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  • Commemoration of the Martyrdom of St. Marina of Antioch

     


     

    Psalm 37:1-6

    Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. 

    For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, And wither as the green herb.

    Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday.

    There is no better, no greater good we can do for the world and God’s people but one thing: to overcome. A sweet word will be forgotten, and helping hand cannot be outstretched forever, but victory in the Lord is passed down from generation to generation. To focus on our own battle and take our place in the Kingdom; to pave a new way that others may follow; to cause a schism in the oppressing bondage of our generation. Our endurance will come to be like an umbrella that is a refuge to others also, ‘til He delivers us and does so gloriously.

    Do you feel as if you are gaining a more holistic picture of service, or is it still compartmentalized in your mind under certain actions or attitude?

    God of my being,

    My struggles and needs often get the best of me. They taunt me deep within my soul and await my demise. But when St. Marina faced the demon of this world himself, she did not retract. She did not ignore him. She recognized him, crabbed him by the head, renounced him, beat him and demanded information that is to save any of the people under his yoke. I ask for but a percentage of this capability, according to Your perfect measure and my calling, that I may be free and help free Your people. Amen.

       

     

     

  • The Commemoration of the Martyrdom of St. Macarius


    Psalm 4:6-8
    There are many who say,
            "Who will show us any good?"
            LORD, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us.
            You have put gladness in my heart,
            More than in the season that their grain and wine increased.
            I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;
            For You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.


    Walking in the way and giving one's self to God utterly is seldom chased by the heart's desires. In fact, some of us may do the things of God just out of a vague belief that it is noble, ultimately beneficial or what is simply expected. But He can inflame even the dullest of souls. He can restore gladness in living a sacrificial, sanctified life.

    Do you recognize this gladness as a need of yours and others? Do you ask for it by name?

    My Lord,

    Restore in me the fire of zeal for unity with You. Open my eyes to the bliss that is giving myself to you as You came to St. Macarius and were an encourager to him. Allow me to share in the grace that lead him to so resiliently stay true to his covenant with You and care for Your people with an authentic spirit. Amen.
  • Feeding the Multitudes

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