The Church as the Hospital of the Soul
Our Orthodox Faith defines sin as an illness that is in require of healing, not as a crime that needs punishment. The Church is a hospital for the soul whose therapists (priests) 1st sought therapy and then became the therapists. As a healing institution the Church is the location for broken souls.
We come just before Christ as tarnished pictures, far from that which God intended. However this really Creator God is patient and loving, swift to forgive. Our God invites us to holiness, to be created entire. His grace is enough to lift us up out of our mire and into the heights of a joy and gladness that is meant to be eternal. We require only to humble ourselves and ask for enable and the Kingdom is ours.
Heaven and hell are not about place, but about connection. All that is necessary is our responsive word, followed by action. We say yes to God’s invitation although searching for out the therapy that is ours inside the life of the Church.
Wholeness (holiness) is ours via this connection with Christ, Who’s redemptive act upon the Cross, collectively with His obtaining conquered death by death, delivers us from the depths of estrangement. We are lifted up to God, obtaining been created entire, and eternal communion with God is our destiny.
With enjoy in Christ,
Thursday April 11, 2019 / March 29, 2019
Fifth Week of the Terrific Lent. Tone 4.
Terrific Lent. Meals with Oil
Martyr Mark, bishop of Arethusa (364), and with him Hieromartyr Cyrilthe Deacon of Heliopolis, and other people, who suffered beneath Julian the Apostate (362).
New Martyrs Priest Paul (Voinarsky), and brothers Paul and Alexis Kiryan, of the Crimea (1919).
New Hieromartyr Michael priest(1933).
Venerable John, Anchorite of Egypt (4th c.).
St. Eustathius (Eustace) the Confessor, bishop of Kios in Bithynia(9thc.).
Venerables Jonah (1480) and Mark of the Pskov Caves.
St. Diadochus, bishop of Photike in Epirus (ca. 486).
St. Eustasius, abbot of Luxeuil (7th c.).
Sts. Gwynllw and Gwladys, parents of St. Cadoc.
The Scripture Readings
five Therefore says God the Lord,
Who made the heavens and stretched them out,
Who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it,
Who provides breath to the individuals on it,
And spirit to these who stroll on it:
six “I, the Lord, have referred to as You in righteousness,
And will hold Your hand
I will preserve You and give You as a covenant to the individuals,
As a light to the Gentiles,
7 To open blind eyes,
To bring out prisoners from the prison,
These who sit in darkness from the prison residence.
eight I am the Lord, that is My name
And My glory I will not give to a different,
Nor My praise to carved pictures.
9 Behold, the former items have come to pass,
And new items I declare
Just before they spring forth I inform you of them.”
Praise to the Lord
10 Sing to the Lord a new song,
And His praise from the ends of the earth,
You who go down to the sea, and all that is in it,
You coastlands and you inhabitants of them!
11 Let the wilderness and its cities lift up their voice,
The villages that Kedar inhabits.
Let the inhabitants of Sela sing,
Let them shout from the top rated of the mountains.
12 Let them give glory to the Lord,
And declare His praise in the coastlands.
13 The Lord shall go forth like a mighty man
He shall stir up His zeal like a man of war.
He shall cry out, yes, shout aloud
He shall prevail against His enemies.
Guarantee of the Lord’s Support
14 “I have held My peace a lengthy time,
I have been nevertheless and restrained Myself.
Now I will cry like a lady in [b]labor,
I will pant and gasp at when.
15 I will lay waste the mountains and hills,
And dry up all their vegetation
I will make the rivers coastlands,
And I will dry up the pools.
16 I will bring the blind by a way they did not know
I will lead them in paths they have not recognized.
I will make darkness light just before them,
And crooked areas straight.
These items I will do for them,
And not forsake them.
20 And the Lord stated, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is good, and mainly because their sin is really grave, 21 I will go down now and see whether or not they have carried out altogether according to the outcry against it that has come to Me and if not, I will know.”
22 Then the guys turned away from there and went toward Sodom, but Abraham nevertheless stood just before the Lord. 23 And Abraham came close to and stated, “Would You also destroy the righteous with the wicked? 24 Suppose there had been fifty righteous inside the city would You also destroy the location and not spare it for the fifty righteous that had been in it? 25 Far be it from You to do such a point as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should really be as the wicked far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do ideal?”
26 So the Lord stated, “If I obtain in Sodom fifty righteous inside the city, then I will spare all the location for their sakes.”
27 Then Abraham answered and stated, “Indeed now, I who am but dust and ashes have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord: 28 Suppose there had been 5 much less than the fifty righteous would You destroy all of the city for lack of 5?”
So He stated, “If I obtain there forty-5, I will not destroy it.”
29 And he spoke to Him however once again and stated, “Suppose there should really be forty located there?”
So He stated, “I will not do it for the sake of forty.”
30 Then he stated, “Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Suppose thirty should really be located there?”
So He stated, “I will not do it if I obtain thirty there.”
31 And he stated, “Indeed now, I have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord: Suppose twenty should really be located there?”
So He stated, “I will not destroy it for the sake of twenty.”
32 Then he stated, “Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak but when extra: Suppose ten should really be located there?”
And He stated, “I will not destroy it for the sake of ten.” 33 So the Lord went His way as quickly as He had completed speaking with Abraham and Abraham returned to his location.
17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil
He who keeps his way preserves his soul.
18 Pride goes just before destruction,
And a haughty spirit just before a fall.
19 Far better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly,
Than to divide the spoil with the proud.
20 He who heeds the word wisely will obtain superior,
And whoever trusts in the Lord, content is he.
21 The smart in heart will be referred to as prudent,
And sweetness of the lips increases studying.
22 Understanding is a wellspring of life to him who has it.
But the correction of fools is folly.
23 The heart of the smart teaches his mouth,
And adds studying to his lips.
24 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb,
Sweetness to the soul and wellness to the bones.
25 There is a way that appears ideal to a man,
But its finish is the way of death.
26 The particular person who labors, labors for himself,
For his hungry mouth drives him on.
27 An ungodly man digs up evil,
And it is on his lips like a burning fire.
28 A perverse man sows strife,
And a whisperer separates the finest of good friends.
29 A violent man entices his neighbor,
And leads him in a way that is not superior.
30 He winks his eye to devise perverse items
He purses his lips and brings about evil.
31 The silver-haired head is a crown of glory,
If it is located in the way of righteousness.
32 He who is slow to anger is much better than the mighty,
And he who guidelines his spirit than he who requires a city.
33 The lot is cast into the lap,
But its each choice is from the Lord.
The Lord Tests Hearts
17 Far better is a dry morsel with quietness,
Than a residence complete of feasting with strife.
two A smart servant will rule more than a son who causes shame,
And will share an inheritance amongst the brothers.
three The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold,
But the Lord tests the hearts.
four An evildoer provides heed to false lips
A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue.
five He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker
He who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.
six Children’s youngsters are the crown of old guys,
And the glory of youngsters is their father.
7 Great speech is not becoming to a fool,
A lot much less lying lips to a prince.
eight A present is a valuable stone in the eyes of its possessor
Wherever he turns, he prospers.
9 He who covers a transgression seeks enjoy,
But he who repeats a matter separates good friends.
10 Rebuke is extra productive for a smart man
Than a hundred blows on a fool.
11 An evil man seeks only rebellion
Consequently a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
12 Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs,
Rather than a fool in his folly.
13 Whoever rewards evil for superior,
Evil will not depart from his residence.
14 The starting of strife is like releasing water
Consequently cease contention just before a quarrel begins.
15 He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just,
Each of them alike are an abomination to the Lord.
16 Why is there in the hand of a fool the buy cost of wisdom,
Due to the fact he has no heart for it?
17 A pal loves at all occasions,
And a brother is born for adversity.