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February 1/14

Forefeast of the Meeting of Our Lord.

Martyr Tryphon of Campsada near Apamea in Syria (250) (Rom. 8:28-39; Luke 10:19-21). Martyrs Perpetua, and the catechumens Saturus, Revocatus, Saturninus, Secundulus, and Felicitas, at Carthage (202-203). St. Peter of Galatia, hermit near Antioch in Syria (ca. 403). St. Vendemianus, hermit of Bithynia (ca. 512). St. Brigid of Kildare (523). St. Seiriol, abbot of Penmon (Anglesey) (6th c.). Martyr Elias the New, of Damascus (779). Sts. David (784), Symeon (843), and George (844), confessors of Mytilene. St. Basil, archbishop of Thessalonica (895). St. Tryphon, bishop of Rostov (1468). St. Tryphon of Pechenga or Kola (1583).NewMartyr Anastasius at Nauplion (1655). New Hieromartyr Archpriest Peter Skipetrov of Petrograd (1918).
Monday
II Peter 1:20-2:9
Mark 13:9-13
For Tuesday:
II Peter 2:9-22
Mark 13:14-23
Fast-free week

Thoughts for Each Day of the Year
According to the Daily Church Readings from the Word of God
By St. Theophan the Recluse

Monday (34th). [II Pet. 1:20–2:9; Mark 13:9–13]

The fear of God leads to the beginning of a holy and God-pleasing life and is its most faithful guardian, when one follows the inspiration of the fear of God and makes such a beginning. The present Epistle reading teaches us this, bringing to mind the threatening judgements of God and the punishment shown already here of those who do not submit to His will. He, it says, spared not the angels that sinned (II Pet. 2:4). They were pure, and dwelt in a most radiant habitation. But as soon as they sinned, they were cast down into the nethermost darkness. Will He spare you and me, if we go against His will?! Impiety overflowed in the days of Noah. God brought upon them a flood, and destroyed them all, except for eight souls of the family of Noah. He did not take into account that there were many people. Will He deliberate over you alone, whether to destroy you or not, when you do not to listen to His voice?! For a long time the Lord spared Sodom and Gomorrah. But instead of coming to their senses, they rushed to the height of impiety. Therefore, they were struck by fire when they did not expect it. This fire is an image of the eternal fire, which awaits the impious. Neither will you escape this fire, if you walk the same path as they. Bring all of this to mind when sitting by yourself, especially in the silence and darkness of night; and thus arousing a fear of God, fear sin, for in it the flame of eternal fire stealthily approaches you.

Tuesday. [II Pet. 2:9–22; Mark 13:14–23]

If any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not (Mark 13:21). Christ the Lord, our Saviour, having established upon the earth the holy Church, is well pleased to abide in it, as its head, enlivener, and ruler. Christ is here, in our Orthodox Church, and He is not in any other church. Do not search for Him elsewhere, for you will not find Him. Therefore, if someone from a non-orthodox assemblage comes to you and begins to suggest that they have Christ—do not believe it. If some one says to you, “We have an apostolic community, and we have Christ,” do not believe them. The Church founded by the Apostles abides on the earth—it is the Orthodox Church, And Christ is in it. The community established only yesterday cannot be apostolic, and Christ is not in it. If you hear someone saying, “Christ is speaking in me,” while he shuns the [Orthodox] Church, does not want to know its pastors and is not sanctified by the Sacraments, do not believe him. In him is not Christ, but rather another spirit appropriating the name of Christ in order to divert people from Christ the Lord and from His holy Church. Neither believe anyone who suggests to you even some small thing alien to the [Orthodox] Church. Recognize all such people to be instruments of seducing spirits and preachers of lies.

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