Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Village of Dockton

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever!
The Morning Offering
Thursday, March 5 / February 20 (Church Calendar)
~Great and Holy Lent~

Saints of the Day: 

February 20 / March 5. St. Leo, Bishop of Catania in Sicily. St. Agatho, pope of Rome. Hieromartyr Sadoc (Sadoth), Bishop of Persia, and 128 Martyrs with him. Beheading of St. Cornelius, abbot of the Pskov Caves, and his disciple St. Bessian of Murom. St. Agatho, wonderworker of the Kiev Caves. St. Bessarion the Great, wonderworker of Egypt. (Greek Calendar: St. Cindeus, Bishop of Pisidia. St. Plotinus, monk.) Abbot Macarius and 34 monks and novices of Valaam martyred by the Lutherans (1578).

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Scripture Readings for the Day:

Isaiah 2:11-21

11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled,
      The haughtiness of men shall be bowed down,
      And the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.
       12 For the day of the LORD of hosts
      Shall come upon everything proud and lofty,
      Upon everything lifted up—
      And it shall be brought low—
       13 Upon all the cedars of Lebanon that are high and lifted up,
      And upon all the oaks of Bashan;
       14 Upon all the high mountains,
      And upon all the hills that are lifted up;
       15 Upon every high tower,
      And upon every fortified wall;
       16 Upon all the ships of Tarshish,
      And upon all the beautiful sloops.
       17 The loftiness of man shall be bowed down,
      And the haughtiness of men shall be brought low;
      The LORD alone will be exalted in that day,
       18 But the idols He shall utterly abolish.
       19 They shall go into the holes of the rocks,
      And into the caves of the earth,
      From the terror of the LORD
      And the glory of His majesty,
      When He arises to shake the earth mightily.
       20 In that day a man will cast away his idols of silver
      And his idols of gold,
      Which they made, each for himself to worship,
      To the moles and bats,
       21 To go into the clefts of the rocks,
      And into the crags of the rugged rocks,
      From the terror of the LORD
      And the glory of His majesty,
      When He arises to shake the earth mightily.

Genesis 2:4-19

4 This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, 5 before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown. For the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground; 6 but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground.
7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

Life in God's Garden
8 The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. 9 And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
10 Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four riverheads. 11 The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one which skirts the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 And the gold of that land is good. Bdellium and the onyx stone are there. 13 The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one which goes around the whole land of Cush. 14 The name of the third river is Hiddekel; it is the one which goes toward the east of Assyria. The fourth river is the Euphrates.
15 Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die."
18 And the LORD God said, "It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him." 19 Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name.

Proverbs 3:1

Guidance for the Young
 1 My son, do not forget my law,    But let your heart keep my commands;

Photo of the Day:

Dockton, with the monastery hidden in the forest above the village, as seen from a friend's aircraft. I'd give anything to have a pilot licence, as flying gives me such joy.

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