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Feasts & Fasts

September

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

Exaltaton of the Cross

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance. * Grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect your people by Your Cross. (Troparion)

Willing raised upon the Cross, O Christ God, * You bestow Your mercies upon a new people who are called by Your Name. *  May Your Church rejoice in Your strength. * Give her victory over every enemy. * May she have Your help as the weapon of peace, * the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion)

This Week's Scripture

September 21, 2014
Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Sunday After the Feast of the Exaltation    

- Matins: Luke 24:1-12 (Matins Gospel 4)
- Liturgy: Galatians 2:16-20, Mark 8:34b-9:1

September 22-28, 2014
Sixteenth Week After Pentecost

- Monday: Galatians 4:28-5:10, Luke 3:19-22
- Tuesday: Galatians 4:22-31, Luke 1:5-25 (John), Galatians 5:11-21, Luke 3:23-4:1 (16th Tue)
- Wednesday: Galatians 6:2-10, Luke 4:1-15
- Thursday: Ephesians 1:1-9, Luke 4:16-22
- Friday: Ephesians 1:7-17, Luke 4:22-30
- Saturday: 1 Corinthians 10:23-28, Luke 4:31-36

September 28, 2014
Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost

- Matins: Luke 24:12-35 (Gospel 5)
- Liturgy: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10, Luke 5:1-11

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

We believe that the divine presence is everywhere and that "the eyes of the Lord are looking on the good and the evil in every place." But we should believe this especially without any doubt when we are assisting at the Work of God. To that end let us be mindful always of the Prophet's words, "Serve the Lord in fear" and again, "Sing praises wisely" and "In the sight of the Angels I will sing praise to Thee." Let us therefore consider how we ought to conduct ourselves in the sight of the Godhead and of His Angels, and let us take part in the psalmody in such a way that our mind may be in harmony with our voice. 

St. Benedict