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Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 3/20/2013

First Wednesday of Lent
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Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 2:3-11

Old Testament Reading: Genesis 1:24-2:3

Old Testament Reading: Proverbs 2:1-22

Righteous Fathers slain at the Monastery of St. Savas; Cuthbert the Wonderworker, Bishop of Lindisfarne; Myron the New Martyr of Crete; Photini the Samaritan Woman

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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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"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

In the beginning Adam was free and without sin and violence; yet of his own free will he obeyed the enemy and was deceived by him and transgressed God's commandment. So we have been born again in Holy Baptism and have been released from slavery and become free, so that the enemy cannot take any action against us unless we of our own will obey him.

- St. Symeon the New Theologian, from The Discourses, V: On Penitence no. 10; Paulist Press pgs. 101-102

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This year, Holy Pascha was celebrated on April 16th. In 2018, Holy Pascha will be celebrated on April 8th.

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