The Orthodox Church is evangelical, but not Protestant. It is orthodox, but not Jewish. It is catholic, but not Roman. It isn’t non-denominational – it is pre-denominational. It has believed, taught, preserved, defended and died for the Faith of the Apostles since the Day of Pentecost 2000 years ago.
Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever!
Saint Olav of Norway, King and Martyr
Saints of the Day
July 29 / August 11. Martyr Callinicus of Gangra in Asia Minor. Virgin Martyr Seraphima (Serapia) of Antioch. Martyr Theodota and her three sons in Bithynia. St. Constantine, Patriarch of Constantinople. St. Theodosius the New, emperor. St. Romanus, abbot of Kirzhach, disciple of St. Sergius of Radonezh. Saints Constantine and Cosmas, abbots of Kosinsk (Pskov). Martyr Eustace of Mtskhet in Georgia. Martyr Michael, St. Lupus the Confessor, Bishop of Troyes. Martyr Mamas in Darii. St. Bogolep, Schemamonk-child of Black Ravine near Astrakhan. St. Olaf, Enlightener of Norway. (Greek Calendar: Martyr Basiliscus the Elder. Martyrs Benjamin and Berius of Constantinople.
Photo of the Day
Saint Olav of Norway, King and Martyr.
Quote of the Day
“The one who is living a life in Christ has gone beyond the righteousness of both the Law and of nature, as the divine Apostle has pointed out in these words, ‘For in Christ there is neither circumcision nor uncircumcision.’ By circumcision he meant the righteousness of the Law, and by uncircumcision he signified in an obscure way the equality that comes from nature.”
St. Maximus the Confessor
Scripture Readings for the Day
1 Corinthians 15:29-38
Effects of Denying the Resurrection
29 Otherwise, what will they do who are baptized for the dead, if the dead do not rise at all? Why then are they baptized for the dead? 30 And why do we stand in jeopardy every hour? 31 I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. 32 If, in the manner of men, I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantage is it to me? If the dead do not rise, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!”
33 Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” 34 Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.
A Glorious Body
35 But someone will say, “How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?” 36 Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies. 37 And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain—perhaps wheat or some other grain. 38 But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body.
Jesus’ Authority Questioned
23 Now when He came into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people confronted Him as He was teaching, and said, “By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority?”
24 But Jesus answered and said to them, “I also will ask you one thing, which if you tell Me, I likewise will tell you by what authority I do these things: 25 The baptism of John—where was it from? From heaven or from men?”
And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 26 But if we say, ‘From men,’ we fear the multitude, for all count John as a prophet.” 27 So they answered Jesus and said, “We do not know.”
And He said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.