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Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 1/28/2013

Ephraim the Syrian
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Ephraim the Syrian; Isaac the Syrian, Bishop of Ninevah; James the Righteous; Palladios the Hermit of Antioch; Theodosius of Totma; Grace the Martyr

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Midnight Office/Nocturnes

Behold the Bridegroom comes in the middle of the night, and blessed is the servant whom He shall find watching and again unworthy is he whom He shall find heedless. Therefore, O my soul, beware, unless you be weighted down with sleep, unless you be given over to death and be shut out from the kingdom.  Rouse yourself, and cry: Holy, Holy, Holy, are You, O God: through the Birthgiver of God have mercy on us.

Meditating on that terrible day, watch, O my soul keeping your lamp lit and filled with oil; for you do not know when the voice will come saying to you: "Behold the Bridegroom!" Therefore, my soul, beware, unless you fall in slumber and be left outside, knocking as the five virgins; but wakefully watch that you may dome to meet Christ with good oil, and He shall bestow on you the divine chamber of His glory.

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The Theophany Prayer of St. Sophronius of Jerusalem

Trinity above being, above goodness, above divinity, all-powerful, all-seeing, invisible, incomprehensible, creator of all spiritual beings and rational natures; goodness itself, the inaccessible light enlightening all who come into the world, shine in me, Your unworthy servant, and enlighten the eyes of my understanding, that I may make bold to praise Your infinite benevolence and power. May my prayer for the people here present be well-pleasing; Read more...

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"When you pray, try to let the prayer reach your heart; in other words, it is necessary that your heart should feel what you are talking about in your prayer, that it should wish for the blessing for which you are asking.... Observe, during prayer, whether your heart is in accord with that which you are saying." - St. John of Kronstadt

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Sayings From The Church Fathers

So that we will not think that we are doing something great through our ascetic efforts and our many sighs and tears, we are given knowledge of the sufferings of Christ and His saints...For by contemplating the numberless trials that the saints joyfully accepted and the many sufferings that the Lord endured on our behalf, we become aware of our own feebleness.

- St. Peter of Damaskos, from Twenty-Four Discourses no. 9, The Philokalia Vol. 3 edited by Palmer, Sherrard and Ware; Faber and Faber pg. 234

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