July 14, 2019
Sunday of the Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils
John 17:1-5 - When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed."
For the Glory of God the Father - In asking to be glorified, Jesus is asking his Father not to give him glory so much as He is seeking to reveal the honor the Father had already given Him. The Son's willing obedience and his glorious deeds reflect back on the Father. They are then passed onto us as the gift of salvation we receive through faith.
The Gospel recounting the High Priestly Prayer is placed on this Sunday because today we also celebrate the memory of the Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils at which the divinely inspired Church Fathers put down in writing our theological teachings.
- Vespers: Genesis 14:14-20, Deuteronomy 1:8-11, 15-17, Deuteronomy 10:14-21 (for the Council Fathers)
- Matins: Luke 24:12-35 (Gospel 5)
- Divine Liturgy: Hebrews 13:7-16, John 17:1-13 (For the Council Fathers), Romans 10:1-10, Matthew 8:28-9:1 (For the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost)
- July 20th - Holy Prophet Elias - "Journey's End is the Knowledge of God"
- August 6th - Transfiguaration of the Lord - "Bask in the Brightness"
The Icon is of Holy Great Prince Vladimir, Equal to the Apostles, Enlightener of the Slavs (July 15)