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7:40 AM – Trisagion Prayers
7:50 AM Scripture Readings for the Day
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8:00 AM – Welcome to the 2nd Half of Morning Prayers
8:05 AM – Intercessions and Thanksgivings
8:15 AM – Closing Prayers and Blessings

8:20 AM – Open Q&A Session
Friday, January 27, 2017

MORNING PRAYERS
And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come.”
And let him that hears say, “Come.”
And let him that is thirsty COME!
And whosoever will,
Let him take
the water of life freely.

– Revelation 22: 17

He who believes on Me,
as the Scripture has said,
out of his belly shall flow
rivers of living water.

– John 7: 38

Cause me to hear
your lovingkindness in the morning;
for in you do I trust:
cause me to know the way
wherein I should walk;
for I lift up my soul unto you.

– Psalm 142:8 (143:8)
God is the Lord,
and He revealed Himself to us.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Verse 1: Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
for His mercy endures forever.

Verse 2: All the nations surrounded me,
but in the name of the Lord
I defended myself against them.

Verse 3: And this came about from the Lord,
and it is wonderful in our eyes.

Come Quickly, Lord Jesus!
Maranatha!

Blessed is our God,
now and ever and to the ages of ages.
Amen!
Bendito sea nuestro Dios
perpetuamente ahora y siempre
y por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén
Glory to God in the Highest,
and on Earth, Peace, Goodwill towards men!
(3x)

TRISAGION PRAYERS

Glory to you, O God, glory to you!
Gloria a Ti, Nuestro Dios, Gloria a Ti.

O Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth,
everywhere present and filling all things,
Treasury of Blessings and Giver of Life:
come and abide in us and cleanse us
from every impurity and save our souls, O Good One!

Oh, Rey Celestial, Paráclito, Espíritu de Verdad,
que estás en todas partes y llenas todas las cosas,
Tesoro de todo lo bueno, y Dispensador en la Vida,
ven y mora en nosotros, purifícanos de toda mancha
y salva nuestras almas, Oh Bondadoso.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal,
have mercy on us! (3x)
Santo Dios, Santo Fuerte, Santo Inmortal,
Señor, ten piedad de nosotros. (3x)

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
Gloria al Padre, al Hijo, y al Espíritu Santo,
ahora y siempre y por los siglos de los siglos. Amén.

O all holy Trinity, have mercy on us.
LORD, cleanse us from our sins.
Master, pardon our transgressions.
Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities
for your name’s sake.
Oh, Santísima Trinidad, ten piedad de nosotros.
Oh, Señor, perdona nuestros pecados.
Oh, Soberano, absuelve nuestras transgresiones,
Oh, Santo, mira y sana nuestras debilidades
por Tu Nombre.

LORD have mercy!
¡Señor, ten piedad!
KYRIE eleison!

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
Gloria al Padre, al Hijo, y al Espíritu Santo,
ahora y siempre y por los siglos de los siglos. Amén.

Our Father in heaven, Holy is Your Name.
Your Kingdom come,
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom,
and the power and the glory,
of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Padre nuestro que estás en los cielos,
santificado sea tu nombre, venga a nosotros tu Reino,
hágase tu voluntad, como es en el cielo así en la tierra.
El pan nuestro sustancial dánosle hoy,
perdónanos nuestras deudas así como nosotros
perdonamos a nuestros deudores,
y no nos dejes caer en la tentación,
mas líbranos del maligno.
Porque Tuyo es el Reino, el Poder y la gloria,
Padre, Hijo y Espíritu Santo,
ahora y siempre y por los siglos de los siglos. Amén.

MORNING TROPARIA
(Morning Hymn)

Arising from sleep, I fall down before you, O Good One and cry out to you, O Almighty One, the angelic hymn: holy, holy, holy are you, O God! Through the prayers of the Theotokos, have mercy on us!

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

Now that you have raised me from my bed of sleep, O LORD, enlighten my mind and heart and open my lips that I may praise you, O Holy Trinity: holy, holy, holy are you, O God! Through the prayers of the Theotokos, have mercy on us!

Now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Suddenly shall come the Judge and the deeds of each person shall be revealed; thus with fear we cry out at midnight: holy, holy, holy are you, O God! Through the prayers of the Theotokos, have mercy on us!

LORD have mercy! (3x)
KYRIE Eleison! (3x)
¡Señor, ten piedad! (3x)
LORD have mercy! (3x)

PRAYER OF ST. BASIL THE GREAT

Having arisen from sleep, I thank you, O holy Trinity, for in your great goodness and patience you have not become angry with me in my negligence and sinfulness, nor have you destroyed me in my transgressions, but in your compassion you have raised me up as I lay in despair that I might sing the glories of your majesty.

Enlighten the eyes of my understanding; open my heart to receive your words; teach me your commandments and help me to do your will, confessing you from my heart, singing and praising your all-holy name: of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Come let us worship God our King!
Venid inclinémonos al Rey nuestro Dios.

Come let us worship and fall down
before Christ our King and our God!
Venid inclinémonos y postrémonos ante Cristo, Rey y nuestro Dios.

Come let us worship and fall down
before Christ himself our King and our God!
Venid inclinémonos y postrémonos ante Cristo mismo,
El es nuestro Rey y Dios.
Psalm 50 (51)
Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your great goodness,
according to your abundant mercy,
blot out my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin!
For I know my transgressions and my sin is ever
before me.

Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done that which is evil in your sight,
so that you are justified in your sentence
and blameless in your judgment.

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity
and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Behold, you desire truth in the inward being;
therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.

Purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean;
wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.
Fill me with joy and gladness;
let the bones which you have humbled rejoice.

Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God
and put a new and right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from your presence
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and uphold me with a willing spirit.

Then I will teach transgressors your ways
and sinners will return to you.
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,
you God of my salvation
and my tongue will sing aloud of your deliverance.

O LORD, open my lips
and my mouth shall show forth your praise.
For you have no delight in sacrifice;
were I to give a burnt offering,
you would not be pleased.

The sacrifice acceptable to God
is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart,
O God, you will not despise.

Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem;
then will you delight in right sacrifices,
in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.
THE CREED
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty,
maker (creator) of heaven and earth
and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one LORD Jesus Christ, the Son of God,
the only-begotten,
begotten of the Father before all ages;
Light of Light, true God of true God;
begotten, not made (created);
of one essence with the Father;
by whom all things were made (created);
who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven
and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and became man.
And he was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate
and suffered and was buried.
And the third day he rose again,
according to the Scriptures,
and ascended into heaven;
and sits at the right hand of the Father.
And he shall come again with glory to judge
the living and the dead,
whose Kingdom shall have no end.

And in the Holy Spirit, the LORD, the Giver of Life,
who proceeds from the Father;
who with the Father and the Son together
is worshipped and glorified;
who spoke by the prophets.

In one holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins.
I look for the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come.
Amen.
MORNING PRAYER
by METROPOLITAN PHILARET OF MOSCOW

O LORD, grant that I may greet the coming day in peace. Help me to rely on your holy will at every moment. In every hour of the day, reveal your will to me. Bless my time with all who surround me. Teach me to treat whatever may happen to me throughout the day with peace of soul and with firm conviction that your will governs all. In all my deeds and words, guide my thoughts and feelings. In unforeseen events, let me not forget that all is sent by you. Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering or embarrassing others. Give me strength to bear the fatigue of the coming day with all that it will bring. Direct my will. Teach me to pray, and pray yourself in me. Amen.

PRAYER AT DAYBREAK
by ARCHIMANDRITE SOPHRONIOS

O LORD eternal and creator of all things,
who of your unfathomable goodness
called me to this life,
who bestowed on me the grace of baptism
and the seal of the Holy Spirit,
who placed within me with the desire to seek you,
the one true God: hear my prayer.

I have no life, light, no joy or wisdom,
no strength except in you, O God.
Because of my unrighteousness
I dare not raise my eyes to you.
But you said to your disciples,
‘Whatsoever you shall ask in prayer believing,
you shall receive’ and
‘Whatsoever you shall ask in my name,
that will I do.’
Therefore I dare to call upon you.

Purify me from all taint of flesh and spirit.
Teach me to pray aright.
Bless this day which you give unto me,
your unworthy servant.
By the power of your blessing
enable me at all times to speak
and act to your glory with a pure spirit,
with humility, patience, love, gentleness,
peace, courage, wisdom, and kindness:
aware always of your presence.

Of your immense goodness, O LORD God,
show me the path of your will,
and grant me to walk in your sight without sin.

O LORD, unto whom all hearts be open,
you know what things I have need of.
You are acquainted with my blindness
and my ignorance, you know my infirmity
and my soul’s corruption;
but neither are my pain and anguish hid from you.

Therefore I ask you,
hear my prayer and by your Holy Spirit
teach me the way wherein I should walk;
and when my perverted will would lead me
down other paths, spare me not O LORD,
but force me back to you.

By the power of your love,
grant me to hold fast to that which is good.
Preserve and protect me from every word or deed
that corrupts the soul;
from every impulse unpleasing in your sight
and hurtful to my fellow man.
Teach me what to say and how to speak.

If it be your will that I make no answer,
inspire me to keep silent in a spirit of peace
that causes neither sorrow nor hurt to my fellow man.

Establish me in the path of your commandments
and to my last breath let me not stray
from the light of your ordinances,
that your commandments may become
the sole law of my being on this earth and all eternity.

Yea, LORD, I pray to you, have pity on me.
Spare me in my affliction and my misery
and hide not the way of salvation from me.

In my foolishness, O God,
I plead with you for many and great things.
Yet am I ever mindful of my wickedness,
my baseness, my vileness.
Have mercy upon me.
Cast me not away from your presence
because of my presumption.

Do you rather increase in me this presumption,
and grant unto me, the worst of men,
the chiefest of sinners,
to love you as you have commanded,
with all my heart, and with all my soul,
and with all my mind and with all my strength:
with my whole being.

Yea, O LORD, by your Holy Spirit,
teach me good judgment and knowledge.
Grant me to know your truth
before I go down into the grave.
Maintain my life in this world
until I may offer unto you worthy repentance.
Take me not away in the midst of my days,
nor while my mind is still blind.
When you shall be pleased to bring my life to an end,
forewarn me that I may prepare my soul
to come before you.

Cleanse me from secret faults,
from all iniquity that is hidden in me;
and give me a right answer before your judgment seat.
Be with me, O LORD,
at that dread hour and grant me
the joy of salvation.
Amen.
THE BREASTPLATE OF ST. PATRICK, OF IRELAND

I bind to myself today
The strong power of the invocation of the Trinity:
I confess the Trinity in the unity,
The Creator of the creation.

I bind to myself today forever
The power of the incarnation of Christ with his baptism,
The power of his crucifixion with his burial,
The power of his resurrection with his ascension,
The power of his coming on the Judgement Day.

I bind to myself today
The power of the cherubim’s love,
The obedience of angels,
The hope of resurrection unto reward,
The prayers of patriarchs,
The prophecies of prophets,
The preaching of apostles,
The faith of confessors,
The purity of holy virgins,
The deeds of righteous men.

I bind to myself today
The power of heaven,
The light of the sun,
The brightness of the moon,
The splendour of fire,
The flashing of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of sea,
The stability of earth,
The compactness of rocks.

I bind to myself today
God’s power to guide me,
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to teach me,
God’s eye to watch over me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to give me speech,
God’s hand to guide me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to shelter me,
God’s host to secure me,
From the snares of demons,
From the seductions of vices,
From the lusts of nature,
From everyone who meditates injury to me,
Afar or near, alone or with many.

I invoke today all these powers
Against every hostile and merciless power
Which may assail my body and my soul,
Against the reports of false prophets,
Against the blind laws of foolish men,
Against the false teaching of heresy,
Against the deceits of idolatry,
Against the spells of the jealous,
Against the craft of the sorcerors,
Against every knowledge that binds the soul of man.

Christ, protect me today
Against every poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against the death-wound,
That I may receive an abundant reward.

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ within me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

I bind to myself today
The strong power of the invocation of the Trinity:
I confess the Trinity in the unity,
The Creator of the creation.

PRAYER, BY ST. BASIL THE GREAT
(5th Prayer)
O Almighty LORD,
God of the angelic powers and of all flesh,
you dwell on high and care for the lowly;
you search men’s hearts and innermost beings
and truly know all our hidden thoughts.

Ever-living light from all eternity,
in whom there is neither variation
nor shadow due to change,
trusting in your abundant mercy,
we offer you at this present hour
our prayers from stained lips, O immortal King.

Forgive every sin which we have committed
against you in word or deed, in knowledge
or in ignorance, and cleanse us from every stain
of flesh and spirit.
Grant that with a pure and watchful heart
we may pass the night of this life
in anticipation of the brilliant and holy day
when your only-begotten Son, our LORD,
God and Saviour Jesus Christ,
will come with glory to judge
and render to each according to his deeds.

May we not be found idle or sleeping,
but watchful and actively performing your commandments.
May we be prepared to enter into
his divine and glorious bridal-chamber,
where the voice of those who feast is unceasing
and the gladness of those who behold
the goodness of your glory is indescribable.

For you are the true light
who enlightens and sanctifies all,
and all creation sings your praise forever.
Amen.
Friday, January 27, 2017
Epistle Reading
St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 7:26-28; 8:1-2

Brethren, it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, unstained, separated from sinners, exalted above the heavens. He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people; he did this once for all when he offered up himself. Indeed, the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect for ever. Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the sanctuary and the true tent which is set up not by man but by the Lord.

Gospel Reading
John 10:9-16

The Lord said, “I am the door; if any one enters by me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hireling and not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hireling and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me, as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep, that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice. So there shall be one flock, one shepherd.”
Saints & Feasts
Removal of the Relics of John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople, Peter the Righteous of Egypt, Demetrios the New Martyr of Constantinople
TROPAR OF THE HOLY CROSS
O LORD, save your people and bless your inheritance. Grant victory to Christians over their adversaries and by the power of your cross preserve your habitation.

COMMEMORATION OF THE LIVING
O LORD Jesus Christ our God,
who for the sake of your eternal mercy
and lovingkindness became man
and suffered crucifixion and death for the salvation of all,
who rose from the dead and ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of the Father
where you hear the prayers of all who call upon you humbly and with their whole heart:
incline your ear to us and listen to the prayer which your servants offer as a spiritual sacrifice for all your people.

Remember first of all your holy, catholic and apostolic church which you have purchased with your precious blood.
Strengthen it, multiply it, keep it in peace and do not allow the gates of hell to prevail against it.
Prevent schisms among the churches,
pacify the ragings of the pagans,
quickly destroy the uprisings of heresies
by the power of your Holy Spirit.

Have mercy, O Lord, upon the president,
the congress, the judiciary, governors,
those who make and administer our laws,
the municipal authorities,
those who protect us and serve us,
and those who serve in our armed forces
and save them all.
Give them peace and continual victory
over unrighteousness and over evil in all places.
May they provide peace so that your holy church
and all your people may live calm and ordered lives
in your sight, in true faith and prayer, with godly deeds.

Have mercy, O LORD, upon popes, patriarchs and metropolitans, archbishops and bishops, priests, deacons, apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers, and the whole order of the clergy of your church.
Save them, whom you have established to feed the flock of your Word, and by their prayers have mercy on us sinners and save us.

Have mercy, O LORD,
on our spiritual fathers and mothers and save them,
and by their holy prayers forgive us our transgressions.

Have mercy, O LORD, on our parents and save them
together with our spouse, children,
brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles,
cousins, and friends.
Grant them your blessing,
both here and in the age to come.

Have mercy, O LORD, on the old and the young,
the needy, the orphans, the widows
and all who are in sickness and sorrow,
distress and affliction,
oppression and captivity,
in prison and confinement.
Save them, together with your servants
who are under persecution for your sake
and for the sake of the faith.
Remember them, visit them,
strengthen and comfort them,
and by your power grant them speedy relief,
freedom and deliverance.

Have mercy, O LORD,
on all who travel and save them:
those who are sent on duty,
our brothers and sisters and all Christians.

Have mercy, O LORD, on our enemies:
save all those who envy us,
wish us evil or deal unjustly with us.
May they not perish because of us sinners.

Enlighten, O LORD, with the truth of your holy wisdom,
all who have gone astray from the faith,
led by destructive heresies and
divergent philosophies,
and unite them once more to your
holy, catholic and apostolic Church. Amen.
COMMEMORATION OF THE DEPARTED

Remember, O LORD, those who have departed this life:
all popes, patriarchs, metropolitans, archbishops,
and all who served you in the priesthood
and ministry of the church,
apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers,
and in the monastic order
and grant them rest with your saints
in your eternal kingdom.

Remember, O LORD,
the souls of your servants now fallen asleep:
our parents, family and friends.
Forgive them all their sins,
committed in knowledge or in ignorance;
grant them your Kingdom,
a portion in your eternal blessing
and the enjoyment of your unending life.

Remember, O LORD,
all who have fallen asleep in the hope of the resurrection to eternal life:
our brothers and sisters,
Christians throughout the world.
Place them with your saints,
before the light of your countenance,
and have mercy on us,
for you are good and the Lover of mankind.
Amen.

PRAYER FOR CITY AND PARISH
O Heavenly Father,
we humbly ask you to send your Holy Spirit
to touch the hearts of the people of Lakeland, Florida.
We ask you to encourage them to seek the living truth,
your Son, the LORD Jesus Christ, and his holy church.
We pray that their hearts may be turned away from the temptations of this world and from the words of heretical teachers.

We also pray for ourselves,
that our hearts would not be hardened to the gospel,
but that we would be living lights
and representatives of our Saviour.
We pray for Church in Lakeland, Florida,
that it may be a true haven of rest,
encouragement and hope for all who call it home.
And we pray that all who call upon the name of the LORD Jesus Christ in Lakeland, Florida, may be one,
even as you and your Son and the Holy Spirit are one. Amen.

FINAL PRAYERS
It is truly right to bless you, O Theotokos,
ever blessed and most pure and the Mother of our God!
More honourable than the cherubim
and more glorious beyond compare than the seraphim:
in virginity you gave birth to God the Word.
True Theotokos, we magnify you!

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

LORD have mercy! (3x)

Through the prayers of our holy fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, LORD Jesus Christ our God,
have mercy on us and save us. Amen.
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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Christ is Baptized! In the Jordan!

Epistle Reading

St. Paul’s Letter to the Colossians 3:4-11

BRETHREN, when Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience. In these you once walked, when you lived in them. But now put them all away; anger, wrath, malice, slander, and foul talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old nature with its practices and have put on the new nature, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all, and in all.

Gospel Reading

Luke 17:12-19

At that time, as Jesus entered a village, He was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices and said:  “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.”  When He saw them He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed.  Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’s feet, giving Him thanks.  Now he was a Samaritan.  Then said Jesus: “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine?  Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And He said to him: “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”

Saints & Feasts

Paul of Thebes, John the Hut-Dweller, Pansophios the Martyr of Alexandria

Saint Paul of Thebes
Saint Paul of Thebes

Saint Paul of Thebes was born in Egypt around 227 in the Thebaid of Egypt. Left orphaned, he suffered many things from a greedy relative over his inheritance. During the persecution against Christians under the emperor Decius (249-251), Saint Paul learned of his brother-in-law’s insidious plan to deliver him into the hands of the persecutors, and so he fled the city and fled into the wilderness.

Settling into a mountain cave, Saint Paul dwelt there for ninety-one years, praying incessantly to God both day and night. He sustained himself on dates and bread, which a raven brought him, and he clothed himself with palm leaves.

Saint Anthony the Great (January 17), who also lived as an ascetic in the Thebaid desert, had a revelation from God concerning Saint Paul. Saint Anthony thought that there was no other desert dweller such as he. Then God said to him, “Anthony, there is a servant of God more excellent than you, and you should go and see him.”

Anthony went into the desert and came to Saint Paul’s cave. Falling to the ground before the entrance to the cave, he asked to be admitted. The Elders introduced themselves, and then embraced one another. They conversed through the night, and Saint Anthony revealed how he had been led there by God. Saint Paul disclosed to Saint Anthony that for sixty years a bird had brought him half a loaf of bread each day. Now the Lord had sent a double portion in honor of Saint Paul’s visit. The next morning, Saint Paul spoke to Anthony of his approaching death, and instructed him to bury him. He also asked Saint Anthony to return to his monastery and bring back the cloak he had received from Saint Athanasius. He did not really need a garment, but wished to depart from his body while Saint Anthony was absent.

As he was returning with the cloak, Saint Anthony beheld the soul of Saint Paul surrounded by angels, prophets, and apostles, shining like the sun and ascending to God. He entered the cave and found Abba Paul on his knees with his arms outstretched. Saint Anthony mourned for him, and wrapped him in the cloak. He wondered how he would bury the body, for he had not remembered to bring a shovel. Two lions came running from the wilderness and dug a grave with their claws.

Saint Anthony buried the holy Elder, and took his garment of palm leaves, then he returned to his own monastery. Saint Anthony kept this garb as a precious inheritance, and wore it only twice a year, on Pascha and Pentecost.

Saint Paul of Thebes died in the year 341, when he was 113 years old. He did not establish a single monastery, but soon after his end there were many imitators of his life, and they filled the desert with monasteries. Saint Paul is honored as the first desert-dweller and hermit.

In the twelfth century Saint Paul’s relics were transferred to Constantinople and placed in the Peribleptos monastery of the Mother of God, on orders of the emperor Manuel (1143-1180). Later, they were taken to Venice, and finally to Hungary, at Ofa. Part of his head is in Rome.

Saint Paul of Thebes, whose Life was written by Saint Jerome, is not to be confused with Saint Paul the Simple (October 4).

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Christ is Baptized! In the Jordan!

Epistle Reading

Acts of the Apostles 2:38-43

IN THOSE DAYS, Peter said to the people, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children and to all that are far off, every one whom the Lord our God calls to him.” And he testified with many other words and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And fear came upon every soul; and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.

Gospel Reading

Luke 4:1-15

At that time Jesus returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit for forty days in the wilderness, tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing in those days; and when they were ended, he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command the stone to become bread.” And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.'” And the devil took him up, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory; for it has been delivered to me, and I will give it to whom I will. If you, then, will worship me, it shall all be yours.” And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.'”

And he took him to Jerusalem, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here; for it is written, ‘He will give his angels charge of you, to guard you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.'” And Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.'” And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time. And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee, and a report concerning him went out through all the surrounding country. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.

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Leavetaking of the Theophany of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Agnes the Virgin-martyr, Sabbas (Sava), Archbishop of Serbia, The Holy Fathers slain at Sinai and Raitho, Nina of Georgia, Plato the Hieromartyr, Bishop of Tallini and all Estonia, and the Priest Martyrs Michael and Nicholas

St. Kentigern, first Bishop of Glasgow, Scotland

St. Kentigern, first Bishop of Glasgow, Scotland
St. Kentigern, first Bishop of Glasgow, Scotland

Saint Kentigern was from Lothian (in Scotland), and may have been of royal blood. He left home at an early age and was brought up by a hermit named Servan (July 1) on the Firth of Forth. It was Saint Servan who gave him the name Mungo (or dear friend).

Saint Kentigern Mungo labored in Strathclyde, and founded a monastery where the city of Glasgow stands today. He was made a bishop, taking Glasgow for his See.

Driven from Scotland by the enmity of a local ruler, Saint Kentigern went to Wales and founded the monastery of Saint Asaph. Eventually, he returned to Scotland and resumed his missionary work, baptizing many people.

In 584 he met Saint Columba (June 9), and exchanged croziers with him.

Saint Kentigern was a strict ascetic who traveled everywhere on foot. It is believed that he died in Glasgow around 612 at the age of eighty-five. A Gothic cathedral was built over his shrine in the thirteenth century.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Christ is Baptized! In the Jordan!

Strict Fast

Epistle Reading

St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians 3:23-29; 4:1-5

BRETHREN, before faith came, we were confined under the law, kept under restraint until faith should be revealed. So that the law was our custodian until Christ came, that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a custodian; for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise. I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no better than a slave, though he is the owner of all the estate; but he is under guardians and trustees until the date set by the father. So with us; when we were children, we were slaves to the elemental spirits of the universe. But when the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.

Gospel Reading

Luke 20:1-8

At that time, as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders came up and said to Him, “Tell us by what authority you do these things, or who it is that gave you this authority.”  He answered them, “I also will ask you a question; now tell me, was the baptism of John from heaven or from men?”  And they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why did you not believe him?’  But if we say, ‘From men,’ all the people will stone us; for they are convinced that John was a prophet.”  So they answered that they did not know whence it was.  And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

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FAST DAY

The Holy Martyrs Hermylus and Stratonicus, Maximos the Righteous of Kapsokalyvia, Mount Athos, Afterfeast of the Theophany of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Hilary of Poitiers, Synaxis of the Most Holy Theotokos

The Holy Martyrs Hermylus and Stratonicus, Maximos the Righteous of Kapsokalyvia
The Holy Martyrs Hermylus and Stratonicus, Maximos the Righteous of Kapsokalyvia

Saint Maximus Kavsokalyvites was educated at the church of the Most Holy Theotokos at Lampsakos. At seventeen years of age he left his parental home, became a monk, and passed his obedience under Elder Mark, the finest spiritual instructor in Macedonia. After the death of his teacher, the saint pursued asceticism under the guidance of several desert Fathers of extremely strict life. Arriving in Constantinople, Saint Maximus was constantly at the Blachernae church of the Most Holy Theotokos, as though he had taken up his abode at the entrance.

From his youth, Saint Maximus had a great love for the Mother of God. He persistently entreated Her to grant him the gift of unceasing mental prayer. One day, as he was venerating her icon, he felt a warmth and a flame enter his heart from the icon. It did not burn him, but he felt a certain sweetness and contrition within. From that time, his heart began to repeat the Jesus Prayer of itself. In this way, the Virgin Theotokos fulfilled his request.

Saint Maximus fulfilled his obedience in the Lavra of Saint Athanasius on Mt. Athos. In order to conceal his ascetic deeds of fasting and prayer, and to avoid celebrity, he behaved like a fool. One day, he had a vision of the Mother of God, who told him to ascend the mountain. On the summit of the Holy Mountain, he prayed for three days and nights. Again, the Most Holy Theotokos appeared to him surrounded by angels, and holding Her divine Son in Her arms.

Prostrating himself, the saint heard the All-Holy Virgin speak to him, “Receive the gift against demons… and settle at the foot of Athos, for this is the will of My Son.” She told him that he would ascend the heights of virtue, and become a teacher and guide for many. Then, since he had not eaten for several days, a heavenly bread was given to him. As soon as he put it in his mouth, he was surrounded by divine light, and he saw the Mother of God ascending into Heaven.

Saint Maximus told his vision to a certain Elder living by the church of the holy Prophet Elias at Carmel. He was skeptical, but the saint turned his disbelief to good. He pretended to be slightly crazy in order to conceal his prodigious ascetic deeds, privations, his hardship and solitude. Saint Maximus did not live in a permanent abode, but wandered from place to place like a lunatic. Whenever he moved, he would burn his hut down. Therefore, he was called “Kavsokalyvites,” or “Hut Burner.”

Those on the Holy Mountain, knowing of the extreme deprivations and sorrows of Saint Maximus, for a long time regarded him with contempt, even though he had attained the height and perfection of spiritual life. When Saint Gregory of Sinai (August 8) arrived on Athos, he encountered the holy fool. After speaking to him, he began to call him an earthly angel. Saint Gregory persuaded Saint Maximus to stop behaving like a fool and to live in one place so that others might benefit from his spiritual experience. Heeding the words of Saint Gregory and the advice of other Elders, Saint Maximus selected a permanent dwelling in a cave near the renowned Elder Isaiah.

Knowing of his gift of clairvoyance, the Byzantine Emperors John Paleologos (1341-1376) and John Kantakouzenos (1341-1355) visited him and were surprised by the fulfillment of his predictions. Theophanes, the igumen of Vatopedi monastery, wrote about Saint Maximus: “I invoke God as my witness, that I myself saw several of his miracles. Once, for instance, I saw him travel through the air from one place to another. I listened as he made a prediction concerning me, that first I would be an igumen, and then Metropolitan of Ochrid. He even revealed to me how I would suffer for the Church.”

Saint Maximus abandoned his solitude only just before his death, and settled near the Lavra of Saint Athanasius, where he surrendered his soul to the Lord at 95 years of age (+ 1354). After his death, as in life, Saint Maximus was glorified by many miracles.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Christ is Baptized! In the Jordan!

Epistle Reading

Acts of the Apostles 18:22-28

IN THOSE DAYS, when Paul had landed at Caesarea, he went up and greeted the church, and then went down to Antioch. After spending some time there he departed and went from place to place through the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples. Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesos. He was an eloquent man, well versed in the scriptures. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue; but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him and expounded to him the way of God more accurately. And when he wished to cross to Achaia, the brethren encouraged him, and wrote to the disciples to receive him. When he arrived, he greatly helped those who through grace had believed, for he powerfully confuted the Jews in public, showing by the scriptures that the Christ was Jesus.

Gospel Reading

John 10:39-42

At that time, the Jews tried to arrest Him, but He escaped from their hands.  He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John at first baptized, and there He remained.  And many came to Him; and they said, “John did no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true.” And many believed in him there.

Saints & Feasts

Tatiana the Martyr of Rome, Martyr Mertios, Afterfeast of the Theophany of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Basil and John the Hieromartyrs, Euthasia the Virgin-Martyr

Martyr Tatiana of Rome, and those who suffered with Her

The Holy Virgin Martyr Tatiana was born into an illustrious Roman family, and her father was elected consul three times. He was secretly a Christian and raised his daughter to be devoted to God and the Church. When she reached the age of maturity, Tatiana decided to remain a virgin, betrothing herself to Christ. Disdaining earthly riches, she sought instead the imperishable wealth of Heaven. She was made a deaconess in one of the Roman churches and served God in fasting and prayer, tending the sick and helping the needy.

When Rome was ruled by the sixteen-year-old Alexander Severus (222-235), all power was concentrated in the hands of the regent Ulpian, an evil enemy and persecutor of Christians. Christian blood flowed like water. Tatiana was also arrested, and they brought her into the temple of Apollo to force her to offer sacrifice to the idol. The saint began praying, and suddenly there was an earthquake. The idol was smashed into pieces, and part of the temple collapsed and fell down on the pagan priests and many pagans. The demon inhabiting the idol fled screeching from that place. Those present saw its shadow flying through the air.

Then they tore holy virgin’s eyes out with hooks, but she bravely endured everything, praying for her tormentors that the Lord would open their spiritual eyes. And the Lord heard the prayer of His servant. The executioners saw four angels encircle the saint and beat her tormentors. A voice was heard from the heavens speaking to the holy virgin. Eight men believed in Christ and fell on their knees before Saint Tatiana, begging them to forgive them their sin against her. For confessing themselves Christians they were tortured and executed, receiving Baptism by blood.

The next day Saint Tatiana was brought before the wicked judge. Seeing her completely healed of all her wounds, they stripped her and beat her, and slashed her body with razors. A wondrous fragrance then filled the air. Then she was stretched out on the ground and beaten for so long that the servants had to be replaced several times. The torturers became exhausted and said that an invisible power was beating them with iron rods. Indeed, the angels warded off the blows directed at her and turned them upon the tormentors, causing nine of them to fall dead. They then threw the saint in prison, where she prayed all night and sang praises to the Lord with the angels.

A new morning began, and they took Saint Tatiana to the tribunal once more. The torturers beheld with astonishment that after such terrible torments she appeared completely healthy and even more radiant and beautiful than before. They began to urge her to offer sacrifice to the goddess Diana. The saint seemed agreeable, and they took her to the heathen temple. Saint Tatiana made the Sign of the Cross and began to pray. Suddenly, there was a crash of deafening thunder, and lightning struck the idol, the sacrificial offerings and the pagan priests.

Once again, the martyr was fiercely tortured. She was hung up and scraped with iron claws, and her breasts were cut off. That night, angels appeared to her in prison and healed her wounds as before. On the following day, they took Saint Tatiana to the circus and loosed a hungry lion on her. The beast did not harm the saint, but meekly licked her feet.

As they were taking the lion back to its cage, it killed one of the torturers. They threw Tatiana into a fire, but the fire did not harm the martyr. The pagans, thinking that she was a sorceress, cut her hair to take away her magical powers, then locked her up in the temple of Zeus.

On the third day, pagan priests came to the temple intending to offer sacrifice to Zeus. They beheld the idol on the floor, shattered to pieces, and the holy martyr Tatiana joyously praising the Lord Jesus Christ. The judge then condemned the valiant sufferer to be beheaded with a sword. Her father was also executed with her, because he had raised her to love Christ.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Christ is Baptized! In the Jordan!

Fast Day (Wine and Oil Allowed)

Epistle Reading

St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 13:7-16

Brethren, remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God; consider the outcome of their lives, and imitate their faith.  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever.  Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings; for it is well that the heart be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited their adherents.  We have an altar from which those who serve the tent have no right to eat.  For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest as a sacrifice for sin are burned outside the camp.  So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood.  Therefore let us go forth to him outside the camp and bear the abuse he endured.  For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city which is to come.  Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.  Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Gospel Reading

Matthew 11:27-30

The Lord said to his disciples, “All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.  Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Saints & Feasts

Our Righteous Father Theodosius the Cenobiarch, Vitalis of Gaza, Afterfeast of the Theophany of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Nikephoros the New Martyr of Crete

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Christ is Baptized! In the Jordan!

Epistle Reading

St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 4:7-13

BRETHREN, grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it is said, “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.” (in saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is he who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

Gospel Reading

Luke 3:19-22

At that time, Herod the tetrarch, who had been reproved by John for Herodias, his brother’s wife, and for all the evil things that Herod had done, added this to them all, that he shut up John in prison. Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form, as a dove, and a voice came from heaven. “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

Saints & Feasts

Gregory of Nyssa, Dometian, Bishop of Melitene, Theosebia the Deaconess, sister of Basil the Great & Gregory of Nyssa, Afterfeast of the Theophany of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Markianos, Priest and Oikonomos of the Great Church

Saint Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa, was a younger brother of Saint Basil the Great (January 1). His birth and upbringing came at a time when the Arian disputes were at their height. Having received an excellent education, he was at one time a teacher of rhetoric. In the year 372, he was consecrated by Saint Basil the Great as bishop of the city of Nyssa in Cappadocia.

Saint Gregory was an ardent advocate for Orthodoxy, and he fought against the Arian heresy with his brother Saint Basil. Gregory was persecuted by the Arians, by whom he was falsely accused of improper use of church property, and thereby deprived of his See and sent to Ancyra.

In the following year Saint Gregory was again deposed in absentia by a council of Arian bishops, but he continued to encourage his flock in Orthodoxy, wandering about from place to place. After the death of the emperor Valens (378), Saint Gregory was restored to his cathedra and was joyously received by his flock. His brother Saint Basil the Great died in 379.

Only with difficulty did Saint Gregory survive the loss of his brother and guide. He delivered a funeral oration for him, and completed Saint Basil’s study of the six days of Creation, the Hexaemeron. That same year Saint Gregory participated in the Council of Antioch against heretics who refused to recognize the perpetual virginity of the Mother of God. Others at the opposite extreme, who worshipped the Mother of God as being God Herself, were also denounced by the Council. He visited the churches of Arabia and Palestine, which were infected with the Arian heresy, to assert the Orthodox teaching about the Most Holy Theotokos. On his return journey Saint Gregory visited Jerusalem and the Holy Places.

In the year 381 Saint Gregory was one of the chief figures of the Second Ecumenical Council, convened at Constantinople against the heresy of Macedonius, who incorrectly taught about the Holy Spirit. At this Council, on the initiative of Saint Gregory, the Nicean Symbol of Faith (the Creed) was completed.

Together with the other bishops Saint Gregory affirmed Saint Gregory the Theologian as Archpastor of Constantinople.

In the year 383, Saint Gregory of Nyssa participated in a Council at Constantinople, where he preached a sermon on the divinity of the Son and the Holy Spirit. In 386, he was again at Constantinople, and he was asked to speak the funeral oration in memory of the empress Placilla. Again in 394 Saint Gregory was present in Constantinople at a local Council, convened to resolve church matters in Arabia.

Saint Gregory of Nyssa was a fiery defender of Orthodox dogmas and a zealous teacher of his flock, a kind and compassionate father to his spiritual children, and their intercessor before the courts. He was distinguished by his magnanimity, patience and love of peace.

Having reached old age, Saint Gregory of Nyssa died soon after the Council of Constantinople. Together with his great contemporaries, Saints Basil the Great and Gregory the Theologian, Saint Gregory of Nyssa had a significant influence on the Church life of his time. His sister, Saint Macrina, wrote to him: “You are renowned both in the cities, and gatherings of people, and throughout entire districts. Churches ask you for help.” Saint Gregory is known in history as one of the most profound Christian thinkers of the fourth century. Endowed with philosophical talent, he saw philosophy as a means for a deeper penetration into the authentic meaning of divine revelation.

Saint Gregory left behind many remarkable works of dogmatic character, as well as sermons and discourses. He has been called “the Father of Fathers.”

Source: https://oca.org/saints/lives/2017/01/10/100140-st-gregory-the-bishop-of-nyssa

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