Thursday, December 17 / 4 (Church Calendar)

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever!

Saints of the Day

December 4 / 17. Great-Martyr Barbara and Martyr Juliana at Heliopolis in Syria [Gal 3:23-29; Mk 5:24-34]; St. John Damascene.St. John, Bishop of Polybotum. Repose of St. Gennadius, Archbishop of Novgorod. New Hieromartyr Seraphim, Bishop of thePhanar in Greece. Hieromartyrs Damascene, Bishop of Glukhov (1935) and his father Priest Nicholas (Tsedrick) (1917). (GreekCalendar: Martyrs Christodula and Christodulus

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Quote of the Day

“When one has approached the abyss and, gazing into it, has become overwhelmed, step back and have a cup of hot tea.”
–the Elder Sophrony

Scripture Readings for the Day

Titus 1:5-2:1

Qualified Elders

5 For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you— 6 if a man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of dissipation or insubordination. 7 For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, 8 but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, 9 holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.

The Elders’ Task

10 For there are many insubordinate, both idle talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, 11 whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole households, teaching things which they ought not, for the sake of dishonest gain. 12 One of them, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” 13 This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, 14 not giving heed to Jewish fables and commandments of men who turn from the truth. 15 To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled. 16 They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.

Titus 2

Qualities of a Sound Church

1 But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine.

Luke 20:9-18

The Parable of the Wicked Vinedressers

9 Then He began to tell the people this parable: “A certain man planted a vineyard, leased it to vinedressers, and went into a far country for a long time. 10 Now at vintage-time he sent a servant to the vinedressers, that they might give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the vinedressers beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11 Again he sent another servant; and they beat him also, treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. 12 And again he sent a third; and they wounded him also and cast him out.
13 “Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son. Probably they will respect him when they see him.’ 14 But when the vinedressers saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.’ 15 So they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and destroy those vinedressers and give the vineyard to others.”
And when they heard it they said, “Certainly not!”
17 Then He looked at them and said, “What then is this that is written:

‘The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief cornerstone’?
18 Whoever falls on that stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.”

Abbot Tryphon

About Abbot Tryphon

The Very. Rev. Abbot Tryphon is Igumen of All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island, Washington. Situated in the heart of a beautiful forest, surrounded by the Salish Sea, the monastery is reached by ferry from either Seattle, or Tacoma, Washington.

One comment:

  1. Abbot Tryphon….Pastor Bob…:) Was reading your morning post and had to reply that Our Savior, Jesus Christ, is worthy of all praise and worship!!! The body of believers in the Kingdom of Heaven on earth consists of those who are immersed in His resurrection and live in the fullness of His Spirit daily. I join in that citizenry again today, and am expectant of what He brings!!!<br /><br />

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