Deisis (Novogorod)

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

January 7-14, 2016

Baptism Matthew 4:1-11 - Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And he fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterward he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread." But he answered, "It is written, `Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'"

Then the devil took him to the holy city, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, `He will give his angels charge of you,' and `On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.'"

Jesus said to him, "Again it is written, `You shall not tempt the Lord your God.'"

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them; and he said to him, "All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me."

Then Jesus said to him, "Begone, Satan! for it is written, `You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.'"

Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and ministered to him. (RSV – Gospel for the Saturday after Theophany)

Led by the Spirit – The text says “then.” Then when? This was after the descent of the Spirit, after the voice that was borne from above had said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Led by whom? This is marvelous. All of this was led by the Holy Spirit. For it says Jesus was “led up by the Spirit.” All this was for our instruction. The Lord does whatever is necessary for our salvation by both acting and being acted upon. He submitted himself to being led up there to wrestle against the devil. Now we should not be too troubled if, after our baptism, we too have to endure great temptations. We should not treat this as if unexpected but continue to endure all things nobly, as though it were happening in the natural course of things. (St. John Chrysostom, Commentary on Matthew)

The icon is a detail of the Baptism of Christ.


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Teachings of Christ

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account." (Matthew 5:11 ESV)

Feasts & Fasts

February
2 - Encounter of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ with Simeon and Anna
5 - Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
12 - Sunday of the Prodigal Son
18 - First All-Souls Saturday
19 - Sunday of the Second Coming of Christ (Meat-Fare)
20 - Washington's Birthday (President's Day) (USA)
26 - Forgiveness Sunday (Cheese-Fare)
27 - Beginning of the Holy Forty Days Fast

March
5 - First Sunday of the Great Fast (Sunday of Orthodoxy)
11 - Second All-Souls Saturday
12 - Second Sunday of the Great Fast (St. Gregory Palamas)
18 - Third All Souls Saturday
19 - Third Sunday of the Great Fast (Veneration of the Cross)
25 - Annunciation to the the Mother of God
26 - Fourth Sunday of the Great Fast (St. John of the Ladder)
30 - Canon of St. Andrew of Crete

Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life, drive away from me the spirit of despondency, carelessness, love of power, and idle chatter. (Prostration)

Rather grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humility, patience, and love. (Prostration)

Yes, O Lord and King, grant that I may see my own faults and not condemn my brother; for You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen. (Prostration)

 

 

Random Proverb

"My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you." (Proverbs 3:1,2 ESV)

This Week's Scripture

February 26, 2017
Forgiveness Sunday (Cheesefare)
- Matins: John 20:11-18 (Gospel 8)
- Liturgy: Romans 13:11b-14:4, Matthew 6:14-21

First Week of Great Lent
- Monday: Isaiah 1:1-20, Genesis 1:1-13, Proverbs 1:1-20
- Tuesday: Isaiah 1:19-2:3, Genesis 1:14-23, Proverbs 1:20-33
- Wednesday: Isaiah 2:3-11, Genesis 1:24-2:3, Proverbs 2:1-21
- Thursday: Isaiah 2:11-21, Genesis 2:4-19, Proverbs 3:1-19
- Friday: Isaiah 3:1-14, Genesis 2:20-3:20, Proverbs 3:19-34
- Saturday: Hebrews 1:1-12, Mark 2:23-3:5

March 5, 2017
First Sunday of Great Lent (Orthodoxy)
- Matins: John 20:19-31 (Gospel 9)
- Liturgy: Hebrews 11:24-26,32-12:2, John 1:43-51
    
Second Week of Great Lent
- Monday:  Isaiah 4:2-6; 5:1-7, Genesis 3:21-4:7, Proverbs 3:34-4:22
- Tuesday: Isaiah 5:7-16, Genesis 4:8-15, Proverbs 5:1-15
- Wednesday: Isaiah 5:16-26, Genesis 4:16-26, Proverbs 5:15-6:3
- Thursday: Isaiah 6:1-12, Genesis 5:1-24, Proverbs 6:3-20
- Friday: Isaiah 7:1-14, Genesis 5:32-6:8, Proverbs 6:20-7:1
- Saturday: Hebrew 3:12-16, Mark 1:35-44 (Saturday), 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17, John 5:24-30 (All Souls)

March 12, 2017
Second Sunday of Great Lent (St. Gregory Palamas)
- Matins: John 21:1-14 (Gospel 10)
- Liturgy: Hebrews 1:10-2:3, Mark 2:1-12 (Sunday), Hebrews 7:26-8:2, John 10:9-19 (St. Gregory)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

BROTHER: What is purity of soul?

OLD MAN: Remoteness from anger and from the error of the remembrance of evil things, and being weaned from the bitter nature, and reconciliation with our enemies, and peace which is beyond troubling, and simplicity of love which is above this world; with these things is the inner man cleansed, and he puts on Christ and is redeemed.


E. A. Wallis Budge, "The Paradise of the Holy Fathers"