Saturday, December 26, 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 26 / 13 (Church Calendar)

Saints of the Day:

December 13 / 26. Martyrs Eustratius, Auxentius, Eugene, Mardarius, and Orestes at Sebaste Virgin Martyr Lucy of Syracuse. St.Arsenius of Latros. St. Gabriel, Archbishop of Serbia. St. Mardarius, recluse of the Kiev Caves. (Greek Calendar: St. Ares, monk.) Schemamonk Pantileimon the Resurrected of Glinsk Hermitage (1895).

Photo of the Day:

Holy Father Herman of Alaska, pray to God for us. (Click to enlarge)

Financial Support Needed:

Your financial help is very much needed, especially with this economic downswing. Our coffee sales are down, and donations are down. All this at the very time fuel, food, and insurance costs are up; and we still have our monthly mortgage payments to meet. If you are able, we would be very grateful for your financial assistance. You may send contributions to: All-Merciful Saviour Monastery, PO Box 2420, Vashon Island, WA 98070-2420. Please make checks out to All-Merciful Saviour Monastery. Remember, we are a tax deductible, 501 C3, non profit religious organization.

Quote of the Day:

"The true Christian is a warrior making his way through the regiments of the invisible enemy to his heavenly homeland."

Saint Herman of Alaska

Scripture Readings for the Day:

Ephesians 2:11-13

Brought Near by His Blood

11 Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands— 12 that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Luke 14:1-11

A Man with Dropsy Healed on the Sabbath
 1 Now it happened, as He went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath, that they watched Him closely. 2 And behold, there was a certain man before Him who had dropsy. 3 And Jesus, answering, spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?"
4 But they kept silent. And He took him and healed him, and let him go. 5 Then He answered them, saying, "Which of you, having a donkey or an ox that has fallen into a pit, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?" 6 And they could not answer Him regarding these things.
Take the Lowly Place
7 So He told a parable to those who were invited, when He noted how they chose the best places, saying to them: 8 "When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him; 9 and he who invited you and him come and say to you, 'Give place to this man,' and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place. 10 But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, 'Friend, go up higher.' Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you. 11 For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."

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