Saturday, December 5, 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
Saturday, December 5 / November 22 (Church Calendar)
Saints of the Day:

November 22 / December 5. Afterfeast of the Entry into the Temple. Apostles Philemon and Archippus. Martyr Apphia, wife ofPhilemon, and St. Onesimus, disciple of St. Paul. Martyrdom of St. Michael, prince of Tver. Martyrs Cecilia (canon only), Valerian,Tiburtius and Maximus at Rome. Martyr Procopius the reader at Caesaria in Palestine. Martyr Menignus at Parium. St. Agabbas ofSyria. Righteous Michael the soldier of Bulgaria. Martyrs Stephen, Mark, and Mark (another) in Pisidia. Martyr Agapion of Greece.St. Callistus II, Patriarch of Constantinople (Mt. Athos). St. Clement of Ochrida, Bishop of Greater Macedonia.

Photo of the Day:

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Quote of the Day:

It is well known that obedience is the chief among the intitiatory virtues, for first it displaces presumption, and then it engenders humility within us. Thus it becomes, for those who willingly embrace it, a door leading to the love of God.
St. Diadochos of Photiki
"On Spiritual Knowledge"
 (The Philokalia)

Scripture Readings for the Day:

Ephesians 5:1-8
Walk in Love
 1 Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
3 But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; 4 neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not be partakers with them.
Walk in Light
8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.

Luke 9:57-62

The Cost of Discipleship

57 Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, "Lord, I will follow You wherever You go."
58 And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head."
59 Then He said to another, "Follow Me."
But he said, "Lord, let me first go and bury my father."
60 Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God."
61 And another also said, "Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house."
62 But Jesus said to him, "No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God."

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