Saturday, March 6, 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

Saturday, March 6 / February 21 (Church Calendar)
Commemoration of the Departed

Saints of the Day:
February 21 / March 6. St. Timothy of Symbola in Bithynia. St. Eustathius (Eustace), Archbishop of Antioch. (services combined) St. George, Bishop of Amastris on the Black Sea. St. John the Scholastic, Patriarch of Constantinople. St. Zachariah, Patriarch of Jerusalem. 'Kozelshchanskaya' Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos. Repose of Blessed Simon Todorsky, Bishop of Pskov (1754), and Elder Macarius of Glinsk Hermitage (1864).

Photo of the Day:

The monastery's plaza, with the library balcony above.
(click for enlargement)

Quote of the Day:

"It is left to pastors and the children of God only to understand that their strength is not in ascetic labours, not in learnedness, but in infirmity, which we must accept as our Saviour, make peace with it, come to love it, and bring it consciously to God's feet, so that in our weakness the grace and power of God might begin to work, and Christ might bring forth his image in us."
Archimandrite John Krestiantah
On the work of a Pastor

Scripture Readings for the Day:

Hebrews 10:32-38

But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings: 33 partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated; 34 for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven. 35 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:
       37 " For yet a little while,
      And He who is coming will come and will not tarry.
       38 Now the just shall live by faith;
      But if anyone draws back,
      My soul has no pleasure in him."

Mark 2:14-17

As He passed by, He saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, "Follow Me." So he arose and followed Him.
15 Now it happened, as He was dining in Levi's house, that many tax collectors and sinners also sat together with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many, and they followed Him. 16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, "How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?"
17 When Jesus heard it, He said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance."

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