Thursday, February 18, 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

Thursday, February 18 / 5 (Church Calendar)
First week of the Great and Holy Fast

Saints of the Day:

February 5 / 18. Martyr Agatha of Palermo in Sicily. Martyr Theodula of Anazarbus in Cilicia, and with her Martyrs Helladius, Macarius, and Evagrius. St. Polyeuctus, Patriarch of Constantinople. St. Theodosius, Archbishop of Chernigov. New-Martyr Anthony of Athens. New-Martyrs Matushka Agatha of Belo-Russia (1938), Schemamonk Eugene (1939), and Righteous. Paramon (1941). Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos Seeking Out of the Lost. Repose of Righteous. Michael, Metropolitan of Serbia (1897).

Photo of the Day:

The Monastery's Holy Protection Church. (click for enlargement)

Quote of the Day:

Now bearing this in mind  ...let us therefore practice wisdom with simplicity, both as to doctrines and the right actions of our lives; let us judge ourselves here, that we be not condemned with the world hereafter  ...And so let us not merely say to God 'do not remember our offences,' but let each also say to himself 'let us not remember the offenses of our fellow servants done against us'  ...Why then do you thrust the sword against yourself, as do mad and frantic men, and banish yourself from the life which is to come, when you ought to use every means to attain unto it? For if this present life is so desirable, what can one say of that other from which pain and grief and mourning have fled away?   ...Blessed, thrice blessed  ...are they who enjoy that blessed rest.
St. John Chrysostom
"Homily on John 5"

Scripture Readings for the Day:

Isaiah 2:11-21

11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled,
      The haughtiness of men shall be bowed down,
      And the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.
       12 For the day of the LORD of hosts
      Shall come upon everything proud and lofty,
      Upon everything lifted up—
      And it shall be brought low—
       13 Upon all the cedars of Lebanon that are high and lifted up,
      And upon all the oaks of Bashan;
       14 Upon all the high mountains,
      And upon all the hills that are lifted up;
       15 Upon every high tower,
      And upon every fortified wall;
       16 Upon all the ships of Tarshish,
      And upon all the beautiful sloops.
       17 The loftiness of man shall be bowed down,
      And the haughtiness of men shall be brought low;
      The LORD alone will be exalted in that day,
       18 But the idols He shall utterly abolish.
       19 They shall go into the holes of the rocks,
      And into the caves of the earth,
      From the terror of the LORD
      And the glory of His majesty,
      When He arises to shake the earth mightily.
       20 In that day a man will cast away his idols of silver
      And his idols of gold,
      Which they made, each for himself to worship,
      To the moles and bats,
       21 To go into the clefts of the rocks,
      And into the crags of the rugged rocks,
      From the terror of the LORD
      And the glory of His majesty,
      When He arises to shake the earth mightily.

Genesis 2:4-19

4 This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, 5 before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown. For the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground; 6 but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground.
7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

Life in God's Garden
8 The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. 9 And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
10 Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four riverheads. 11 The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one which skirts the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 And the gold of that land is good. Bdellium and the onyx stone are there. 13 The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one which goes around the whole land of Cush. 14 The name of the third river is Hiddekel; it is the one which goes toward the east of Assyria. The fourth river is the Euphrates.
15 Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die."
18 And the LORD God said, "It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him." 19 Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name.

Proverbs 3:1-18

Guidance for the Young
 1 My son, do not forget my law,    But let your heart keep my commands;
       2 For length of days and long life
      And peace they will add to you.
       3 Let not mercy and truth forsake you;
      Bind them around your neck,
      Write them on the tablet of your heart,
       4 And so find favor and high esteem
      In the sight of God and man.
       5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
      And lean not on your own understanding;
       6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
      And He shall direct your paths.
       7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
      Fear the LORD and depart from evil.
       8 It will be health to your flesh,
      And strength to your bones.
       9 Honor the LORD with your possessions,
      And with the firstfruits of all your increase;
       10 So your barns will be filled with plenty,
      And your vats will overflow with new wine.
       11 My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD,
      Nor detest His correction;
       12 For whom the LORD loves He corrects,
      Just as a father the son in whom he delights.
       13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom,
      And the man who gains understanding;
       14 For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver,
      And her gain than fine gold.
       15 She is more precious than rubies,
      And all the things you may desire cannot compare with her.
       16 Length of days is in her right hand,
      In her left hand riches and honor.
       17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
      And all her paths are peace.
       18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her,
      And happy are all who retain her.

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