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Daily Devotional

Sunday, June 25, 2017 (NS)
June 12, 2017 (OS)


Commemorations

Movable Calendar (Pascalion):

Sunday of the Third Week

Mode Two -- Third Eothinon

Fixed Calendar:

12. The commemoration of our venerable Fathers Onouphrios of Egypt and Peter the Athonite.


Fasting Information

Fast day, but Fish, Wine and Oil Allowed.


Scripture Readings

Movable Calendar (Pascalion):

Sunday of the Third Week

Mode Two -- Third Eothinon

Epistle:

For the Third Sunday

The Reading is from the Epistle of Saint Paul to the Romans[§ 88]. Brethren:

5 1Therefore, having been justified by faith, let us have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through Whom also we have had access by faith into this grace in which we stand,and we boast in hope of the glory of God. 3And not only so, but we boast in afflictions also, knowing that the affliction worketh out patience; 4and patience, a tested character; and a tested character, hope. 5And the hope doth not put to shame, for the love of God hath been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who was given to us. 6For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7For scarcely for a righteous man will one die, yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8But God commendeth His own love to us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

For the New-martyrs Under the Turkish Yoke

See [Rom. 8:28-39].

Gospel:

For the Third Sunday

The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew [§ 18]. The Lord said:

6 22"The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore thine eye be sound, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23"But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee is darkness, how great is the darkness? 24"No one is able to serve two lords; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to the one and despise the other. Ye are not able to serve God and mammon. 25"On this account I say to you, cease being anxious for your soul, what ye shall eat and what ye shall drink; nor for your body, what ye shall put on. The soul is more than food and the body is more than raiment, is it not? 26"Look at the birds of the heaven, for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor do they gather into storehouses; and yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Ye much more excel them, do ye not? 27"And which of you, by being anxious, is able to add one cubit onto his stature? 28"And why are ye anxious about raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, nor do they spin. 29"And I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself as one of these. 30"But if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into an oven, shall He not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31"Therefore do not become anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'With what shall we clothe ourselves?' 32"For all these things the nations seek after; for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye need all of these things. 33"But be seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."

For the New-martyrs Under the Turkish Yoke:

See [Lk. 21:12-19].

Fixed Calendar:

12. The commemoration of our venerable Fathers Onouphrios of Egypt and Peter the Athonite.

Epistle:

The Reading is from the Acts of the Apostles [§ 37]. In those days:

15 35Paul and Barnabas were spending time in Antioch, teaching and preaching as good tidings the word of the Lord, with many others also. 36And after some days Paul said to Barnabas, "Let us return now and visit our brethren in every city in which we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and seehow they are holding fast." 37And Barnabas determined to take with them John, who is called Mark. 38But Paul kept on thinking it not meet to take along that one, since he withdrew from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work. 39Then a sharp contention arose, so as to separate them from one another: and Barnabas, having taken Mark, sailed away to Cyprus; 40and Paul, having chosen for himself Silas, went forth, having been commended to the grace of God by the brethren. 41And he passed through Syria and Cilicia, rendering more firm the churches.

for Sl. usage, see [Gal. 5:22-6:2].

Gospel:

The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew [§ 43]. The Lord said to His disciples:

11 27"All things were delivered to Me by My Father. And no one doth fully know the Son, except the Father; nor doth anyone fully know the Father, except the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son is willing to reveal Him. 28"Come to Me, all ye who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. 29"Take up My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am meek and humble in heart; and ye shall find rest to your souls. 30"For My yoke is good and My burden is light."


Lives of the Saints
(Prologue)

June 25th – Civil Calendar
June 12th - Church Calendar

1. Our Holy Father Onuphrius the Great.

This holy ascetic had been living a whole sixty years in the desert when the monk Paphnutius visited him. His hair and beard reached down to the ground, and long hair, as white as snow, had grown all over his body during his years of nakedness. His appearance was ascetical, unearthly and awe-inspiring. Seeing Paphnutius, he called him by name and then recounted to him his life in the desert. His guardian angel had appeared to him and taken him to that place. When he had survived an intensive struggle with diabolical temptations and when his heart had become utterly established in love for God, an angel had brought him bread to eat. And besides that, through God's gracious providence, a palm tree grew up at one side of his cell, that gave good dates, and a spring of water began to flow there. 'But especially,' said Onuphrius, 'my food and drink are the sweet words of God.' To Paphnutius' question about his receiving of Communion, the hermit answered that the angel of God brought him Communion every Sunday. On the next day, the old man told Paphnutius that it was the day of his departure from this world; then he knelt down, prayed to God and gave his spirit into God's hands. Then Paphnutius saw a heavenly light that illumined the body of the departed saint, and heard a choir of the angelic hosts. He buried Onuphrius' body with honour and returned to his own monastery, there as a living witness to narrate to the brethren, for their edification, the wonderful life of the man of God and the greatness of God's providence towards those who give themselves wholly to His service. Onuphrius died in the year 400.

2. Our Holy Father Peter the Athonite.

Our Holy Father Peter the Athonite.He was a Greek by birth, and a soldier by profession. Being once engaged in battle against the Arabs, he was captured, chained and thrown into prison. Peter spent a long time in imprisonment in the town of Samara on the Euphrates, and prayed God with all his being to free him and take him to some desert place where he could devote himself to prayerful asceticism. St Simeon the Host of God appeared to him in the prison, together with St Nicholas, and touched the iron of his chains which melted like wax. Peter suddenly found himself in the open outside the city. He immediately set out on the road for Rome, where he was tonsured as a monk by the Pope at the tomb of St Peter. He then set out by ship to return to the East. The most holy Mother of God appeared to him in a dream, talking with St Nicholas, and she told St Nicholas that she had set Mount Athos apart for Peter to live on in asceticism. Peter had at that time not heard of Mount Athos. Disembarking, then, at the Holy Mountain, Peter settled in a cave, where he spent fifty-three years in strict asceticism, in struggles with hunger and thirst, with heat and cold and especially with diabolical powers, until he had overcome them all by the help of God. When he had undergone the first temptations and succeeded in the first test before God, an angel of God began to bring him bread every forty days. The tempter appeared to him several times in the guise of an angel of light, but Peter drove him away with the sign of the Cross and the name of the most holy Mother of God. A year before his death, a deer-hunter passed that way and learned of the saint's life from his lips. He died in 734, and his relics were taken to Macedonia.

3. Our Holy Father Timothy, an Egyptian hermit.

He lived the ascetic life first in the Thebaid, then went off into the desert, where he spent thirty years. Being pleasing to God, he died peacefully.

4. Our Holy Fathers Bassian and Jonah.

Monks of the monastery of Solovetz, they were drowned and cast onto the shore in 1651. A sign appeared over their graves, and a church was built there. Later, the monastery of Petrominsk was founded on the site. Once Tsar Peter the Great, sheltering from a storm at sea, spent three days there and made a cross, which he erected on the shore.

FOR CONSIDERATION

Communion is a great and wonderful mystery. Even solitaries and hermits sought opportunities to receive Holy Communion. St Mary of Egypt begged St Zossima to bring the Holy Mysteries to the Jordan and give her Communion. Our holy father Paphnutius, returning from his visit to St Onuphrius, found four young men living the ascetic life in a very humble community. When Paphnutius asked them if they had any chance of receiving Communion, they replied that an angel of God came to them every Sunday and brought them Communion. Paphnutius remained until the following Sunday and personally witnessed this. When the Sunday dawned, the whole monastery was filled with an indescribable, heavenly fragrance. While they were at prayer, an angel of God in the form of a handsome young man, bright as lightning, appeared with the Holy Gifts. Paphnutius was terrified and fell to the ground in fear, but they raised him up and he also received Communion at the angel's hands. St Onuphrius received Communion at the hands of an angel, according to his own testimony, as did many other solitaries and hermits. It is therefore a completely mistaken idea to think that solitaries and hermits did not receive Communion. God, who provided for their bodily sustenance, did not leave them without the life-giving food of the Body and Blood of Christ the Lord.


Daily Scripture Readings taken from The Orthodox New Testament, translated and published by Holy Apostles Convent, Buena Vista, Colorado, copyright © 2000, used with permission, all rights reserved.

Daily Prologue Readings taken from The Prologue of Ochrid, by Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic, translated by Mother Maria, published by Lazarica Press, Birmingham, England, copyright © 1985, all rights reserved.


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