Saturday, March 13, 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 13 / February 28 (Church Calendar)

Saints of the Day:
February 28 / March 13. St. Basil the Confessor, companion of St. Procopius at Decapolis. Saints Marina, Cyra, and Domnica (Domnina), nuns of Syria. Hieromartyr Proterius, Patriarch of Alexandria. Hieromartyr Nestor, Bishop of Magydos in Pamphilia. Apostles Nymphas and Eubulus. Blessed Nicholas of Salos of Pskov, fool-for-Christ. New-Martyr Kyr-Anna. St. Romanus, desert-dweller of Condat in the Jura Mountains (Gaul). (Greek Calendar: Six Holy Martyrs of Egypt. St. Barsus of Damascus, Bishop Martyr Abercius. St. Shio of Georgia, monk.) Repose of Arsenius Matseivich, Metropolitan of Rostov (1772). (Commemorated on February 28 / March 13 in non-leap years) St. John Cassian the Roman, abbot. St. John, called Barsanuphius, of Nitria in Egypt. Martyr Theocteristus, abbot of Pelecete Monastery near Prusa. St. Cassian, recluse and faster of the Kiev Caves. St. Meletius, Bishop of Kharkov.

Photo of the Day:

The Yale Russian Chorus, made up of fourteen young men from Yale University, made a pilgrimage to the monastery, and blessed the holy brotherhood with a private concert in the monastery's trapeza. Following a Lenten meal, they were given a tour of the monastery, as well as a walk in our forest, dedicated to Saint Seraphim of Sarov.
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Video of the Day:

Elder Proclus - All demons from hell have gathered on the earth.
Scripture Readings for the Day:

Hebrews 6:9-12

A Better Estimate

But, beloved, we are confident of better things concerning you, yes, things that accompany salvation, though we speak in this manner. 10 For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. 11 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Mark 7:31-37

Jesus Heals a Deaf-Mute

31 Again, departing from the region of Tyre and Sidon, He came through the midst of the region of Decapolis to the Sea of Galilee. 32 Then they brought to Him one who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech, and they begged Him to put His hand on him. 33 And He took him aside from the multitude, and put His fingers in his ears, and He spat and touched his tongue. 34 Then, looking up to heaven, He sighed, and said to him, "Ephphatha," that is, "Be opened."
35 Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly. 36 Then He commanded them that they should tell no one; but the more He commanded them, the more widely they proclaimed it. 37 And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, "He has done all things well. He makes both the deaf to hear and the mute to speak."

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