Monday, February 2, 2009

His Holiness, Patriarch Kyrill

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever!
The Morning Offering
Monday, February 2 / January 20 (Church Calendar)

Saints of the Day:

January 20 / February 2. St. Euthymius the Great. Martyrs Bassus, Eusebius, Eutychius and Basilides at Nicomedia. MartyrsInna, Pinna and Rimma, disciples of Apostle Andrew in Scythia. Martyrs Thyrsus and Agnes. St. Leo the Great, confessor,Emperor of the East. Martyr Anna at Rome. New-Martyr Zacharias at Patrai in Morea. Saints Euthymius the Silent and Laurencethe Recluse of the Kiev Caves. St. Euthymius of Syanzhemsk. Blessed Peter the customs inspector of Constantinople. Repose of Righteous. Theodore Kuzmich (Tsar Alexander) (1864).

Quote of the Day:

There is no shorter ascent to the royal and Divine mansions...than through subduing the five passions hostile to obedience, namely: disobedience, argumentativeness, self-gratification, self-justification and pernicious high opinion of oneself...Disobedience is the mouth of hell; argumentativeness its tongue, whetted like a sword; self-gratification is its sharp teeth; self-justification its throat; high opinion of oneself, which casts one into hell, is the belching of its all-devouring belly. But he who, through obedience, conquers the first, by one stroke cuts off all the rest and with one stride reaches heaven.

St. Gregory of Sinai

Scripture Readings for the Day:

1 Peter 2:21-3:9

21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:
       22 " Who committed no sin,
      Nor was deceit found in His mouth"

23 who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; 24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. 25 For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

1 Peter 3

 1 Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, 2 when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear. 3 Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— 4 rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. 5 For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands, 6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror.
7 Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.
Called to Blessing
8 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be courteous; 9 not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. tenderhearted,
Mark 12:13-17

The Pharisees: Is It Lawful to Pay Taxes to Caesar?

13 Then they sent to Him some of the Pharisees and the Herodians, to catch Him in His words. 14 When they had come, they said to Him, "Teacher, we know that You are true, and care about no one; for You do not regard the person of men, but teach the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? 15 Shall we pay, or shall we not pay?"
But He, knowing their hypocrisy, said to them, "Why do you test Me? Bring Me a denarius that I may see it." 16 So they brought it.
And He said to them, "Whose image and inscription is this?" They said to Him, "Caesar's."
17 And Jesus answered and said to them, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."
And they marveled at Him.

Photo of the Day:

It is with great joy that we greet the news of the Enthronement of His Holiness, Patriarch KYRILL I, of Moscow and All Russia.


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