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"The merciful Savior accomplishes all and does everything through His will for our benefit, even though the means and results may seem to be in opposition to us. With the help of the most Merciful Lord God, we will be patient, and we will see..."

—Saint Leo

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Mon 22nd Dec 2014

Today's readings
Epistle: Hebrews 3:5-11
Hebrews 3:5-11

5 And Moses indeed was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which would be spoken afterward,

6 but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.

Be Faithful

7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says:

      " Today, if you will hear His voice,

8 Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,
      In the day of trial in the wilderness,

9 Where your fathers tested Me, tried Me,
      And saw My works forty years.

10 Therefore I was angry with that generation,
      And said, 'They always go astray in their heart,
      And they have not known My ways.'

11 So I swore in My wrath,

      ' They shall not enter My rest.'"

Gospel: Mark 9:42-10:1
Mark 9:42-10:1

Jesus Warns of Offenses

42 "But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea.

43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched--

44 where

      ' Their worm does not die
       And the fire is not quenched.'

45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame, rather than having two feet, to be cast into hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched--

46 where

      ' Their worm does not die
      And the fire is not quenched.'

47 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire--

48 where

      ' Their worm does not die
       And the fire is not quenched.'

Tasteless Salt Is Worthless

49 "For everyone will be seasoned with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt.

50 Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another."

Mark 10

Marriage and Divorce

1 Then He arose from there and came to the region of Judea by the other side of the Jordan. And multitudes gathered to Him again, and as He was accustomed, He taught them again.


Saint of the Day

Anastasia the Great Martyr 22nd Dec
Holy Great Martyr Anastasia, the Deliverer from Potions

St Anastasia, who was from Rome, was a most comely, wealthy, and virtuous maiden, the daughter of Praepextatus and Fausta. It was her mother who instructed her in the Faith of Christ. The Saint was joined to a man named Publius Patricius, who was prodigal in life and impious in disposition, but she was widowed after a short time. Henceforth, she went about secretly to the dwellings of the poor and the prisons where the Martyrs of Christ were, and brought them whatever was needed for their daily subsistence. She washed their wounds and loosed them from their fetters, and consoled them in their anguish. In addition, because the Saint, through her intercessions, has healed many from the ill effects of spells, potions, poisons, and other harmful substances, she has received the name "Deliverer from Potions". Since the fame of her deeds had spread about, she was arrested by Diocletian's minions, and after enduring many torments she was put to death by fire in the year 290 AD.

Dismissal Hymn of the Forefeast

Be ready Bethlehem, Eden has opened to all. Ephratha, prepare yourself, for now, behold, the Tree of life has blossomed forth in the cave from the holy Virgin. Her womb has proved a true spiritual Paradise, wherein the divine and saving Tree is found, and as we eat thereof we shall all live, and shall not die as did Adam. For Christ is born now to raise the image that had fallen aforetime.

Dismissal of the Martyr

Joseph was amazed

O Lord Jesus, unto You Your lamb cries with a great voice: O my Bridegroom, You I love; and seeking You, I now contest, and with Your baptism am crucified and buried. I suffer for Your sake, that I may reign with You; for You sake I die, that I may live in You: accept me offered out of longing to You as a spotless sacrifice. Lord, save our souls through her intercessions, since You are great in mercy.

Kontakion of the Forefeast

Be ready Bethlehem, Eden has opened to all. Ephratha, prepare yourself, for now, behold, the Tree of life has blossomed forth in the cave from the holy Virgin. Her womb has proved a true spiritual Paradise, wherein the divine and saving Tree is found, and as we eat thereof we shall all live, and shall not die as did Adam. For Christ is born now to raise the image that had fallen aforetime.

Kontakion of the Marty

You sought the heights

When they that are found in trials and adversities flee unto your church, O Anastasia, they receive the august and wondrous gifts of divine grace which abides in you; for at all times, O Saint of God, you pour forth streams of healings for the world. (read more)

Also celebrating:

Chrysogonos, Theodota, Evodias, & Eutychianus, the Martyrs


His Eminence

On the occasion of the New Year, I wish to share with you certain simple thoughts. … (read more)

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Calendar

22 MonStrict Fast

Holy Great Martyr Anastasia, the Deliverer from Potions

Chrysogonos, Theodota, Evodias, & Eutychianus, the Martyrs

23 TueStrict Fast

Holy Ten Martyrs of Crete

Naoum the Illuminator of The Bulgarians

Nicholas & John the New Martyrs

Paul, Archbishop of Neo-Caesarea

24 WedStrict Fast

The Holy Righteous Martyr Eugenia

25 ThuFast Free

The Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ

The Adoration of the Magi: Melchior, Gaspar, & Balthasar

26 FriFast Free

Synaxis of the Holy Theotokos

Barlaam the Righteous of Valaam

Holy New Hieromartyr Constantine of Russia, Who Struggled in Constantinople

Euthemios the Confessor, Bishop of Sardis

27 SatFast Free

Stephen, Archdeacon & First Martyr

Theodore the Confessor

28 SunFast Free

Holy Twenty Thousand Martyrs burned in Nicomedia

Simon the Myrrhbearer, Founder of Simonopetra, Monastery of Mount Athos

Holy Martyr Glyceros