Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Living the evangelical life of Orthodox monasticism in witness to the salvific truth of the Gospels of Our Lord, God, and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever!
The Morning Offering
Wednesday, September 16 / 3 (Church Calendar)

Saints of the Day:

September 3 / 16. Hieromartyr Anthimus, Bishop of Nicomedia, and those with him: Martyrs Theophilus deacon, Dorotheus,Mardonius, Migdonius, Peter, Indes, Gorgonius, Zeno, Virgin Domna, and Euthymius St. Theoctistus, fellow-faster with St.Euthymius the Great. (services combined) Martyr Aristion, Bishop of Alexandria. Martyr Basilissa of Nicomedia. St. Pheobe,deaconess at Cenchreae near Corinth. Blessed John the Hairy, fool-for-Christ at Rostov. St. Ioannicius, Archbishop of Serbia.New-Martyr Polydorus of Cyprus. Martyr Edward of England . (Greek Calendar Martyrs Chariton and Archontinus. EmperorConstantine the New.) Repose of Priest Peter, fool-for-Christ of Uglich (1866).

Photo of the Day:

The Holy Altar of our monastery's temple. (click to enlarge)

Quote of the Day:

Hence heresies have both frequently arisen and are arising, while the perverse mind has no peace, while discordant perfidy does not maintain unity. Indeed the Lord permits and suffers these things to happen, while the choice of one's own liberty remains, so that, while the norm of truth examines our hearts and minds, the sound faith of those who are approved may become manifest in a clear light. Through the Apostle the Holy Spirit forewarns and says: 'For there  must be factions, so that those who are approved among you may be made manifest.' (1 Cor. 11:19).
St. Cyrian of Carthage
"The Unity of the Church"

Scripture Readings for the Day:

Gal. 3:15-22

The Changeless Promise

Brethren, I speak in the manner of men: Though it is only a man's covenant, yet if it is confirmed, no one annuls or adds to it. 16 Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, "And to seeds," as of many, but as of one, "And to your Seed," who is Christ. 17 And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by God in Christ, that it should make the promise of no effect. 18 For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no longer of promise; but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
Purpose of the Law
19 What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator. 20 Now a mediator does not mediate for one only, but God is one.
21 Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law. 22 But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.

Mark 6:7-13

Sending Out the Twelve

7 And He called the twelve to Himself, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them power over unclean spirits. 8 He commanded them to take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bag, no bread, no copper in their money belts— 9 but to wear sandals, and not to put on two tunics.
10 Also He said to them, "In whatever place you enter a house, stay there till you depart from that place. 11 And whoever will not receive you nor hear you, when you depart from there, shake off the dust under your feet as a testimony against them. Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!"
12 So they went out and preached that people should repent. 13 And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them.


  1. I am a Roman Catholic who has a great deal of respect for Orthodoxy and thoroughly enjoys your blog. Today's picture is truly beautiful.

  2. When I read this this morning I thought "how radical". Then it really hit home that this is what it means to give up one's life for Christ, this is martyrdom. Can you imagine in today's and age if some people did this? I can't.