Lent and the Unseen Warfare

 

LENT & the Unseen Warfare

Priests in the midst of Conflict
Priests in the midst of Conflict

This reminds me of Great and Holy Lent. It’s not about just “giving something up”. It’s about the unseen warfare. It’s taking a stand against the passions of hate, lust, greed, bitterness, gluttony, avarice, and above all pride – even spiritual pride.

This battle is fought in all realms – mental, physical, emotional, social, and spiritual. It is won by Words and Actions, with feeling and without feeling, in Shouts and in Silence, in Praise and in Prostrations, in Humility and Repentance – as the Lord, in His grace, opens for us the Gates of Repentance.

It is fought with prayers, fasting, almsgiving, serving others with faith and love. It is demonstrated both in public and in private, within and without.

Oh Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, meddling, the lust of power, and idle talk. (+) But rather give to Your servant the spirit of chastity, humility, patience and love. (+) Yes, oh Lord and King, grant me to see my own sins and not to judge my brother; for You are blessed unto ages of ages. Amen. (+)
(Lenten Prayer of St Ephraim the Syrian)

Monday Morning Prayers with Fr. Wade 20170213

 

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7:45 AM – Closing Prayers and Blessings
7:50 AM – Open Q&A Session

Monday, February 13, 2017

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Epistle Reading

1 John 2:18-3:10

18

Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.

19

They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.

20

But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.

21

I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

22

Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.

23

Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

24

Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father.

25

And this is the promise that He has promised us-eternal life.

26

These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you.

27

But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.

28

And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.

29

If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.

1

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.

2

Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

3

And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

4

Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.

5

And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.

6

Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.

7

Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous.

8

He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

9

Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.

10

In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.

Gospel Reading

Mark 11:1-11

1

Now when they drew near Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples;

2

and He said to them, “Go into the village opposite you; and as soon as you have entered it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has sat. Loose it and bring it.

3

And if anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it,’ and immediately he will send it here.

4

So they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door outside on the street, and they loosed it.

5

But some of those who stood there said to them, “What are you doing, loosing the colt?”

6

And they spoke to them just as Jesus had commanded. So they let them go.

7

Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes on it, and He sat on it.

8

And many spread their clothes on the road, and others cut down leafy branches from the trees and spread them on the road.

9

Then those who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:”Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’

10

Blessed is the kingdom of our father David That comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”

11

And Jesus went into Jerusalem and into the temple. So when He had looked around at all things, as the hour was already late, He went out to Bethany with the twelve.

Saints & Feasts

Monday February 13, 2017 / January 31, 2017

Week of the Prodigal Son. Tone one.

  • Holy Wonderworkers and Unmercenaries Cyrus and John (311) and with them Martyrs Athanasia and her daughters Theoctiste, Theodota, and Eudoxia, at Canopus in Egypt (311).
  • St. Nicetas of the Kiev Caves, bishop of Novgorod (1108).
  • Martyrs Victorinus, Victor, Nicephorus, Claudius, Diodorus, Serapion, and Papias of Egypt (251).
  • Martyr Tryphaenes at Cyzicus (1st c.).
  • Remembrance of all the departed who suffered in the years of persecution for faith in Christ.
  • New Martyr Elias (Ardunis) of Mt. Athos (1686) (Greek).
  • Venerable Pachomius, abbot of Keno Lake Monastery (1525).
  • St. Marcella of Rome (410).
  • St. Athanasius, bishop of Methona (880).
  • St. Arsenius of Paros (1877).

The Scripture Readings

1 John 2:18-3:10
Mark 11:1-11


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Saturday Morning Prayers with Fr. Wade 20170211

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Saturday, February 11, 2017
Epistle Reading
2 Timothy 3:1-9

1

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:

2

For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

3

unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,

4

traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,

5

having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

6

For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts,

7

always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

8

Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith;

9

but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.

Gospel Reading
Luke 20:46-21:4

46

Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts,

47

who devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation.

1

And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury,

2

and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites.

3

So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all;

4

for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.

Saints & Feasts
Saturday February 11, 2017 / January 29, 2017

Week of the Publican and the Pharisee. Tone eight.
Fast-free Week. Fast-free

* Translation of the relics of Hieromartyr Ignatius the God-bearer, bishop of Antioch (107).
* New Hieromartyrs John and Leontius priests, Constantine deacon and with them 5 Martyrs (1920).
* St. Laurence, recluse of the Kiev Caves and bishop of Turov (1194).
* Sts. Gerasimus (1441), Pitirim (1455), and Jonah (1470), bishops of Perm.
* Martyrs Romanus, James, Philotheus, Hyperechius, Abibus, Julian and Paregorius at Samosata (297)
* Martyrs Silvanus, bishop of Emesa, Luke the Deacon, and Mocius (Mucius) the Reader (312).
* Synaxis of All Saints of Yekaterinburg.
* New Martyr Demetrius of Chios (1802) (Greek).
* Venerable Aphrahates of Persia, monk (370).
* St. Barsimaeus the Confessor, bishop of Edessa (2nd c.).
* Martyrs Sarbelus and his sister Bebaia of Edessa (115) (Greek).
* Venerable Sulpicius Severus, disciple of St. Martin of Tours (406) (Gaul).
* Venerable Gildas the Wise, abbot of Rhuys, Brittany (ca. 570) (Celtic & British).
* St. Ashot Kuropalates of Tao-Klardjeti (829) (Georgia).
* St. Ignatius, bishop of Smolensk (1210).
* Venerable Andrew (Rublev) of Russia, iconographer (1430).
The Scripture Readings

2 Timothy 3:1-9
Luke 20:46-21:4
The Transfer of the Relics of the PriestMartyr Ignatios the God-Bearer:

Commemorated on January 29

The Transfer of the Relics of the PriestMartyr Ignatios the God-Bearer: (the account about him is located under 20 December). After the holy PriestMartyr Ignatios was thrown for devouring by wild beasts at Rome dying in the year 107 – on orders of the emperor Trajan, Christians gathered up his bones and preserved them at Rome. Later in the year 108 they were transferred to the outskirts of Antioch. A second transfer – into the city of Antioch itself, was done in the year 438. And after the taking of Antioch by the Persians, the relics of the PriestMartyr Ignatios were returned to Rome and placed into the church in honour of the holy PriestMartyr Pope Clement in the year 540 (but according to other histories, the year was 637). The PriestMartyr introduced antiphonal singing into Church Divine-services. He has left us seven archpastoral epistles in which he provided instruction on faith, love and good works, he urged likewise the preserving of the oneness of the faith and to beware of heretics, and he bid the obeying and honouring of bishops, “looking upon the bishop as upon Christ Himself”.
“Hearken ye unto the bishop, so that God in turn might hearken unto you… let Baptism remain with you, like a shield and buckler; faith – like an helmet; love – like a spear; patience – like full armour”.

© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.

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Friday Morning Prayers with Fr. Wade 20170210

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Friday, February 10, 2017
Epistle Reading
1 John 2:7-17 (Friday)

7

Brethren, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning.

8

Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.

9

He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now.

10

He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him.

11

But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

12

I write to you, little children, Because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.

13

I write to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, Because you have overcome the wicked one. I write to you, little children, Because you have known the Father.

14

I have written to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, Because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, And you have overcome the wicked one.

15

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

16

For all that is in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life-is not of the Father but is of the world.

17

And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

Gospel Reading
Mark 14:3-9 (Friday)

3

And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head.

4

But there were some who were indignant among themselves, and said, “Why was this fragrant oil wasted?

5

For it might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor. And they criticized her sharply.

6

But Jesus said, “Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me.

7

For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but Me you do not have always.

8

She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial.

9

Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.

Saints & Feasts
Friday February 10, 2017 / January 28, 2017

Week of the Publican and the Pharisee. Tone eight.
Fast-free Week. Fast-free

* Venerable Ephraim the Syrian (373).
* Venerable Theodosius, abbot, of Totma (Vologda) (1568).
* St. Theodore confessor, priest (1933).
* New Hieromartyrs Ignatius bishop of Skopinsk, Vladimir priest and Hieromartyr Bartholomeus, Virgin-martyr Olga (1938).
* Venerable Leontius, confessor (1972).
* Venerable Ephraim, abbot, wonderworker of Novotorzhok (1053).
* Venerable Ephraim, bishop of Pereyaslavl (Kiev Caves) (1098).
* Venerable Palladius the Hermit of Antioch (4th c.).
* Venerable Isaac the Syrian, bishop of Nineveh (ascetic writer) (7th c.).
* “Sumorin Totma” Icon of the Mother of God (16th c.).
* Venerable John of Reomans (544) (Gaul).
* Venerable James the Ascetic of Porphyreon in Palestine (Greek).
The Scripture Readings

1 John 2:7-17
Mark 14:3-9

The Monk Ephrem the Syrian

Commemorated on January 28

The Monk Ephrem the Syrian, a teacher of repentance, was born at the beginning of the IV Century (his precise year of birth is unknown) in the city of Ninevah (Mesopotamia) into the family of impoverished toilers of the soil. His parents raised their son in piety. But from the time of his childhood he was known for his quick temper and irascible character, and in his youth he often had fights, he acted thoughtlessly, and even doubted of God’s Providence, until he finally recovered his senses from the Lord’s doing, guiding him on the path of repentance and salvation. One time he was unjustly accused of the theft of a sheep and was thrown into prison. And there in a dream he heard a voice, calling him to repentance and rectifying his life. After this, he was acquitted of the charges and set free.
Within Ephrem there took place a deep repentance. The youth withdrew outside the city and became an hermit. This form of Christian asceticism had been introduced at Ninevah by a disciple of the Monk Anthony the Great, – the Egyptian Wilderness-Dweller Eugenios (Eugene).
Among the hermits especially prominent was the noted ascetic, a preacher of Christianity and denouncer of the Arians, the bishop of the Ninevah Church, Saint James (Comm. 13 January). The Monk Ephrem became one of his disciples. Under the graced guidance of the holy hierarch, the Monk Ephrem attained to Christian meekness, humility, submission to the Will of God, and the strength without murmur to undergo various temptations. Saint James knew the high qualities of his student and he used them for the good of the Ninevah Church – he entrusted him to read sermons, to instruct children in the school, and he took Ephrem along with him to the First OEcumenical Council at Nicea (in the year 325). The Monk Ephrem was in obedience to Saint James for 14 years, until the bishop’s death.
After the capture of Ninevah by the Persians in the year 363, the Monk Ephrem abandoned the wilderness and settled in a monastery near the city of Edessa. Here he saw many a great ascetic, passing their lives in prayer and psalmody. Their caves were solitary shelters, and they fed themselves off a certain plant. He became especially close with the ascetic Julian (Comm. 18 October), who was one with him in a spirit of repentance. The Monk Ephrem combined with his ascetic works an incessant study of the Word of God, gathering within it for his soul both solace and wisdom. The Lord gave him a gift of teaching, and people began to come to him, wanting to hear his guidances, which produced a particular effect upon the soul, since he began with self-accusation. The monk both verbally and in writing instructed everyone in repentance, faith and piety, and he denounced the Arian heresy, which during those times was disrupting Christian society. And pagans likewise, listening to the preaching of the monk, were converted to Christianity.
He also toiled no little at the interpretation of Holy Scripture – with an explication of the Pentateuch (i.e. “Five Books”) of Moses. He wrote many a prayer and church-song, thereby enriching the Church’s Divine-services. Famed prayers of Saint Ephrem are to the MostHoly Trinity, to the Son of God, and to the MostHoly Mother of God. He wrote for his Church song for the Twelve Great Feastdays of the Lord (the Nativity of Christ, the Baptism, the Resurrection), and funereal song. Saint Emphrem’s Prayer of Repentance, “O Lord and Master of my life…”, is said during Great Lent, and it summons Christians to spiritual renewal. The Church since times ancient valued highly the works of the Monk Ephrem: his works were read in certain churches, at gatherings of the faithful, after the Holy Scripture. And now at present in accord with the Church Ustav (Rule), certain of his instructions are prescribed to be read on the days of Lent. Amidst the prophets, Saint David is pre-eminently the psalmodist; amidst the holy fathers of the Church the Monk Ephrem the Syrian – is pre-eminently a man of prayer. His spiritual experience made him a guide to monks and an help to the pastors of Edessa. The Monk Ephrem wrote in Syrian, but his works were very early translated into the Greek and Armenian languages, and from the Greek – into the Latin and Slavonic languages.
In numerous of the works of the Monk Ephrem are encountered glimpses of the life of the Syrian ascetics, the centre of which involved prayer and with it thereupon the toiling for the common good of the brethren, in the obediences. The outlook of the meaning of life among all the Syrian ascetics was the same. The end purpose of their efforts was considered by the monks to be communality with God and the diffusion of Divine grace within the soul of the ascetic; the present life for them was a time of tears, fasting and toil.
“If the Son of God be within thee, then also His Kingdom is within thee. Here then is the Kingdom of God – within thee, a sinner. Go inwards into thine self, search diligently and without toil thou shalt find it. Outside of thee – is death, and the door to it – is sin. Go inwards into thine self, dwell within thine heart, for since there – is God”. Constant spiritual sobriety, the developing of good within the soul of man gives unto him the possibility to take upon himself a task like blessedness, and a self-constraint like sanctity. The requital is presupposed in the earthly life of man, it is an undertaking by degrees of its spiritual perfection. Whoso grows himself wings upon the earth, says the Monk Ephrem, is one who soars up into the heights; whoso down here purifies his mind – there glimpses the Glory of God; in what measure each one loveth God – is that measure wherein is satiated to fullness by the love of God. Man, cleansing himself and attaining the grace of the Holy Spirit while still here, down upon the earth, has a foretaste therein of the Kingdom of Heaven. To attain to life eternal, in the teachings of the Monk Ephrem, does not mean to pass over from one sphere of being into another, but means rather to discover “the Heavenly” spiritual condition of being. Eternal life is not bestown man as a one-sided working by God, but rather like a seed, it constantly grows within him through effort, toil and struggle.
The pledge within us of “theosis” (“obozhenie” or “deification”) – is the Baptism of Christ, and the primal propulsion for the Christian life – is repentance. The Monk Ephrem was a great teacher of repentance. The forgiveness of sins in the sacramental-mystery of Repentance, according to his teaching, is not an external exoneration, not a forgetting of the sins, but rather their complete undoing, their annihilation. The tears of repentance wash away and burn away the sin. And moreover – they (i.e. the tears) vivify, they transfigure sinful nature, they give the strength “to walk in the way of the commandments of the Lord”, encouraging the hope on God. In the fiery font of Repentance, wrote the Monk, “thou dost sail thyself across, O sinner, thou dost resuscitate thyself from the dead”.
The Monk Ephrem, in his humility reckoning himself the least and worst of all, at the end of his life set out to Egypt, to see the efforts of the great ascetics. He was accepted there as a welcome guest and received for himself great solace in his associating with them. On the return journey he visited at Caesarea Cappadocia with Sainted Basil the Great (Comm. 1 January), who wanted to ordain him a priest, but the monk considered himself unworthy of priesthood, and at the insistence of Saint Basil, he accepted only the dignity of deacon, in which he remained until death. Even later on, Saint Basil the Great invited the Monk Ephrem to accept the cathedra-chair of a bishop, but the saint feigned folly to avoid for himself this honour, in humility reckoning himself unworthy of it.
Upon his return to his own Edessa wilderness, the Monk Ephrem intended to spend the rest of his life in solitude. But Divine Providence again summoned him to service of neighbour. The inhabitants of Edessa were suffering from a devastating famine. By the influence of his word, the monk induced the wealthy to render aid to those that lacked. From the offerings of believers he built a poor-house for the destitute and sick. The Monk Ephrem then withdrew to a cave nigh to Edessa, where he remained to the end of his days.

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Thursday Morning Prayers with Fr. Wade 20170209

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

John 10:1-9 (Matins Gospel)

1 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
3 To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
4 And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.
5 Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.
6 Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them.
7 Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.
8 All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.
9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.

John 10:9-16 (St. John)

9

I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.

10

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

11

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.

12

But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them.

13

The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep.

14

I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.

15

As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.



Epistle Reading

1 John 1:8-2:6

8

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

9

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

10

If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

1

My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

2

And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

3

Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.

4

He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

5

But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.

6

He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

Hebrews 7:26-8:2 (St. John)

26

For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens;

27

who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.

28

For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever.

1

Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens,

2

a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man.

Gospel Reading

Mark 13:31-14:2

31

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

32

But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

33

Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.

34

It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch.

35

Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming-in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning-

36

lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping.

37

And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!

1

After two days it was the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take Him by trickery and put Him to death.

2

But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar of the people.”

Saints & Feasts
Thursday February 9, 2017 / January 27, 2017
  • Week of the Publican and the Pharisee. Tone eight.
  • Fast-free Week. Fast-free
  • Translation of the relics (437) of St. John Chrysostom, archbishop of Constantinople.
  • Venerable Peter of Egypt (5th c.).
  • New Martyr Demetrius at Constantinople (1784) (Greek).
  • Venerable Titus the Soldier, monk of the Kiev Caves.
  • New Hieromartyr Peter (Zverev) of Voronezh (1929).
  • St. Demetrius Klepinine, priest of Paris (1944).
  • Venerable Leonty (Stasevich) of Ivanovo (1972).

The Scripture Readings

John 10:1-9 Matins Gospel

John 10:9-16 St. John


Sainted John Chrysostom

Commemorated on January 27

Sainted John Chrysostom – a great ecumenical teacher and hierarch, died in the city of Comene in the year 407 on his way to a place of exile, having been condemned by the intrigues of the empress Eudoxia because of his daring denunciation of the vices ruling over Constantinople. The transfer of his venerable relics was made in the year 438: after 30 years following the death of the saint during the reign of Eudoxia’s son emperor Theodosius II (408-450).
Saint John Chrysostom had the warm love and deep respect of the people, and grief over his untimely death lived on in the hearts of christians. Saint John’s student Saint Proclus, Patriarch of Constantinople (434-447), making Divine-services in the Church of Saint Sophia, preached a sermon which in glorifying Saint John he said: “O John! Thy life was filled with difficulties, but thy death was glorious, thy grave is blessed and reward abundant through the grace and mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ. O graced one, having conquered the bounds of time and place! Love hath conquered space, unforgetting memory hath annihilated the limits, and place doth not hinder the miracles of the saint”. Those who were present in church, deeply touched by the words of Saint Proclus, did not allow him even to finish his sermon. With one accord they began to entreat the Patriarch to intercede with the emperor, so that the relics of Saint John might be transferred to Constantinople. The emperor, overwhelmed by Saint Proclus, gave his consent and made the order to transfer the relics of Saint John. But the people dispatched by him were by no means able to lift up the holy relics – not until that moment when the emperor realising his oversight that he had not sent the message to Saint John, humbly beseeching of him forgiveness for himself and for his mother Eudoxia. The message was read at the grave of Saint John and after this they easily lifted up the relics, carried them onto a ship and arrived at Constantinople. The reliquary coffin with the relics was placed in the Church of the holy Martyr Irene. The Patriarch opened the coffin: the body of Saint John had remained without decay. The emperor, having approached the coffin with tears, asked forgiveness. All day and night people did not leave the coffin. In the morning the reliquary coffin with its relics was brought to the Church of the Holy Apostles. The people cried out: “Receive back thy throne, father!” Then Patriarch Proclus and the clergy standing at the relics – saw Saint John open his mouth and pronounce: “Peace be to all”.
In the IX Century the feastday in honour of the transfer of the relics of Sainted John Chrysostom was written into church singing.

 

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

 

Epistle Reading
2 Peter 3:1-18

1

Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder),

2

that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior,

3

knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts,

4

and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.”

5

For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water,

6

by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water.

7

But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

8

But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

9

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

10

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.

11

Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,

12

looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?

13

Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

14

Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless;

15

and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation-as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you,

16

as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.

17

You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked;

18

but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

Gospel Reading
Mark 13:24-31

24

But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light;

25

the stars of heaven will fall, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

26

Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.

27

And then He will send His angels, and gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest part of earth to the farthest part of heaven.

28

Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.

29

So you also, when you see these things happening, know that it is near-at the doors!

30

Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.

31

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

Saints & Feasts

Wednesday February 8, 2017 / January 26, 2017

Week of the Publican and the Pharisee. Tone eight.

  • Fast-free Week. Fast-free
  • St. Xenophon and his wife, St. Mary, and their two sons, Sts. Arcadius and John, of Constantinople (6th c.).
  • New Martyr Matushka Maria of Gatchina (1930).
  • New Hieromartyr Cyril, metropolitan of Kazan (1937).
  • New Hieromartyr Arcadius (1938).
  • Martyr John (1938).
  • Venerable Xenophon, abbot of Robeika (Novgorod) (1262).
  • Martyrs Ananias presbyter, Peter, and seven soldiers, in Phoenicia (295).
  • Venerable Symeon “the Ancient” of Mt. Sinai (ca. 390).
  • Translation of the relics of Venerable Theodore, abbot of the Studion (845).
  • St. Joseph, bishop of Thessalonica, brother of St. Theodore of the Studion (830).
  • St. Davit IV the Builder, king of Georgia and Abkhazeti (1125) (Georgia).
  • St. Ammon, of Egypt, disciple of St. Anthony the Great (350),
  • and St. Gabriel, abbot at Jerusalem (490).
  • St. Conon, bishop and monastic founder on the Isle of Man (648) (Celtic & British).
  • Two Martyrs of Phrygia (Greek).
  • Venerable Clement of Mt. Sagmation (12tK c.) (Greek).
  • St. Paula of Palestine (404).

The Scripture Readings

2 Peter 3:1-18
Mark 13:24-31


The Monk Xenophontes, his spouse Maria and their sons Arkadios and John

Commemorated on January 26

The Monk Xenophontes, his spouse Maria and their sons Arkadios and John, were noted citizens of Constantinople and lived in the V Century. Despite riches and position, they distinguished themselves by their simplicity of soul and goodness of heart. Wishing to give their sons John and Arkadios a more complete education, they sent them off to the Phoenician city of Beirut. Through Divine Providence the ship on which both brothers sailed became ship-wrecked. The brothers were pitched by the waves onto shore at different places. Aggrieved at being separated, the brothers dedicated themselves to God and accepted monasticism. For a long time the parents received no news about their children and presumed them to have perished. Xenophontes, however, now already quite old, maintained firm hope in the Lord and consoled his wife Maria, telling her not to sorrow but to believe that their children were watched over by the Lord. After several years the spouses made pilgrimage to the Holy places and at Jerusalem they met their sons, pursuing asceticsm at different monasteries. The joyful parents gave thanks to the Lord for providently re-uniting the whole family. For the remainder of their lives, the monastics Xenophontes and Maria dedicated themselves to God and accepted monasticism. The Monks Arkadios and John, having taken leave of their parents, went out into the wilderness, where after long ascetic toil they were glorified by gifts of wonderworking and perspicacity. The monastic elders Xenophontes and Maria, having pursued asceticism in silence and strict fasting, also received of God the gift of wonderworking.

The Monk Xenophontes, his spouse Maria and their sons Arkadios and John
The Monk Xenophontes, his spouse Maria and their sons Arkadios and John

 

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Monday, February 65, 2017

Prayer Before Reading Holy Scripture

O Master Who loves mankind, illuminate our hearts with the pure light of Your divine knowledge and open the eyes of our mind to understand the teachings of Your Gospel. Instill in us also the fear of Your blessed commandments, that we may overcome all carnal desires, entering upon a spiritual life and understanding and acting in all things according to Your holy will. For You are the enlightenment of our souls and bodies, O Christ God, and to You we give glory together with Your eternal Father and Your all-holy, gracious and life-giving Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.

MATINS GOSPEL

John 21:15-25 (11th Matins Gospel)

So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.”

He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.”

He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.

Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.

This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me.”

Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?”

Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?”

Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.”

Then this saying went out among the brethren that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you?”

This is the disciple who testifies of these things, and wrote these things; and we know that his testimony is true.

And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.

Epistle Reading

Galatians 5:22-6:2 (Venerable Xenia of Petersburg)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
1 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.
2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Gospel Reading

Luke 6:17-23 (Venerable Xenia of Petersburg)

17 And He came down with them and stood on a level place with a crowd of His disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and from the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases,
18 as well as those who were tormented with unclean spirits. And they were healed.
19 And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all.
20 Then He lifted up His eyes toward His disciples, and said: Blessed are you poor, For yours is the kingdom of God.
21 Blessed are you who hunger now, For you shall be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, For you shall laugh.
22 Blessed are you when men hate you, And when they exclude you, And revile you, and cast out your name as evil, For the Son of Man’s sake.
23 Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven, For in like manner their fathers did to the prophets.

Saints & Feasts

Monday February 6, 2017 / January 24, 2017

  • Week of the Publican and the Pharisee. Tone eight.
  • Fast-free Week. Fast-free
  • Entire week, fast-free.
  • Venerable Xenia of Rome and her two female slaves (5th c.).
  • St. Xenia of Petersburg, fool-for-Christ (18th c.).
  • Martyr Nicholas (1918).
  • St. Gerasimus, bishop of Perm (1441).
  • Martyr John of Kazan (1529).
  • Martyrs Babylas of Sicily and his two disciples Timothy and Agapius (3rd c.).
  • Venerable Macedonius, hermit of Syria (ca. 420).
  • Translation of the relics (632) of St. Anastasius the Persian (628).
  • Venerable Dionysius of Olympus and Mt. Athos (1541) (Greek).
  • St. Felician, bishop of Foligno in Italy (254).
  • St. Lupicinus of Lipidiaco (500) (Gaul).
  • St. Neophytus the Recluse of Cyprus (1214) (Greek).
  • Martyrs Hermogenes and Mamas (Greek).
  • Martyrs Paul, Pausirius, and Theodotian, of Egypt (3rd c.).
  • St. Philo, bishop of Carpasia in Cyprus (5th c.).
  • The PriestMartyr Philippikos the Presbyter and Martyress Barsima of Syria and his two brothers.
  • Venerable Zosimas, bishop of Babylon in Egypt (6th c.).

The Nun Xenia

Commemorated on January 24

The Nun Xenia (V), in the world Eusebia, was the only daughter of an eminent Roman senator. From her youth she yearned for God. In order to evade the marriage set up for her, she secretly left from her parental home together with two servants devoted to her and they set sail upon a ship. Through the Providence of God meeting up with the head of the monastery of the holy Apostle Andrew, which was situated in the city of Milassa, in Caesarea, she besought him to take her with her companions to Milassa. Having changed her name, she called herself Xenia [which in Greek means “stranger” or foreigner”]. At Milassa she bought land, built a church in the name of Saint Stephen and founded a woman’s monastery. Soon after this the bishop of Milassa, Paul, consecrated Xenia a deaconess, as fully worthy of that calling through virtuous life. The saint rendered aid to all: for the destitute she was a benefactress, for the grief-stricken – a comforter, for sinners – a guide. She possessed deep humility, accounting herself worst and most sinful of all. In her ascetic deeds she was guided by the counsels of the Palestinian ascetic, the Monk Euthymios. By her lofty life Saint Xenia attracted many a soul to salvation. The death of the holy virgin, during a time of prayer, was marked by the Lord with the appearance over the monastery in the heavens of an apparition in the form of a luminous crown with a radiant cross amidst it, which accompanied the body of the saint when it was carried into the city to the people, and it stayed until the moment of burial. Many of the sick, having touched to the remains of the saint, received healing.

 

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Prayer Before Reading Holy Scripture

O Master Who loves mankind, illuminate our hearts with the pure light of Your divine knowledge and open the eyes of our mind to understand the teachings of Your Gospel. Instill in us also the fear of Your blessed commandments, that we may overcome all carnal desires, entering upon a spiritual life and understanding and acting in all things according to Your holy will. For You are the enlightenment of our souls and bodies, O Christ God, and to You we give glory together with Your eternal Father and Your all-holy, gracious and life-giving Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.

MATINS GOSPEL

John 21:15-25 (11th Matins Gospel)

So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.”

He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.”

He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.

Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.

This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me.”

Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?”

Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?”

Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.”

Then this saying went out among the brethren that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you?”

This is the disciple who testifies of these things, and wrote these things; and we know that his testimony is true.

And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.

Epistle Reading

2 Timothy 3:10-15

But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra-what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me.

Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.

But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.

But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

Gospel Reading

Luke 18:10-14

Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.

The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men-extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.

‘I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’

And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’

I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

Saints & Feasts

Sunday February 5, 2017 / January 23, 2017

Sunday of the Publican & the Pharisee

  • New Martyrs and Confessors of Russian Church (movable holiday on the Sunday closest to January 25th).
  • Hieromartyr Clement, bishop of Ancyra, and Martyr Agathangelus (296).
  • New Hieromartyr Seraphim, Virgin-martyrs Evdokia and Ecaterine. Virgin-martyr Militsa (1938).
  • Venerable Gennadius of Kostroma, monk (1565).
  • Synaxis of All Saints of Kostroma.
  • Translation of the relics (1786) of St. Theoctistus, archbishop of Novgorod (1310).
  • Venerable Mausimas the Syrian, monk (4th c.).
  • Venerable Salamanes the Silent of the Euphrates, monk (ca. 400).
  • St. Paulinus the Merciful, bishop of Nola (431).
  • Commemoration of the Sixth Ecumenical Council (680-681).
  • St. Eusebius, recluse of Mt. Coryphe near Antioch (5th c.) (Greek).
  • Venerable Dionysius of Olympus and Mt. Athos (1541) (Greek).

Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia

Commemorated on the Sunday, after January 25th, Russian Orthodox Church – the Moscow Patriarchate

Today we commemorate the uncounted millions of faithful who suffered and died at the hands of the Soviet atheists. These include the Tsar-martyr Nicholas II and the rest of the Russian Royal Family (July 4); Patriarch Tikhon (March 24); Grand Duchess Elizabeth (July 5); thousands of martyrs, both clergy and laity, whose names are known; but also millions upon millions of simple believers whose names have been lost to history. The number of the New Martyrs of Russia far exceeds all those from the “Age of the Martyrs,” the first three centuries of Christianity. May their memory be eternal.
The date of this commemoration was first set by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia in 1981, then adopted by the Moscow Patriarchate in 1992. About 1050 new martyrs were glorified by the Patriarchate in 2000, and many more are expected to be recognized in coming years.

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