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"One may say, 'But I am not able to practice self-restraint.' ... Do not then bring forward, I beseech you, perverse reasonings, neither sophistries and webs slighter than the spider's, but answer me this: Did God make all men? It is surely plain to everyone. ... How is it then that some are good, gentle, and meek, yet others are worthless and evil? ... For if by nature all were bad, it would not be possible for anyone to be good, and if all are good by nature, then no one could be bad. ... We see that many good men become worthless, and many worthless men become good, the one thorough carelessness, the other by earnest striving. This shows that these things do not come by nature."

—Saint John Chrysostom

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Tue 1st Dec 2015

Today's readings
Epistle: 1 Timothy 5:11-21
1 Timothy 5:11-21

11 But refuse the younger widows; for when they have begun to grow wanton against Christ, they desire to marry,

12 having condemnation because they have cast off their first faith.

13 And besides they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house, and not only idle but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not.

14 Therefore I desire that the younger widows marry, bear children, manage the house, give no opportunity to the adversary to speak reproachfully.

15 For some have already turned aside after Satan.

16 If any believing man or woman has widows, let them relieve them, and do not let the church be burdened, that it may relieve those who are really widows.

Honor the Elders

17 Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine.

18 For the Scripture says, "You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain," and, "The laborer is worthy of his wages."

19 Do not receive an accusation against an elder except from two or three witnesses.

20 Those who are sinning rebuke in the presence of all, that the rest also may fear.

21 I charge you before God and the Lord Jesus Christ and the elect angels that you observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing with partiality.

Gospel: Luke 19:45-48
Luke 19:45-48

Jesus Cleanses the Temple

45 Then He went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in it,

46 saying to them, "It is written, 'My house is a house of prayer,' but you have made it a 'den of thieves.'"

47 And He was teaching daily in the temple. But the chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people sought to destroy Him,

48 and were unable to do anything; for all the people were very attentive to hear Him.

Saint of the Day

Philaret_the_Merciful_of_Amnia 1st Dec
St Philaret the Almsgiver of Constantinople

St Philaret, a native of Paphlagonia in Asia Minor, was a virtuous Christian layman who lived in lawful wedlock and raised a family. He was most renowned for his generosity to all in need. With the permission of God, in a short space of time he lost the greater part of his possessions to theft and other misfortunes and was left with nothing but his family, his home, and a little livestock. Yet he continued to give generously to the poor despite the faint-heartedness of his family, who reproached him for giving alms when they were in need themselves; and God, seeing his faith, restored his prosperity to him many times over. He foresaw the day of his death, and reposed in an odour of sanctity in Constantinople in 789 AD.

Dismissal Hymn of St Philaret (Third Tone)

Your confession

From the inner wealth of a divine faith, you dealt your riches to the needy; and your works of compassion have glorified Christ, the Bestower of mercy, O Philaret; for your whole life was adorned with a love like His. Intercede for us, O Almsgiver, that He richly grant great mercy and compassion unto us, the poor.

Kontakion of the Prophet (Fourth Tone)

On this day You have appeared

Your pure heart, illumined by the Holy Spirit, was a sacred vessel of resplendent prophecy, for you saw things far off as close at hand. Hence we revere you, blest Nahum most glorious.

Kontakion of St Philaret (Plagal of Fourth Tone)

To you, the Champion Leader

In all temptations, you had Job's courageous manliness, and in your mercy you gave your riches to the poor, being truly a living fountain of almsgiving. By the holy way of life that you have shown to us, you also gladden all that cry to you with love: Rejoice, O Philaret, faithful servant of Christ our God. (read more)

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