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October 2014 Newsletter

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Prophet Hosea: the One God Is Help
His Cross and Hope of the Resurrection
Book of Hosea, 6:1-3 - OSB Septuagint Old Testament

Hosea is often remembered for his deep suffering. Some 800 years before the Word of God became Incarnate, Hosea forewarned the Northern Kingdom of Israel of a coming period of great darkness, a darkness not seen since their days in Egypt. This time, it would be at the hands of the dreaded Assyrian warriors.

Amazing as it is to us, the Lord commanded Hosea to, "Go take a wife of fornication . . .", i.e., marry a woman who was essentially a prostitute and probably a worshiper of Baal. Yet as a courageous servant of his God, YHWH, his hope remained steadfast, and he loved his spouse, regardless of her adulteress ways. One might see a parallel here to the Lord's long-suffering relationship with His beloved Jews, a people soon to suffer a great chastisement for not keeping their covenant with their loving Lord.

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September 2014 Newsletter

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Celebrating the Holy Prophet Moses
Exodus 12:1 – 15:21, OSB Septuagint Old Testament

The birth of Moses was spectacular, as was his whole life. He was born during a time when infant sons of the Hebrew clan, were systematically murdered by the command of the Egyptian Pharaoh. And how did this defenseless child survive slaughter and the Nile? By the prayers of his mother, the caring heart of a watchful sister, Miriam, a floating baby crib, an Egyptian princess, and foremost, Divine Providence. At journey's end, this special baby was discovered by an Egyptian princess, who named him Moses – "the one who comes out of the water".

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August 2014 Newsletter

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Celebrating the Prophet Micah
(Chapter 4 and 5, OSB Septuagint)

Chapter 4 of Micah, is a marvelous example of our lasting hope in the Lord, even when we're our own worst enemy. This prophecy of Micah concerns the Jews being both dispersed and exiled for their disobedience, while at the same time, Micah's words are of hope to the "remnant". Chapter 4 also confirms the Lord interacting with the most humble of His people, as Micah was known to be an everyday farmer, with no specific reputation. Yet those knowing Micah, listened intently, for his words were true and sincere. Interestingly, the name Micah means, one likened unto the One God, the I AM. He reminds one of St John the Baptist.

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July 2014 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

The Holy Spirit
Annunciation and Pentecost
(From St. John of Damascus and the OSB Septuagint Old Testament)

In loving obedience, the Lord's messenger came to Mary, the Virgin of prophecy. Yet being of the disgraced House of David and from the womb of Anna, this seemed near impossible. However, with glad tidings, the grace of the Holy Spirit became known, "Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with thee." While pondering such words, the angel said to her, "Fear not, Mary, for you have found favor with God. You shall bring forth a Son, to be named Jesus." His name lets us know He will deliverer and save the faithful from their trespasses. Then she asks, "How can this be, since I know not a man?" The angel responds, "The Holy Spirit shall came upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee. Therefore the Holy One, whom shall be born from thee, shall be called the Son of God." She offered in respond, "Behold, the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be to me according to Your word." Such is the wonder of the Holy Spirit.

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June 2014 Newsletter

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Pentecost and the Holy Spirit
A Promised First-Fruit of Our Father

After being baptized, Jesus emerges from the dark waters, with the heavens being opened unto Him. It was here He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, to rest upon Him. "Suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." (Matt 3:17) "Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. (Matt 4:1).

From John 7:39, we read, "But this He spoke, concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would be receiving. For the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was yet glorified. Then John 14:26 tells us, "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all the things I said to you.

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