Thursday, June 18, 2009

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever!
The Morning Offering
Thursday, June 18 / June 5
(Church Calendar)

Saints of the Day:

June 5 / 18. Hieromartyr Dorotheus, Bishop of Tyre. Repose of St. Theodore Yaroslavich, older brother of St. Alexander Nevsky. Martyrs Marcian, Nicander, Hyperechius, Apollonius, Leonides, Arius, Gorgias, Selenias, Irenius, and Pambo, of Egypt. St. Theodore the wonderworker, hermit of the Jordan. St. Anubius, confessor and anchorite of Egypt. Blessed Constantine, Metropolitan of Kiev. Blessed Igor-George, tonsured Gabriel, Great Prince of Chernigov and Kiev. St. Abba Dorotheus of Palestine. St. Peter, monk of Serbia. Finding of the relics of Saints Bassian and Jonah, monks of Pertomsk (Solovki). St. Basil, Bishop of Ryazan. New-Martyr Mark of Smyrna, who suffered in Chios. St. Illidius, Bishop of Clermont (Gaul). (Greek Calendar: Martyr Christopher of Rome. Martyr Conon of Rome.)

Photo of the Day:

 Our wild Foxglove, which grows on our property in abundance. (Click photo to enlarge)

Thought for the Day:

"We should not become angry with those who sin, even if what they do is criminal and deserves punishment. On the contrary, for the sake of justice we ought to correct and, if need be, punish them ourselves or get others to do so. But we should not become angry or excited; for anger acts only in accordance with passion, and not in accordance with good judgment and justice. Moreover, we should not approve those who show more mercy than is proper. The wicked must be punished for the sake of what is good and just, but not as a result of the personal passion of anger."

St. Antony the Great

Scripture Readings for the Day:

Romans 5:10-16

10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

Death in Adam, Life in Christ
12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned— 13 (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. 15 But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man's offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. 16 And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification.

Matthew 8:23-27

Wind and Wave Obey Jesus

23 Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. 24 And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. 25 Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, "Lord, save us! We are perishing!"
26 But He said to them, "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 So the men marveled, saying, "Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?"

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