Wednesday, March 25, 2009

New Icons for Iconostasis

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever!
The Morning Offering
Wednesday, March 25 / March 12 (Church Calendar)
~Great and Holy Lent~

Photo of the Day:

Painted by Matushka Ann Margitich of Santa Rosa, California, these two new icons now grace the iconostasis of our temple.

Saints of the Day: 

March 12 / 25. St. Theophanes the Confessor of Sigriane. Righteous Aaron, brother of Moses the God-seer. Righteous Phineas, grandson of Aaron. St. Gregory the Dialogist, pope of Rome. St. Simeon the New Theologian. Holy Abba Cyrus. Repose of Schemamonk Anthony the Gorge-dweller of Zelenchug Monastery in Kuban (1908).

Quote of the Day:

"The truly intelligent soul, which enjoys the love of God, knows everything in life in a direct and immediate way; it lovingly woos God's favour, sincerely gives Him thanks, and aspires with all its strength towards Him."

St. Antony the Great

Scripture Readings for the Day:

Isaiah 26:21-27:9

21 For behold, the LORD comes out of His place
      To punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity;
      The earth will also disclose her blood,
      And will no more cover her slain.

Isaiah 27

 1 In that day the LORD with His severe sword, great and strong,
      Will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent,
      Leviathan that twisted serpent;
      And He will slay the reptile that is in the sea.

The Restoration of Israel
    2 In that day sing to her,

      " A vineyard of red wine!
       3 I, the LORD, keep it,
      I water it every moment;
      Lest any hurt it,
      I keep it night and day.
       4 Fury is not in Me.
      Who would set briers and thorns
      Against Me in battle?
      I would go through them,
      I would burn them together.
       5 Or let him take hold of My strength,
      That he may make peace with Me;
      And he shall make peace with Me."
       6 Those who come He shall cause to take root in Jacob;
      Israel shall blossom and bud,
      And fill the face of the world with fruit.
       7 Has He struck Israel as He struck those who struck him?
      Or has He been slain according to the slaughter of those who were slain by Him?
       8 In measure, by sending it away,
      You contended with it.
      He removes it by His rough wind
      In the day of the east wind.
       9 Therefore by this the iniquity of Jacob will be covered;
      And this is all the fruit of taking away his sin:
      When he makes all the stones of the altar
      Like chalkstones that are beaten to dust,
      Wooden images and incense altars shall not stand.

Genesis 9:18-10:1

Noah and His Sons

18 Now the sons of Noah who went out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. And Ham was the father of Canaan. 19 These three were the sons of Noah, and from these the whole earth was populated.
20 And Noah began to be a farmer, and he planted a vineyard. 21 Then he drank of the wine and was drunk, and became uncovered in his tent. 22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. 23 But Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and went backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father's nakedness.
24 So Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done to him. 25 Then he said:
      " Cursed be Canaan;
      A servant of servants
      He shall be to his brethren."

 26 And he said:
      " Blessed be the LORD,
      The God of Shem,
      And may Canaan be his servant.

 27 May God enlarge Japheth,
      And may he dwell in the tents of Shem;
      And may Canaan be his servant."
28 And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years. 29 So all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years; and he died.

Genesis 10

Nations Descended from Noah
 1 Now this is the genealogy of the sons of Noah: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. And sons were born to them after the flood.

Proverbs 8:32-9:11

32 " Now therefore, listen to me, my children,
      For blessed are those who keep my ways.
       33 Hear instruction and be wise,
      And do not disdain it.
       34 Blessed is the man who listens to me,
      Watching daily at my gates,
      Waiting at the posts of my doors.
       35 For whoever finds me finds life,
      And obtains favor from the LORD;
       36 But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul;
      All those who hate me love death."

Proverbs 9

The Way of Wisdom
 1 Wisdom has built her house,
      She has hewn out her seven pillars;
       2 She has slaughtered her meat,
      She has mixed her wine,
      She has also furnished her table.
       3 She has sent out her maidens,
      She cries out from the highest places of the city,
       4 " Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!"
      As for him who lacks understanding, she says to him,
       5 " Come, eat of my bread
      And drink of the wine I have mixed.
       6 Forsake foolishness and live,
      And go in the way of understanding.
       7 " He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself,
      And he who rebukes a wicked man only harms himself.
       8 Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you;
      Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.
       9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;
      Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
       10 " The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
      And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
       11 For by me your days will be multiplied,
      And years of life will be added to you.

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