No one on this earth can avoid affliction; and although the afflictions which the Lord sends are not great men imagine them beyond their strength and are crushed by them. This is because they will not humble their souls and commit themselves to the will of God. But the Lord Himself guides with His grace those who are given over to God's will, and they bear all things with fortitude for the sake of God Whom they have so loved and with Whom they are glorified for ever. It is impossible to escape tribulation in this world but the man who is giver over to the will of God bears tribulation easily, seeing it but putting his trust in the Lord, and so his tribulations pass.
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Teachings of Christ
“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account." (Matthew 5:11 ESV)
January 1, 2018 Circumcision of the Lord St. Basil the Great Vespers: Genesis 17:1-2, 4, 5-7, 8, 9-10, 11-12, 14, Proverbs 8:22-30, Proverbs 10:31-11:12, Matins: John 10:9-16 Liturgy: Colossians 2:8-12, Luke 2:20-21,40-52, Hebrews 7:26-8:2, Luke 6:17-23
- Tuesday: 1 Timothy 3:14-4:5, Matthew 3:1-11 - Wednesday: 2 Timothy 4:5-8, Matthew 1:1-8 - Thursday: James 1:19-27, Mark 10:17-27 - Friday: 1 Cor 9:19-27, Luke 3:1-18
January 6, 2018 Theophany of the Lord - First Royal Hour: Isaiah 35:1-10, Acts 13:25-32, Matthew 3:1-11 - Third Royal Hour: Isaiah 1:16-20, Acts 19:1-18, Mark 1:1-8 - Sixth Royal Hour: Isaiah 12:3-6, Romans 6:3-11, Mark 1:9-15 - Ninth Royal Hour: Isaiah 49:8-15, Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7, Matthew 3:13-17 - Vespers and Divine Liturgy of St. Basil: 1) Genesis 1:1-13, 2) Exodus 14:15-18, 21-23, 27-29, 3) Exodus 15:22-27; 16:1, 4) Joshua 3:7,8,15-17, 5) 2 Kings 2:6-14, 6) 2 Kings 5:9-14, 7) Isaiah 1:16-20, 8) Genesis 32:1-10, 9) Exodus 2:5-10, 10) Judges 6:36-40, 11) 1 Kings 18:30-39, 12) 2 Kings 2:19-22, 13) Isaiah 49:8-15, 1 Corinthians: 9:19-27, Luke 3:1-18 - Blessing of Water: Isaiah 35:1-10, Isaiah 55:1-13, Isaiah l 12:3-6, 1 Corinthians 10:1-4, Mark 1:9-11 - Matins: Mark 1:9-11 - Liturgy: Titus 2:11-14, 3:4-7, Matthew 3:13-17
January 7, 2018 Sunday After Theophany Synaxis of St. John the Baptist - Matins: John 20:19-31 - Liturgy: Ephesians 4:7-13, Matthew 4:12-17, Acts 19:1-8, John 1:29-34
Thirty-Second Week After Pentecost - Monday: James 2:14-26, Mark 10:46-52 - Tuesday: James 3:1-10, Mark 11:11-23 - Wednesday: James 3:11-4:6, Mark 11:23-26 - Thursday: James 4:7-5:9, Mark 11:27-33 - Friday: 1 Peter 1:1-2, 10-12, 2:6-10, Mark 12:1-12 - Saturday: 1 Thessalonians 5:14-23, Luke 17:3-10
January 14, 2018 Zacchaeus Sunday - Matins: John 21:1-14 - Liturgy: 1 Timothy 4:9-15, Luke 19:1-10
Week of the Publican and Pharisee - Monday: 1 Peter 2:21-3:9, Mark 12:13-17 - Tuesday: 1 Peter 3:1-22, Mark 12:18-27 - Wednesday: 1 Peter 4:1-11, Mark 12:28-37 - Thursday: 1 Peter 4:12-5:5, Mark 22:38-44 - Friday: 2 Peter 1:1-10, Mark 13:1-8 - Saturday: 2 Timothy 2:11-19, Luke 18:2-8
January 21, 2018 Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee - Matins: John 21:15-25 - Liturgy: 2 Timothy 3:10-15, Luke 18:10-14
Week of the Prodigal Son - Monday: 2 Peter 1:20-2:9, Mark 13:9-13 - Tuesday: 2 Peter 2:9-22, Mark 13:14-23 - Wednesday: 2 Peter 3:1-18, Mark 13:24-31 - Thursday: 1 John 1:8-2:6, Mark 13:31-14:2 - Friday: 1 John 2:7-17, Mark 14:3-9 - Saturday: 2 Timothy 3:1-9, Luke 20:45-21:4
January 28, 2018 Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee - Matins: Matthew 28:16-20 - Liturgy: 2 Timothy 3:10-15, Luke 18:10-14
Feasts & Fasts
January 1 - Circumcision of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ Feast of St. Basil the Great, Sunday Before Theophany, New Year's Day (Civil) 6 - Theophany of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ 7 - Sunday After Theophany 14 - Sunday of Zacchaeus 15 - Martin Luther King Day (USA) 21 - Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee 28 - Sunday of the Prodigal Son 30 - Synaxis of the Ecumenical Teachers and Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom
February 2 - Encounter of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ with Simeon and Anna 3 - First All-Souls Saturday 4 - Sunday of the Second Coming of Christ (Meat-Fare) 11 - Forgiveness Sunday (Cheese-Fare) 12 - Beginning of the Holy Forty Days Fast 18 - First Sunday of the Great Fast (Sunday of Orthodoxy) 19 - Washington's Birthday (President's Day) (USA) 24 - Second All-Souls Saturday 25 - Second Sunday of the Great Fast (St. Gregory Palamas)
"They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword...." (Hebrews 11:37a)
Please lift up in prayer all those who are persecuted and deprived of liberty, everywhere in the world. Please especially remember the peoples of Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Niger - the whole Middle East and Africa - who are literal martyrs for Christ. Also the peoples of Ukraine. They are our brothers, for all are one in Christ.
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When You were baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, * worship of the Trinity was revealed, * for the Father's voice bore witness to You, calling You His “beloved Son”, * and the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of these words. * O Christ God, * Who appeared and enlightened the world, glory to You! (Troparion, Tone 1)
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.
You have appeared to the whole world today, * and Your light, O Lord, is signed upon us, * who with knowledge sing praise to You: * "You have come, and You have appeared, O Unapproachable Light." (Kontakion, Tone 4)
"The wage of the righteous leads to life, the gain of the wicked to sin." (Proverbs 10:10 ESV)
Pray Without Ceasing
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Wisdom from the Church Fathers
Blessed is he who always has before his eyes that "the earth is the Lord's and the fulness thereof" (Ps. 23:1), and keeps in mind that God is powerful to arrange for His servants as is pleasing to Him.