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Morning Prayers with Fr. Wade
St. Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians 5:9-13; 5:24-28
BRETHREN, God has not destined us for wrath,
but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who died for us so that whether we wake or sleep
we might live with him.
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up,
just as you are doing.
But we beseech you, brethren,
to respect those who labor among you
and are over you in the Lord and admonish you,
and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work.
Be at peace among yourselves.
He who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.
Brethren, pray for us.
Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss.
I adjure you by the Lord that this letter be read to all the brethren. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
At that time, the scribes and the chief priests
tried to lay hands on him at that very hour,
but they feared the people;
for they perceived that he had told this parable against them.
So they watched him, and sent spies,
who pretended to be sincere,
that they might take hold of what he said,
so as to deliver him up to the authority
and jurisdiction of the governor.
They asked him,
“Teacher, we know that you speak and teach rightly,
and show no partiality, but truly teach the way of God.
Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Caesar, or not?”
But he perceived their craftiness, and said to them,
“Show me a coin. Whose likeness and inscription has it?”
They said, “Caesar’s.”
He said to them,
“Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s,
and to God the things that are God’s.”
And they were not able in the presence of the people
to catch him by what he said;
but marveling at his answer they were silent.
Saints & Feasts
Habakkuk the Prophet, Our Righteous Father Cyril of Phileus, Myrope the Martyr of Chios, Joannicos the Monk of Devich, Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia
The Holy Prophet Habakkuk, the eighth of the Twelve Minor Prophets, was descended from the Tribe of Simeon, and he prophesied around 650 B.C.
The Prophet Habakkuk foresaw the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple, the Babylonian Captivity and the later return of the captives to their native land. During the war with the Babylonians the prophet withdrew to Arabia, where the following miracle occurred. When he was bringing dinner to the reapers, he met an angel of the Lord, and instantly by the strength of his spirit he was transported to Babylon, where at the time the Prophet Daniel was languishing in prison. The food intended for the reapers assuaged the hunger of the exhausted Prophet Daniel (Dan. 14:33-37).
After the end of the war with the Babylonians, the Prophet Habakkuk returned to his homeland and died at a great old age. His relics were found at the time of Emperor Theodosius he Younger (408-450), together with the relics of the Prophet Micah (August 14).
The Fourth Ode of the Psalter (“O Lord, I have heard thy report, and was afraid…”) is based on Habakkuk 3:2-19.
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