Sunday, November 22, 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
Sunday, November 22 / 9 (Church Calendar)
St. Nectarius Kephalas, Metropolitan of Pentapolis

Saints of the Day:

November 9 / 22. Martyrs Onesiphorus and Porphyrius of Ephesus. St. Matrona, abbess of Constantinople. St. Theoctiste of theisle of Lesbos. Martyr Alexander of Thessalonica. Martyr Anthony of Apamea. St. John the Short of Egypt Saints Eustolia and Sosipatra of Constantinople. St. Simeon Metaphrastes. St. Onesiphorus the Confessor of the Kiev Caves Saints Euthymius and Neophytus the Serbians of Mt. Athos. St. Nectarius Kephalas, Metropolitan of Pentapolis. (Greek Calendar Martyrs Narses and Artemonos. St. Helladius, monk.) Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos She Who is Quick to Hear

Photo of the Day:


Saint Nectarius of Pentapolis, pray to God for us.

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Quote of the Day:

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

The above words must govern the life of every monastic, for the centrality of the Gospels in the life of a monk is the starting point for the Acquisition of the Holy Spirit, which is the goal of monasticism. Theosis comes only when we humble ourselves, and fill our lives with the love of Christ, giving witness to His saving grace. Like Christ, we must become servants to all those with whom we come in contact, extending His mercy and love, and His humble nature, to all. Without the acquisition of a humble and contrite heart, there is no salvation.

With love and blessings,
Abbot Tryphon

Scripture Readings for the Day:

Ephesians 2:4-10

4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Luke 8:41-56

41 And behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue. And he fell down at Jesus' feet and begged Him to come to his house, 42 for he had an only daughter about twelve years of age, and she was dying.
But as He went, the multitudes thronged Him. 43 Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, 44 came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped.
45 And Jesus said, "Who touched Me?"
When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, "Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, 'Who touched Me?'"
46 But Jesus said, "Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me." 47 Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately.
48 And He said to her, "Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace."
49 While He was still speaking, someone came from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, "Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher."
50 But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, "Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well." 51 When He came into the house, He permitted no one to go in except Peter, James, and John, and the father and mother of the girl. 52 Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, "Do not weep; she is not dead, but sleeping." 53 And they ridiculed Him, knowing that she was dead.
54 But He put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying, "Little girl, arise." 55 Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And He commanded that she be given something to eat. 56 And her parents were astonished, but He charged them to tell no one what had happened.

1 comment:

  1. Contemplating The Morning Offering is an essential part of my every day. Thank you, Abbot Tryphon, for providing me and all the other readers of the Morning Offering with such an inspiration at the start of every new day.