Reaching the middle of the forty days’ Fast, with eager hearts let us go forward with Christ to the divine Passion; that, crucified with Him, we may be sharers in His Resurrection. (Monday Mattins of the Fourth Week of Lent).
DAILY MEMORY VERSE
The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe. (Proverbs 18:10)
DAILY SCRIPTURAL READING (During Great Lent we are reading through Genesis and Proverbs)
Genesis 9:8-17 (Vespers, 1st reading)
- Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying:
- “And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you and with your descendants after you,
- and with every living creature that is with you: the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, of all that go out of the ark, every beast of the earth.
- Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”
- And God said: “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:
- I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.
- It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud;
- and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.
- The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”
- And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.”
Proverbs 12:8-22 (Vespers, 2nd reading)
- A man will be commended according to his wisdom, but he who is of a perverse heart will be despised.
- Better is the one who is slighted but has a servant, than he who honors himself but lacks bread.
- A righteous man regards the life of his animal, but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
- He who tills his land will be satisfied with bread, but he who follows frivolity is devoid of understanding.
- The wicked covet the catch of evil men, but the root of the righteous yields fruit.
- The wicked is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, but the righteous will come through trouble.
- A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth, and the recompense of a man’s hands will be rendered to him.
- The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise.
- A fool’s wrath is known at once, but a prudent man covers shame.
- He who speaks truth declares righteousness, but a false witness, deceit.
- There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise promotes health.
- The truthful lip shall be established forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
- Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but counselors of peace have joy.
- No grave trouble will overtake the righteous, but the wicked shall be filled with evil.
- Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who deal truthfully are His delight.
- Conclude your time with God by taking 5 minutes to sit quietly and pray the Jesus Prayer – “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Have Mercy on Me the Sinner.”