God is with us

lkisaid thoughts, sounds and creative miscellany episode 75

God is with Us: Russian Znamenny Chant: Vaalam Monastery in Russia. (English)

God is with us!
Understand, O ye nations, and submit yourselves for God is with us.

Hear, even unto to the uttermost ends of the earth, for God is with us. Submit yourselves, ye mighty ones, for God is with us. If any shall rise up in your might again, shall ye be overthrown, for God is with us. If any take counsel together, them shall the Lord destroy, for God is with us. And the word which ye shall speak, shall not abide in you, for God is with us. For we fear not your terror, neither are we  troubled, for God is with us. I will put my trust in Him, and through Him shall I be saved, for God is with us.  -lo, I and the children whom God has given me, for God is with us. The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light; for God is with us.  For unto us a Child is born; unto us a Son is given, for God is with us. And of His peace there shall be no end, for God is with us. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, God is with us. Both now and ever and unto ages of ages Amen, God is with us. For God is with us.

Before Reading the Holy Scripture

Illumine our hearts, O Master Who lovest mankind, with the pure light of Thy divine knowledge. Open the eyes of our mind to the understanding of Thy gospel teachings. Implant also in us the fear of Thy blessed commandments, that trampling down all carnal desires, we may enter upon a spiritual manner of living, both thinking and doing such things as are well-pleasing unto Thee. For Thou art the illumination of our souls and bodies, O Christ our God, and unto Thee we ascribe glory, together with Thy Father, Who is from everlasting, and Thine all-holy, good, and life-creating Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

scripture reading: https://oca.org/readings/daily/2019/01/23

Hebrews 10:1-18 (Epistle)

For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect.
For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins.
But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year.
For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.
Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body You have prepared for Me.
In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure.
Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come – in the volume of the book it is written of Me – to do Your will, O God.’”
Previously saying, “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the law)
then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second.
By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.
But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God,
from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool.
For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before,
This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,
then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.

Mark 8:30-34 (Gospel)

Then He strictly warned them that they should tell no one about Him.
And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
He spoke this word openly. Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him.
But when He had turned around and looked at His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, “Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”
When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.

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