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Today's Bible Reading
previous next Psalm 45

Ode for a Royal Wedding
To the leader: according to Lilies. Of the Korahites. A Maskil. A love song.
My heart overflows with a goodly theme;
I address my verses to the king;
my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe.
You are the most handsome of men;
grace is poured upon your lips;
therefore God has blessed you forever.
Gird your sword on your thigh, O mighty one,
in your glory and majesty.
In your majesty ride on victoriously
for the cause of truth and to defend the right;
let your right hand teach you dread deeds.
Your arrows are sharp
in the heart of the king's enemies;
the peoples fall under you.
Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever.
Your royal scepter is a scepter of equity;
you love righteousness and hate wickedness.
Therefore God, your God, has anointed you
with the oil of gladness beyond your companions;
your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia.
From ivory palaces stringed instruments make you glad;
daughters of kings are among your ladies of honor;
at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir.
Hear, O daughter, consider and incline your ear;
forget your people and your father's house,
and the king will desire your beauty.
Since he is your lord, bow to him;
the people of Tyre will seek your favor with gifts,
the richest of the people with all kinds of wealth.
The princess is decked in her chamber with gold-woven robes;
in many-colored robes she is led to the king;
behind her the virgins, her companions, follow.
With joy and gladness they are led along
as they enter the palace of the king.
In the place of ancestors you, O king, shall have sons;
you will make them princes in all the earth.
I will cause your name to be celebrated in all generations;
therefore the peoples will praise you forever and ever.




Note: Today's Gospel reading is Mark 4:21-34

NRSV

From the New Revised Standard Version. Reprinted with permission from HarperBibles.

Today's Torah Reading
previous next Leviticus 1:14-2:6

If his offering to the Lord is a burnt offering of birds, he shall choose his offering from turtledoves or pigeons. The priest shall bring it to the altar, pinch off its head, and turn it into smoke on the altar; and its blood shall be drained out against the side of the altar. He shall remove its crop with its contents, and cast it into the place of the ashes, at the east side of the altar. The priest shall tear it open by its wings, without severing it, and turn it into smoke on the altar, upon the wood that is on the fire. It is a burnt offering, an offering by fire, of pleasing odor to the Lord.

When a person presents an offering of meal to the Lord, his offering shall be of choice flour; he shall pour oil upon it, lay frankincense on it, and present it to Aaron's sons, the priests. The priest shall scoop out of it a handful of its choice flour and oil, as well as all of its frankincense; and this token portion he shall turn into smoke on the altar, as an offering by fire, of pleasing odor to the Lord. And the remainder of the meal offering shall be for Aaron and his sons, a most holy portion from the Lord's offerings by fire.

When you present an offering of meal baked in the oven, [it shall be of] choice flour: unleavened cakes with oil mixed in, or unleavened wafers spread with oil. If your offering is a meal offering on a griddle, it shall be of choice flour with oil mixed in, unleavened. Break it into bits and pour oil on it; it is a meal offering.

NRSV

From Parshat Vayikra. From THE TANAKH: The New JPS Translation According to the Traditional Hebrew Text. Copyright 1985 by the Jewish Publication Society. Used by permission.

Angel Quote of the Day

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The sensible world is mine, and the Angel--world is of my weaving and fashioning.

-Abdul Karim Jili


"The Perfect Man"

From "Angels Around Us." Compiled by Karen Maguire. Reprinted by arrangement with Andrews McMeel Publishing.

TAGS: Angel Quote, Angels, World, Sensible World, Sensible, Fashioning, Weaving, Abdul Karim Jili

Buddhist Quote of the Day

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Internal peace is an essential first step to achieving peace in the world. How do you cultivate it? It's very simple. In the first place by realizing clearly that all mankind is one, that human beings in every country are members of one and the same family.

-His Holiness the Dalai Lama


From "The Pocket Dalai Lama," edited by Mary Craig, 2002. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston, www.shambhala.com.

TAGS: Mankind, Essential, Human Beings, Buddhist Quote, Family, Buddhism, Peace, Internal, Step

Celebrity Quote of the Day

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I love religion. I have no problem with it.

-Ron Jeremy


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Christian Quote of the Day

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Why did God give them free will? Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having.

-C.S. Lewis


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Eco-Tip of the Day

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Your refrigerator will use more energy while trying to cool uncovered liquids. Make sure everything is covered!

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day

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Never fear shadows. They simply mean there's a light shining somewhere nearby.

-Ruth E. Renkel


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Evangelical Quote of the Day

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Christ is a jewel of more worth than a thousand worlds, as all know who have him. Get him, and get all; miss him and miss all.

-Thomas Brooks


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Health Quote of the Day

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...Our true worth, value, and identity come not from what the world says, but from complete acceptance by God. In and of ourselves, we'll never be enough; we'll wear ourselves out trying.

-Nancy Stafford


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Hindu Quote of the Day

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Instill in me abundantly that fragrance, O Mother Earth, which emanates from you and from your plants and waters, that sweet perfume that all celestial beings are wont to emit, and let no enemy ever wish us ill!

Rig Veda

From "Teachings of the Hindu Mystics," © 2001 by Andrew Harvey. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston, www.shambhala.com.

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Holistic Living Quote of the Day

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To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to.

-Kahlil Gibran


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Inspiration Quote of the Day

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Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

-Martin Luther King, Jr.


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Judaism Quote of the Day

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Who are the ministering angels? The rabbis.

-Talmud: Nedarim, 20b


Reprinted with permission from 'A Treasury of Jewish Quotations,' edited by Joseph L. Baron, Jason Aronson Inc.

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Muslim Quote of the Day

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This world is full of remedies. But you have no remedy until God opens a window for you. You may not be aware of that remedy just now. In the hour of need it will be made clear to you. The Prophet said God made a remedy for every pain.

-Rumi


Rumi, "Mathnawi"

From "The Bounty of Allah," translated by Aneela Khalid Arshed. Copyright 1999. All rights reserved. Used with permission of The Crossroad Publishing Company, New York.

TAGS: Rumi, Islam Quote, Islam, Spirituality

Relationship Quote of the Day

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If you love a person you love him or her in their stark reality, and refuse to shut your eyes to their defects and errors.

-John MacMurray


TAGS: Relationships, Relationship Quotes, Family, Love And Family, Acceptance, Loyalty

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March 15, 2013
Remember 9/11
Almighty God, the events of September 11th will be indelibly inscribed in our memories.
We looked with horror on the terrorist attack.
But we looked with honor on acts of courage by ordinary people who sacrificed themselves to prevent further death and destruction.
We shed our tears in a common bond of grief for those we loved and lost. We journeyed through a dark valley, but your light has led us to a place of hope.
You have turned our grief into determination. We are resolved to do what is good, and right, and just.
Help us to remember what it means to be Americans—a people endowed with abundant blessings.
Help us to cherish the freedoms we enjoy and inspire us to stand with courage, united as one nation in the midst of any adversity. Lord, hear this prayer for our nation. Amen.
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