Today’s Orthodox Daily Reading

The Lord will answer and say to His people, “Behold, I will send you grain and new wine and oil, and you will be satisfied by them; I will no longer make you a reproach among the nations.

But I will remove far from you the northern army, and will drive him away into a barren and desolate land, with his face toward the eastern sea and his back toward the western sea; His stench will come up, and his foul odor will rise, because he has done monstrous things.”

3 thoughts on “Today’s Orthodox Daily Reading

  1. 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. Do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPLAY.” Thus saith the Lord.

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  2. And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:

    “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    Blessed are those who mourn,
    For they shall be comforted.

    Blessed are the meek,
    For they shall inherit the earth.

    Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    For they shall be filled.

    Blessed are the merciful,
    For they shall obtain mercy.

    Blessed are the pure in heart,
    For they shall see God.

    Blessed are the peacemakers,
    For they shall be called sons of God.”

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    1. Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.


      We, the priests and deacons of the Russian Orthodox Church, each in our own name, appeal to everyone on whom the cessation of the fratricidal war in Ukraine depends, with a call for reconciliation and an immediate ceasefire.

      We send this appeal after Sunday of the Last Judgment and on the eve of Forgiveness Sunday.

      The Last Judgment awaits every person. No earthly authority, no doctors, no guards will protect from this judgment. Concerned about the salvation of every person who considers himself a child of the Russian Orthodox Church, we do not want him to appear at this judgment, bearing the heavy burden of mother’s curses. We remind you that the Blood of Christ, shed by the Savior for the life of the world, will be received in the sacrament of Communion by those people who give murderous orders, not into life, but into eternal torment.

      We mourn the trial that our brothers and sisters in Ukraine were undeservedly subjected to.

      We remind you that the life of every person is a priceless and unique gift of God, and therefore we wish the return of all soldiers – both Russian and Ukrainian – to their homes and families safe and sound.

      We bitterly think about the abyss that our children and grandchildren in Russia and Ukraine will have to overcome in order to once again begin to be friends with each other, respect and love each other.

      We respect the God-given freedom of man, and we believe that the people of Ukraine should make their choice on their own, not at gunpoint, without pressure from the West or the East.

      In anticipation of Forgiveness Sunday, we remind you that the gates of paradise are opened to anyone, even a seriously sinned person, if he asks for forgiveness from those whom he humiliated, insulted, despised, or from those who were killed by his hands or by his order. There is no other way but forgiveness and mutual reconciliation.

      “The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground; and now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive the blood of your brother from your hand,” God said to Cain, who was envious of his younger brother. Woe to every person who realizes that these words are [not?] addressed to him personally.

      No non-violent call for peace and an end to war should be forcibly suppressed and considered as a violation of the law, for such is the divine commandment: “Blessed are the peacemakers.”

      We call on all warring parties to dialogue, because there is no other alternative to violence. Only the ability to hear the other can give hope for a way out of the abyss into which our countries were thrown in just a few days.

      Let yourself and all of us enter Great Lent in the spirit of faith, hope and love.

      Stop the war.

      (Google Translate from original text found here)

      According to the article linked below, 176 Russian Orthodox priests and deacons signed this Appeal.

      Pray for them, please.


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