Thirty-Seventh Week After Pentecost

January 27 - February 2, 2014

Saints Gregory the Theologian Luke 18:35-43 - As [Jesus] drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging; and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired what this meant. They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." And he cried, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" And Jesus stopped, and commanded him to be brought to him; and when he came near, he asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?" He said, "Lord, let me receive my sight." And Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has made you well." And immediately he received his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God. (RSV)

Come! Receive the Light - As Jesus approached the blind man the blind man cried out and said, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” The beggar’s hand was stretched out to receive a penny from man but found himself receiving the gift of God. “Son of David, have mercy on me!” He understood that Jesus was the Son of David, the David who had spared the blind and the lame of the Jebusites (2 Sam 5:6-8). How did Jesus answer him? He said, “Receive your sight; you faith has made you well.” The blind man’s faith first gave him life and then gave him bodily sight. (St. Ephrem the Syrian)

The Icon is of the Three Holy Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom (January 30th).


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Feasts & Fasts

May
3 Fourth Sunday of Pascha (Healing of the Paralytic)
6 Mid-Pentecost
10 Fifth Sunday of Pascha (Samaritan Women at the Well)
11 Saints Cyril & Methodius, Apostles to the Slavs
17 Sixth Sunday of Pascha (Man Born Blind)
21 Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ
24 Seventh Sunday of Pascha (Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council)
25 Memorial Day
30 Fifth All-Souls Saturday
31 Pentecost - Descent of the Holy Spirit

June
1 Feast of the Holy Trinity
7 All Saints Sunday
8-28 The Apostles' Fast
24 Nativity of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John
29 The Holy Glorious and All-Praised Leaders of the Apostles, Peter & Paul

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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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Pentecost

Blessed are You, O Christ our God, * Who has shown the fishermen to be all wise, * by sending down to them the Holy Spirit, * and through them You have caught the whole world in Your net. * O Lover of Mankind, glory to You. (Troparion - Tone 8)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

When the Most High descended, confusing tongues, * He divided the nations; * but when He distributed the tongues of fire, * He called all to unity; * and, with one voice, * we glorify the Most Holy Spirit. (Kontakion - Tone 8)

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"Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her." (Proverbs 8:10,11 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

First of all it must be understood that it is the duty of all Christians - especially of those whose calling dedicates them to the spiritual life - to strive always and in every way to be united with God, their creator, lover, benefactor, and their supreme good, by Whom and for Whom they were created. This is because the center and the final purpose of the soul, which God created, must be God Himself alone, and nothing else - God whom Whom the soul has received its life and its nature, and for Whom it must eternally live.

St. Dimitry of Rostov