Orthodox Daily Readings for 7/15/2019

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Today’s Scripture Readings

Vespers, 1st Reading: 3[1] Kings 8:22-23, 27-30
Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands toward heaven; and he said: “Lord God of Israel, there is no God in heaven above or on earth below like You, who keep Your covenant and mercy with Your servants who walk before You with all their hearts. But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built! Yet regard the prayer of Your servant and his supplication, O Lord my God, and listen to the cry and the prayer which Your servant is praying before You today: that Your eyes may be open toward this temple night and day, toward the place of which You said, ‘My name shall be there,’ that You may hear the prayer which Your servant makes toward this place. And may You hear the supplication of Your servant and of Your people Israel, when they pray toward this place. Hear in heaven Your dwelling place; and when You hear, forgive.

Vespers, 2nd Reading: Isaiah 61:10-62:5
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the earth brings forth its bud, as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations. For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a lamp that burns. The Gentiles shall see your righteousness, and all kings your glory. You shall be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord will name. You shall also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem In the hand of your God. You shall no longer be termed Forsaken, nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; for the Lord delights in you, And your land shall be married. For as a young man marries a virgin, so shall your sons marry you; and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.

Vespers, 3rd Reading: Isaiah 60:1-16
Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. “Lift up your eyes all around, and see: They all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be nursed at your side. Then you shall see and become radiant, and your heart shall swell with joy; because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, the wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you. The multitude of camels shall cover your land, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all those from Sheba shall come; they shall bring gold and incense, and they shall proclaim the praises of the Lord. All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together to you, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister to you; they shall ascend with acceptance on My altar, and I will glorify the house of My glory. “Who are these who fly like a cloud, and like doves to their roosts? Surely the coastlands shall wait for Me; And the ships of Tarshish will come first, To bring your sons from afar, Their silver and their gold with them, To the name of the Lord your God, And to the Holy One of Israel, Because He has glorified you. “The sons of foreigners shall build up your walls, and their kings shall minister to you; for in My wrath I struck you, but in My favor I have had mercy on you. Therefore your gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day or night, that men may bring to you the wealth of the Gentiles, and their kings in procession. For the nation and kingdom which will not serve you shall perish, and those nations shall be utterly ruined. “The glory of Lebanon shall come to you, the cypress, the pine, and the box tree together, to beautify the place of My sanctuary; and I will make the place of My feet glorious. Also the sons of those who afflicted you shall come bowing to you, and all those who despised you shall fall prostrate at the soles of your feet; and they shall call you the City of the Lord, Zion of the Holy One of Israel. “Whereas you have been forsaken and hated, so that no one went through you, I will make you an eternal excellence, a joy of many generations. You shall drink the milk of the Gentiles, and milk the breast of kings; you shall know that I, the Lord, am your Savior and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.

Matins Gospel Reading: John 10:9-16
I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.

Epistle, Saint Reading: Galatians 1:11-19
But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ. For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it. And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers. But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and remained with him fifteen days. But I saw none of the other apostles except James, the Lord’s brother.

Gospel, Saint Reading: John 10:1-9
Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them. Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.

Epistle Reading: Romans 12:4-5, 15-21
For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Gospel Reading: Matthew 12:9-13
Now when He had departed from there, He went into their synagogue. And behold, there was a man who had a withered hand. And they asked Him, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” – that they might accuse Him. Then He said to them, “What man is there among you who has one sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not lay hold of it and lift it out? Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep? Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” Then He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and it was restored as whole as the other.

Saints and Feasts celebrated today

  • Equal of the Apostles Great Prince Vladimir, in Holy Baptism Basil, the
    Enlightener of the Russian Land
  • Martyr Cyricus (Quiricus) and his mother, Julitta, of Tarsus
  • Martyr Abudimus of the Isle of Tenedos

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Today is Fast Free
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9 thoughts on “Orthodox Daily Readings for 7/15/2019

    1. Yes, with a few exceptions. Nationality does not inherently affect communion; there’s one Orthodox Church regardless of the country it is in. However, some nations have schismatic factions that are not in communion with the Orthodox Church while applying the label to themselves. Additionally, some Orthodox follow the “Old Calendar” (Julian), which means their feast days are around two weeks behind the “New Calendar”, which is what this site offers. The old vs. new calendar debate is an issue of tension, but it has not resulted in a break in fellowship between the two camps, both are in communion with the Orthodox Church.

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  1. Good news and thanks for fast response. Is it more national pride that decides which church people go to? Would people go to any ortodox if they choose? I mean with mass immigration over past 150 years sure has spread the orthodox church far and wide.

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    1. Some of it is national pride, as many early immigrants to America simply established churches in their communities, which naturally had a concentration of the particular nation from which they came.
      Heritage is a big reason for some Orthodox to attend a particular church, especially if they were born into it. Some prefer the aesthetics of a Greek service over a Russian or vice-versa. Some choose a Church on it’s proximity to where they live.

      At least in the US (where I live), there’s a mess of different diocese overlapping depending on which patriarch they’re under, but this is not normative anywhere else in the world. Generally new nations are under a single patriarch, and new churches in the land simply follow suit. The American experiment of immigrants forming churches made a fragmented organization from the beginning that has yet to be resolved (sadly).
      Generally speaking, though, a person from a Greek Orthodox Church can attend and commune at a Russian Orthodox Church here in America with no real issues—its fairly normal, in fact.

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  2. very interesting, not to get too political.I see the eastern churches appear to holding more of the traditional western values (which I agree with) in regards to marriage, morals, identity and gender politics, education, where as other/some christian churches are going full liberal and leftist.

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  3. ok not to keep hammering you with questioning, but i have taken a big interest in Orthodoxy of late. and you are one the first people i have spoken besides which videos online and looking at forums. Are there any differences in the Orthodox Bible to the Catholic or KJV? Is there ever an issue with a non orthodox Christian attending a liturgy or service? do they welcome new members?

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    1. As far as translations, most Orthodox English Bibles will follow the Byzantine text type (KJV, NKJV). The Orthodox Study Bible contains an OT translation from the Septuagint, with the NKJV as the NT.
      Most churches will be very welcoming if you want to attend, just know that you will not be able to receive communion.
      Here’s a page to check out if you want to attend. This article is reprinted all over the place and a lot of churches make it their go-to resource for potential visitors:
      http://www.warrenohstdemetrios.org/welcome/welcome-to-st-demetrios-church/10-things-you-should-know-before-visiting-an-orthodox-church/

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