Wednesday, December 2, 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, December 2 / November 19 (Church Calendar)

Saints of the Day:

November 19 / December 2. Prophet Obadiah (Abdias). Martyr Barlaam of Caesarea in Cappadocia. (services combined) St.Barlaam and St. Ioasaph, prince of India, and St. Abenner the king, father of St. Ioasaph. Martyr Azes of Isauria and with him 150soldiers. Martyr Heliodorus in Pamphylia. St. Barlaam, abbot of the Kiev Caves. St. Hilarion, monk, Wonderworker of Thessalonica.(Greek Calendar: Martyr Agapius. Martyrs Anthimus, Thalalaeus, Christopher, Euphemia and her children. Martyr Pancharius.)Repose of Metropolitan Philaret of Moscow (1867).

Photo of the Day:

Please remember, in your prayers, the souls of the four Lakewood, Washingston Police Department officers, gunned down in a coffee shop, this past Sunday morning. As well, please pray for their families, including nine children who've lost a parent, and their police departments. (I am honored to serve as a police and fire chaplain.) (Click to enlarge)

Quote of the Day:

"God's judgment is nothing else than our coming into contact with truth and light. ...Our hearts will be opened by the penetrating light of God, and what is in these hearts will be revealed. If in those hearts there is love for God, those hearts will rejoice seeing God's light. If, on the contrary, there is hatred for God in those hearts, these men will suffer by receiving on their opened hearts this penetrating light of truth which they detested all their life."

Alexander Kalomiros
from:"River of Fire"

Scripture Readings for the Day:

1 Timothy 1:18-20

Fight the Good Fight

18 This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, 19 having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck, 20 of whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I delivered to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.

1 Timothy 2:8-15

Men and Women in the Church

8 I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting; 9 in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, 10 but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works. 11 Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. 12 And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. 15 Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control.

Luke 15:1-10

The Parable of the Lost Sheep
 1 Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him. 2 And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, "This Man receives sinners and eats with them." 3 So He spoke this parable to them, saying:
4 "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!' 7 I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.
The Parable of the Lost Coin
8 "Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!' 10 Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

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