Thursday, November 1, 2012

Digging Deeper
 Christianity Beyond the Surface

Many people embrace Orthodox Christianity with great enthusiasm, after having suffered the poverty of a materialistic world view. The beauty of the divine services brings a certain elegance into their weekly schedule, and the adornment of their homes with icons introduces an exotic element into a previously drab existence. Yet if we do not make our Orthodox Christian faith a way of life, it will never penetrate beneath the surface.

We must dig deep, delving into the darkness of our inner most being, and allow God to begin the transformation that will enlighten our darkness.

With love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

Next Saturday:
The Planting of a Monastery (chapter 12)

Thursday November 1, 2012 / October 19, 2012

22nd Week after Pentecost. Tone four.

Prophet Joel (800 B.C.).
Martyr Warus and seven monk-martyrs in Egypt (307).
Translation of the relics (1195) of Venerable John, abbot of Rila in Bulgaria (946).
St. Gabriel, abbot of St. Elias Skete, Mt. Athos (1901).

Righteous John, Wonderworker of Kronstadt (1908).

New Martyr Priest Alexis (Stavrovsky) of Petrograd (1918).

New Hieromartyr Sergius priest (1937).

Blessed Cleopatra (327) and her son John, in Egypt.
Hieromartyr Sadoc (Sadoth), bishop of Persia, and 128 Martyrs with him (342).
Crown Prince Demetrius of Moscow (1582).

Venerable Leontius the Philosopher of St. Sabbas monastery (624).

St. Prochorus, miracle-worker of Pchinja (Serbia) (10th c.).

Venerable Frideswide of Oxford, abbess (ca. 735) (Celtic & British).

St. Mnason, bishop of Cyprus (1st c.) (Cypriote).

New Monk-martyr Nicholas Dvali of Jerusalem (1314).

Hieromartyr Felix and Deacon Eusebius (Greek).

You can read the life of the saint in green, by click on the name.

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With love in Christ,  
Abbot Tryphon

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Colossians 4:2-9

Christian Graces

Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.
Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

Final Greetings

Tychicus, a beloved brother, faithful minister, and fellow servant in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me. I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that he may know your circumstances and comfort your hearts, with Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will make known to you all things which are happening here.

Luke 9:49-56

Jesus Forbids Sectarianism

49 Now John answered and said, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow with us.”
50 But Jesus said to him, “Do not forbid him, for he who is not against us is on our side.”

A Samaritan Village Rejects the Savior

51 Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem, 52 and sent messengers before His face. And as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him. 53 But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem. 54 And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?”
55 But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. 56 For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.” And they went to another village.

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