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What Shall We Offer Thee O Christ?


What Shall We Offer Thee O Christ?

Good Deeds: Cultivating a Life of Virtue 

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Now available at patristic nectar dot Org. patristic nectar publications is pleased to present good deeds cultivating a life of virtue, a seven part lecture series. These lectures expound the place of good works in the salvation of the Christian the nature of virtues and vices and the traditional means for cultivating virtue in the Christian life. Saint John of Damascus, in his text on the virtues and the vices in the Philocalia, writes that every man is said to be made in the likeness of God as regards his imitation of God through virtues God like actions. The study and cultivation of virtue is the quest both to love God and also... become a true human being. The lecture titles include Lecture One, good deeds, understanding virtues and vices. Lecture two, the Cardinal Virtue of Justice, Lecture Three, the Cardinal Virtue of wisdom. Lecture for, the Cardinal Virtue of courage, Lecture Five, the cardinal virtue of temperance. Lecture six, conquering the seven deadly sins. Lecture seven, after God, the failure of the secular ethic. For these and other available titles, please visit our website at patristic nectar dot org, and now the arena with Father Josiah Trenna,... the name of the father and the son of the Holy Spirit. You know, for good reason, lots of people are saying terrible things about the year twenty twenty. If I asked you if you've said some of those terrible things about twenty twenty, I would guess most of you have. I confess I have. There have been so many horrible developments in this year. But I'll tell you this, brothers and sisters, I thank God that there is a twenty twenty and I thank God that we number our years the way we do, and the only reason we do is because of the feast that we are celebrating right now. The words of those angels announcing good news of...

...a great joy for all the people is so is such a larger wave than anything that the devil's horrible leaders or a virus could do to us. Those are all minor technicalities compared to the incredible great joy of the good news of Christ's birth and the complete change that has been brought on the world by his birth. Light replacing darkness, hope replacing despair, freedom replacing slavery the love of God in our lives, instead of fear and the tyranny of death and the gods that we were all so scared of. Now this is this is a great day for us. There's a beautiful word in the stick era of...

...the of the vespers. It's the last one that we we chant, that our chanter so marvelously chanted in this liturgy, and I think it's language describes the Christian spirit that's created by Christmas. What Christmas has done to us, what kind of people it's made us into, this great news of the unbelievable joy of Christ's birth. This is how it reads the very first sentence. What shall we offer thee o Christ, for Thou hast appeared on Earth as man? For our sakes of all the creatures made by the each offer the thanksgiving. The angels offer Thee the Hymn, the heavens, the star, the Magi their gifts, the shepherds their wonder the earth, her cave,...

...the Wilderness, the manger. And we offer thee a virgin mother, Oh God, who was before the ages have mercy on us. What shall we offer Thee O Christ? That is the Christian spirit that's the disposition of a person who believes in Christmas. Therefore, this is our disposition. It's to get up every morning and to ask that question. What shall I offer Thee O Christ today? It's what you do when you have a heart full of gratitude and notice that that's what the him said. Every aspect of creation offered a gift to Christ in Thanksgiving. It's the natural movement of the world, that redeemed world, in response to being embraced by God. When you're loved this much, when you're sought this much, when your darkness is invaded by...

...a person like this, this is the natural response. What shall I offer thee and so I leave that question to you. What will you offer? How will Christmas this year change your life so that you can show more concretely, with a more full heart, your Thanksgiving for being so loved and for Christ coming to be born in Bethlehem? What will we offer? Maybe it will be obedience, a greater obedience. Maybe it will be a greater commitment to each other. Maybe it will be a greater fervor for worship. Whatever it is, asking the question of yourself is the natural response to this Feast Day. I wish you all a very, very wonderful Christmas Eve and,...

...hope, the SUPINACT. We hope that you have enjoyed and have been edified by this presentation offered to you by patristic nectar publications, a non profit organization committed to nourishing the spiritually thirsty with the sweet teachings of the Holy Fathers. If you are interested in other available titles or if you would like more information on patristic nectar publications, please visit our website at www dot patristic nectar dot org. Again, that's www dot patristic nectar dot org.

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