Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever!
Saints of the Day
July 1 / 14. Holy and wonderworking unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs at Rome. Martyr Potitus at Naples. St. Peter, monk of Constantinople. St. Angelina of Serbia. Translation of the Relics of St. John of Rila from Tirnovo to Rila. St. Gallus, Bishop of Clermont (Gaul). (Greek Calendar: Martyr Maurice. 25 Martyrs in Nicomedia. St. Basil, founder of the Monastery of the Deep Stream. Martyr Constantine the Wonderworker and those with him of Cyprus. St. Leo the Hermit.)
Photo of the Day
With the blessing of Archbishop Kyrill, Novice Christos was tonsured a monk, and will go by the name of Father Moses, after Saint Moses the Ethiopian.
Quote of the Day
“Ascetical endeavor is the mother of sanctification. From sanctification the first taste of the perception of Christ’s mysteries is born…”
St. Isaac the Syrian
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Scripture Readings for the Day
1 Corinthians 10:12-22
12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. 13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
Flee from Idolatry
14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. 15 I speak as to wise men; judge for yourselves what I say. 16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? 17 For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.
18 Observe Israel after the flesh: Are not those who eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar? 19 What am I saying then? That an idol is anything, or what is offered to idols is anything? 20 Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons. 22 Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?
20 Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ.
Jesus Predicts His Death and Resurrection
21 From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.
22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”
23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”
Take Up the Cross and Follow Him
24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.