Sunday, June 27, 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
Sunday, June 27 / 14 (Church Calendar)

Saints of the Day:

June 14 / 27. Prophet Elisha [Jas 5:10-20; Lk 4:22-30]. St. Methodius, Patriarch of Constantinople. St. Niphon of Mt. Athos. St. Mstislav-George, prince of Novgorod. St. Elisha, monk of Sumsk (Solovki). St. Methodius, abbot of Peshnosha. St. Julitta (Julia) of Tabenna in Egypt. St. Joseph, Bishop of Thessalonica.

Photo of the Day:

I met this fine group of young people from Portland, Oregon, on the ferry to Orcas Island this past Friday, on my way to share the salvific truths of Orthodoxy.

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Quote of the Day:

"....Whatever fruits of beneficence you do yield, you gather up for yourself; for the grace of good works and their reward is returned to the giver. Have you given something to a person in need; what you have given becomes yours, and is returned to you with an increase. And as the wheat that falls to the earth brings increase to the one who has thrown it there, so the bread that you give the hungry will later bring you a great gain. Therefore, let the end of your earthly tilling be the beginning of your heavenly sowing."
St. Basil the Great
Scripture Readings for the Day:

Romans 10:1-10
Israel Needs the Gospel
 1 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. 2 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
5 For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, "The man who does those things shall live by them." 6 But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, "Do not say in your heart, 'Who will ascend into heaven?'" (that is, to bring Christ down from above) 7 or, "'Who will descend into the abyss?'" (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith which we preach): 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Matthew 8:28-9:1

Two Demon-Possessed Men Healed

28 When He had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way. 29 And suddenly they cried out, saying, "What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?"
30 Now a good way off from them there was a herd of many swine feeding. 31 So the demons begged Him, saying, "If You cast us out, permit us to go away[b] into the herd of swine."
32 And He said to them, "Go." So when they had come out, they went into the herd of swine. And suddenly the whole herd of swine ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and perished in the water.
33 Then those who kept them fled; and they went away into the city and told everything, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. 34 And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus. And when they saw Him, they begged Him to depart from their region.

Matthew 9

Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralytic
 1 So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city.

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