Friday, June 19, 2009

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever!
The Morning Offering
Friday, June 19 / June 6
(Church Calendar)

Saints of the Day:

June 6 / 19. PENTECOST St. Bessarion the Wonderworker of Egypt. St. Hilarion the New, abbot of the Dalmatian Monastery. Virgin Martyrs Archelais, Thecla, and Susanna, beheaded at Salerno. St. Paisius, abbot of Uglich. St. Jonah, abbot of Klimetzk. St. Jonah, Bishop of Perm. Opening of the Relics of St. Barlaam, abbot of Khutyn (Novgorod). (Greek Calendar: Five virgins of Caesarea in Palestine: Martha, Mary, Cyria, Valeria, and Marcia. St. Attalus the Wonderworker. Martyr Gelasius. St. Photius, monk.)

Photo of the Day:

Upcoming Monastery Pilgrimage poster. (Click photo to enlarge)

Thought for the Day:

"The Word of God is God. And the word of the world is world. There is a great difference and distance between the Word of God and the word of the world and between the children of God and the children of the world. For every begotten offspring resembles its proper parents. If, therefore, the offspring of the Spirit gives itself over to the word of the world and to earthly matters and the glory of this age, it is stricken with death and perishes, whence it came into existence."
from: 'Pseudo-Macarius' The fifty spiritual homilies

Scripture Readings for the Day:

Romans 5:17-6:2

17 For if by the one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)
18 Therefore, as through one man's offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man's righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. 19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous.
20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, 21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 6

Dead to Sin, Alive to God
 1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?

Matthew 9:14-17

Jesus Is Questioned About Fasting

14 Then the disciples of John came to Him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but Your disciples do not fast?"
15 And Jesus said to them, "Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast. 16 No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch pulls away from the garment, and the tear is made worse. 17 Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved."

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