Sunday, January 24, 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 24 / 11 (Church Calendar)
Publican and Pharisee

Saints of the Day:

January 11 / 24. St. Theodosius the Great, the Cenobiarch . St. Michael of Klops Monastery, fool-for-Christ (Novgorod). St.Theodosius of Antioch. St. Stephen of Placidian near Constantinople. St. Theodore. St. Agapius of Apamea in Syria. MartyrMairus. St. Theodosius, Metropolitan of Trebizond. (Greek Calendar: St. Romil the hermit of Veddin. St. Vitalis of the monastery ofAbba Serid at Gaza.) Repose of Blessed Nun Eupraxia of Teliakov village, Kostroma (1823).

Photo of the Day:

  Vashon Island, just before dusk, as seen from West Seattle's ferry dock. (click for enlargement)

Quote of the Day:

One of the Fathers said, "The eyes of pigs have a natural conformation which makes them turn toward the ground and they can never look up to heaven, so is the soul of one who lets himself be carried away by pleasure. Once the soul is allowed to slip into the slough of enjoyment, she can no longer get out again."
from: Wisdom of the Desert Fathers

Scripture Readings for the Day:

2 Timothy 3:10-15

The Man of God and the Word of God

10 But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, 11 persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra—what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me. 12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

Luke 18:10-14

10 "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.' 13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!' 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."

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