Thursday, June 25, 2009

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever!
The Morning Offering
Thursday, June 25 / June 12
(Church Calendar)

Saints of the Day:

June 12 / 25. Saints Onuphrius the Great, and Peter of Mt. Athos. St. Arsenius, abbot of Konevits. Saints John, Andrew, Heraclemon, and Theophilus, hermits of Egypt (also 2 December). St. John the Soldier of Egypt. St. Onuphrius, abbot of Malsk (Pskov). Saints Onuphrius and Auxentius, monks of Vologda. St. Stephen of Komel, abbot of Ozersk Monastery (Vologda). New-Martyr Bishop Onuphrius (1938) and his cosufferers Hieromartyrs Anthony, Barsanuphius and Joseph (1937). (Greek Calendar: St. Julian of Dagaz. St. Zeno, monk.)

Photo of the Day:

Brothers Gregory and Christos continue working on the stone pathway around the temple. (Click to enlarge)

Thought for the Day:

 "...with thoughts. If you try to drive them away, then know that you will not answer for the fact that they came to you. You are mistakenly attributing them to yourself- they're not yours but suggested to you by the enemy. Only when you voluntarily dwell on an evil thought and it gives you pleasure- then you're guilty, and must repent of this sin."

Elder Barsanuphius of Optina
Scripture Readings for the Day:

Romans 8:22-27

22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. 23 Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. 24 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.
26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

Matthew 10:23-31

23 When they persecute you in this city, flee to another. For assuredly, I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
24 "A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25 It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household! 26 Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.

Jesus Teaches the Fear of God
27 "Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. 28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father's will. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

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