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Daily Devotional

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 (NS)
June 6, 2018 (OS)


Commemorations

Movable Calendar (Pascalion):

Tuesday of the Fourth Week

Fixed Calendar:

The commemoration of our venerable Father Bessarion the Wonder-worker of Egypt, and our venerable Father Hilarion the New, Abbot of the Dalmaton Monastery, and the holy five Virgin-martyrs, Martha, Mary, Kyria, Vareria (Valeria), and Markia of Palestine (commemorated on Sl. calendar on the 7th of June).


Fasting Information

Fast day, but Fish, Wine and Oil Allowed.


Scripture Readings

Movable Calendar (Pascalion):

Tuesday of the Fourth Week

Epistle:

The Reading is from the Epistle of Saint Paul to the Romans [§ 104]. Brethren:

10 11The Scripture saith, "Everyone who believeth on Him shall not be ashamed [cf. Is. 28:16]." 12For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord of all is rich to all those who call upon Him. 13For, "Everyone, whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved [Joel 2:32]." 14How then shall they call on One in Whom they believed not? And how shall they believe in One of Whom they heard not? And how shall they hear without one preaching? 15And how shall they preach, unless they are sent forth? Even as it hath been written: "How beautiful are the feet of those preaching the glad tidings of peace, of those preaching the glad tidings of good things [cf. Is. 52:7]!" 16But not all obeyed the Gospel. For Esaias saith, "Lord, who hath believed our report [Is. 53:1]?" 17So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by that which is said of God. 18But I say, they heard, did they not? Yea rather, "Their sound went forth into all the earth, and their words to the ends of the inhabited world [Ps. 18(19):4]." 19But I say, Israel did not know, did it? First Moses saith, "I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no nation, by a nation without understanding will I anger you [Deut. 32:21]." 20But Esaias is very bold, and saith, "I was found by those not seeking Me; I became manifest to those not asking after Me [Is. 65:1]." 21But to Israel He saith, "The whole day I stretched forth My hands to a disobedient and contradicting people [Is. 65:2]."

11 1I say then, God did not thrust away His people, did He? May it not be! For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2God did not thrust away His people whom He foreknew.

Gospel:

The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew [§ 41]. The Lord said:

11 16"To what shall I liken this generation? It is like little children sitting in the marketplaces, who call to their companions, 17"and say, 'We played on the flute to you, and ye did not dance; we sang a dirge to you, and ye did not beat your breasts.' 18"For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He hath a demon.' 19"The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Behold, a man, a glutton and a wine drinker, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.' And wisdom is justified by her children!" 20Then He began to reproach the cities in which the most works of His power took place, because they repented not.

Fixed Calendar:

The commemoration of our venerable Father Bessarion the Wonder-worker of Egypt, and our venerable Father Hilarion the New, Abbot of the Dalmaton Monastery, and the holy five Virgin-martyrs, Martha, Mary, Kyria, Vareria (Valeria), and Markia of Palestine (commemorated on Sl. calendar on the 7th of June).

No readings given.


Lives of the Saints
(Prologue)

June 19th – Civil Calendar
June 6th - Church Calendar

1. Our Holy Father Bessarion.

Born and educated in Egypt, he devoted himself to the spiritual life at an early age, and 'never soiled the spiritual garment in which he was clothed at his baptism'. He visited St Gerasim by the Jordan and learned from St Isidore of Pefusium. He conquered his flesh in strict fasting and vigils, but, as far as possible, hid his asceticism from men. He once spent forty days in prayer, neither eating nor sleeping, and had one single garment that he wore summer and winter. He had a great gift of wonderworking. He had no fixed abode, but lived in the mountains and forests, healing the sick and performing many other miracles to help men and glorify God. He entered peacefully into rest in 466. (In the Greek Prologue, this saint is commemorated on February 20th.)

2. Our Holy Father Hilarion the New.

Abbot of the Dalmatian monastery in Constantinople, he was a disciple of Gregory of Decapolis and an imitator of the life of Hilarion the Great, whose name he took. Strong in prayer, enduring and courageous in suffering, he suffered much for the sake of the holy icons in the days of the iconoclast Emperors, Leo the Armenian and others. Then the Emperor Leo was killed by his personal bodyguard in the very church and at the very spot where he had first scoffed at the holy icons and from which he had removed the first icon, and holy Hilarion was let out of prison - but only for a while. He was again tortured and held in prison right up to the time of the Orthodox Empress Theodora. He was gifted with insight and discernment, and saw angels of God taking the soul of St Theodore the Studite to heaven. Being pleasing to God, he entered into rest in the Kingdom of heaven in 845, at the age of seventy.

3. Our Holy Mothers, the Martyrs Archelais, Thecia and Susanna.

As pure and virginal nuns, they lived the ascetic life in an unknown monastery near Rome. When a persecution of Christians arose under the wicked Emperor Diocletian, they fled to Campania and settled near the town of Nola. Their holy life could not be concealed, and people from nearby began to come to them for counsel, instruction and help in various trials and sicknesses, and they were finally seized by the pagans and taken for trial. They publicly and freely confessed their faith in Christ. When the judge, Leontius, questioned holy Archelais about the Christian faith, she replied: 'It is by the power of Christ that I overcome the power of the devil and teach the people understanding and knowledge of the one, true God. By the name of my Lord Jesus Christ, the onlybegotten Son of God, it is given that, through me His servant, the sick find healing.' All three maidens were whipped, flogged with heavy staves, left to languish in prison and finally beheaded. When they were led out to the scaffold, angels appeared to them, which were seen by some of the executioners and inspired such fear in them that they dared not lift up their swords against the holy maidens. They, however, urged the executioners to finish their task. And thus, as lambs, were they beheaded in the year 293, and went to the Kingdom of Christ to rest in eternity and delight in beholding the face of God.

FOR CONSIDERATION

Rejoicing in iniquity is a filthy garment in which our souls at times take pleasure in clothing themselves. At the hour in which you rejoice at your brother's falling into sin, you also have fallen, to the joy of the devil, who has caught two fish with one hook. Brotherhood in the flesh is a great bond, but brotherhood in the spirit is greater. If you mourn at the sins of your brother in the flesh, how can you not mourn at the sins of your brother in the spirit? If you conceal the sin of your brother in the flesh, why do you proclaim to the housetops the sin of your brother in the spirit? Who are your brethren in the spirit? All Christians; all who communicate together with you from the one Cup, receiving the one life. Oh, how great was the brotherly love of the saints! How far removed from them was rejoicing in iniquity! The following is told of St Bessarion: Once all the monks were gathered at prayer in the church. The abbot went up to one of the brethren, who had committed some sin, and told him to leave the church. The monk went outside, and Bessarion followed him, saying: 'I also am so great a sinner.'


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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