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We celebrate the death of Death!

Paschal Sermon of St. John Chrysostom
Archbishop of Constantinople

Descent into Hades

Is there anyone who is a devout lover of God?
Let him enjoy this beautiful bright festival!
Is there anyone who is a grateful servant?
Let him rejoice and enter into the joy of their Lord!

Are there any weary with fasting?
Let him now receive his wages!
If any have toiled from the first hour,
let him receive his due reward;
If any have come after the third hour,
let him with gratitude join in the Feast!
And he that arrived after the sixth hour,
let him not doubt; for he, too, shall sustain no loss.
And if any delayed until the ninth hour,
let him not hesitate; but let him come, too.
And he who arrived only at the eleventh hour,
let him not be afraid by reason of his delay.

For the Lord is gracious and receives the last even as the first.
He gives rest to him that comes at the eleventh hour,
as well as to him that toiled from the first.
To this one He gives, and upon another He bestows.
He accepts the works as He greets the endeavor.
The deed He honors and the intention He commends.

Let us all enter into the joy of the Lord!
First and last alike receive your reward;
rich and poor, rejoice together!
Sober and slothful, celebrate the day!

You that have kept the fast, and you that have not,
rejoice today for the Table is richly laden!
Feast royally on it, the calf is a fatted one.
Let no one go away hungry. Partake, all, of the cup of faith.
Enjoy all the riches of His goodness!

Let no one grieve at his poverty,
for the universal kingdom has been revealed.
Let no one mourn that he has fallen again and again;
for forgiveness has risen from the grave.
Let no one fear death, for the Death of our Savior has set us free.
He has destroyed it by enduring it.

He destroyed Hades when He descended into it.
He put it into an uproar even as it tasted of His flesh.
Isaiah foretold this when he said,
"You, O Hell, have been troubled by encountering Him below."

Hell was in an uproar because it was done away with.
It was in an uproar because it is mocked.
It was in an uproar, for it is destroyed.
It is in an uproar, for it is annihilated.
It is in an uproar, for it is now made captive.
Hell took a body, and discovered God.
It took earth, and encountered Heaven.
It took what it saw, and was overcome by what it did not see.
O Death, where is your sting?
O Hades, where is your victory?

Christ is Risen, and you, O Death, are annihilated!
Christ is Risen, and the evil ones are cast down!
Christ is Risen, and the angels rejoice!
Christ is Risen, and life is liberated!
Christ is Risen, and the tomb is emptied of its dead;
for Christ having risen from the dead,
is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

To Him be glory and power
now and forever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

St. John Chrysostom (A.D. 347-407) was the Patriarch of Constantinople.


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August
1-14 - Dormition Fast
6 - Transfiguration of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ
15 - Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
29 - Beheading of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John

September
1 - Liturgical New Year (7526)
4 - Labor Day (USA, Canada)
8 - The Nativity of our Most Holy Lady, the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
14 - The Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross

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

Transfiguration

You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God, * showing Your glory to Your Disciples as far as they were able to bear it. * Through the prayers of the Mother of God, * let Your everlasting Light shine also upon us sinners. * O Giver of Light, glory to You! (Troparion, Tone 7)

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

Upon the mountain You were transfigured, O Christ God, * and Your Disciples beheld Your glory as far as they could receive it, * so that when they would see You crucified, * they would understand that You suffered willingly; * and they would preach to the world * that You are truly the radiance of the Father. (Kontakion, Tone 7)

Dormition

O Mother of God, in giving birth you preserved virginity; * and in falling asleep you did not forsake the world. * You are the Mother of Life and have been transferred to life, * and through your prayers you deliver our souls from death. (Troparion - Tone 1)

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

Neither the tomb nor death could detain the Mother of God, * who is unsleeping in her prayers and our unfailing hope in her intercession; * for He Who dwelt in her ever-virgin womb, * transferred to Life the Mother of Life. (Kontakion - Tone 2)

Random Proverb

"Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you." (Proverbs 3:28 ESV)

This Week's Scripture

Sunday, August 13, 2017
Tenth Sunday After Pentecost

- Matins: John 21:1-14 (Gospel 10)
- Liturgy: 1 Corinthians 4:9-16, Matthew 17:14-23

Eleventh Week After Pentecost
- Monday: 2 Corinthians 2:4-15, Matthew 23:13-22

August 15
Dormition 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

- Wednesday: 2 Corinthians 3:4-11, Matthew 23:29-39
- Thursday: 2 Corinthians 4:1-6, Matthew 24:13-28
- Friday: 2 Corinthians 4:13-18, Matthew 24:27-33,42-51
- Saturday: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Matthew 19:3-12

August 20, 2017
Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost

- Matins: John 21:15-25 (Gospel 11)
- Liturgy: 1 Corinthians 9:2-12, Matthew 18:23-35

Twelfth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: 2 Corinthians 5:10-15, Mark 1:9-15
- Tuesday: 2 Corinthians 5:15-21, Mark 1:16-22
- Wednesday: 2 Corinthians 6:11-16, Mark 1:23-28
- Thursday: 2 Corinthians 7:1-10, Mark 1:29-35
- Friday: 2 Corinthians 7:10-16, Mark 2:18-22
- Saturday: 1 Corinthians 1:26-29, Matthew 20:29-34

August 27, 2017
Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost

- Matins: Matthew 28:16-20 (Gospel 1)
- Liturgy: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, Matthew 19:16-26

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

When you are praying alone, and your spirit is dejected, and you are wearied and oppressed by your loneliness, remember then, as always, that God the Trinity looks upon you with eyes brighter than the sun; also all the angels, your own Guardian Angel, and all the Saints of God. Truly they do; for they are all one in God, and where God is, there are they also. Where the sun is, thither also are directed all its rays. Try to understand what this means.

St. John of Kronstadt