Archive for March, 2015

THE WORD OF GOD – MARCH 31 (18), 2015

March 31, 2015

Sixth Week of the Great Lent. Tone one.
Great Lent. By Monastic Charter: Food without Oil

St. Cyril, archbishop of Jerusalem (386).
New Hieromartyr Demetrius priest, Virgin-martyr Natalia (1938).
Venerable Maria (Skobtsova), nun, who suffered at Ravensbruck (1945).
Martyrs Trophimus and Eucarpus of Nicomedia (300).
Venerable Ananias (Aninas), presbyter and monk, of the Euphrates.
St. Edward the Martyr, king of England (978) (Celtic & British).
The 10,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia.
St. Tetricus, bishop of Langres in Gaul (572-573) (Gaul).
Venerable Daniel, monk of Egypt (6th c.).
Venerable Cyril of Astrakhan (1576).

The Scripture Readings

Isaiah 49:6-10 (6th Hour)
Genesis 31:3-16 (Vespers, 1st Reading)
Proverbs 21:3-21 (Vespers, 2nd Reading)



March 30, 2015

The third sin, which synthesizes all the sins of the world is: “the pride of life.” That is the first sin in all the worlds: the sin of Satan. The source of all sins, which always was and will forever stay as such. It can be said: pride is the ultimate sin. Every sin, through its life force, comes from it and holds to it: “the pride of life”–woven from countless multifarious prides, both great and small, both short-term and long term. Let us remember the primary things: the pride of glory (scientific, government, in any rank or position in general), pride of beauty, pride of wealth, pride of benevolence, pride of humility (yes! of humility), pride of charity, pride of success…There is not a virtue that pride cannot convert into a vice. The pride of prayer converts the person praying into a Pharisee, and the ascetic into a self-murderer. So, every sin, in reality is a sin through pride, because Satan in in reality Satan through pride. If it were not for pride, sin would not exist, neither in the angelic or the human world. All this “is not of the Father.” That which is of the Father is the Only Begotten Son of God. He is incarnate and personified humility before all of His divine perfections. In His Gospel, the beginning virtue, the ultimate virtue is humility (Matt. 5:3). Humility is the only medicine for pride and all other sins.

+ St. Justin Popovic


March 30, 2015

Rapporto speciale sulle violazioni dei diritti dei cristiani ortodossi in Ucraina nel 2014

Special report on the rights of Orthodox Christians in Ukraine in 2014

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“Arriverà un momento in cui anche le chiese inutilizzate saranno restaurate, abbellite non solo all’esterno, ma anche all’interno. Le cupole delle chiese e dei campanili saranno dorate. Ma quando tutto sarà finito, arriverà il tempo in cui regnerà l’anticristo… Tutte le chiese sarannno al massimo splendore come mai prima, ma non sarà permesso entrarvi.
…Tutti i falsi insegnamenti usciranno all’aperto con i demoni e gli atei segreti (cattolici, uniati, ucraini autoconsacrati e altri) e in Ucraina prenderanno armi con forza contro la Chiesa Ortodossa canonica, contro la sua unità e la sua sobornost. Questi eretici saranno sostenuti da un’autorità senza Dio, e quindi porteranno via le chiese agli ortodossi e uccideranno i fedeli. Poi un metropolita di Kiev (indegno di questo titolo), insieme ai suoi vescovi e sacerdoti di una sola mente con lui, indebolirà fortemente la Chiesa della Rus’. Tutto il mondo sarà sbalordito e spaventato dalla sua iniquità. Egli stesso andrà alla perdizione eterna, come Giuda. Ma tutte queste calunnie del maligno e insegnamenti falsi scompariranno, e ci sarà una singola Chiesa Ortodossa nella Rus’… Nella città di Kiev non c’è mai stato un Patriarca. I patriarchi dimoravano e vivevano a Mosca. Fate attenzione ai gruppi degli ucraini autoconsacrati e all’unia.”

san Lavrentij di Chernigov (+19/1/1950)

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

THE WORD OF GOD – MARCH 30 (17), 2015

March 30, 2015

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

Venerable Alexis the Man of God, in Rome (411).
Venerable Macarius, abbot of Kalyazin (1483).
New Hieromartyr Alexander priest (1919).
New Hieromartyr Victor priest (1942).
Martyr Marinus, soldier, at Caesarea in Palestine (260).
Venerable Patrick, enlightener of Ireland (451) (Celtic & British).
Monk-martyr Paul of Crete (767).
St. Withburga, solitary at Holkham and East Dereham (ca. 743) (Celtic & British).
St. Ambrose, deacon of Alexandria (400).
St. Gertrude, abbess of Nijvel (659) (Neth.).
St. Theosterictus the Confessor, abbot of Pelecete Monastery near Prusa (826).
Venerable Hieromartyr Gabriel the Lesser of Garesja (1802) (Georgia).
St. Beccan of Rhum (677) (Celtic & British).

The Scripture Readings

Isaiah 48:17-49:4 (6th Hour)
Genesis 27:1-41 (Vespers, 1st Reading)
Proverbs 19:16-25 (Vespers, 2nd Reading)

THE WORD OF GOD – MARCH 29 (16), 2015

March 29, 2015

Fifth Sunday of the Great Lent. Tone one.
Great Lent. Food with Oil

Venerable Mary of Egypt (movable holiday on the 5th Sunday of the Great Lent). 

Life of St. Mary
Martyr Sabinas of Hermopolis, Egypt (303).
Martyr Papas of Lycaonia (305).
St. Serapion, archbishop of Novgorod (1516).
Apostle Aristobulus of the Seventy, bishop of Britain (1st c.).
Hieromartyr Alexander, pope of Rome (119).
Martyr Julian of Anazarbus (305).
Martyrs Trophimus and Thalus of Laodicea (300).
Venerable Christodulus, wonderworker of Patmos (1093).
Martyr Romanus at Parium on the Hellespont.
10 Martyrs in Phoenicia (Greek).
St. Pimen, Fool-for-Christ and Enlightener of Dagestan, and his companion Anton Meskhi, the Censurer of Kings (13th c.) (Georgia).
St. Ambrosi (Khelaia) the Confessor, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia (1927) (Georgia).
New Martyr Malachi of Rhodes, who suffered at Jerusalem (1500).
St. Abban of Kilabban (650) (Celtic & British).

The Scripture Readings

John 20:19-31 (9th Matins Gospel)
Hebrews 9:11-14
Galatians 3:23-29 (Venerable Mary)
Mark 10:32-45
Luke 7:36-50 (Venerable Mary)

THE WORD OF GOD – MARCH 28 (15), 2015

March 28, 2015

Fifth Saturday of the Great Lent: Laudation of the Mother of God. Tone eight.
Great Lent. Food with Oil

Martyrs Agapius, Publius (Pauplios), Timolaus, Romulus, two named Dionysius, and two named Alexander, at Caesarea in Palestine (303).
New Hieromartyr Demetrius priest (1938).
New Hieromartyr Michael priest (1940).
Hieromartyr Alexander of Side in Pamphylia (270-275).
Martyr Nicander of Egypt (302).
Venerable Nicander, monk, of Gorodets (Novgorod) (1603).
New Martyr Manuel of Crete (1792) (Greek).
St. Hebarestes.
St. Zachariah, pope of Rome (752).

The Scripture Readings

Hebrews 9:24-28
Hebrews 9:1-7 (Theotokos)
Mark 8:27-31
Luke 10:38-42; 11:27-28 (Theotokos)


March 27, 2015

see: The Pentagon has quietly released a classified document which confirms and reveals the extent of Israel’s nuclear armament.

Of course, everybody and his wife already knew it, but we appreciate the gesture.

Now, what about some good ol’ sanctions for that rogue state?

THE WORD OF GOD – MARCH 27 (14), 2015

March 27, 2015

Fifth Week of the Great Lent. Tone eight.
Great Lent. Food with Oil

Venerable Benedict of Nursia, abbot (543).
St. Theognostus, metropolitan of Kiev and Moscow (1353).
St. Rostislav-Michael, prince of Kiev (1167).
St. Euschemon, bishop of Lampsacus (9th c.).
Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos of St. Theodore (“Feodorovskaya”) (1613).
Martyr Eustathius and his company at Carrhae, Mesopotamia (741).

The Scripture Readings

Isaiah 45:11-17 (6th Hour)
Genesis 22:1-18 (Vespers, 1st Reading)
Proverbs 17:17-18:5 (Vespers, 2nd Reading)


March 26, 2015

Finally, the stirring and profound documentary with geneticist Michael Denton, Privileged Species, is available to see now, free online.

Dr. Denton extends the argument for intelligent design to the ultra-, ultra-fine-tuning of the cosmos for carbon-based life forms like ourselves. You cannot watch these 33 minutes without coming away with the very powerful conclusion that the universe was designed with us very specifically in mind.

The documentary investigates the special properties of carbon, water, and oxygen that make human life and the life of other organisms possible, and it explores some of the unique features of humans that make us a truly privileged species.

Find it at the film’s website, on YouTube, and immediately below.

George Gilder calls it a “masterpiece” that “expounds what is the most important discovery of 20th-century science.” This is definitely one to let all your friends know about.

Dr. Denton himself is currently on a national speaking tour to celebrate the release of the film. Casey Luskin traveled with him in California last week and reported for us, here and here. Denton wrapped up the week with a fantastic presentation to the Westminster Conference on Science and Faith in Philadelphia, to an audience of 500+.

As we noted earlier, he’ll be speaking in Seattle on Thursday.     (Original Article)

THE WORD OF GOD – MARCH 26 (13), 2015

March 26, 2015

Fifth Week of the Great Lent. Tone eight.
Great Lent. Food with Oil

Translation of the relics (846) of St. Nicephorus the Confessor, patriarch of Constantinople (829).
New Hieromartyr Nicholas priest (1919).
New Hieromartyr Gregory priest (1921).
New Hieromartyr Michael priest (1938).
Martyr Sabinus (Abibus) of Egypt (303).
Martyrs Africanus, Publius, and Terence of Carthage (3rd c.).
Martyr Alexander of Macedonia (305).
Martyr Christina of Persia (4th c.).
Venerable Aninas the Presbyter of the Euphrates.
Hieromartyr Publius, bishop of Athens and disciple of St. Dionysius the Areopagite (2nd c.).
St. Leander, bishop of Seville (596).
New Hieromartyr Stephen (Bekh), bishop of Izhevsk (1933).

The Scripture Readings

Isaiah 42:5-16 (6th Hour)
Genesis 18:20-33 (Vespers, 1st Reading)
Proverbs 16:17-17:17 (Vespers, 2nd Reading)