Wednesday, March 17, 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 17 / 4 (Church Calendar)

Saints of the Day:
March 4 / 17. St. Gerasimus of the Jordan. Martyrs Paul, his sister Juliana, and Quadratus, Acacius, and Stratonicus, at Ptolemais in Syria. St. Gregory, Bishop of Constantius in Cyprus. St. James the Faster of Phoenicia (Syria). St. Daniel, prince of Moscow. Martyr Wenceslaus, prince of the Czechs. Blessed Basil (Basilko), prince of Rostov. St. Gregory, Bishop of Assa near Ephesus. St. Gerasimus, monk of Vologda. Saints of Pskov martyred by the Latins. Saints Ioasaph of Snetogorsk and Basil of Mirozh monasteries. Repose of Schemamonk Mark of Glinsk Hermitage (1893).

Photo of the Day:

The first morning rays of the sun, shining over the monastery's temple.

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Quote of the Day:

"Before we become gods we must become men in the image of the One Who became what we are."

- Metropolitan Anthony Bloom

Scripture Readings for the Day:

Isaiah 41:4-14

4 Who has performed and done it,
      Calling the generations from the beginning?

      ' I, the LORD, am the first;
      And with the last I am He.'"
       5 The coastlands saw it and feared,
      The ends of the earth were afraid;
      They drew near and came.
       6 Everyone helped his neighbor,
      And said to his brother,

      " Be of good courage!"
       7 So the craftsman encouraged the goldsmith;
      He who smooths with the hammer inspired him who strikes the anvil,
      Saying, "It is ready for the soldering";
      Then he fastened it with pegs,
      Thatit might not totter.
       8 " But you, Israel, are My servant,
      Jacob whom I have chosen,
      The descendants of Abraham My friend.
       9 You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth,
      And called from its farthest regions,
      And said to you,

      ' You are My servant,
      I have chosen you and have not cast you away:
       10 Fear not, for I am with you;
      Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
      I will strengthen you,
      Yes, I will help you,
      I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.'
       11 " Behold, all those who were incensed against you
      Shall be ashamed and disgraced;
      They shall be as nothing,
      And those who strive with you shall perish.
       12 You shall seek them and not find them—
      Those who contended with you.
      Those who war against you
      Shall be as nothing,
      As a nonexistent thing.
       13 For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand,
      Saying to you, 'Fear not, I will help you.'
       14 " Fear not, you worm Jacob,
      You men of Israel!
      I will help you," says the LORD
      And your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.

Genesis 17:1-9

The Sign of the Covenant
 1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, "I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. 2 And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly." 3 Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying: 4 "As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. 5 No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. 6 I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. 7 And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. 8 Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God."
9 And God said to Abraham: "As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations.

Proverbs 15:20-16:9

20 A wise son makes a father glad,
      But a foolish man despises his mother.
       21 Folly is joy to him who is destitute of discernment,
      But a man of understanding walks uprightly.
       22 Without counsel, plans go awry,
      But in the multitude of counselors they are established.
       23 A man has joy by the answer of his mouth,
      And a word spoken in due season, how good it is!
       24 The way of life winds upward for the wise,
      That he may turn away from hell below.
       25 The LORD will destroy the house of the proud,
      But He will establish the boundary of the widow.
       26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD,
      But the words of the pure are pleasant.
       27 He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house,
      But he who hates bribes will live.
       28 The heart of the righteous studies how to answer,
      But the mouth of the wicked pours forth evil.
       29 The LORD is far from the wicked,
      But He hears the prayer of the righteous.
       30 The light of the eyes rejoices the heart,
      And a good report makes the bones healthy.
       31 The ear that hears the rebukes of life
      Will abide among the wise.
       32 He who disdains instruction despises his own soul,
      But he who heeds rebuke gets understanding.
       33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom,
      And before honor is humility.

Proverbs 16

 1 The preparations of the heart belong to man,
      But the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.
       2 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,
      But the LORD weighs the spirits.
       3 Commit your works to the LORD,
      And your thoughts will be established.
       4 The LORD has made all for Himself,
      Yes, even the wicked for the day of doom.
       5 Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD;
      Though they join forces, none will go unpunished.
       6 In mercy and truth
      Atonement is provided for iniquity;
      And by the fear of the LORD one departs from evil.
       7 When a man's ways please the LORD,
      He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
       8 Better is a little with righteousness,
      Than vast revenues without justice.
       9 A man's heart plans his way,
      But the LORD directs his steps.

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