Friday, March 4, 2011

Left to right: Hieromonk Mark, Monk Moses, Hieromonk Paul
March 4, 2011 / February 19, 2011

Week of the Last Judgment. Tone seven. 
Maslenitsa. Meat is excluded
Apostles Archippus and Philemon of the Seventy, and Martyr Apphia (1st c.).
St. Theodore of Sanaxar Monastery (1791).
New Martyr Demetrius(1942).
Martyrs Maximus, Theodotus, Hesychius, and Asclepiodotus of Adrianopolis (305-311).
Venerables Eugene and Macarius, presbyters, confessors at Antioch (363).
Venerable Dositheus of Palestine (6th c.), disciple of St. Abba Dorotheus.
Venerable Rabulas of Samosata (530).
Venerable Conon, abbot in Palestine (555).
New Hieromartyr Nicetas of Epirus (1809).
Venerable Philothea, nun-martyr, of Athens (1589) (Greek).
St. Mesrop the Translator of Armenia (439).

Photo of the Day:

Hieromonk Mark (Kerr) of Twin Falls, Idaho, spent a few days with us. Father Mark has been a close friend of Abbot Tryphon's, for well over thirty years.


Quote for the Day:
"...But when a man is filled with grace, is always cautious, and never becomes overconfident or trusts in himself, but rather has constant fear throughout his life, then when the evil one approaches, he notices some anomaly - a certain disparity occurs. And then his nous, heart, intellect, and all the strength of his soul, seek the One Who can save him. He seeks Him Who brought everything to existence out of nothingness and scrutinizes everything: Him Who is able to divide the waters from the waters (cf. Gen. 1:6). And when you fervently call upon Him with copious tears, the deception is revealed, and you learn how to avoid delusion. Once you have experienced such things many times, you become a  "practiced" man. Then you endlessly glorify and thank God Who opens our nous to recognize traps and wiles of the evil one so that we may escape them."

Elder Joseph the Hesychast
"Monastic Wisdom" (Thirty-sixth Letter)
Scripture Readings for the Day:
Zechariah 8:7-17 (6th Hour)

7 “Thus says the LORD of hosts:

      ‘ Behold, I will save My people from the land of the east
      And from the land of the west;
       8 I will bring them back,
      And they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem.
      They shall be My people
      And I will be their God,
      In truth and righteousness.’

9 “Thus says the LORD of hosts:

      ‘ Let your hands be strong,
      You who have been hearing in these days
      These words by the mouth of the prophets,
      Who spoke in the day the foundation was laid
      For the house of the LORD of hosts,
      That the temple might be built.
       10 For before these days
      There were no wages for man nor any hire for beast;
      There was no peace from the enemy for whoever went out or came in;
      For I set all men, everyone, against his neighbor.
 11 But now I will not treat the remnant of this people as in the former days,’ says the LORD of hosts.
       12 ‘ For the seed shall be prosperous,
      The vine shall give its fruit,
      The ground shall give her increase,
      And the heavens shall give their dew—
      I will cause the remnant of this people
      To possess all these.
       13 And it shall come to pass
      That just as you were a curse among the nations,
      O house of Judah and house of Israel,
      So I will save you, and you shall be a blessing.
      Do not fear,
      Let your hands be strong.’

14 “For thus says the LORD of hosts:

      ‘ Just as I determined to punish you
      When your fathers provoked Me to wrath,’
      Says the LORD of hosts,

      ‘ And I would not relent,
       15 So again in these days
      I am determined to do good
      To Jerusalem and to the house of Judah.
      Do not fear.
       16 These are the things you shall do:
      Speak each man the truth to his neighbor;
      Give judgment in your gates for truth, justice, and peace;
       17 Let none of you think evil in your heart against your neighbor;
      And do not love a false oath.
      For all these are things that I hate,’
      Says the LORD.”

Zechariah 8:19-23 (Vespers)

19 “Thus says the LORD of hosts:

      ‘ The fast of the fourth month,
      The fast of the fifth,
      The fast of the seventh,
      And the fast of the tenth,
      Shall be joy and gladness and cheerful feasts
      For the house of Judah.
      Therefore love truth and peace.’

20 “Thus says the LORD of hosts:

      ‘ Peoples shall yet come,
      Inhabitants of many cities;
       21 The inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying,

      “ Let us continue to go and pray before the LORD,
      And seek the LORD of hosts.
      I myself will go also.”
       22 Yes, many peoples and strong nations
      Shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem,
      And to pray before the LORD.’

23 “Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘In those days ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”’”

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