December 4, 2016
Luke 17:12-19 - As he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices and said, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us." When he saw them he said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus' feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then said Jesus, "Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" And he said to him, "Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well." (RSV)
How do you glorify God? – The Lord expressed love for the one who was thankful, but He was angry with the ungrateful ones because they did not acknowledge their Deliverer. They thought more highly of their cure from leprosy then of He who had healed them. … The one who returned to give thanks was given much more than the rest. Besides being healed of his leprosy, he was told by the Lord, “Stand up and go on your way. Your faith has saved you.” You see, those who give thanks and those who glorify have the same kind of feelings. They bless their helper for the benefits they have received. This is why Paul urged everyone to “glorify God with your body.” (1 Cor 6:20). (Saint Athanasius)
- Matins - John 20:1-10 (Matins Gospel 7)
- Divine Liturgy - Ephesians 5:5-19, Luke 17:12-19 (Slavs), Luke 13:10-17(Greeks)
The icon is of Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker, whose memory is celebrated by the Church on December 6th. Saint Nicholas exemplifies the blessings that Christ gives to those who follow Him. He gave of his riches, he filled the hungry, he comforted those who wept and he was persecuted for his faith. "Rejoice in that day and leap for joy for your reward is great in heaven!"
Nativity Fast (Advent)
We continue our forty day Fast in preparation for the coming in the flesh of our Lord, God and Savior (Christmas). It began on November 14th, at the Conclusion of the Feast of the Holy Apostle Philip, and is commonly known as "Philip's Fast".