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Teachings of Christ

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." (John 10:10 ESV)

Beheading

The memory of the righteous is celebrated with hymns of praise, * but for you, O Forerunner, the Lord's testimony is enough, * for you were shown to be truly more honorable than the prophets, * in that you were deemed worthy to baptize in the currents the Lord whom you had proclaimed. * Wherefore, having struggled with joy for the truth, * even to those in Hades you proclaimed God, Who had appeared in flesh, * Who takes away the sin of the world * and grants us great mercy. (Troparion - Tone 2)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

The glorious beheading of the Forerunner was part of God's divine plan * that he might proclaim the coming of the Savior even to those in Hades. * So let Herodius weep for having demanded a lawless murder; * for she loved neither God's Law nor eternal life,* but only this false and fleeting life. (Kontakion - Tone 2)

Random Proverb

"When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom." (Proverbs 11:2 ESV)

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Seek, my child, the nobility of the soul, for it is truth; that of the body is false. Do not seek honor from men, for this injures one; but rather, seek heavenly glory . . . . You are to be sympathetic with all the brethren and help them as much as possible; and, you are to minister to them that are unable or weak. Do not desire to live by another's labors . . . . Never ridicule anyone, and especially when they are in misfortune. When you hear that a certain brother is disorderly, supplicate God to correct his life. Visit and help the sick, and serve the brethren as their servant; so you might be a friend of Christ Who, for your sake, became a servant and minister. Always heed, my child, not to fall into temptations. However, if it happens that you should fall, immediately rise up and amend yourself with repentance, and again hasten to prayer. In this manner, live your life, my child, and God shall always come to you and help you in soul and body.

St. Theodora of Alexandria, "The Lives of the Spiritual Mothers: An Orthodox Materikon of Women Monastics and Ascetics