Wednesday, December 30, 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 30 / 17 (Church Calendar)
Saints of the Day:

December 17 / 30. Prophet Daniel and the Three Holy Youths Ananias, Azarias and Misael [Heb 11:33-40; Lk 11:47-12:1]. St.Daniel the Confessor (in schema Stephen) of Spain and Egypt. St. Dionysius of Zakynthos, Bishop of Aegina. (Greek Calendar:Martyr Bacchus. New-Martyr Nicetas. Blessed Deacon Abbacum of Serbia.)

Photo of the Day:

 Hieromonk Paul and Nun Photini, chanting the Matins Service. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Thought for the Day:

Every success in anything we should refer to the Lord and with the Prophet say: Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Thy name give glory (Ps. 113:9).
St. Seraphim of Sarov
"Little Russian Philokalia"

Scripture Readings for the Day:

Hebrews 10:1-18
Animal Sacrifices Insufficient
 1 For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins. 3 But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. 4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.
Christ's Death Fulfills God's Will
5 Therefore, when He came into the world, He said:

      " Sacrifice and offering You did not desire,
      But a body You have prepared for Me.
       6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin
      You had no pleasure.
       7 Then I said, 'Behold, I have come—
      In the volume of the book it is written of Me—
      To do Your will, O God.'"
 8 Previously saying, "Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them " (which are offered according to the law), 9 then He said, "Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God." He takes away the first that He may establish the second. 10 By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Christ's Death Perfects the Sanctified

And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, 13 from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. 14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
15 But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before,
16 "This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them," 17 then He adds, "Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more." 18 Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.

Mark 8:30-34

30 Then He strictly warned them that they should tell no one about Him.

Jesus Predicts His Death and Resurrection
31 And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke this word openly. Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. 33 But when He had turned around and looked at His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, "Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men."
Take Up the Cross and Follow Him
34 When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.

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