|It's hard to stay angry, if you want to be obedient to the Scriptures|
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Enter Sacred Scripture: While sitting listening to the Old Testament readings being chanted at Vespers last night, I heard a passage from Deuteronomy:
Therefore, circumcise your heart and stop being stubborn.
Now, I have been accused by my family members in the past of being stubborn and they may be right so when I heard the command in Deuteronomy, it did get my attention. So, the first chance I got, when I got home from Vespers, I went into my son's room and apologized. He seemed grateful to hear it. I guess when Fr. Gary says, "Let us be attentive" right before the readings, he does so for a good reason!
I have a question: There was someone else with Fr. Gary, leading in most of the prayers. I think he was a Deacon but I was not sure. Are Deacons ever allowed to go through the Royal Doors or is that only for Priests? I saw this man the last time I was here and I couldn't figure out if he was a Priest or not. He did incense the Icons during part of the service. Is that only for Priests to do? Last night, at the beginning of Vespers, he said to something to the effect of "Arise and worship" and in doing so, he called Fr. Gary Master instead of Father. I meant to ask Tammi about it last night we got to talking about other things and I forgot.
Speaking of Tammi, she was all excited to tell me about an interview on Ancient Faith Radio of Rick Warren, the Southern Baptist Mega church Pastor. It was a great interview and I was impressed by his humility and willingness to reach out to all Christians! You can listen here if you like
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