That Which is Bread

Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? – Isaiah

Vexing the angels

TVKnow this:
that the holy angels encourage us to pray,
and when we do pray,
they stand beside us with great joy,
praying for us.
But if we grow careless
and admit wicked thoughts,
we greatly vex the angels,
for there they are struggling hard on our behalf,
and we cannot even be bothered
to pray to God for our own benefit
but have scorned their assistance
and dishonored their master and their God.

— Evagrius of Pontus
(Tr. Fr John Anthony McGuckin)

Blood, fire, clouds

Blood and fire and clouds of smoke
are the wonders which Joel foresaw on earth.
The blood is the Incarnation;
the fire is the Godhead;
the clouds of smoke are the Holy Spirit,
Who descended upon the Virgin
and has made the world fragrant.
Great is the mystery of your Incarnation!
O Lord, Glory to You!

— Praises, Matins for Sunday after Nativity


The prophecy is from Joel chapter 2, quoted in Acts chapter 2.