Wednesday, March 3, 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

Wednesday, March 3 / February 18 (Church Calendar)

Saints of the Day:
February 18 / March 3. St. Leo the Great, pope of Rome. St. Flavian the confessor, Patriarch of Constantinople. St. Agapitus, Bishop of Synnada in Phrygia, and Martyrs Victor, Dorotheus, Theodulus, and Agrippa, who suffered under Licinius. St. Cosmas, monk of Yakhromsk. New-Martyr Priest Alexander Medvedsky (1932) and Hieromonk Benjamin (1938). Commemoration of the New-Martyrs who suffered during the 'Holy Night' in Petersburg (1932). (Greek Calendar: Martyrs Leo and Parigorius of Patara in Lycia. Martyr Publius.)

Photo of the Day:

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Quote of the Day:

"...Therefore there is nothing blameworthy or incomprehensible about this present Rite. If anyone fears the act of anathema, let him avoid the teachings which cause one to fall under it. If anyone fears it for others, let him restore him to sound teaching. If you are Orthodox and yet you are not well disposed toward this act, then you are found to be contradicting yourself. But if you have already abandoned sound doctrine, then what business is it of yours what is done in the Church by those who maintain it? By the very fact that you have conceived a different view of things than that which is maintained in the Church, you have already separated yourself from the Church. It is not inscription in the baptismal records which makes one a member of the Church, but the spirit and content of one's opinions. Whether your teaching and your name are pronounced as being under anathema or not, you already fall under it when your opinions are opposed to those of the Church, and when you persist in them. Fearful is the anathema."
Bishop Theophan the Recluse
"What is an Anathema?"

Scripture Readings for the Day:

Isaiah 10:12-18

12 Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Lord has performed all His work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, that He will say, "I will punish the fruit of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his haughty looks."
13 For he says:

      " By the strength of my hand I have done it,
      And by my wisdom, for I am prudent;
      Also I have removed the boundaries of the people,
      And have robbed their treasuries;
      So I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man.
       14 My hand has found like a nest the riches of the people,
      And as one gathers eggs that are left,
      I have gathered all the earth;
      And there was no one who moved his wing,
      Nor opened his mouth with even a peep."
       15 Shall the ax boast itself against him who chops with it?
      Or shall the saw exalt itself against him who saws with it?
      As if a rod could wield itself against those who lift it up,
      Or as if a staff could lift up, as if it were not wood!
       16 Therefore the Lord, the Lord of hosts,
      Will send leanness among his fat ones;
      And under his glory
      He will kindle a burning
      Like the burning of a fire.
       17 So the Light of Israel will be for a fire,
      And his Holy One for a flame;
      It will burn and devour
      His thorns and his briers in one day.
       18 And it will consume the glory of his forest and of his fruitful field,
      Both soul and body;
      And they will be as when a sick man wastes away.

Genesis 7:6-9

6 Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters were on the earth.
7 So Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his sons' wives, went into the ark because of the waters of the flood. 8 Of clean animals, of animals that are unclean, of birds, and of everything that creeps on the earth, 9 two by two they went into the ark to Noah, male and female, as God had commanded Noah.

Proverbs 9:12-18

12 If you are wise, you are wise for yourself,
      And if you scoff, you will bear it alone."

The Way of Folly
    13 A foolish woman is clamorous;
      She is simple, and knows nothing.
       14 For she sits at the door of her house,
      On a seat by the highest places of the city,
       15 To call to those who pass by,
      Who go straight on their way:
       16 " Whoever is simple, let him turn in here";
      And as for him who lacks understanding, she says to him,
       17 " Stolen water is sweet,
      And bread eaten in secret is pleasant."
       18 But he does not know that the dead are there,
      That her guests are in the depths of hell.

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