“Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." (Matthew 6:33 ESV)
Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple
Today is the prelude of the goodwill of God * and the heralding of the salvation of mankind; * the Virgin appears clearly in the temple of God * and foretells Christ to all. * Let us also with a mighty voice cry out to her: * “Rejoice, O Fulfillment of the Creator’s divine plan.” (Troparion - Tone 4)
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.
The most pure Temple of the Savior, * the most precious Bridal-Chamber and Virgin, the sacred Treasury of the glory of God, * is brought today into the house of the Lord, * bringing with her the grace that is in the Divine Spirit. * The angels of God praise her in song: * “She is the heavenly tabernacle.” (Kontakion - Tone 4)
"My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you." (Proverbs 3:1,2 ESV)
Pray Without Ceasing
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Wisdom from the Church Fathers
"And when his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. And for three days he could not see." (Acts 9:9)
no means would he [Saul] have been able to see well again unless he had
first been fully blinded. Also, when he had rejected his own wisdom,
which was confusing him, he could commit himself totally to faith.
Since he had not believed that the Lord had conquered death by rising
on the third day, he was now taught by his own experience of the
replacement of three days of darkness by the return of the light.
Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles from the Venerable Bede