Thursday, November 21, 2013

Discharged for
Wearing a Cross
News Anchor Siv Kristin Saellmann
"A necklace with a Cross insults Islam"

In early November, a Norwegian anchorwoman with NRK, a state television and radio broadcasting company, was suspended from her job after appearing on the air with a Cross (1.4 centimetres) on her necklace. It seems some viewers, members of a local Muslim community, claimed "a necklace with a Cross insults Islam". "This symbol does not guarantee impartiality of the TV channel", they claimed. The journalist, one of the best known and the most popular on Norwegian public television, was suspended and prohibited from hosting her programs, "lest she should be a source of discord and crimes".

Although Norway has a State Church (Lutheran), all the Scandinavian countries are trying to legislate "inner and outer peace", believing everyone just needs to just be happy, and get along. This has become so typical that Norsk insiders are calling it "dum snill", dumb-nice.

Perhaps it is time all of Scandinavia enacted laws like those in Switzerland, where Muslims are told they either conform to societal standards of behavior and acceptance, or leave the country. Throughout all the Scandinavian countries, large numbers of these Muslim immigrants are living off the State, yet find the Cross of Christ, in these historically Christian nations, to be offensive. One wonders if the massive immigrations by Muslims, is taking place with the intent of turning all of Scandinavia, and Western Europe, into Islamic States.
Love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

Thursday November 21, 2013 / November 8, 2013
22nd Week after Pentecost. Tone four.

Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the other Bodiless Powers: the Archangels Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Salaphiel, Jegudiel, Barachiel, and Jeremiel.
New Martyr Michael the Blessed of Chernigov (1922).
New Hieromartyr Paul priest (1937).
Righteous Martha, princess of Pskov (1300). Venerable Tyssilio, abbot of Meifod (Powys) (7th c.) (Celtic & British).
St. Willihad, bishop of Bremen (Germany).
New Martyr Michael the Blessed of Chernigov (1922).

You can read the life of the saint by clicking on the highlighted name.

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With love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

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The Scripture Readings for the Day

Hebrews 2:2-10

For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?

The Son Made Lower than Angels

For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels. But one testified in a certain place, saying:
“What is man that You are mindful of him,
Or the son of man that You take care of him?
You have made him a little lower than the angels;
You have crowned him with glory and honor,
And set him over the works of Your hands.
You have put all things in subjection under his feet.”

For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.

Bringing Many Sons to Glory

10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

Luke 10:16-21

New King James Version (NKJV)
16 He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.”

The Seventy Return with Joy

17 Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.”
18 And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. 20 Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather[b] rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”

Jesus Rejoices in the Spirit

21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight.

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