Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

July 14, 2019
Sunday of the Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils

Vladimir 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.

Scripture Readings: 

  • 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)

Upcoming Feasts

The Icon is of Holy Great Prince Vladimir, Equal to the Apostles, Enlightener of the Slavs (July 15)


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Feasts & Fasts

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

November
8 Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the Other Bodiless Powers
11 Veterans' Day (USA), Remembrance Day (Canada)
15 Nativity Fast (Philip's Fast also known as Advent)
21 The Entry of the Most Holy Mother of God into the Temple
28 Thanksgiving Day

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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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Protection of the Mother of God

Protected by your coming, O Mother of God, * the faithful people celebrate today with splendor, * and, gazing at your most pure image, * we say with compunction: * "Shield us with your precious veil * and deliver us from all evil * imploring your Son, Christ our God, to save our souls.” (Troparion - Tone 4)

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

Today the Virgin stands forth in the Church, * and with the choirs of saints she invisibly prays to God for us. * The Angels worship with the hierarchs, * and the apostles exult with the prophets, * because, in our behalf, the Mother of God entreats the pre-eternal God. (Kontakion - Tone 3)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God on October 1st.

Random Proverb

"When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom." (Proverbs 11:2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Wrath is a reminder of hidden hatred, that is to say, remembrance of wrongs. Wrath is a desire for the injury of the one who has provoked you. Irascibility is the untimely blazing up of the heart. Bitterness is a movement of displeasure seated in the soul. Anger is an easily changeable movement of one’s disposition and disfiguration of soul.

St. John Climacus, “The Ladder of Divine Ascent"