Sunday, March 15, 2009

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever!
The Morning Offering
Sunday, March 15 / March 2 (Church Calendar)
~Great and Holy Lent~
 
Saint Gregory Palamas

Saints of the Day: 

March 2 / 15. Hieromartyr Theodotus, Bishop of Cyrenia. St. Arsenius, Bishop of Tver. St. Agatho of Egypt, monk. Martyr Troadius of Neo-Caesarea. Virgin Martyr Euthalia of Sicily. 440 Martyrs slain by the Lombards. Saints Sabbas and Barsanuphius, abbots of Tver. St. Sabbatius, monk of Tver, and his disciple St. Euphrosynus. St. Chad, Bishop of Lichfield (Greek Calendar: Martyr Hesychius the Senator. St. Cointus of Phrygia, confessor and wonderworker. Martyrs Andronicus and the virgin Athanasia.) appearance of the Kolomna icon of the 'Reigning Mother' of God (1917). Repose of Abbess Philareta of Ufa (1890).

Quote of the Day:


"Always establish one and the same hour for taking food, and take it for fortifying the body and not for enjoyment."

St. Anthony the Great


Scripture Readings for the Day:

Hebrews 1:10-2:3

10 And:

   " You, LORD, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth,
      And the heavens are the work of Your hands.
       11 They will perish, but You remain;
      And they will all grow old like a garment;
       12 Like a cloak You will fold them up,
      And they will be changed.
      But You are the same,
      And Your years will not fail."[a]

   
13 But to which of the angels has He ever said:

   

      " Sit at My right hand,
      Till I make Your enemies Your footstool"?

   

 14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?

Hebrews 2

Do Not Neglect Salvation
 1 Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. 2 For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,

Mark 2:1-12

Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralytic
 1 And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house. 2 Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. 3 Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. 4 And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.
5 When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven you."
6 And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, 7 "Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?"
8 But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, "Why do you reason about these things in your hearts? 9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Arise, take up your bed and walk'? 10 But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins"—He said to the paralytic, 11 "I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house." 12 Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything like this!"

Photo of the Day:

The Monastery's courtyard fountain.

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