Author Archives: Father Steven Allen

Real wealth, real freedom

14 March OS 2018: Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Lent; S. Benedict of Nursia, Monk The first reading at Vespers today is Genesis 31:3-36, which concludes the history of Jacob’s winning his two wives and becoming a wealthy man … Continue reading

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Divine desire

13 March OS 2018: Monday of the Sixth Week of Lent; S. Nicephorus of Constantinople The first reading at Vespers today is Genesis 27:1-41, which recounts how Jacob took Esau’s blessing by deceiving his father Isaac. Jacob’s deception offends our sense … Continue reading

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Extreme Humility

10 March OS 2018: Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent; S. Quadratus, Martyr  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 his … Continue reading

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Manly resistance

9 March OS 2017: Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent; The Great Canon; Holy 40 Martyrs of Sebasteia  The first reading at Vespers today is Genesis 18:20-33. Abraham pleads with the LORD not to destroy Sodom if only ten … Continue reading

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Father of nations

8 March OS 2018: Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent; S. Theophylact of  Nicomedia 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 … Continue reading

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The everlasting covenant

7 March OS 2018: Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent; Holy Seven Hieromartyrs of Cherson; S. Lawrence of Salamis The first reading at Vespers today is Genesis 15: 1-15. “The LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, ‘Fear … Continue reading

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Children of the promise

6 March OS 2018: Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent; Holy 42 Martyrs of Amorion 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 … Continue reading

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The task at hand

3 March OS 2018: Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent; Ss. Eutropius, Cleonicus, and Basiliscus, Martyrs  The first reading at Vespers, Genesis 12: 1-7, relates how God called Abram, whom later He will rename Abraham. After the scattering of … Continue reading

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Τhe earth beneath our feet

2 March OS 2018: Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent; S. Theodotus of Cyrenia, Hieromartyr; S. Hesychios, Martyr; S. Euthalia, Virgin and Martyr  The first reading at Vespers today, Genesis 10:32-11:9, recounts the history of the Tower of Babel. … Continue reading

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The ancient reverence

1 March OS 2018: Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent; S. Eudokia, Nun and Martyr; S. David of Wales; S. Agapios of Vatopedi The first reading at Vespers today is Genesis 9:18 – 10:1. Noah curses Ham for insulting … Continue reading

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