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"Humility is the door to the Kingdom of Heaven, and it leads thither those who draw near to it. I think that the Savior Himself speaks of those who enter by this door in these words: He shall go in and out without fear from this life, and find pasture and green grass in the dwellings of paradise. But all who have come to monasticism by another door are thieves of their own life and robbers."

—Saint John Climacus

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Tue 21st Oct 2014

Today's readings
Epistle: Philippians 2:17-23
Philippians 2:17-23

17 Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.

18 For the same reason you also be glad and rejoice with me.

Timothy Commended

19 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your state.

20 For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state.

21 For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus.

22 But you know his proven character, that as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel.

23 Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it goes with me.

Gospel: Luke 9:23-27
Luke 9:23-27

Take Up the Cross and Follow Him

23 Then He said to them all, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.

24 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.

25 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?

26 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father's, and of the holy angels.

Jesus Transfigured on the Mount

27 But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the kingdom of God."


Saint of the Day

Christodoulusof Patmos
Christodoulus, the Wonderworker of Patmos

The Divine Apostle, recounting the achievements of the Saints, and setting forth their memorial as an example for us to turn away from earthly things and sin, and emulate their patience and courage in the struggles for virtue, says, "therefore we also are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every burden, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us" (Heb 12:1).

Guided by the teaching of the Holy Scriptures and Apostolic Tradition, we honour the Saints, who are friends of God who keep His commandments, are shining examples of virtue, and are benefactors of mankind. Of course, we honour the known Saints on their own day of the year. However, many Saints are unknown and their number increases with time, so the Church has appointed that once a year a common commemoration be made of all the Saints on All Saints Day. This is the harvest of the coming of the Holy Spirit into the world; it is the "much fruit" brought forth by that "Grain of wheat that fell into the earth and died" (John 12:24); it is the glorification of the Saints as "the foundation of the Church, the Gospel's perfection, they who fulfilled in deed the sayings of the Saviour" (Sunday of All Saints, Doxasticon of Vespers). (read more)

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Hilarion the Great

John the New Martyr of Peleponnesos


His Eminence

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Calendar

20 Mon

St Gerasimos of Cephalonia

21 Tue

Christodoulus, the Wonderworker of Patmos

Hilarion the Great

John the New Martyr of Peleponnesos

22 WedStrict Fast

St Averkios, Equal-to-the-Apostles and Wonderworker of Hierapolis

Seven Holy Martyred Youths of Ephesus

23 Thu

James the Apostle, brother of Our Lord

Our Righteous Father Ignatius, Patriarch of Constantinople

24 FriStrict Fast

Sts Arethas the Great Martyr, and Syncletiki and her two daughters

Sebastiane the Martyr

25 Sat

Sts Marcianos and Martyrios the Notaries of Constantinople

Tabitha, who was raised from the dead by Peter the Apostle

26 Sun

Great Martyr Dimitrios of Thessalonica