Friday, December 4, 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, December 4 / November 21 (Church Calendar)
Entry of the Theotokos

Saints of the Day:

November 21 / December 4. THE ENTRY OF THE MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS INTO THE TEMPLE [(1) Ex 40:1-5, 9, 10, 16, 34-35;(2) III Kgs 7:51; 8:1, 3-7, 9-11; (3) Ezek 43:27-44:4. Matins: Lk 1:39-49, 56. Liturgy: Heb 9:1-7; Lk 10:38-42; 11:27-28]. St.Yaropolk-Peter, prince of Vladimir in Volhynia. St. Columban of Ireland, abbot and founder of Luxeuil Abbey in France.

Photo of the Day:

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Quote of the Day:

An old man said, 'I would rather have a defeat with humility than a victory with pride.'

Wisdom of the Desert Fathers

Scripture Readings for the Day:

1 Timothy 4:4-8

4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; 5 for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

A Good Servant of Jesus Christ
6 If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed. 7 But reject profane and old wives' fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness. 8 For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.

1 Timothy 4:16

16 Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.

Luke 16:15-18

15 And He said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.
16 "The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it. 17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tittle of the law to fail.
18 "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced from her husband commits adultery.

Luke 17:1-4

Jesus Warns of Offenses
 1 Then He said to the disciples, "It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come! 2 It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. 3 Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. 4 And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, 'I repent,' you shall forgive him."

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