Friday, November 20, 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
Friday, November 20 / 7 (Church Calendar)

Saints of the Day:

November 7 / 20. Holy 33 Martyrs of Melitene: Hieron, Hesychius, Nicander, Athanasius, Mamas, Barachius, Callinicus,Theogenes, Nicon, Longinus, Theodore, Valerius, Xanthius, Theodulus, Callimachus, Eugene, Theodochus, Ostrychius,Epiphanius, Maximian, Ducitius, Claudian, Theophilus, Gigantius, Dorotheus, Theodotus, Castrychius, Anicletus, Theomelius,Eutychius, Hilarion, Diodotus, and Amonitus. St. Lazarus the Wonderworker of Mt. Galesius near Ephesus. Martyrs Melasippus,Carina, their son Antoninus, and 40 children converted by their martyrdom, at Ancyra. Martyr Theodotus of Ancyra. St. Zosimas,abbot of Vorbozomsk. Translation of the Relics of St. Cyril, abbot of Novoezersk (Vologda). (Greek Calendar: Martyr Athenodorus Martyr Alexander of Thessalonica. St. Gregory, brother of St. Gregory the Wonderworker.)

Photo of the Day:


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Video of the Day:

Here is the video of Patriarch Pavle of Serbia's funeral. The size of the crowds in the streets is astounding!

Quote of the Day:

Spiritual progress takes a whole lot of effort on our part, for change of a spiritual nature requires no less than complete commitment, just as being physically fit takes a lot of effort. Anything that brings us closer to the Lord, just like in any relationship, requires complete commitment on our part, but the reward will be great!

Abbot Tryphon

Scripture Readings for the Day:

1 Thessalonians 5:9-13

9 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.
11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.

Various Exhortations
12 And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13 and to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. Be at peace among yourselves.

1 Thessalonians 5:24-28

24 He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.
25 Brethren, pray for us.
26 Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss.
27 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read to all the holy brethren.
28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

Luke 12:2-12

2 For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known. 3 Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops.

Jesus Teaches the Fear of God
4 "And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. 5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!
6 "Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. 7 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
Confess Christ Before Men
8 "Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God. 9 But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God.
10 "And anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven.
11 "Now when they bring you to the synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how or what you should answer, or what you should say. 12 For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say."

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