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Scripture Readings

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Today’s commemorated feasts and saints

Virgin Martyr Glyceria at Heraclea, and with her, Martyr Laodicius, Keeper of the Prison (ca. 177). Righteous Virgin Glykéria of Novgorod (1522). Translation of the Relics of Ven. Makáry, Archimandrite of Obruch (or Kanev—1678). Martyr Alexander of Rome (284-305). St. Pausicacus, Bishop of Synnada (606). St George the Confessor, with his wife, Irene, and their children, of Constantinople (9th c.). St. Euthymius the New (1028), founder of Ivḗron Monastery, and his fellow Georgian Saints of Mt. Athos: his father, John, his cousin, George, and Gabriel. Monastic Martyrs of Ivḗron (Mt. Athos).

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First of all, Orthodox Christians do not worship saints or the Theotokos (virgin Mary to others). When I brought this up he steadfastly kept trying to convince me being Orthodox was wrong without coming out and saying it is wrong. He brought up how ‘wrong’ it is for Jesus to be depicted on the cross. It is not.

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See the itty bitty skull at the foot of the cross? That is Adam’s skull and the blood of Christ is redeeming us all. It is a powerful symbol and I just can’t have a cross now that does not show this very important reminder.
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Theotokos (Mary) holding Christ in her lap.

The entire visit was an attack against Orthodoxy from asking the saints to pray for me, to icons, to… you get the picture. By the time I left I was exhausted.

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I made the mistake of trying to defend myself and Orthodoxy. Some how along the way in Christianity the scripture that tells us to provide an answer for our hope has turned into, ‘argue with everyone’.

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This does not mean argue with everyone, pick fights, and be unpleasant. People do not convert to Christianity because you were a better debater than they. It’s not as if I joined a cult for heaven’s sake! I went and converted to the original Christian church. The church that was started at Pentecost. This person thinks we are roman Catholic, we are not and no matter how many times I remind him I am not a Roman Catholic he still uses RC references.

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While I was not hostile, I certainly was not at peace and I took the bait. I began to debate with him. What I really should have done was just shrug my shoulders and say, ‘I don’t know.’.

These sorts of ‘debates’ really do not accomplish anything beyond hurt feelings and bruised egos.

Lord forgive me. Help me to acquire a spirit of peace and not one of conflict. Help me to consider those around me better than I and to be quiet & humble. Amen.

The book club begins soon. Have you purchased your book?

Read through the beginning of the book regarding his life.


Stay in the boat

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Thsi icon depicts the Orthodox Church as a ship under constant attack.

If I post a recipe, the visits are many more than if I talk about Christ and the Orthodox Church. Jesus had something to say about that: John 6:26, KJV: “Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.”

I get it… times are tough. Times were tough in Jesus’ day and times will always be tough for someone. There is more to life than recipes. things that are important for us to become refined enough to live in the presence of God for all eternity.

Here are today’s readings from the OCA website:

Scripture Readings

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Today’s commemorated feasts and saints

St. Epiphanius, Bishop of Cyprus (403). St. Germanus (Herman), Patriarch of Constantinople (740). Glorification of Hieromartyr Germogén (Hermogenes), Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia (1913). Ven. Dionisii, Archimandrite of St. Sergius’ Monastery (1633). St. Sabinus, Archbishop of Cyprus, and St. Polybius, Bishop in Cyprus (5th c.). Martyr John of Vlachia (Romania—1662).

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I have had no response from anyone to let me know if they are interested in the study of Elder Thaddeus. In today’s world of weird and unnatural teachings being fobbed off as, ‘Christian’ I think you would truly benefit from reading about the life of this extraordinary man.

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I will begin the study this weekend. If you have your book, do your best to read through the story of his life. It is several pages. It’s a lot but don’t panic if you can’t get through it. Catch up as you can. the important thing is to try your best.

Don’t lose yourself, or give yourself away, to the things of this world. they are so very fleeting!

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