Monday, February 16, 2009

Met. Philaret of Minsk and Myself

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever!
The Morning Offering
Monday, February 16 / February 3 (Church Calendar)

Saints of the Day:

February 3 / 16. Holy and Righteous Symeon the God-receiver and Anna the Prophetess Prophet Azarias . Martyrs Adrian and Eubulus at Caesaria in Cappadocia. St. Symeon, first Bishop of Tver. St. Ansgar, Bishop of Hamburg, enlightener of Denmark and Sweden. St. Romanus, prince of Uglich. New-Martyrs Stamatius and John, brothers, and Nicholas, their companion. St. James,Archbishop of Serbia. Nicholas, Archbishop of Japan; Repose of Schemamonk Paul of Simonov Monastery, disciple of St. PaisiusVelichkovsky (1825), and Hieromonk Isidore of Gethsemane Skete, Moscow (1908).

Quote of the Day:

"We must struggle, because without struggles we do not obtain virtues."
Elder Ieronymos of Aegina

Scripture Readings for the Day:

1 John 2:18-3:10

Deceptions of the Last Hour

   18 Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.
20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. 21 I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
22 Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. 23 Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.
Let Truth Abide in You
24 Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.
26 These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. 27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.
The Children of God
28 And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. 29 If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.

1 John 3

 1 Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

Sin and the Child of God
4 Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. 5 And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. 6 Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.
7 Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. 8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 9 Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.
The Imperative of Love
10 In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.

Mark 11:1-11

The Triumphal Entry

Now when they drew near Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples; 2 and He said to them, "Go into the village opposite you; and as soon as you have entered it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has sat. Loose it and bring it. 3 And if anyone says to you, 'Why are you doing this?' say, 'The Lord has need of it,' and immediately he will send it here."
4 So they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door outside on the street, and they loosed it. 5 But some of those who stood there said to them, "What are you doing, loosing the colt?"
6 And they spoke to them just as Jesus had commanded. So they let them go. 7 Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes on it, and He sat on it. 8 And many spread their clothes on the road, and others cut down leafy branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Then those who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:

      " Hosanna!

      ' Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!'
       10 Blessed is the kingdom of our father David
      That comes in the name of the Lord!
      Hosanna in the highest!"

 11 And Jesus went into Jerusalem and into the temple. So when He had looked around at all things, as the hour was already late, He went out to Bethany with the twelve.

Photo of the Day:

Metropolitan Philaret of Minsk asked me to sit next to him in the altar, prior to the Unification Liturgy in Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow, Russia. He noticed I was using a cane and asked me to take a seat next to him. His kindness and warmth has lingered in my mind, since that eventful day, and my cane has gone into the corner of my cell, now that I've recovered from my total hip replacement. I'd hobbled around Moscow, trying to keep up with other pilgrims from the States, with my hip deteriorating, and the Metropolitan's kindness in offering the seat, meant a great deal to me.

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