Monday, January 16, 2017

"Tu autem servásti bonum vinum usque adhuc."

"But thou has kept the good wine until now."

On Sunday, it was the Second Sunday after the Epiphany in the Roman Rite.  When I was at the High Mass, the words that I have posted above really hit me when the Priest was chanting the Gospel.

How many times are we impatient with the Lord?  How many times do we think that our current situation is not being attended to by our Savior?

Be patient, be vigilant, for the good wine shall come as a reward for your patience.


"When the demons see us disdaining the things of the world in order through them not to hate men and fall away from love, they then incite slanders against us, hoping that, unable to bear the hurt, we will come to hate those who slander us."

-St. Maximus the Confessor

Sunday, January 15, 2017

St. Seraphim of Sarov

Troparion of the Feast 

"Thou didst love Christ from thy youth, O blessed one, and longing to work for Him alone thou didst struggle in the wilderness with constant prayer and labor.  With penitent heart and great love for Christ thou wast favored by the Mother of God. Wherefore we cry to thee: Save us by thy prayers, O Seraphim our righteous Father."

Pray for us, St. Seraphim!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

This should make for an interesting fifth day!

This test has been a pretty clean one so far.  Yes, there have been some dropped catches on the New Zealand side however I have not seen any egregious mistakes.  However, about ten minutes ago, Bangladesh's nightwatchman, Mehendi Hasan Miraz, was inexplicably run out to end the day!

Oh dear.

The Circumcision of Our Lord

The Circumcision of our Lord, Troparion, Tone I —

"O Jesus, Who in the highest dost sit with Thine unoriginate Father and the divine Spirit upon a fiery throne, Thou wast well-pleased to be born on earth of Thy Mother, a Maiden who knew not man; wherefore, thou wast circumcised as a babe eight days of age. Glory to Thine all-good counsel! Glory to Thy dispensation! Glory to Thy condescension, O Thou Who alone lovest mankind!"

Friday, January 13, 2017

Wonderful Innings

Wonderful innings from Shakib Al Hasan at the second day of the Bangladesh v. New Zealand test match at Wellington.  First double century of his career.

217(276), b Wagner

Take a bow, sir.