Archive for February, 2015

THE WORD OF GOD – FEBRUARY 28 (15), 2015

February 28, 2015

First Saturday of the Great Lent. Tone four.
Great Lent. Food with Oil

Great Martyr Theodore Tyro (306) (movable holiday on Saturday of the 1st week of the Great Lent).
Apostle Onesimus of the Seventy (109).
Venerable Anthimus of Chios (1960) (Greek).
Synaxis of St. John the Theologian at Diaconissa.

Mark 2:23 – 3:5

23

Now it happened that He went through the grainfields on the Sabbath; and as they went His disciples began to pluck the heads of grain.

24

And the Pharisees said to Him, “Look, why do they do what is not lawful on the Sabbath?”

25

But He said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he was in need and hungry, he and those with him:

26

how he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the showbread, which is not lawful to eat except for the priests, and also gave some to those who were with him?

27

And He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.

28

Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.

1

And He entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand.

2

So they watched Him closely, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him.

3

And He said to the man who had the withered hand, “Step forward.”

4

Then He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they kept silent.

5

And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.


John 15:17-16:2 (St. Theodore)

17

These things I command you, that you love one another.

18

If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.

19

If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.

20

Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.

21

But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.

22

If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.

23

He who hates Me hates My Father also.

24

If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father.

25

But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, ‘They hated Me without a cause.’

26

But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.

27

And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.

1

These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble.

2

They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.

THE WORD OF GOD – FEBRUARY 27 (14), 2015

February 27, 2015

First Week of the Great Lent. Tone four.
Great Lent. By Monastic Charter: Strict Fast (Bread, Vegetables, Fruits)

Venerable Auxentius, monk of Bithynia (470).
St. Cyril, Equal-to-the-Apostles, teacher of the Slavs (869).
Venerable Isaac, recluse of the Kiev Caves (1090).
12 Greek Master-Builders of the Dormition Cathedral in the Lavra of the Kievan Caves (11th C).
Translation of the relics of Prince-martyr Michael and his counselor,St. Theodore of Chernigov (1578).
Venerable Maron, hermit of Syria (423).
St. Abraham, bishop of Charres in Mesopotamia (ca. 423).
Hieromartyr Philemon, bishop of Gaza.
New Martyr George the Tailor of Mitylene, at Constantinople (1693) (Greek).

Isaiah 3:1-14 (6th Hour)

1

For behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts, Takes away from Jerusalem and from Judah The stock and the store, The whole supply of bread and the whole supply of water;

2

The mighty man and the man of war, The judge and the prophet, And the diviner and the elder;

3

The captain of fifty and the honorable man, The counselor and the skillful artisan, And the expert enchanter.

4

“I will give children to be their princes, And babes shall rule over them.

5

The people will be oppressed, Every one by another and every one by his neighbor; The child will be insolent toward the elder, And the base toward the honorable.”

6

When a man takes hold of his brother In the house of his father, saying, “You have clothing; You be our ruler, And let these ruins be under your power,”

7

In that day he will protest, saying, “I cannot cure your ills, For in my house is neither food nor clothing; Do not make me a ruler of the people.”

8

For Jerusalem stumbled, And Judah is fallen, Because their tongue and their doings Are against the Lord, To provoke the eyes of His glory.

9

The look on their countenance witnesses against them, And they declare their sin as Sodom; They do not hide it. Woe to their soul! For they have brought evil upon themselves.

10

“Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them, For they shall eat the fruit of their doings.

11

Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him, For the reward of his hands shall be given him.

12

As for My people, children are their oppressors, And women rule over them. O My people! Those who lead you cause you to err, And destroy the way of your paths.”

13

The Lord stands up to plead, And stands to judge the people.

14

The Lord will enter into judgment With the elders of His people And His princes: “For you have eaten up the vineyard; The plunder of the poor is in your houses.


Genesis 2:20-3:20 (Vespers, 1st Reading)

20

So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.

21

And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place.

22

Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.

23

And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.”

24

Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

25

And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

1

Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”

2

And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden;

3

“but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ”

4

Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.

5

“For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

6

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.

7

Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.

8

And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

9

Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”

10

So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”

11

And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”

12

Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.”

13

And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

14

So the Lord God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life.

15

And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”

16

To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you.”

17

Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life.

18

Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field.

19

In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.”

20

And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.


Proverbs 3:19-34 (Vespers, 2nd Reading)

19

The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; By understanding He established the heavens;

20

By His knowledge the depths were broken up, And clouds drop down the dew.

21

My son, let them not depart from your eyes— Keep sound wisdom and discretion;

22

So they will be life to your soul And grace to your neck.

23

Then you will walk safely in your way, And your foot will not stumble.

24

When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.

25

Do not be afraid of sudden terror, Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes;

26

For the Lord will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught.

27

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in the power of your hand to do so.

28

Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come back, And tomorrow I will give it,” When you have it with you.

29

Do not devise evil against your neighbor, For he dwells by you for safety’s sake.

30

Do not strive with a man without cause, If he has done you no harm.

31

Do not envy the oppressor, And choose none of his ways;

32

For the perverse person is an abomination to the Lord, But His secret counsel is with the upright.

33

The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked, But He blesses the home of the just.

34

Surely He scorns the scornful, But gives grace to the humble.

 

COERENZA MASSONICA

February 26, 2015

I massoni del Fanar continuano imperterriti a portare avanti l’agenda del nemico. E’ dal 1920 che non perdono una sola occasione per seminare divisioni e malanimo all’interno della Chiesa, al fine di distruggerla.

Se costoro non la smettono di obbedire ad ogni bisbiglio che viene da Langley, come fanno regolarmente dal 1948, potrebbe ben essere che in vece di un concilio panortodosso il 2016 vedra’ la rottura della loro Comunione con la Santa Rus’!

D’altra parte, un concilio panortodosso ad Istambul…….? Dove si terra’ il prossimo? A Stonehenge?

THE WORD OF GOD – FEBRUARY 26 (13), 2015

February 26, 2015

First Week of the Great Lent. Tone four.
Great Lent. By Monastic Charter: Food without Oil

Venerable Martinian, monk, of Caesarea in Palestine (422).
The holy woman Zoe of Bethlehem and Virgin Photina (5th c.).
Venerable Eulogius, archbishop of Alexandria (607-608).
Venerable Symeon the Myrrh-gusher, prince of Serbia (1200).
St. Martin the Merciful.
St. Modomnoc, bishop of Ossory (6th c.) (Celtic & British).
Apostle and Martyr Aquila, and Priscilla (Greek).

Isaiah 2:11-21 (6th Hour)

11

The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, The haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, And the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.

12

For the day of the Lord of hosts Shall come upon everything proud and lofty, Upon everything lifted up— And it shall be brought low—

13

Upon all the cedars of Lebanon that are high and lifted up, And upon all the oaks of Bashan;

14

Upon all the high mountains, And upon all the hills that are lifted up;

15

Upon every high tower, And upon every fortified wall;

16

Upon all the ships of Tarshish, And upon all the beautiful sloops.

17

The loftiness of man shall be bowed down, And the haughtiness of men shall be brought low; The Lord alone will be exalted in that day,

18

But the idols He shall utterly abolish.

19

They shall go into the holes of the rocks, And into the caves of the earth, From the terror of the Lord And the glory of His majesty, When He arises to shake the earth mightily.

20

In that day a man will cast away his idols of silver And his idols of gold, Which they made, each for himself to worship, To the moles and bats,

21

To go into the clefts of the rocks, And into the crags of the rugged rocks, From the terror of the Lord And the glory of His majesty, When He arises to shake the earth mightily.


Genesis 2:4-19 (Vespers, 1st Reading)

4

This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

5

before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown. For the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground;

6

but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground.

7

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

8

The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed.

9

And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

10

Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four riverheads.

11

The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one which skirts the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold.

12

And the gold of that land is good. Bdellium and the onyx stone are there.

13

The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one which goes around the whole land of Cush.

14

The name of the third river is Hiddekel; it is the one which goes toward the east of Assyria. The fourth river is the Euphrates.

15

Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.

16

And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat;

17

“but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

18

And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.”

19

Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name.


Proverbs 3:1-18 (Vespers, 2nd Reading)

1

My son, do not forget my law, But let your heart keep my commands;

2

For length of days and long life And peace they will add to you.

3

Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart,

4

And so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man.

5

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;

6

In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

7

Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil.

8

It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones.

9

Honor the Lord with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase;

10

So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.

11

My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor detest His correction;

12

For whom the Lord loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights.

13

Happy is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding;

14

For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, And her gain than fine gold.

15

She is more precious than rubies, And all the things you may desire cannot compare with her.

16

Length of days is in her right hand, In her left hand riches and honor.

17

Her ways are ways of pleasantness, And all her paths are peace.

18

She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who retain her.

 

THE WORD OF GOD – FEBRUARY 25 (12), 2015

February 25, 2015

First Week of the Great Lent. Tone four.
Great Lent. By Monastic Charter: Strict Fast (Bread, Vegetables, Fruits)

Iveron Icon (Moscow) of the Most Holy Theotokos (9th c.).
St. Meletius, archbishop of Antioch (381).
St. Alexis, metropolitan of Moscow and wonderworker of all Russia (1378).
St. Meletius, archbishop of Kharkov (1840).
New Hieromartyr Alexius (Buy), bishop of Voronezh (1930).
New Martyr Mitrophan, archpriest (1931).
Venerable Mary, nun (who was called Marinus), and her father, St. Eugene, monk, at Alexandria (6th c.).
St. Anthony II, patriarch of Constantinople (895).
Venerable Bassian, disciple of St. Paisius of Uglich and abbot of Ryabovsky Forest Monastery, Uglich (1509).

Hieromartyr Urban us, bishop of Rome (223-230).
Holy Fathers Prokhore the Georgian (11th c.), Luka (Mukhaidze) of Jerusalem (1277), Nikoloz Dvali (1314), аnd the Holy Fathers of the Georgian Monasteries in Jerusalem

Isaiah 2:3-11 (6th Hour)

3

Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

4

He shall judge between the nations, And rebuke many people; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war anymore.

5

O house of Jacob, come and let us walk In the light of the Lord.

6

For You have forsaken Your people, the house of Jacob, Because they are filled with eastern ways; They are soothsayers like the Philistines, And they are pleased with the children of foreigners.

7

Their land is also full of silver and gold, And there is no end to their treasures; Their land is also full of horses, And there is no end to their chariots.

8

Their land is also full of idols; They worship the work of their own hands, That which their own fingers have made.

9

People bow down, And each man humbles himself; Therefore do not forgive them.

10

Enter into the rock, and hide in the dust, From the terror of the Lord And the glory of His majesty.

11

The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, The haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, And the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.

Genesis 1:24-2:3 (Vespers, 1st Reading)

24

Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so.

25

And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

26

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

27

So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

28

Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

29

And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.

30

“Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so.

31

Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

1

Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished.

2

And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.

3

Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.

Proverbs 2:1-22 (Vespers, 2nd Reading)

1

My son, if you receive my words, And treasure my commands within you,

2

So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding;

3

Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding,

4

If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures;

5

Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, And find the knowledge of God.

6

For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;

7

He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;

8

He guards the paths of justice, And preserves the way of His saints.

9

Then you will understand righteousness and justice, Equity and every good path.

10

When wisdom enters your heart, And knowledge is pleasant to your soul,

11

Discretion will preserve you;

12

To deliver you from the way of evil, From the man who speaks perverse things,

13

From those who leave the paths of uprightness To walk in the ways of darkness;

14

Who rejoice in doing evil, And delight in the perversity of the wicked;

15

Whose ways are crooked, And who are devious in their paths;

16

To deliver you from the immoral woman, From the seductress who flatters with her words,

17

Who forsakes the companion of her youth, And forgets the covenant of her God.

18

For her house leads down to death, And her paths to the dead;

19

None who go to her return, Nor do they regain the paths of life—

20

So you may walk in the way of goodness, And keep to the paths of righteousness.

21

For the upright will dwell in the land, And the blameless will remain in it;

22

But the wicked will be cut off from the earth, And the unfaithful will be uprooted from it.

CHIEDETE, E VI SARA’ DATO

February 24, 2015

Ma fatelo con fede!

27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”

28 When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them,“Do you believe that I am able to do this?”

“Yes, Lord,” they replied.

29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”;

30 and their sight was restored…..

THE WORD OF GOD – FEBRUARY 24 (11), 2015

February 24, 2015

First Week of the Great Lent. Tone four.
Great Lent. By Monastic Charter: Food without Oil

Hieromartyr Blaise, bishop of Sebaste (316).
St. Vsevolod (in holy baptism Gabriel), prince and wonderworker of Pskov (1138).
Venerable Demetrius, monk of Priluki (Vologda) (1392).
St. Theodora, wife of Emperor Theophilus the Iconoclast (867).
St. Gobnait, abbess of Ballyvourney, Cork (Ireland) (7th c.) (Celtic & British).
Venerable Caedmon of Whitby, monk (680) (Celtic & British).
Venerable George (Kratovac) the Greatmartyr of Serbia (Greek).

Isaiah 1:19-2:3 (6th Hour)

19

If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land;

20

But if you refuse and rebel, You shall be devoured by the sword”; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

21

How the faithful city has become a harlot! It was full of justice; Righteousness lodged in it, But now murderers.

22

Your silver has become dross, Your wine mixed with water.

23

Your princes are rebellious, And companions of thieves; Everyone loves bribes, And follows after rewards. They do not defend the fatherless, Nor does the cause of the widow come before them.

24

Therefore the Lord says, The Lord of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel, “Ah, I will rid Myself of My adversaries, And take vengeance on My enemies.

25

I will turn My hand against you, And thoroughly purge away your dross, And take away all your alloy.

26

I will restore your judges as at the first, And your counselors as at the beginning. Afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city.”

27

Zion shall be redeemed with justice, And her penitents with righteousness.

28

The destruction of transgressors and of sinners shall be together, And those who forsake the Lord shall be consumed.

29

For they shall be ashamed of the terebinth trees Which you have desired; And you shall be embarrassed because of the gardens Which you have chosen.

30

For you shall be as a terebinth whose leaf fades, And as a garden that has no water.

31

The strong shall be as tinder, And the work of it as a spark; Both will burn together, And no one shall quench them.

1

The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

2

Now it shall come to pass in the latter days That the mountain of the Lord’s house Shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And all nations shall flow to it.

3

Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.


Genesis 1:14-23 (Vespers, 1st Reading)

14

Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years;

15

“and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so.

16

Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also.

17

God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth,

18

and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.

19

So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

20

Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.”

21

So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

22

And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”

23

So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

Proverbs 1:20-33 (Vespers, 2nd Reading)

20

Wisdom calls aloud outside; She raises her voice in the open squares.

21

She cries out in the chief concourses, At the openings of the gates in the city She speaks her words:

22

“How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning, And fools hate knowledge.

23

Turn at my rebuke; Surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.

24

Because I have called and you refused, I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded,

25

Because you disdained all my counsel, And would have none of my rebuke,

26

I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your terror comes,

27

When your terror comes like a storm, And your destruction comes like a whirlwind, When distress and anguish come upon you.

28

“Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me.

29

Because they hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of the Lord,

30

They would have none of my counsel And despised my every rebuke.

31

Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way, And be filled to the full with their own fancies.

32

For the turning away of the simple will slay them, And the complacency of fools will destroy them;

33

But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, And will be secure, without fear of evil.”

THE WORD OF GOD – FEBRUARY 23 (10), 2015

February 23, 2015

Beginning of the Great Lent. Tone four.
Great Lent. By Monastic Charter – Full abstention from food

Clean Monday. (On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the 1st week of Great Lent the Great Vespers the canon of St. Andrew of Crete is read).
Hieromartyr Charalampus, bishop of Magnesia in Thessaly, and Martyrs Porphyrius and Baptus (202).
New Hieromartyrs Peter and Valerian priests (1930).
New Martyr Anatole (Greesiuk), metropolitan of Odessa (1938).
St. Anna of Novgorod, wife of Yaroslav I (1050).
Venerable Prochorus of the Kiev Caves (1107).
Venerable Longinus, monk, of Koryazhemka (Vologda) (1540).
St. Galina (III).
Martyrs Ennatha, Valentina, and Paula of Palestine (308).
Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos of Areovindus (“Fiery Vision”).
Synaxis of Novgorod Hierarchs: Sts. Joachim (1030), Luke the Jew (1058), Germanus (1095), Arcadius (1162), Gregory (1193), Martyrius (1199), Anthony (1232), Basil (1352), Moses (1362), Symeon (1421), Gennadius (1504), Pimen (1571), and Athonius (1648).
St. Scholastica of Italy, sister of St. Benedict (543).
St. John Chimchimeli of Bachkovo and Gremi (13th c.) (Georgia).

Isaiah 1:1-20 (6th Hour)

1

The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

2

Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth! For the Lord has spoken: “I have nourished and brought up children, And they have rebelled against Me;

3

The ox knows its owner And the donkey its master’s crib; But Israel does not know, My people do not consider.”

4

Alas, sinful nation, A people laden with iniquity, A brood of evildoers, Children who are corrupters! They have forsaken the Lord, They have provoked to anger The Holy One of Israel, They have turned away backward.

5

Why should you be stricken again? You will revolt more and more. The whole head is sick, And the whole heart faints.

6

From the sole of the foot even to the head, There is no soundness in it, But wounds and bruises and putrefying sores; They have not been closed or bound up, Or soothed with ointment.

7

Your country is desolate, Your cities are burned with fire; Strangers devour your land in your presence; And it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.

8

So the daughter of Zion is left as a booth in a vineyard, As a hut in a garden of cucumbers, As a besieged city.

9

Unless the Lord of hosts Had left to us a very small remnant, We would have become like Sodom, We would have been made like Gomorrah.

10

Hear the word of the Lord, You rulers of Sodom; Give ear to the law of our God, You people of Gomorrah:

11

“To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to Me?” Says the Lord. “I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams And the fat of fed cattle. I do not delight in the blood of bulls, Or of lambs or goats.

12

“When you come to appear before Me, Who has required this from your hand, To trample My courts?

13

Bring no more futile sacrifices; Incense is an abomination to Me. The New Moons, the Sabbaths, and the calling of assemblies— I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting.

14

Your New Moons and your appointed feasts My soul hates; They are a trouble to Me, I am weary of bearing them.

15

When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; Even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood.

16

“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil,

17

Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow.

18

“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.

19

If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land;

20

But if you refuse and rebel, You shall be devoured by the sword”; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.


Genesis 1:1-13 (Vespers, 1st Reading)

1

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

2

The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

3

Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.

4

And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.

5

God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.

6

Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.”

7

Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so.

8

And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.

9

Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so.

10

And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good.

11

Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so.

12

And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

13

So the evening and the morning were the third day.


Proverbs 1:1-20 (Vespers, 2nd Reading)

1

The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:

2

To know wisdom and instruction, To perceive the words of understanding,

3

To receive the instruction of wisdom, Justice, judgment, and equity;

4

To give prudence to the simple, To the young man knowledge and discretion—

5

A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel,

6

To understand a proverb and an enigma, The words of the wise and their riddles.

7

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.

8

My son, hear the instruction of your father,

9

For they will be a graceful ornament on your head, And chains about your neck.

10

My son, if sinners entice you, Do not consent.

11

If they say, “Come with us, Let us lie in wait to shed blood; Let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause;

12

Let us swallow them alive like Sheol, And whole, like those who go down to the Pit;

13

We shall find all kinds of precious possessions, We shall fill our houses with spoil;

14

Cast in your lot among us, Let us all have one purse”—

15

My son, do not walk in the way with them, Keep your foot from their path;

16

For their feet run to evil, And they make haste to shed blood.

17

Surely, in vain the net is spread In the sight of any bird;

18

But they lie in wait for their own blood, They lurk secretly for their own lives.

19

So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain; It takes away the life of its owners.

20

Wisdom calls aloud outside; She raises her voice in the open squares.

THE WORD OF GOD – FEBRUARY 22 (9), 2015

February 22, 2015

The Sunday of Forgiveness. Tone four.
Cheesefare Sunday. Meat is excluded

Martyr Nicephorus of Antioch (ca. 257).
Uncovering of the relics (1805) of St. Innocent of Irkutsk (1731).
Venerables Gennadius (1516) and Nicephorus (1557), monks, of Vazhe Lake (Vologda).
Hieromartyrs Marcellus, bishop of Sicily; Philagrius, bishop of Cyprus; and Pancratius, bishop of Taormina; disciples of Apostle Peter (1st c.).
Hieromartyr Peter Damascene, bishop of Damascus (743).

Matthew 6:14-21

14

For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

15

But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

16

Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.

17

But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,

18

so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

19

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;

20

but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.

21

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

 

MAIDAN – ANNO PRIMO

February 21, 2015

“When a little freedom appears, when the churches and monasteries are being opened and restored, then all false teaching will come out, and the demons and secret atheists, and will fiercely take up arms against the Orthodox Russian Church, its unity and its conciliar nature.5 A godless authority will support these heretics, and therefore they will take churches away from the Orthodox and slaughter the faithful.

“Then the Metropolitan of Kiev (not worthy of the name) together with his like-minded hierarchs and priests will strongly shake the Russian Church. The whole world will be amazed at his lawlessness and will be frightened. He himself will go off into eternal perdition, like Judas.6

“A demon will enter them and they will take up arms with satanic malice against the Orthodox Faith and Church, but they will have a disgraceful end, while their followers will suffer heavenly retribution from the Lord, King of the Heavenly Hosts.”

St. Lawrence of Chernigov (1868-1950)

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