Seventh Week of Pascha

May 29 - June 2, 2017

Post-Festive Days of the Ascension of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ

AscensionJohn 16:7-11 - Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convince the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. (RSV, From Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Pascha)

Partaking of the Divine Nature - St. Cyril of Alexandria teaches that after Christ had completed his mission on earth it still remained necessary that we should become partakers and sharers of the divine nature of the Word. We had to give up our own life and be so transformed that we would begin to live an entirely new kind of life, one that would be pleasing to God. This was, however, something we could only do by sharing in the Holy Spirit. And the most fitting and appropriate time for the mission and descent of the Holy Spirit to us was the occasion of our Savior’s departure to heaven. As long as Christ was with them in the flesh, the believers would have thought they possessed all the blessings he had to offer. But when the time came for him to ascend to his Father in heaven, it was necessary for him to be united through his Spirit to those who worshiped him and for the Spirit to dwell in our hearts through faith. (Adapted from St. Cyril of Alexandria's commentary on the Gospel of John)


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Teachings of Christ

“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14 ESV)

Scripture

February 17, 2019
Sunday of the Prodigal Son
- Matins: Luke 24:36-53 (Gospel 6)
- Liturgy: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20, Luke 15:11-32

Meat Fare Week
- Monday: 1 John 2:18-3:10, Mark 11:1-11
- Tuesday: 1 John 3:11-20, Mark 14:10-42
- Wednesday: 1 John 3:21-4:6, Mark 14:43-15:1
- Thursday: 1 John 4:20-5:21, Mark 15:1-15
- Friday: 2 John 1:1-13, Mark 15:22-25,33-41
- Saturday: 1 Corinthians 10:23-28, Luke 21:8,9,25-27,33-36
- All Souls Saturday: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17, John 5:24-30

February 24, 2019
Sunday of the Last Judgment (Meat Fare)
- Matins: John 20:1-10 (Gospel 7)
- Liturgy: 1 Corinthians 8:8-9:2, Matthew 25:31-46

Cheese Fare Week
- Monday: 3 John 1:1-14, Luke 19:29-40; 22:7-39
- Tuesday: Jude 1-10, Luke 22:39-42, 45-23:1
- Wednesday: Joel 2:12-26, Joel 3:12-21
- Thursday: Jude 11-25, Luke 23:2-34, 44-56
- Friday: Zechariah 8:7-14, Zechariah 8:19-23
- Saturday: (Commemoration of All the Holy and God-bearing Fathers Who Shone Forth in the Ascetic Life) Romans 14:19-23, 16:25-27 (Saturday), Galatians 5:22-6:2 (Ascetics), Matthew 6:1-13 (Saturday), Matthew 11:27-30 (Ascetics)

March 3, 2019
Forgiveness Sunday (Cheesefare)
- Matins: John 20:11-18 (Gospel 8)
- Liturgy: Romans 13:11b-14:4, Matthew 6:14-21

Feasts & Fasts

February
2 - Encounter of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ with Simeon and Anna (Presentation of Our Lord Into the Temple)
3 - Sunday of Zacchaeus
10 - Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
17 - Sunday of the Prodigal Son
18 - President's Day (USA)
23 - First All-Souls Saturday
24 - Sunday of the Second Coming of Christ (Meat-Fare)

Please pray!

"They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword...." (Hebrews 11:37a)

Please lift up in prayer all those who are persecuted and deprived of liberty, everywhere in the world. Please especially remember the peoples of Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Niger - the whole Middle East and Africa - who are literal martyrs for Christ. Also the peoples of Ukraine. They are our brothers, for all are one in Christ.

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Encounter

Rejoice, O Mother of God, Virgin full of grace. * From you has risen the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, * shining upon those who are in darkness. * Rejoice also, you righteous Elder; * for you received in your arms the Deliverer of our souls, * Who has given us resurrection. (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.

O Christ God, through Your birth You sanctified the Virgin's womb; * and blessed, as it was proper, the hands of Simeon. * Now, having come, you saved us. * Give peace to Your commonwealth in times of war * and strengthen our civil authorities, whom You have loved, O You who alone loves mankind. (Kontakion, Tone 1)

(The Feast of the Encounter is February 2nd - the 40th Day of Christmas)

Random Proverb

"My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding, that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge." (Proverbs 5:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

When you are praying, watch over yourself so that not only your outward man prays, but your inward one also. Though you be sinful beyond measure, still pray. Do not heed the devil's provocation, craftiness, and despair, but overcome and conquer his wiles. Remember the abyss of the Saviour's mercy and love to mankind. The devil will represent the Lord's fact to you as terrible and unmerciful, rejecting your prayer and repentance; but remember the Saviour's own words, full of every hope and boldness for us: `Him that cometh to Me, I will in no wise cast out'; and `Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden' - with sins and iniquities, and wiles and calumnies of the devil - and I will give you rest.'

St. John of Kronstadt, My Life in Christ