Deisis (Novogorod)

Theophany of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ

January 6, 2017

Baptism Matthew 3:13-17 - Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?" But Jesus answered him, "Let it be so now; for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he consented. And when Jesus was baptized, he went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on him; and lo, a voice from heaven, saying, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased." (RSV)

Lamb and Redeemer – John’s baptism was looking toward repentance. Its purpose was to bring hearers to the point of experiencing conviction for their offenses. John, however, did not want anyone to draw the conclusion that Jesus himself also came to the Jordan to repent of his sins. So he sets this point straight from the outset by calling him both Lamb and Redeemer of all the sin that is in the world. He who is able to take away the sins of the whole world was himself without sin. (St. John Chrysostom, Commentary on Matthew)

Scripture

  • Vespers and Divine Liturgy of St. Basil: 1) Genesis 1:1-13, 2) Exodus 14:15-18, 21-23, 27-29, 3) Exodus 15:22-27; 16:1, 4) Joshua 3:7,8,15-17, 5) 2 Kings 2:6-14, 6) 2 Kings 5:9-14, 7) Isaiah 1:16-20, 8) Genesis 32:1-10, 9) Exodus 2:5-10, 10) Judges 6:36-40, 11) 1 Kings 18:30-39, 12) 2 Kings 2:19-22, 13) Isaiah 49:8-15, 14) 1 Corinthians 9:19-27, 15) Luke 3:1-18
  • Blessing of Water: Isaiah 35:1-10, Isaiah 55:1-13, Isaiah 12:3-6, 1 Corinthians 10:1-4, Mark 1:9-11
  • Matins: Mark 1:9-11
  • Liturgy: Titus 2:11-14, 3:4-7, Matthew 3:13-17

The icon is a detail of the Baptism of Christ.


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Teachings of Christ

“The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45 ESV)

Feasts & Fasts

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

October
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

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
23 - Thanksgiving Day (USA)

Exaltation of the Cross

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (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.

Willingly lifted up on the Cross, O Christ God, * bestow Your compassions upon the new commonwealth that bears Your name. * By your power grant joy to Your Church, * granting her victory over her enemies. * May she have your Cross as the weapon of peace * and the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on September 14th.

Random Proverb

"He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself." (Proverbs 6:32 ESV)

This Week's Scripture

September 24, 2014
Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: Luke 24:12-35 (Gospel 5)
- Liturgy: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10, Luke 5:1-11

Seventeenth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: Ephesians 1:22-2:3, Luke 4:37-44
- Tuesday: Ephesians 2:19-3:7, Luke 5:12-16
- Wednesday: Ephesians 3:8-21, Luke 5:33-39
- Thursday: Ephesians 4:14-19, Luke 6:12-19
- Friday: Ephesians 4:17-25, Luke 6:17-23
- Saturday: 1 Corinthians 14:20-25, Luke 5:17-26

October 1, 2017
Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God
Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: Luke 24:36-53 (Gospel 6)
- Liturgy: 2 Corinthians 6:16-7:1, Luke 6:31-36
For the Feast:
- Vespers: Genesis 28:10-17, Ezekiel 43:27-44:4, Proverbs 9:1-11
- Matins: Luke 1:39-49,56
- Liturgy: Hebrews 9:1-7, Luke 10:38-42; 11:27-28

Eighteenth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: Ephesians 4:25-32, Luke 6:24-30
- Tuesday: Ephesians 5:20-26, Luke 6:37-45
- Wednesday: Ephesians 5:25-33, Luke 6:46-71
- Thursday: Ephesians 5:33-6:9, Luke 7:17-30
- Friday: Ephesians 6:18-24, Luke 7:31-35
- Saturday: 1 Corinthians 15:39-45, Luke 5:27-32

October 8, 2017
Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: John 20:1-10 (Gospel 7)
- Liturgy: 2 Corinthians 9:6-11, Luke 7:11-16

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Let us go forward with the heart completely attentive and the soul fully conscious. For if attentiveness and prayer are daily joined together, they become like Elias' fire-bearing chariot, raising us to heaven. What do I mean? A spiritual heaven, with sun, moon and stars, is formed in the blessed heart of one who has reach a state of watchfulness, or who strives to attain it.

St. Philotheus of Sinai