Sunday, January 10, 2010

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
Sunday, January 10 / December 28 (Church Calendar)

Saints of the Day:

December 28 / January 10. Afterfeast of the Nativity of Christ. The 20,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia, including: Glycerius, Zeno,Theophilus, Dorotheus, Mardonius, Migdonius, Indes, Gorgonius, Peter, Euthymius, and the virgins Agape, Domna, and Theophila.Apostle Nicanor the Deacon. St. Ignatius, monk of Lomsk (Vologda). St. Simon the Myrrh-gusher, founder of Simonopetra Monastery on Mt. Athos. St Babylas of Tarsus in Cilicia. New-Martyr Nikodim, Bishop of Belgorod (1918). (Greek Calendar: MartyrSecundus.) Repose of Blessed Cornelius, monk of Krypets Monastery in Pskov (1903).

Photo of the Day:

  Hierarchal Divine Liturgy, on the Second Day of Nativity, with Bishop Theodosy of Seattle. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Thought for the Day:

"It is no mean contest to overcome one's bad habits, for custom, strengthened by enduring a long time, takes on the force of [second] nature."

St. Basil the Great

Scripture Readings for the Day:

1 Timothy 1:15-17

15 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. 16 However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

Luke 18:35-43

A Blind Man Receives His Sight

35 Then it happened, as He was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the road begging. 36 And hearing a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant. 37 So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. 38 And he cried out, saying, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"
39 Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"
40 So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he had come near, He asked him, 41 saying, "What do you want Me to do for you?"
He said, "Lord, that I may receive my sight."
42 Then Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has made you well." 43 And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.

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