Friday, June 26, 2009

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever!
The Morning Offering
Friday, June 26 / June 13
(Church Calendar)

Saints of the Day:

June 13 / 26. Martyr Aquila of Byblos in Syria. St. Triphyllius, Bishop of Leucosia (Nicosia) in Cyprus. Martyr Antonina of Nicaea. St. Anna and her son St. John of Constantinople. St. Antipater, Bishop of Bostra in Arabia. St. Andronicus, disciple of St. Sergius of Radonezh, and St. Sabbas, abbots of Moscow. Finding of the relics of New-Martyr Nicholas the Deacon of Lesbos. (Greek Calendar: St. James, monk, who was deceived and worshipped the Antichrist. St. Eulogius, Patriarch of Antioch. Martyr Diodorus of Emesus who was crucified.) Repose of Abbess Alexandra, foundress of Diveyevo Convent (1789).

Photo of the Day:

The stone pathway around the temple, nearing completion. (Click to enlarge)

Thought for the Day:

 "The knowledge of God cannot be found in a body that loves pleasure."

Father Justin Popovich
Scripture Readings for the Day:

Romans 9:6-19

Israel's Rejection and God's Purpose

6 But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, 7 nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, "In Isaac your seed shall be called." 8 That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed. 9 For this is the word of promise: "At this time I will come and Sarah shall have a son."
10 And not only this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one man, even by our father Isaac 11 (for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls), 12 it was said to her, "The older shall serve the younger." 13 As it is written, "Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated."
Israel's Rejection and God's Justice
14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not! 15 For He says to Moses, "I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion." 16 So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to the Pharaoh, "For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth." 18 Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens.
19 You will say to me then, "Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?"

Matthew 10:32-36

Confess Christ Before Men

32 "Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.
Christ Brings Division
34 "Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to 'set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law'; 36 and 'a man's enemies will be those of his own household.'

Matthew 11:1
John the Baptist Sends Messengers to Jesus
 1 Now it came to pass, when Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples, that He departed from there to teach and to preach in their cities.

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