DAILY DEVOTIONAL

Thanks to Priest Derrence Ross for the following

Saturday 16 June 2012 (9 Paoni;9 Baona):
Prophet Samuel, Kevin of Glendalough.
PRAYER REQUESTS:
Andrea & Richard, Christina, Beverley, Rose, Wilma, John,
Jonathon, Helen & Robert, Jack & Colleen Floyd,Raphael,
Fr.Ambrose, Fr.Paul, Fr.Michael, Abbott +Maelruain,
Boyd & Lesley, Mark & Emma, Doreen & Peter, Barry & Joan,
Denis & Deborah, Denis & Ngaire, Grace Watkinson,
Chelsea Forbes, Patriarch + Moses of Kiev, Matr.+Yaroslaw & Oksana,
Maureen & Mark Donnelly, Athur, Eme-Rose, Hannah, Lesley Duncan,
Lionel & Mary Ross, Jonathon, Joanne & Family, Fr.Ruwan & Mary,
Bro.+John-Charles, Owen Andrew, Chloe Anne,Noah Shaun,
Coptic Parish in Christchurch as they rebuild, Orthodox Churches
in Japan & Serbia, St.Marks Abbey OSB, St.Benedicts Priory,
Sisters of the Love of God, Community of the Sacred Name,
Community of the Holy Name, Community of the Sacred Advent,
Justin Duckworth Bp.Elect of Wellington.
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But while men slept, his enemy came and
sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
(Matt.13:25)

CONSIDER THIS:
Joseph and Nicodemas will remain the Symbol of
faithfulness and love. They proclaimed their love
for Jesus through the service of annointing.
(Hegumen Pishoy Kamel)
The Lord said to Samuel,"Do not look at the appearances
or at his physical stature, for man looks at the outward
appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.
(1 Sam.16:7)
And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him, and
did let none of his words fall to the ground.
(1 Sam.3:9)
Many of those who delay repentance, they never
repented. Or why they tried to repent later, they
found it very difficult.
(The Late Pope Shenouda III)
The Holy Liturgy is a meeting for the saintly people
with the holy angels in the presence of the Lord.
Because the Holies are for the holy.
(Fr.Bishoy Kamel)
We ask for help and He says here I am (Isa.58:9)
Even before the bride starts her prayer, He hears
her and turns to prepare her heart for Him.
(S.Gregory)
Those who hated the weight of that body that is
ours, have put in on, and taken it off. Some have been
called Masters,Fathers, some were Prophets,Kings,
Priests & Apostles. These names became their own.
(Anthony the Great)

TO PONDER:
We must live in constant vigilence.......Does this mean we
must give up the possibility of sleeping? Not at all. We
cannot do without bodily sleep. What we must avoid is the
sleep of the will.

Ever-vigilant Lord, let us live in constant vigilence. Grant
that our will may be always completely in harmony with Your
holy Will for us.
(S.John Chrysostom)

HOLY HUMOUR:
Burnt Offering.
What kindly perfume fills the air,
Within this lofty place of prayer?
These Incense-clouds which everywhere
Enfold the sacred scene.
The truth, dear child, let me declare:
This godly savour, sweet and fair,
It is the fragrance, rich and rare,
Of smouldering rural dean.

The Rural Dean, comsumed with shame,
Said, 'Pardon my unusual flame,
For, in an absent kind of way,
I thought it was an Ember Day.!'
(What's the Use? by Fr.S.J.Forrest P.60)

HOMILY:
THE LORD'S SERVICE:
Also I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "whom shall I send,
and who will go for us?" Then I said,"Here am I. Send me!"
(Isa.6:8)

Isaiah's Here am I! Send me is doubly remarkable; first for its contrast to his previous despair (v.5) and to the diffidence of, say, Moses or Jeremiah; and secondly for the fact that this human voice is accepted in the heavenly court.

By way of contrast we look at Rev.5: we see that the only one worthy to open the book was the Lamb that was slain, called the Lion of Judah. In 1 Kings 22:19 onwards we see where the Prophet tells Ahab what is shown of the Lord and Ahab does not like it and he has the Prophet cast into prison, as Ahab cannot accept the truth. He listened instead to false prophets and that brought him to grief and he died.

Isaiah found the people were hardened against what the Lord told him to say.. They would hear and not understand, see and yet not perceive. Look at Matt..13:14 and Acts 28:26. Isaiah fulfilled the commission to blind and deafen by proclaiming the truth. But it fell on deaf ears.

God shares with the Prophet the critical significance of his ministry. Sinful Israel has come to the point where one more rejection of the Truth will bring the Wrath of God upon them. The dilemma of Isaiah is that there is no way of saving the sinner, but by the very Truth whose rejection will condemn him utterly.

But there will be a Godly remnant and there will survive a holy Seed and an expression of infinate promise and recurrent pledges of the victorious seed, So as it happened in Ancient Israel, it is happening with Spiritual Israel (The Church), there is a great falling away and people chasing after their own dreams, they cannot Let Go and Let God. They prefer to let go and let Me!

How many today are like Isaiah and say: "Here am I, Send Me!" Thereby entering into God's Service in these last days.

Let me end with a great Promise from Isaiah 66:-
'For as the new heavens and the new earth which I will make shall remain before Me' saith the Lord, 'so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass from one new moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before Me.' saith the Lord.
To Thee be all Honour and Glory, now and ever, unto Ages of Ages, AMEN!
(Copyright D.R.Th.D)

Todays Readings:
Evening: Psalm 105: 14-15, Luke 11: 37-51.
Morning: Psalm 105:26-27 & 45, Matt.17:1-9.
Liturgy: Heb.11:17-27, 2 Peter 1:19-2:8, Acts 15:21-29,
Psalm 99:6-7, Gospel Matt.23:13-26.

 


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Daily News is very important to those who are true Orthodox Catholic Christians.  For without knowing or gaining information for understanding about what is happening in one's local area and around the world, you could  find yourself faced with denied services in the secular area, lack of income, even (although it sounds far-fetched) ability to worship openly for the time is not far off when all will have to decide if they wish to follow the Anti-Christ through the One World Church and One World Government as prophesied by the Apocalypse, the Book of Revelation of St. John or follow the faith delivered once and for all which will cause for many to be denied the abilities to survive under those kind of conditions, causing for one to consider other options. 

 

Many of those who subscribe to, and some who have caused or are the cause for, these things to happen are involved in or with the Roman Jurisdiction of the Catholic Church (which is not the seat of all things "Catholic") as well as its protestant daughters such as the cultic Jehovah's Witnesses, the Pentecostal Churches, the Church of Latter Day Saints also known as the Mormon Church and far too many more to list. 

 

Yet, at this web site we do provide some of the reasons about why they are opined to be the harbingers of that which is prophesied in Holy Scripture for the bringing about of the End Times which we have already entered.  It is not necessarily their individual members or parishioners that should be blamed since they are only the "Sheep" and not the Shepherds... So do not think we castigate individual people of themselves as we castigate those "money changers" who Jesus Christ chased out of His Father's House as the Bible Describes; for they exist in these present times too.

 

Events are already rushing toward that time in which this is beginning to happen and will become more fully wide-spread. In these present times all you need to really do is look around both your local and larger areas as to what is really on-going through.  Things so very little or miniscule that they are barely noticeable except to the more informed observer may become apparent. 

Those little things are the laws of the land, economics, politics, the degrading and erosion of those rights and liberties afforded by the Constitution of these United States of America and many other things such as the manner with which entertainments have taken over much of the populace, entering into and becoming a major focus in worship, and more. 

We ask you, if you don't want to believe us... Have you heard, seen or found what is termed (of the many terms being used) that there are "holding areas" or "camps" or "Closed/Fenced communities" being built by GOVERNMENT? 

Here in North America, especially in the United States of America, we must admit that what Russia has come out of (a communistic, atheist country) we are entering into.  And one last thing that needs also to be understood... Something very important to those of you who are "Catholic" in the Roman sense of its jurisdiction....   And, we believe this also holds true for many who are "Orthodox" whether "Eastern" or "Western"....

[ * Non-Denominational = Synchrestic Ecumenism, Disease of Scholasticism, altering the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ to accommodate the disease of Political Correctness and CULTIC PROTESTANTISM, and the Roman Jurisdiction (Latin Church = Vatican) of the Catholic Church) breaking of - or failure and refusal to respect and abide by  - the ancient Seven Ecumenical "Do Not" Canons which leaves everything else open to God's gift of creativity... failure & refusal to abide by and have respect for those who diligently protect one of the other Pillars of the Church, the Seals of the Confessional, but "Non-Denominational" also includes worshiping Satan's religion of Muslim, Islam by praying with them and other heretics such as 'Pentecostalism,' 'Jehovah's Witnesses,' 'Mormons,' 'Church of Christ,' any so-called church with "Community Church" in their nomenclature and others who by their false and misleading dogmas and doctrines are actually against the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ upon whom and for exacting reason we are called "Christian" in both spirit and truth from which non-denominational protestant sectarian claimants have departed from as being so-called Christian] Only a skilled spiritual father can help you!

Remember: You cannot ride two horses or serve two masters for one of them will be harmed by your thoughts, your very words and your actions which is to blaspheme the Holy Ghost (Spirit) who will depart from you.  And when the Holy Spirit departs, the great deceiver (unbeknownst to you) will rush in to fill the void under disguise of being the Holy Spirit!  Testing of the Holy Spirit to insure it is the Holy Spirit does not, for many a Sectarian Protestant and Roman, work because the Great Deceiver (Satan) is most skilled in worming and snaking his charms around your mind and heart to feign being the Holy Spirit.  Remember, Satan has the same gifts similar to the Holy Spirit but Satan's gifts are UN-HOLY and lead all who accept him (unbeknownst to you) to perdition.

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