Saturday, May 2, 2009

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever!
The Morning Offering
Saturday, May 2 / April 19 (Church Calendar)
Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!

Saints of the Day:

April 19 / May 2. St. John of the Ancient Caves in Palestine. St. George the Confessor, Bishop of Antioch in Pisidia. St. Tryphon, Patriarch of Constantinople. Martyrs Christopher, Theonas and Antoninus at Rome. St. Nicephorus, abbot of Katabad. Hieromartyr Paphnutius of Jerusalem. St. Symeon the Barefoot of Philotheou Monastery (Mt. Athos). St. Joachim, abbot of Opochka (Pskov). Martyr Agathangelus of Esphigmenou Monastery (Mt. Athos). Repose of fool-for-Christ Asenatha of Goritsky (1892) and Schemahieromonk Alexis of Valaam (1900).

 Photo of the Day:

We've been blessed to have as our guests, two monks from Saint John the Wonderworker Monastery in Manton, CA. Father Martin has visited us before, and Father Jeremy is a first time visitor.

Video of the Day:

Scripture Readings for the Day:

Acts 5:21-33

21 And when they heard that, they entered the temple early in the morning and taught. But the high priest and those with him came and called the council together, with all the elders of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought.

Apostles on Trial Again
22 But when the officers came and did not find them in the prison, they returned and reported, 23 saying, "Indeed we found the prison shut securely, and the guards standing outside before the doors; but when we opened them, we found no one inside!" 24 Now when the high priest, the captain of the temple, and the chief priests heard these things, they wondered what the outcome would be. 25 So one came and told them, saying, "Look, the men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people!"
26 Then the captain went with the officers and brought them without violence, for they feared the people, lest they should be stoned. 27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them, 28 saying, "Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man's blood on us!"
29 But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: "We ought to obey God rather than men. 30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree. 31 Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him."
Gamaliel's Advice
33 When they heard this, they were furious and plotted to kill them.

John 6:14-27

14 Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, "This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world."

Jesus Walks on the Sea
15 Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone.
16 Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea, 17 got into the boat, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was already dark, and Jesus had not come to them. 18 Then the sea arose because a great wind was blowing. 19 So when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near the boat; and they were afraid. 20 But He said to them, "It is I; do not be afraid." 21 Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going.
The Bread from Heaven
22 On the following day, when the people who were standing on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other boat there, except that one which His disciples had entered, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with His disciples, but His disciples had gone away alone— 23 however, other boats came from Tiberias, near the place where they ate bread after the Lord had given thanks— 24 when the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they also got into boats and came to Capernaum, seeking Jesus. 25 And when they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, "Rabbi, when did You come here?"
26 Jesus answered them and said, "Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. 27 Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him."

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