Tuesday, February 16, 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

Tuesday, February 16 / 3 (Church Calendar)
First week of the Great and Holy Fast

Saints of the Day:

February 3 / 16. Holy and Righteous Symeon the God-receiver and Anna the Prophetess Prophet Azarias . Martyrs Adrian and Eubulus at Caesaria in Cappadocia. St. Symeon, first Bishop of Tver. St. Ansgar, Bishop of Hamburg, enlightener of Denmark and Sweden. St. Romanus, prince of Uglich. New-Martyrs Stamatius and John, brothers, and Nicholas, their companion. St. James,Archbishop of Serbia. Nicholas, Archbishop of Japan; Repose of Schemamonk Paul of Simonov Monastery, disciple of St. PaisiusVelichkovsky (1825), and Hieromonk Isidore of Gethsemane Skete, Moscow (1908).

Photo of the Day:

Ariel photo of the monastery, taken a few days ago by monastery communicant, Edward Pierson. (click for enlargement)

Quote of the Day:

"After his struggle the person who attains the state of dispassion is relieved of all worry and anxiety, because he has conquered the passions. A person still subject to the passions may also think that all is well, but he does so merely because of his blindness. It is only the spiritual contestant who wants to conquer the passions but finds he cannot do so that suffers tribulation and warfare."

St. Peter of Damaskos

Scripture Readings for the Day:

Isaiah 1:19-2:3

19 If you are willing and obedient,
      You shall eat the good of the land;
       20 But if you refuse and rebel,
      You shall be devoured by the sword";
      For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

The Degenerate City
    21 How the faithful city has become a harlot!
      It was full of justice;
      Righteousness lodged in it,
      But now murderers.
       22 Your silver has become dross,
      Your wine mixed with water.
       23 Your princes are rebellious,
      And companions of thieves;
      Everyone loves bribes,
      And follows after rewards.
      They do not defend the fatherless,
      Nor does the cause of the widow come before them.
       24 Therefore the Lord says,
      The LORD of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel,

      " Ah, I will rid Myself of My adversaries,
      And take vengeance on My enemies.
       25 I will turn My hand against you,
      And thoroughly purge away your dross,
      And take away all your alloy.
       26 I will restore your judges as at the first,
      And your counselors as at the beginning.
      Afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city."
       27 Zion shall be redeemed with justice,
      And her penitents with righteousness.
       28 The destruction of transgressors and of sinners shall be together,
      And those who forsake the LORD shall be consumed.
       29 For they shall be ashamed of the terebinth trees
      Which you have desired;
      And you shall be embarrassed because of the gardens
      Which you have chosen.
       30 For you shall be as a terebinth whose leaf fades,
      And as a garden that has no water.
       31 The strong shall be as tinder,
      And the work of it as a spark;
      Both will burn together,
      And no one shall quench them.

Isaiah 2

The Future House of God
 1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
       2 Now it shall come to pass in the latter days
      Thatthe mountain of the LORD's house
      Shall be established on the top of the mountains,
      And shall be exalted above the hills;
      And all nations shall flow to it.
       3 Many people shall come and say,

      " Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
      To the house of the God of Jacob;
      He will teach us His ways,
      And we shall walk in His paths."

Genesis 1:14-23

14 Then God said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; 15 and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth"; and it was so. 16 Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. 17 God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
20 Then God said, "Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens." 21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth." 23 So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

Proverbs 1:20-33

The Call of Wisdom

    20 Wisdom calls aloud outside;
      She raises her voice in the open squares.
       21 She cries out in the chief concourses,
      At the openings of the gates in the city
      She speaks her words:
       22 " How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity?
      For scorners delight in their scorning,
      And fools hate knowledge.
       23 Turn at my rebuke;
      Surely I will pour out my spirit on you;
      I will make my words known to you.
       24 Because I have called and you refused,
      I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded,
       25 Because you disdained all my counsel,
      And would have none of my rebuke,
       26 I also will laugh at your calamity;
      I will mock when your terror comes,
       27 When your terror comes like a storm,
      And your destruction comes like a whirlwind,
      When distress and anguish come upon you.
       28 " Then they will call on me, but I will not answer;
      They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me.
       29 Because they hated knowledge
      And did not choose the fear of the LORD,
       30 They would have none of my counsel
      And despised my every rebuke.
       31 Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way,
      And be filled to the full with their own fancies.
       32 For the turning away of the simple will slay them,
      And the complacency of fools will destroy them;
       33 But whoever listens to me will dwell safely,
      And will be secure, without fear of evil."

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