Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Hieromonk Paul serving Presanctified Liturgy
March 23, 2011 / March 10, 2011

Third Week of the Great Lent. Tone two.
Great Lent. By Monastic Charter: Strict Fast (Bread, Vegetables, Fruits)
Martyrs Codratus (Quadratus) and with him: Cyprian, Dionysius, Anectus, Paul, Crescens, Dionysius (another), Victorinus, Victor, Nicephorus, Claudius, Diodorus, Serapion, Papias, Leonidas, Chariessa, Nunechia, Basilissa, Nice, Galla, Galina, Theodora, and others at Corinth (258).
New Hieromartyr Demetrius, priest (1938).
Martyrs Codratus, Saturninus, and Rufinus of Nicomedia (3rd c.).
Venerable Anastasia the Patrician of Alexandria (567).
New Martyr Michael of Agrapha, Thessalonica (1544). (Greek).
Martyr Marcian (Greek).
Venerable George Arselaites (6th c.).
St. Attalus, abbot of Bobbio (626).
St. John of Khakuhli, Georgia, called Chrysostom (10th-11th c.).
St. Paul of Taganrog (1879).
St. Kessog, bishop of Loch Lomond.

Quote for the Day:

"Every physical and spiritual task which does not involve pain and, toil and trouble never bears fruit for the person who engages in it, for the Kingdom of Heaven is taken by violence and the violent lay hold of it."

Saint Ignatius Brianchaninov


Scripture Readings for the Day:

Isaiah 10:12-20
12 Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Lord has performed all His work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, that He will say, “I will punish the fruit of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his haughty looks.”
13 For he says:

      “ By the strength of my hand I have done it,
      And by my wisdom, for I am prudent;
      Also I have removed the boundaries of the people,
      And have robbed their treasuries;
      So I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man.
       14 My hand has found like a nest the riches of the people,
      And as one gathers eggs that are left,
      I have gathered all the earth;
      And there was no one who moved his wing,
      Nor opened his mouth with even a peep.”
       15 Shall the ax boast itself against him who chops with it?
      Or shall the saw exalt itself against him who saws with it?
      As if a rod could wield itself against those who lift it up,
      Or as if a staff could lift up, as if it were not wood!
       16 Therefore the Lord, the Lord of hosts,
      Will send leanness among his fat ones;
      And under his glory
      He will kindle a burning
      Like the burning of a fire.
       17 So the Light of Israel will be for a fire,
      And his Holy One for a flame;
      It will burn and devour
      His thorns and his briers in one day.
       18 And it will consume the glory of his forest and of his fruitful field,
      Both soul and body;
      And they will be as when a sick man wastes away.
       19 Then the rest of the trees of his forest
      Will be so few in number
      That a child may write them.
The Returning Remnant of Israel
    20 And it shall come to pass in that day
      That the remnant of Israel,
      And such as have escaped of the house of Jacob,
      Will never again depend on him who defeated them,
      But will depend on the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.

Genesis 7:6-9

6 Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters were on the earth.
7 So Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives, went into the ark because of the waters of the flood. 8 Of clean animals, of animals that are unclean, of birds, and of everything that creeps on the earth, 9 two by two they went into the ark to Noah, male and female, as God had commanded Noah.

Proverbs 9:12-18

12 If you are wise, you are wise for yourself,
      And if you scoff, you will bear it alone.”
The Way of Folly
    13 A foolish woman is clamorous;
      She is simple, and knows nothing.
       14 For she sits at the door of her house,
      On a seat by the highest places of the city,
       15 To call to those who pass by,
      Who go straight on their way:
       16 “ Whoever is simple, let him turn in here”;
      And as for him who lacks understanding, she says to him,
       17 “ Stolen water is sweet,
      And bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”
       18 But he does not know that the dead are there,
      That her guests are in the depths of hell.

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