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"They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword...." (Hebrews 11:37a)

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Teachings of Christ

“Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." (Matthew 6:33 ESV)

Feasts & Fasts

September

1 - Liturgical New Year (7522)
7 - Labor Day (USA), Labour Day (Canada)
8 - The Nativity of the Mother of God
14 - Exaltation of the Cross

October
1 - The Protection of our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
12 - Columbus Day (USA), Thanksgiving Day (Canada)
18 - Sunday of the Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council

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

"Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest." (Proverbs 6:6-8 ESV)

This Week's Scripture

August 30, 2015
Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: Mark 16:9-20 (Gospel 3)
- Liturgy: 2 Corinthians 1:21-2:4, Matthew 22:1-14

Fifteenth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: Galatians 2:11-16, Mark 5:24-34
- Tuesday: Galatians 2:21-3:7, Mark 6:1-7
- Wednesday: Galatians 3:15-22, Mark 6:7-13
- Thursday: Galatians 3:23-4:5, Mark 6:30-45
- Friday: Galatians 4:8-21, Mark 6:45-53
- Saturday: 1 Corinthians 4:17-5:5, Matthew 24:1-13

September 6, 2015
Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: Luke 24:1-12 (Gospel 4)
- Liturgy: 2 Corinthians 4:6-15, Matthew 22:35-46

Sixteenth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: Galatians 4:28-5:10, Mark 6:54-7:8

September 8, 2015
Nativity of the Mother of God
- Vespers: Genesis 28:10-17, Ezekiel 43:27-44:4, Proverbs 9:1-11
- Matins: Luke 1:39-49, 56
- Liturgy: Philippians 2:5-11, Luke 10:38-42; 11:27,28

- Tuesday: Galatians 5:11-21, Mark 7:5-16
- Wednesday: Galatians 6:2-10, Mark 7:14-24
- Thursday: Ephesians 1:1-9, Mark 7:24-30
- Friday: Ephesians 1:7-17, Mark 8:1-10
- Saturday: 1 Corinthians 2:6-9, Matthew 10:37-11:1

September 13, 2015
Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: Luke 24:12-35 (Gospel 5)
- Liturgy: Galatians 6:11-18, John 3:13-17 (Sun before Exaltation), 2 Corinthians 6:1-10, Matthew 25:14-30

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

As long as the flesh is in full health, let us observe abstinence at all times and in every place. When it has been tamed (which I do not suppose is possible this side of the grave), then let us hide our accomplishment.

St. John Climacus, "The Ladder of Divine Ascent,
STEP 14: On That Clamorous Mistress, the Stomach