Monthly Archives: March 2017

Extreme Humility

18 March OS 2017: Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent; S. Cyril of Jerusalem The first reading at Vespers today is Genesis 22: 1-18, the sacrifice of Isaac. God’s commands Abraham to sacrifice Isaac as the ultimate test of … Continue reading

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Standing firm

17 March OS 2017: Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent; S. Alexis the Man of God, St. Patrick the Enlightener of Ireland The first reading at Vespers today is Genesis 18:20-33. Abraham pleads with the LORD not to destroy … Continue reading

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Father of nations

16 March OS 2017: Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent; Holy Martyr Sabinus The first reading at Vespers today is Genesis 17:1-9 Again God repeats His promise and renews His covenant with Abram. The reading begins by stating that … Continue reading

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The covenant

15 March OS 2017: Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent; Holy Martyrs Agapios and Companions The first reading at Vespers today is Genesis 15: 1-15. “The LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, ‘Fear not, Abram; I do … Continue reading

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Children of the promise

14 March OS 2017: Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent; S. Benedict The first reading at Vespers today is Genesis 13: 12-18. Here God makes Abram a stupendous promise, that his seed would number as the dust of the … Continue reading

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The task at hand

11 March OS 2017: Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent; S. Sophronios of Jerusalem The first reading at Vespers, Genesis 12: 1-7, relates how God called Abram, whom later He will rename Abraham. After the scattering of the peoples … Continue reading

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The earth beneath our feet

10 March OS 2017: Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent; Ss. Quadratus and Companions, Martyrs The first reading at Vespers today, Genesis 10:32-11:9, recounts the history of the Tower of Babel. Men, delivered from extinction in the Flood by … Continue reading

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The ancient reverence

9 March OS 2017: Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent; the Holy Forty Martyrs The first reading at Vespers today is Genesis 9:18 – 10:1. Noah curses Ham for insulting his father, and all of Ham’s posterity are cursed … Continue reading

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Household goods

8 March OS 2017: Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent; S. Theophylaktos of Nicomedia The first reading at Vespers today is Genesis 9: 8-17. God’s makes His after-Flood covenant with a single household: “And behold, I establish my covenant … Continue reading

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Good stewards

7 March OS 2017: Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent; Holy Hieromartyrs of Cherson The first reading at Vespers today is Genesis 8:21-9:7. The LORD God commands Noah and his sons, as He had commanded Adam and Eve, to … Continue reading

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