Thursday, July 14, 2011

Tree Hugging Monk
The Redwood tree I've been hugging since my early 20's.

Changes in my Blog

As I've been expanding my on line ministry I've been depending on the guidance of others who have a better understanding of how the internet works. By placing a title for my article above the photo I'm allowing search engines to discover my blog, thus furthering it's influence and gaining more readers. I am thus going to be placing my personal writings at the beginning of The Morning Offering, labeling the photos with captions, and placing the saints being commemorated toward the end, followed by the scripture readings for the day.

The reason I've been doing The Morning Offering has been based on my desire to spread the Gospel of Christ and expose more people to the ancient, timeless truth of Orthodoxy. This new format will allow me to reach more people.

With love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

Thursday July 14, 2011 / July 1, 2011
5th Week after Pentecost. Tone three.
Holy and Wonderworking Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian, martyrs at Rome. New Hieromartyr Arcadius priest (1918) New Hieromartyr Alexis deacon (1942). Martyr Potitus at Naples (2nd c.). Venerable Peter the Patrician, monk, of Constantinople (854). St. Angelina, despotina of Serbia (16th c.). Venerable Nicodemus of Svyatogorsk (1809).Translation of the relics of Venerable John of Rila (946) from Turnovo to Rila (1470) (Bulgaria). Holy Julius and Aaron, protomartyrs of Wales (ca. 304) (Celtic & British). St. Servanus, Apostle of Western Fife of East Scotland (6th c.) (Celtic & British). St. Leontius, bishop of Radauti in Moldavia (15th c.) (Romania). Venerable Gallus, bishop of Clermont (551) (Gaul). 25 Martyrs in Nicomedia (Greek). Venerable Basil, founder of the Monastery of the Deep Stream in Cappadocia (10th c.) (Greek). Martyr Constantine the Wonderworker and those with him, of Cyprus (Greek). St. Leo the Hermit (Greek). St. Serf, bishop of Kinross. St. Eparchius the Recluse of Gaul (581).

The Scripture Readings for the Day:


Romans 15:17-29

17 Therefore I have reason to glory in Christ Jesus in the things which pertain to God. 18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ has not accomplished through me, in word and deed, to make the Gentiles obedient— 19 in mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and round about to Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. 20 And so I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build on another man’s foundation, 21 but as it is written:

      “ To whom He was not announced, they shall see;
      And those who have not heard shall understand.”
Plan to Visit Rome
22 For this reason I also have been much hindered from coming to you. 23 But now no longer having a place in these parts, and having a great desire these many years to come to you, 24 whenever I journey to Spain, I shall come to you. For I hope to see you on my journey, and to be helped on my way there by you, if first I may enjoy your company for a while. 25 But now I am going to Jerusalem to minister to the saints. 26 For it pleased those from Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor among the saints who are in Jerusalem. 27 It pleased them indeed, and they are their debtors. For if the Gentiles have been partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister to them in material things. 28 Therefore, when I have performed this and have sealed to them this fruit, I shall go by way of you to Spain. 29 But I know that when I come to you, I shall come in the fullness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.

Matthew 12:46-13:3

Jesus’ Mother and Brothers Send for Him
46 While He was still talking to the multitudes, behold, His mother and brothers stood outside, seeking to speak with Him. 47 Then one said to Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak with You.”
48 But He answered and said to the one who told Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” 49 And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! 50 For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.”


Matthew 13

The Parable of the Sower
 1 On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea. 2 And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
3 Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow.

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