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May 27

"The unity of God the Father and Jesus Christ is a perfect unity, and this perfect unity is what our Lord calls us to have with one another. If we act in the name of God, then the proof of our motivations will be revealed in our unity. Endless arguing and bickering is a sign that God is absent and that we have forgotten Him. The contentious person is outside God’s grace by his or her desires to dominate others." -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH

May 26

"We are called out from amongst our people to not be conformed to the world, but rather to the Image and Likeness of Jesus Christ. Just as there is perfect unity between the Father and the Son, so too, we are called to unity amongst ourselves." -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH

May 25

"Meet it is to worship the Father Who sent us His only-begotten Son, Who saved our race from death and Satan, and sits at the right hand of His Father entreating His compassion on behalf of all of us." -- St. Ephraim the Syrian

May 24

"O Father who created Adam from dust, O Son Who by Thy cross delivered Adam's race from ruin, resurrect me and set me at Thy right hand, that I might glorify Thy name!" -- St. Ephraim the Syrian

May 23

"Our suffering is, by God’s grace and mercy, transformed into a path by which we can ascend to the Heavenly Kingdom." -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH

May 22

“For he (the blind man) received a twofold sight: physical sight, by means of which he saw the world around him; and spiritual sight, by which he recognized the Creator of the world.” -- St. Nicephorus

May 21

"When a blind man gradually recovers his sight and notices the appearance of a man and bit by bit ascertains what he is (cf. Mk. 8:24-25), it is not the features that undergo transformation or take a new shape. Rather, as the vision of that man's eyes becomes clearer, he sees his features. It is as though they wholly imprint themselves on his vision and penetrate through it, impressing and engraving themselves, as on a tablet, on the mind and memory of the soul. Even so You Yourself, O Lord, became visible to me when You, by the clear light of the Holy Spirit, had entirely cleansed my mind." -- St. Symeon the New Theologion

May 20

"Christ is our hope, our cleansing and sanctification, our resurrection, life, and repose. He alone is what we all need, and therefore, the Church constantly pronounces these words aloud so that we may hear them during the Holy Services of the Church, and be constantly renewed." -- St. John of Kronstadt

May 19

"People were not created merely to live here on earth like animals that disappear after their death, but to live with God and in God, and to live not for a hundred or a thousand years, but to live eternally." -- Bishop INNOCENT, Bishop of Kamchatka, the Kurilian and Aleutian Islands

May 18

"This Archdiocese IS a family, more than anything else. We are a family born of the water and the Spirit. Through Baptism and Chrismation, we receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit that unites us all beyond the power of human blood." -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH

May 17

“We were created for eternal life by our Creator, we are called to it by the word of God, and we are renewed by holy Baptism. And Christ the Son of God came into the world for this, that He should call us and take us there, and He is the one thing needful. For this reason your very first endeavor and care should be to receive it. Without it everything is as nothing, though you have the whole world under you.” -- St. Tikhon of Zadonsk

May 16

“I consider those fallen mourners more blessed than those who have not fallen and are not mourning over themselves; because as a result of their fall, they have risen by a sure resurrection.” -- St. John of the Ladder

May 15

"Firmly believe that the Lord is at all times everything to you. During prayer He is the power and the fulfillment in the Holy Spirit of each of your words. During pious conversation He is your living water, the ardent flow of your words at all times? He is everything to you. Be free from care in the presence of your Lord. He has enclosed you with Himself upon all sides. He penetrates you wholly and knows all your thoughts, all your needs and inclinations, and if you live in Him with faith and love, then no evil shall befall you. 'The Lord is at hand; be careful for nothing' (Phil. 4:6)." -- St. John of Kronstadt

May 14

"...shall we not serve the Lord Who by nature loves mankind, risk our lives and get rid of superfluous possessions in order to acquire heavenly riches? Shall we not endure dishonour from men, usually scoundrels, so as to attain to divine glory, exchanging the mortal for the immortal? Shall we not be hungry in moderation and thirsty, that we may eat the Bread of Life which came down from heaven (Jn. 6:51) and drink the true living water, whosoever is worthy to eat and drink of which, shall never hunger or thirst (Jn. 4:10, 14)? Should we not cleanse the eye of our soul, abstaining 'from all defilement of the flesh and spirit' (II Cor. 7:1), in order that we may see the light which preceded the sun, or rather, that we become children of that light (Eph. 5:8), and other lights ourselves, through sharing in His light, holding forth the word of life (cf. Phil. 2:15-16)?" -- St. Gregory Palamas

May 13

“In order to fulfill the commandments of Christ, you must know them. They are expounded in the Gospels. Read the Holy Gospels, penetrate its spirit, make it the rule of your life, act in accord with the teachings of the Gospels. This is the one light in our life.” -- St. Nikon of Optina

May 12

“God’s holy church in itself is a symbol of the sensible world, since it possesses the divine sanctuary as heaven and the beauty of the nave as earth. Likewise the world is a church, since it possesses heaven, corresponding to a sanctuary; and for a nave is has the adornment of the earth.” -- St. Maximos the Confessor

May 11

"The mouth which is continuously giving thanks, receives blessing from God. In the heart that always shows gratitude, grace abides." -- St. Isaac the Syrian

May 10

"'Let us say, Brethren! And because of the Resurrection, let us forgive all things to those who hate us...' (Doxasticon of Pascha). You easily forgive yourself, if you have sinned against God, or against men; accordingly forgive other people, too. Love your neighbor as yourself, forgive him much." -- St. John of Kronstadt

May 9

"But when the goodness and kindness of God our Savior appeared, not by the works of justice, which we have done, but according to his mercy, he saved us, by the laver of regeneration, and renovation of the Holy Ghost, whom he hath poured forth upon us abundantly, through Jesus Christ our Savior that, being justified by his grace, we may be heirs, according to hope of life everlasting." -- St. Paul the Apostle (Titus 3:4-7)

May 8

"Ye mortals, exalt and praise Him Who by His death emptied the dominion of death and promised all the mortal race life and resurrection." -- St. Ephraim the Syrian

May 7

"Praise to Thee! By Thy resurrection didst Thou grant all the mortal race the hope of life and resurrection. And we offer Thee praise, for Thou are the resurrector of all flesh." -- St. Ephraim the Syrian

May 6

"A Deacon can teach, a Deacon can preach, a Deacon can be a leader, a Deacon can be a defender of the faith, a Deacon can be a writer, a Deacon can be a prophet, a Deacon can be a Saint, a Deacon can be a cause for people to change their life style, and a Deacon can be an inspiration to his family and to others. So I urge all of you to be Holy Deacons, above every selfishness, above every grudge, and above every bad desire and all passion." -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH

May 5

"St. Athanasius the Great was a Deacon. He defended the faith when he attended the first Ecumenical Council. He was the center and star of that Ecumenical Council. The Holy Spirit spoke through him. He inspired all the Holy Fathers. No one could disregard his office as a Deacon. On the other hand, the Bishop does not kiss the Deacon’s hand. But, when the Bishop looks at the icon of the Proto-martyr, Archdeacon Stephen, the Bishop himself, the Patriarch himself, bows and kisses the Archdeacon Stephen’s hand. Why am I telling you these two pieces of history? Because the people and everyone will honor your office with respect because of your obedience to the teaching and to Almighty God. Therefore, the more you are the icon of our Lord and holiness comes out in your actions, in your behaviors, in your words, in your relationships at home and everywhere, the more you will earn respect and honor from everyone." -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH

May 4

"Needless to say, I expect all of us to know what the diaconate means. It is a Holy office, it is a Holy diakonia (i.e.) we have to do our service with fear of God, love, faith, obedience, faithfulness, prayerfulness, honesty and without preconditions or complaints, but rather with joy. Your ministry is no less than my ministry." -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH

May 3

"I remember the days of my Holy Diaconate in Greece in the 70s. You cannot imagine how much joy, peace, and good memories I have, and I do not exaggerate when I say that I still feel myself as a Deacon because the grace is the same, but the title and the function are different." -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH

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