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Daily Devotional

Thursday, August 13, 2020 (NS)
July 31, 2020 (OS)


Commemorations

Movable Calendar (Pascalion):

Thursday of the Tenth Week

Fixed Calendar:

The commemoration of the holy and Righteous Evdokimos, and the Forefeast of the Procession of the precious Cross.


Fasting Information

No Fasting.


Scripture Readings

Movable Calendar (Pascalion):

Thursday of the Tenth Week

Epistle:

The Reading is from the Second Epistle of Saint Paul to the Corinthians [§ 167].

1 1Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the Church of God which is in Corinth, with all the saints who are in all Achaia: 2Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all consolation, 4Who comforteth us in all our affliction, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, through the comfort with which we ourselves are being comforted by God. 5For even as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth through Christ. 6And whether we are being afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which energizeth itself in the endurance of the same sufferings which we also suffer—and our hope for you is steadfast— 7or whether we are being comforted for your consolation and salvation, knowing that even as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.

Gospel:

The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew [§ 88]. The Lord said to the Jews who came to Him:

21 43“I say to you that the kingdom of God shall be taken away from you, and it shall be given to a nation producing the fruits of it. 44“And the one who falleth upon this stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will crush him.” 45And after the chief priests and Pharisees heard His parables, they knew that He was speaking about them. 46Though they sought to lay hold of Him, they were afraid of the crowds, since they held Him as a prophet.

Fixed Calendar:

The commemoration of the holy and Righteous Evdokimos, and the Forefeast of the Procession of the precious Cross.

Epistle:

For the Righteous one:

The Reading is from the Epistle of Saint Paul to the Romans [§ 97]. Brethren:

8 14As many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15For ye did not receive a spirit of bondage again to fear, but ye received a Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16The Spirit Himself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are children of God: 17And if children, also heirs—on the one hand heirs of God, on the other hand joint-heirs of Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, in order that we might also be glorified together. 18For I reckon that the sufferings of the present time are not worthy in comparison to the future glory to be revealed in us. 19For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly awaiteth the revelation of the sons of God. 20For creation was subjected to vanity, not willingly, but on account of Him Who subjected it in hope, 21that the creation itself also shall be freed from the bondage of corruption into the glorious freedom of the children of God.

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

Gospel:

For the Righteous one:

The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke [§ 36]. The Lord said:

8 16“No one, having lit a lamp, covereth it with a vessel or putteth it underneath a bed, but placeth it upon a lampstand, that they who enter in may see the light. 17“For nothing is secret which shall not become manifest, nor hidden that shall not be known and come to light. 18“Be taking heed then how ye hear: for whosoever hath, it shall be given to him; and whosoever hath not, even what he seemeth to have shall be taken away from him.”

19And His Mother and brethren came to Him, and were not able to meet with Him on account of the crowd. 20And it was reported to Him by some who said, “Thy Mother and Thy brethren are standing outside, wishing to see Thee.” 21And He answered and said to them, “My mother and My brethren are these who hear the word of God and do it.”

for Sl. usage, see [Mt. 11:27-30].


Lives of the Saints
(Prologue)

August 13th — Civil Calendar
July 31st - Church Calendar

1. St Eudocimus.

He was born in Cappadocia of devout parents, Basil and Eudocia. In the time of the Emperor Theophilus (829-842), Eudocimus was a young army officer. Even as a soldier, he endeavoured with his whole heart to live according to the precepts of the Gospel. He kept his purity unstained and avoided converse with any woman except his mother. He was liberal to the poor, assiduous in the reading of holy books and yet more assiduous in prayer to God. He fled vain chatter and idle talk. 'Among all the chaos and vanity of the world, he was like a lily among thistles, and like gold in the furnace.' For his rare virtues, the Emperor made him military governor of Cappadocia. In this high state, Eudocimus strove to be righteous before God and man. By God's providence, he died early, at the age of thirty-three, and his relics were found to have healing power. An insane man touched his tomb and was healed, and a paralytic child stood upright and was made whole. After eighteen months, his mother opened his coffin, and found his body as though still alive, with no mark of corruption - and a wonderful fragrance arose from the saint's body. His relics were later translated to Constantinople and buried in the new church of the holy Mother of God, built by Eudocimus' parents.

2. The Holy Martyr Julitta.

From Caesarea in Cappadocia, she was involved in a quarrel with her neighbour over some land. The neighbour went to the judge and denounced her as a Christian, which put her at that time outside the protection of the law. St Julitta was more willing to give up her land than her faith. But the wicked pagans were not willing even then to leave her in peace, but tortured her and finally burned her, in the year 303. Thus this handmaid of Christ sacrificed both her lands and her body for the sake of the eternal salvation of her soul.

3. St Joseph of Arimathea.

EpitaphiosNoble Joseph, a rich man, a member of the Jewish Sanhedrin and a secret follower of Christ (Matt. 27:57; Jn 19:38), took Christ's body down from the Cross together with Nicodemus, and laid it in his own new tomb. For this, he was fettered by the Jews and cast into prison. The risen Lord appeared to him and brought him to belief in His Resurrection. The Jews then released him from prison and drove him from his fatherland. He travelled around the world, preaching the Gospel of Christ, and took this Good News to England, where he entered into rest in the Lord.

4. St John the Exarch.

A well-known Bulgarian priest and theologian in the time of the Emperor Simeon (893-927), he translated St. Basil's 'On the Six Days of Creation' and St. John of Damascus' 'Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith' into Slavonic. He entered peacefully into rest in the Lord.

FOR CONSIDERATION

Ascetics in the desert labour to break their own wills and live according to the will of God. Some may think, mistakenly, that a hermit lives completely alone. No hermit thinks that. He lives in the company of God and of His angels, and of the departed saints. Where a man's mind is, there is his life. A hermit's mind is set on the greatest, most pure and most numerous company in which a man can be. Once, Abba Mark reproached St Arsenius the hermit thus: 'For what cause do you flee our society and discourse?' Arsenius replied: 'God knows that I love you, but it is not possible to be with God and with men. In heaven, thousand upon thousand have but one will, but the wills of men are many and varied. That is why I cannot leave God and be with men.'


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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