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"Look at the magnificent picture that God reveals to us in the creation of the cosmos, in the creation of man in His image and after His likeness. What we are seeking for is not limited to our little daily life; we seek to be with God and to acquire in ourselves life in all its fullness, created life and divine life."

—Archimandrite Sophrony

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Tue 2nd Sep 2014

Today's readings
Epistle: 2 Corinthians 8:16-9:5
2 Corinthians 8:16-9:5

Collection for the Judean Saints

16 But thanks be to God who puts the same earnest care for you into the heart of Titus.

17 For he not only accepted the exhortation, but being more diligent, he went to you of his own accord.

18 And we have sent with him the brother whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches,

19 and not only that, but who was also chosen by the churches to travel with us with this gift, which is administered by us to the glory of the Lord Himself and to show your ready mind,

20 avoiding this: that anyone should blame us in this lavish gift which is administered by us--

21 providing honorable things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.

22 And we have sent with them our brother whom we have often proved diligent in many things, but now much more diligent, because of the great confidence which we have in you.

23 If anyone inquires about Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker concerning you. Or if our brethren are inquired about, they are messengers of the churches, the glory of Christ.

24 Therefore show to them, and before the churches, the proof of your love and of our boasting on your behalf.

2 Corinthians 9

Administering the Gift

1 Now concerning the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you;

2 for I know your willingness, about which I boast of you to the Macedonians, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal has stirred up the majority.

3 Yet I have sent the brethren, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this respect, that, as I said, you may be ready;

4 lest if some Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we (not to mention you!) should be ashamed of this confident boasting.

5 Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren to go to you ahead of time, and prepare your generous gift beforehand, which you had previously promised, that it may be ready as a matter of generosity and not as a grudging obligation.

Gospel: Mark 3:13-19
Mark 3:13-19

The Twelve Apostles

13 And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him.

14 Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach,

15 and to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons:

16 Simon, to whom He gave the name Peter;

17 James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James, to whom He gave the name Boanerges, that is, "Sons of Thunder";

18 Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Cananite;

19 and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him. And they went into a house.

Saint of the Day

St Mamas

St Mamas was from Gangra of Paphlagonia. He was born in prison, where his parents Theodotus and Rufina were suffering for Christ's sake and where they ended their lives. He was named Mamas because, after he had long remained without speaking, he addressed his foster mother Ammia as "mama". Ammia died when Mama was 15 years old.

St Mama was tortured for his Christian faith by orders from the governor of Caesarea and was then sent before Emperor Aurelian who had him tortured again. He was later thrown to the lions, but they remained docile, and a lion remained with him as his companion. He contested for Christ about the year 275 AD.

Dismissal Hymn (Fourth Tone)

Your Martyr, O Lord, in his courageous contest for You received as the prize the crowns of incorruption and life from You, our immortal God. For since he possessed Your strength, he cast down the tyrants and completely destroyed the demon's strengthless presumption. O Christ God, by his prayers, save our soul, since You are merciful.

Kontakion (Third Tone)

With the staff bestowed on you by God, O holy Great Martyr, shepherd us your people in green and life-giving pastures; swiftly crush with godly power unseen and wild beasts underneath the feet of them that praise you with longing; for in dangers we all have you, O Mamas, as our fervent protector and help. (read more)

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