Zachariah + Great Martyr Theodore Stratelates +
St. Sabbas Ii of
To the Corinthians I
The Holy Apostle
 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews
a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
trampling down death by death,
and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!
Sosthenes was head of the Synagogue in
 We are all called to be Saints, though we would not call ourselves Saints.
[3-9] This can be looked upon as a discussion of our salvation – of theosis and the fullness of Orthodoxy.
 It is fitting that we all share one doctrine, not many, and that we not multiply factions over doctrine or opinions.
 Notice that everything is in the open, about who has said what, and what has been said.
[12-13] We should not make our favorite teachers the justification for factions, not even by claiming to follow Christ alone and making that a faction. Having teachers and being disciples of fathers is part of our tradition, but there is no division in Christ, or between Christ and those who represent him. And certainly Christ is Lord of all, our only Teacher and Father, so that all is held in His Name.
[14-16] The Apostle is glad that he can hardly be mistaken for starting his own Church, baptizing in his own name.
 If the Apostle made the gospel into a set of propositions, a thing composed of words, such a gospel could not save. It would be an intellectual construct – a dialectical abyss.
 The true Gospel fails to appeal on a purely intellectual level to those who look for a propositional epiphany, but to those being deified, we know its working in us, in a way that cannot be contained or conveyed in dialectic.
[19-25] The intellectual of the world system (and not even the blind religious believer) can discover proofs of the mystery of the Gospel. But to some, who truly know the mystery, it is power and wisdom of God.
[26-29] If you look at yourselves, you can see we’re not the haven of the intellectual, the powerful, or the elite. But weak things have been made the bane – the antagonist – the nemesis of the strong – by God’s choosing. In this way, no one can claim greatness on either account.
 But you are made people ‘of God’ by your union with Christ, and Christ has become your wisdom, your righteousness, your setting apart, and your redeeming. If there is anything to exalt in that, it is God.
To learn for Holy Pascha…
to the Lady Full of Grace:
Rejoice, Rejoice O Pure Virgin!
Again I say: Rejoice!
Thy Son has risen from His three days in the tomb!
With Himself He has raised all the dead!
Rejoice, rejoice all ye people!
The Glory of the Lord
has shone itself on you!
Exalt now, exalt,
and be ye glad, O Zion!
Be radiant, O Pure Theotokos,
in the Resurrection
- the Resurrection of thy Son!
Sun 2/19 5:00am
Vespers & Compline:
Hours & Typica:
Economia from fasting
Feb 12 – Feb 19
Dairy, Eggs, Fish
Feb 27 – March 5
March 6 – April 22
April 16 – April 23
Just as the simple thought of human realities does not oblige the mind to disdain the divine, so neither does the simple knowledge of divine things persuade it fully to disdain human things, for the reason that the truth exists now in shadows and figures. Hence there is a need for the blessed passion of holy love, which binds the mind to spiritual realities and persuades it to prefer the immaterial to the material and intelligible and divine things to those of sense.
- St. Maximus the Confessor.
"Discrimination is born of humility. On its possessor it confers spiritual insight, as both Moses and St. John Klimakos say: such a man foresees the hidden designs of the enemy and foils them before they are put into operation. It is as David states: `And my eyes looked down upon my enemies' (Ps. 54:7). Discrimination is characterized by an unerring recognition of what is good and what is not, and the knowledge of the will of God in all that one does. Spiritual insight is characterized, first, by awareness of one's own failing before they issue in outward actions, as well as of the stealthy tricks of the demons; and, second, by the knowledge of the mysteries hidden in the divine Scriptures and in sensible creation."
- St. Peter of Damaskos.
- St. Gregory of Nyssa.