for my eyes have seen Your salvation which You have prepared
before the face of all people, a light to bring revelation to the
Gentiles, and the Glory of Your people Israel."
It happened that Abba Moses the black was struggling with the
temptation of fornication. Unable to stay any long in the cell, he went
and told Abba Isidore. Abba Isidore exhorted him to return to his cell.
But he refused, saying, "Abba, I cannot."
Then Abba Isidore took
Moses out onto the terrace and said to him, "Look towards the west." He
looked and saw hordes of demons flying about and making a noise before
launching an attack. Then Abba Isidore said to him, "Look towards the east." He turned and saw an innumerable multitude of holy angels shining with glory.
Abba Isidore said, "See, these are sent by the Lord to the saints to
bring them help, while those in the west fight against them. Those who
are with us are more in number than they are."
Then Abba Moses gave thanks to God, plucked up his courage, and returned to his cell.