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"Each person must bear the weakness of others. Who is perfect? Who can boast that he has kept his heart undefiled? Hence, we are all sick, and whoever condemns his brother does not perceive that he himself is sick, because a sick person does not condemn another sick person."

—Elder Ephraim of Philotheou, Counsels from the Holy Mountain

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Thu 5th Mar 2015

Today's readings
Reading: Isaiah 6:1-12
Isaiah 6:1-12

Isaiah Called to Be a Prophet

1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.

2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.

3 And one cried to another and said:

      " Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts;
      The whole earth is full of His glory!"

4 And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.

5 So I said:

      " Woe is me, for I am undone!
      Because I am a man of unclean lips,
      And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips;
      For my eyes have seen the King,
      The LORD of hosts."

6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar.

7 And he touched my mouth with it, and said:

      " Behold, this has touched your lips;
      Your iniquity is taken away,
      And your sin purged."

8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying:

      " Whom shall I send,
      And who will go for Us?"

Then I said, "Here am I! Send me."

9 And He said, "Go, and tell this people:

      ' Keep on hearing, but do not understand;
      Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.'

10 " Make the heart of this people dull,
      And their ears heavy,
      And shut their eyes;
      Lest they see with their eyes,
      And hear with their ears,
      And understand with their heart,
      And return and be healed."

11 Then I said, "Lord, how long?"    And He answered:

      " Until the cities are laid waste and without inhabitant,
      The houses are without a man,
      The land is utterly desolate,

12 The LORD has removed men far away,
      And the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land.

Reading: Genesis 5:1-24
Genesis 5:1-24

The Family of Adam

1 This is the book of the genealogy of Adam. In the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God.

2 He created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created.

3 And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.

4 After he begot Seth, the days of Adam were eight hundred years; and he had sons and daughters.

5 So all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years; and he died.

6 Seth lived one hundred and five years, and begot Enosh.

7 After he begot Enosh, Seth lived eight hundred and seven years, and had sons and daughters.

8 So all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years; and he died.

9 Enosh lived ninety years, and begot Cainan.

10 After he begot Cainan, Enosh lived eight hundred and fifteen years, and had sons and daughters.

11 So all the days of Enosh were nine hundred and five years; and he died.

12 Cainan lived seventy years, and begot Mahalalel.

13 After he begot Mahalalel, Cainan lived eight hundred and forty years, and had sons and daughters.

14 So all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years; and he died.

15 Mahalalel lived sixty-five years, and begot Jared.

16 After he begot Jared, Mahalalel lived eight hundred and thirty years, and had sons and daughters.

17 So all the days of Mahalalel were eight hundred and ninety-five years; and he died.

18 Jared lived one hundred and sixty-two years, and begot Enoch.

19 After he begot Enoch, Jared lived eight hundred years, and had sons and daughters.

20 So all the days of Jared were nine hundred and sixty-two years; and he died.

21 Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah.

22 After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters.

23 So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years.

24 And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.


Saint of the Day

Konon_the_Gardener 5th March
St Konon the Gardener

St Konon the Gardener lived during the reign of Emperor Decios in 251 AD. St Koron came from the town of Nazareth, and travelled to the city of Mandron, in the province of Pamphylia. There he stayed at a place called Karmela or Karmena cultivating a garden, which he used to water and plant with various vegetables, and he obtained what is necessary for life from the garden. He had such an upright and simple mind that, when he met those who wished to arrest him and saw that they greeted him, he also greeted in return from the bottom of his soul and heart.

When they told him that governor Publios called the Saint to go to him, the Saint answered with simplicity, "What does the governor need me, since I am a Christian? Let him call those who think the way he does and have the same religion with him." So, the blessed man was tied and brought to the governor, who tried to move him to sacrifice to the idols". But the Saint sighed from the bottom of his heart, cursed the tyrant and confirmed his faith in Christ with his confession, saying that it is not possible to be moved from it even though he might be tortured cruelly. So, for this reason they nailed his feet and made the Saint run in front of the governor's coach, however, the Saint fainted in the street. Having fallen on his knees, he prayed and, thus, he commended his holy soul to the hands of God.

Dismissal Hymn (Fourth Tone)

Be quick to anticipate

Your Martyr, O Lord, in his courageous contest for You received the prize of the crowns of perfection and life from You, our immortal God. For since he possessed Your strength, he cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons' powerless presumption. O Christ God, by his prayers, save our souls, since You are merciful.

Kontakion (Fourth Tone)

You Who was raised up

Through the angelic vision that you were granted, you were instructed in the Faith of Christ Jesus and received the power to work miracles. Therefore, you utterly quelled the demons' presumption, and quenched deception's flames in the floods of your contest. O righteous Martyr Konon, pray Christ God, the Friend of man to be gracious to us all. (read more)

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Calendar

2 MonStrict Fast

Theodotos the Holy Martyr, Bishop of Cyrenia

Hesychios the Martyr

Nicholas of Plana

3 TueStrict Fast

Sts Zeno & Zoillus

Holy Martyrs Eutropios, Kleonikos and Vasiliskos

Theodoretos the Holy Martyr of Antioch

4 WedStrict Fast

St Gerasimos the Righteous of Jordan

Paul & his sister Juliana and their Companions

5 ThuStrict Fast

St Konon the Gardener

Mark the Ascetic

Righteous Father Mark of Athens

Mark the Faster

Theodore the Recruit

John the Bulgarian

6 FriStrict Fast

2nd Salutations to the Theotokos

Holy Forty-Two Martyrs of Amorion

Finding the Precious Cross by St. Helen

Hesychios the Wonderworker

7 SatOil & Wine Allowed

Holy Martyred Bishops of Cherson Sts Basileos, Ephraim, Eugenios, Capito, Aetherios, Agathodoros, and Elpidios

Laurence of Megara

Paul the Simple

Lavrentios of Megara, the Righteous

8 SunOil & Wine Allowed

2nd Sunday of Lent (St. Gregory Palamas)

Saint Theodore the Tyro

Dometios the Righteous

Paul the Confessor

Hermas the Apostle of the 70