Orthodox Daily Readings for 8/28/2019

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Today’s Scripture Readings

Epistle Reading: 2 Corinthians 2:14-3:3
Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ. Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or do we need, as some others, epistles of commendation to you or letters of commendation from you? You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.

Gospel Reading: Matthew 23:23-28
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel! Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

Saints and Feasts celebrated today

  • Venerable Pimen the Great
  • Hieromartyr Kuksha and Venerable Pimen of the Kiev Near Caves
  • St. Hosius the Confessor the Bishop of Cordova
  • St. Liberius the Pope of Rome
  • Venerable Pimen of Palestine
  • Martyr Anthusa
  • Venerable Sava of Benephali
  • St. Caesarius the Bishop of Arles
  • St. Osii the Bishop of Korduvisk
  • St. Phanourius

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5 thoughts on “Orthodox Daily Readings for 8/28/2019

  1. I assume you are using the secular civil calendar for this blog, the schismatic Gregorian Calendar, and not the Patristic Calendar of the Church. Shame! It should be noted, the heretical Patriarch of Constantinople (Meletius Metaxakis) who introduced the secular New Calendar into the Orthodox World in 1923 AD, was not only a false Ecumenist who accepted the “Sacraments” of the Non-Orthodox, but he was also a Freemason. A blessed Great Feast of the Dormition of Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary!

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    1. Yes, this site uses the Gregorian. If there were resources online that had the same info for the Old Calendar, I’d gladly post that as well.

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      1. Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory Forever! You may want to check out the “Orthodox Menologion Online” at http://www.canto.ru/calendar/day_en.php and the “Orthodox Calendar” provided at https://www.holytrinityorthodox.com/calendar/. People should read the life of Meletius Metaxakis, “inventoe” of the new calendar for the Church of Constantinople. Once they have read this, they will not understand how people could accept this deadly innovation in the Church. You may also wish to read a few select articles on this most important issue of the heresy of ecumenism and the gradual departure from Church Tradition and the Patristic Calendar in favour of secularism and the Secular Calendar that has spawned schism, heresy and great sorrow for the faithful of the true Orthodox Church: https://mickesten.wordpress.com/2019/07/12/the-calendar-question-fr-nikita-grigoriev/, http://www.pravoslavie.ru/90482.html, http://orthodoxinfo.com/ecumenism/ea_calendar.aspx, http://orthodoxinfo.com/ecumenism/photii_cal.aspx, http://orthodoxinfo.com/ecumenism/prot_rc_heresy.aspx#sigillon. Please forgive me. A sinner. God bless!

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      2. Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory Forever!

        Please forgive me.

        It should also be noted, that indeed, the Gregorian (Papal) Calendar has been condemned by three Pan-Orthodox Councils under Ecumenical Patriarch Jeremiah II (Jeremias II) Tranos (1583 AD, 1587 AD, 1593 AD)! There is also the Sigillion of 1756 AD.

        The secular Gregorian (Papal) Calendar has never been accepted in any Pan-Orthodox Council for use as the liturgical calendar (Menologion) in Orthodoxy and attempts to split the Menologion from the Euchologion and Horologion (schismatic).

        Also see: Pedalion/The Rudder and The Didache

        List of Councils that condemned the secular New Calendar for use as a “Church Calendar” in favour of upholding Holy Tradition and the ancient Patristic Calendar of the Church:

        BEFORE THE CALENDAR CHANGE (May 1923)
        1. Pan-Orthodox Council of Constantinople presided over by Pat. Jeremias (1583)
        2. Pan-Orthodox Council of Constantinople presided over by Pat. Jeremias (1587)
        3. Pan-Orthodox Council of Constantinople presided over by Pat. Jeremias (1593)
        4. Regional Council of Jerusalem presided over by Pat. Dositheus (1670)
        5. Regional Council of Constantinople presided over by Pat. Agathangelus (1827)
        6. Regional Council of Constantinople presided over by Pat. Anthimus (1895)
        7. Regional Council of constantinople presided over by Pat. Joachim (1902)
        8. Regional Council of Jerusalem presided over by Pat. Damianus (1903)
        9. Regional Council of Petrograd presided over by Met. Makarius? (1903)
        10. Regional Council of Bucharest presided over by Metropolitan’:’? (1903)
        11. Regional Council of Athens presided over by Met. Procopius (1903)
        12. Regional Council of Constantinople presided over by Pat. Joachim (1904)
        13. Regional Council of Athens presided over by Germanus of Demetrias (1921)

        AFTER THE CALENDAR CHANGE (May 1923)
        14. Regional Council of Alexandria presided over by Pat. Photius (1924)
        15. Regional Council of Antioch presided over by Pat. Gregory 0924)
        16. Regional Council of Jerusalem presided over by Pat. Damianus (1924)
        17. Regional Council of Cyprus presided over by over Abp. Cytil(1924)
        18. Regional Council of Kailovitsy presided over by Met’ Anthony Khrapovitsky (1926?)
        19. Regional Council of Serbia, presided over by the Patriarch
        20. Regional Council of Athens presided over by Germanus of Demefias (1935)
        21. Regional Council of Athens presided over by Germanus of the cyclades (1938)
        22. Regional Council of Athens presided over by Abp. Matthew of Athens (1949)
        23. Regional Council of Athens presided over by Met. Chrysostom of Florina (1950)
        24. Regional Council of Athens presided over by Abp. Agathangelus (1957)
        25. Regional Council of New York presided over by Met. Philaret (1974)
        26. Regional Council of Athens presided over by Auxentios Pastras (1974)
        27. Regional Council of Athens presided over by Abp. Andreas ofAthens (1985)
        28. Regional Council of Athens presided over by Auxentios Pastras (1985)

        A brief history of Meletius Metaxakis:

        First assigned as a Hieromonk in the Holy Land In 1908 Fr. Meletios had been expelled for “activity against the Holy Sepulchre.”

        In 1910, he was made Metropolitan of Kition in Cyprus, where upon Metr. Meletius began successful talks in New York with representatives of the Episcopal Church of America, with the intention of “expanding relations between the two Churches.”

        After the death of Patriarch Joachim III on June 13, 1912, Meletius was considered for the Ecumenical Throne, However, the Holy Synod decided that Meletius could not canonically be registered as a candidate.

        Then in 1918 he was elevated to the position of Archbishop of Athens with the support (read: influence) of his political allies. Abp. Meletius had been a staunch anti-monarchist supporting the Greek Prime Minister Eleftherios Venizelos (the Abp’s fortunes were linked with those of the Venizelists).

        In 1920 electoral defeat of Venizelos allowed King Constantine’s return thus freeing the Holy Synod to depose Meletius as Archbishop of Athens.

        Following his deposition, Meletius, like so many other political refugees, fled to the United States in February 1921. Still recognized as the legitimate head of the Church of Greece by his American legate, Bishop Alexander, Meletius presided over the organization of some Greek parishes in North America into a formal “Greek Archdiocese” on September 15, 1921. In effect, this was the first step towards the establishment of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America, which was incorporated in 1921, and officially recognized by the State of New York in 1922.

        The exiled Meletius was elected Ecumenical Patriarch two months later on November 27, 1921. He was not about to give up his American creation, however, and in one of his first acts as patriarch, he repealed the 1908 Tomos on March 1, 1922. This was the very same Tomas (edict) that empowered him to oversee Greeks in America effectively transferred jurisdiction of the new Greek Archdiocese from himself, as Archbishop of Athens, to himself, as Ecumenical Patriarch.

        On June 1, clergy and laymen who were dissatisfied with the innovating Patriarch held a meeting which ended in an attack on the Phanar with the goal of deposing Meletius and expelling him from Constantinople.

        Meletios iv Metaxaskis reigned as EP from 1921 to 1923. Afterward, as Meletius II, he also served as Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa from 1926 to 1935. Before he became Ecumenical Patriarch, he was Archbishop of Athens from 1918 to 1920 as Meletius III.

        According to a listing of famous Greek Freemasons on the official website of the Grand Lodge of Greece1 (Megali Stoas Tis Ellados), Meletius Metaxakis is listed as a Freemason in the Lodge: “ΑΡΜΟΝΙΑ” (HARMONY).

        This one man was responsible for:

        –supporting the Venizelist/Liberal Party of Greece.

        –Initiated first organization of Greeks in America (despite the fact America was Russia’s jurisdiction)

        –conducted talks concerning the union between the Anglicans and the Orthodox Church.

        — Under pressure, the Patriarchate of Constantinople accepted the validity of Anglican orders in 1922—an act against which even Rome protested. (note many Anglicans were Meletius’ fellow Masons).

        –On December 17, 1921, the Greek Ambassador in Washington sent a message to the prefect at Thessaloniki stating that Meletius “vested, took part in an Anglican service, knelt in prayer with Anglicans, venerated their Holy Table, gave a sermon, and later blessed those present.”

        –Then, in 1923, Meletius initiated the “Pan-Orthodox” Congress ( May 10–June 8 ). It was here that the Masonic innovationist heretic attempted to push upon the Orthodox Church:
        –Gregorian Calendar (a compromise ensued).
        –Relaxation of Church Disciplines: fasting, clergy wear Western clerical clothes, permit easier divorces, permit Communion without Confession (Confession required once or twice a year).
        –1924 active persecution, with State assistance, against those Orthodox in Greece who insisted on fidelity to the Patristic Calendar & against recent innovations.
        –Recognition of “The Living Church” in Russia being a State-created alternative to Orthodoxy.
        –At the Stockholm Conference in 1925, the culminating in the West of the WCC work of Ecumenical unity. Attending were the Anglican, Protestant, and Orthodox Christians (in which Meletius participated) were all present and participating, with the exception of the Catholic Church.

        Meletius Metaxakis is referred to as a heresiarch.

        God bless!

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      3. This site is not a place to debate theology. It’s a tool for Orthodox Christians to use for their daily devotionals. It’s not necessary to argue about this. I used the resources available to generate this site. I plan on making an OC version in the future, and I personally would rather see the Church use the Jullian. But my personal preference doesn’t change what is widely available on the web.
        I built this website as a resource, not a statement.

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