Saturday, February 7, 2009


Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever!
The Morning Offering
Saturday, February 7 / January 25 (Church Calendar)

Saints of the Day:

Archbishop of Constantinople. St. Publius, ascetic of Syria. St. Mares the Singer of Syria. Martyrs Felicitas of Rome and seven sons: Januarius, Felix, Philip, Silvanus, Alexander, Vitalis, and Martial. St.Moses, Archbishop of Novgorod. St. Castinus, Bishop of Byzantium. St. Demetrius Skevophylax of Constantinople. New-MartyrVladimir, Metropolitan of Kiev (1918), protohieromartyr of the Communist Yoke. (Greek Calendar: Martyr Medula and hercompanions. St. Apollo of Thebes, monk.) Icons of the Most Holy Theotokos Assuage My Sorrow and Unexpected Joy. Repose of Starets Anatole the Elder of Optina (1894).

Quote of the Day:

And what is it then, to follow Christ? To do good and to suffer for the sake of the will of God who desires our forbearance; to endure all, looking upon Christ who suffered; for many wish to be glorified with Christ, yet few seek to remain with the suffering Christ.

St. Tikhon of Zadonsk

Scripture Readings for the Day:

2 Timothy 2:11-19

11 This is a faithful saying:

      For if we died with Him,
We shall also live with Him.
       12 If we endure,
We shall also reign with Him.
      If we deny Him,
He also will deny us.
       13 If we are faithless,
He remains faithful;
      He cannot deny Himself.

Approved and Disapproved Workers
14 Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers. 15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16 But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. 17 And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort, 18 who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: "The Lord knows those who are His," and, "Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity."

Luke 18:2-8

2 saying: "There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. 3 Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, 'Get justice for me from my adversary.' 4 And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, 'Though I do not fear God nor regard man, 5 yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.'"
6 Then the Lord said, "Hear what the unjust judge said. 7 And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? 8 I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?"

Photo of the Day:

Hammie, the Monastery's "Norwegian Forest Cat".


  1. Hammie, good to see you again! :) Abbot Tryphon, it was sooo good to spend time with you this past week. Thanks for your hospitality and for welcoming me with open arms. I'll look forward to continuing to be in touch with you in the days ahead. May God bless you with His Presence and the knowledge of His daily provisions for you and the monastary!!

    Pastor Bob, Boise First Community Center

  2. Dear Hammie:
    I am so thrilled to see you on the Ladder of Divine Ascent! You're facing the wrong way, but don't feel too bad, because I am always doing that myself...probably far more often than you.

    Anyway, I wanted to say hello and give you a virtual scratch behind the ears. I have never been able to visit you because money is a problem, but I do hope you know that I pray for you every day. I hope you will tell Abbot Tryphon and all the brothers that they are in my prayers and I have always enjoyed hearing about their adventures from other people who have visited Vashon. Maybe, God willing, I shall be able to come there myself one day. IN meantime, peace of our Lord be with you...

    One Love-One Hope in Christ our Lord,
    the small incense maker