Monday, March 28, 2011

Aerial photograph of the Monastery.
March 28, 2011 / March 15, 2011

Fourth Week of the Great Lent: Adoration of Cross. Tone three.
Great Lent. By Monastic Charter: Strict Fast (Bread, Vegetables, Fruits)
Martyrs Agapius, Publius (Pauplios), Timolaus, Romulus, two named Dionysius, and two named Alexander, at Caesarea in Palestine (303).
New Hieromartyr Demetrius priest (1938).
New Hieromartyr Michael priest (1940).
Hieromartyr Alexander of Side in Pamphylia (270-275).
Martyr Nicander of Egypt (302).
Venerable Nicander, monk, of Gorodets (Novgorod) (1603).
New Martyr Manuel of Crete (1792) (Greek).
St. Hebarestes.
St. Zachariah, pope of Rome (752).

The Aircam, from which I took the aerial photograph.
Quote for the Day:

"Our first parents were consequently forbidden to come to know evil along with the good; they were to restrain themselves from 'the knowledge of good and evil' (Gen 2:9); they were to enjoy the good in its purity, unmixed and unmitigated by any evil. And this, I think, is surely to remain always with God alone; it is to enjoy the good without mingling with it any thing which would separate them from it. I would seem then, if one might be so bold as to express it, that this is the path by which man can be snatched up out of this world and restored to Paradise, to that place where Paul saw those secret and invisible things which are given to man to utter."

Saint Gregory of Nyssa 

Scripture Readings for the Day:

Isaiah 14:24-32
Assyria Destroyed
    24 The LORD of hosts has sworn, saying,

      “ Surely, as I have thought, so it shall come to pass,
      And as I have purposed, so it shall stand:
       25 That I will break the Assyrian in My land,
      And on My mountains tread him underfoot.
      Then his yoke shall be removed from them,
      And his burden removed from their shoulders.
       26 This is the purpose that is purposed against the whole earth,
      And this is the hand that is stretched out over all the nations.
       27 For the LORD of hosts has purposed,
      And who will annul it?
      His hand is stretched out,
      And who will turn it back?”
Philistia Destroyed
28 This is the burden which came in the year that King Ahaz died.
       29 “ Do not rejoice, all you of Philistia,
      Because the rod that struck you is broken;
      For out of the serpent’s roots will come forth a viper,
      And its offspring will be a fiery flying serpent.
       30 The firstborn of the poor will feed,
      And the needy will lie down in safety;
      I will kill your roots with famine,
      And it will slay your remnant.
       31 Wail, O gate! Cry, O city!
      All you of Philistia are dissolved;
      For smoke will come from the north,
      And no one will be alone in his appointed times.”
       32 What will they answer the messengers of the nation?
      That the LORD has founded Zion,
      And the poor of His people shall take refuge in it.

Genesis 8:21-9:7

21 And the LORD smelled a soothing aroma. Then the LORD said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.
 22 “While the earth remains,
      Seedtime and harvest,
      Cold and heat,
      Winter and summer,
      And day and night
      Shall not cease.”

Genesis 9

 1 So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. 2 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea. They are given into your hand. 3 Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs. 4 But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. 5 Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; from the hand of every beast I will require it, and from the hand of man. From the hand of every man’s brother I will require the life of man.
 6 “ Whoever sheds man’s blood,
      By man his blood shall be shed;
      For in the image of God
      He made man.
 7 And as for you, be fruitful and multiply;
      Bring forth abundantly in the earth
      And multiply in it.”

Proverbs 11:19-12:6

19 As righteousness leads to life,

      So he who pursues evil pursues it to his own death.
       20 Those who are of a perverse heart are an abomination to the LORD,
      But the blameless in their ways are His delight.
       21 Though they join forces, the wicked will not go unpunished;
      But the posterity of the righteous will be delivered.
       22 As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout,
      So is a lovely woman who lacks discretion.
       23 The desire of the righteous is only good,
      But the expectation of the wicked is wrath.
       24 There is one who scatters, yet increases more;
      And there is one who withholds more than is right,
      But it leads to poverty.
       25 The generous soul will be made rich,
      And he who waters will also be watered himself.
       26 The people will curse him who withholds grain,
      But blessing will be on the head of him who sells it.
       27 He who earnestly seeks good finds favor,
      But trouble will come to him who seeks evil.
       28 He who trusts in his riches will fall,
      But the righteous will flourish like foliage.
       29 He who troubles his own house will inherit the wind,
      And the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.
       30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
      And he who wins souls is wise.
       31 If the righteous will be recompensed on the earth,
      How much more the ungodly and the sinner.

Proverbs 12

 1 Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge,
      But he who hates correction is stupid.
       2 A good man obtains favor from the LORD,
      But a man of wicked intentions He will condemn.
       3 A man is not established by wickedness,
      But the root of the righteous cannot be moved.
       4 An excellent wife is the crown of her husband,
      But she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones.
       5 The thoughts of the righteous are right,
      But the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
       6 The words of the wicked are, “Lie in wait for blood,”
      But the mouth of the upright will deliver them.

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