Tuesday, February 23, 2010
St. Basil Church, Los Gatos, CA
Today's Saint/s: Holy Martyr Polycarp,
St. Polycarp was a disciple of the holy Apostle John, and the Bishop of Smyrna
When ordered to renounce Christ or suffer death by fire, the holy elder St. Polycarp replied: "Eighty and six years have I served Him, and He never once wronged me;
how then shall I blaspheme my King, Who hath saved me?"
l Holy Scriptures:
6th Hour: Beginning of the reading of the Prophecy of Isaiah
Isaiah 5:7-16 Prophecy of Isaiah
Vespers: Beginning of the Reading of the Book of Genesis
Genesis 4:8-15 Book of Genesis
Beginning of the Reading of the Proverbs of Solomon
Proverbs 5:1-15 Book of Proverbs
l "Ascending the Heights": Step 7 Pages 39 - 43
Tomorrow, Wed. Feb. 24: Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified, 12noon
From the LENTEN TRIODION
(From Office of Matins)
Open to me the doors of repentance, O Giver of Life. * As we worship in Your temple this morning, * teach us how to purify the temples of our bodies, * and in Your compassion, purify me by the goodness of Your mercies.
Lead me to the paths of salvation, O Mother of God, * for I have condemned myself with shameful sins * and have wasted all my life in slothfulness. * By your intercession purify me from all sinfulness.
Have mercy on me, O God, in Your kindness. In Your compassion, blot out my offense.
When I think upon the multitude of my evil deeds, * I tremble for the terrible Day of Judgment. * But trusting in the compassion of Your mercy, O Lord, * I cry to You like David: * Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your great mercy!