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

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God." (John 3:16-18 ESV)

Feasts & Fasts

May
7 - Fourth Sunday of Pascha (Paralytic) Feast of Saints Cyril & Methodius
10 - Mid-Pentecost
14 - Fifth Sunday of Pascha (Samaritan Women at the Well)
21 - Sixth Sunday of Pascha (Man Born Blind)
22 - Victoria Day (Canada)
25- Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ
28 - Seventh Sunday of Pascha (Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council)
29 - Memorial Day (USA)

June
3 - Fifth All-Souls Saturday
4 - Pentecost - Descent of the Holy Spirit
5 - Feast of the Holy Trinity
11 - All Saints Sunday
12-28 - The Apostles' Fast
24 - Nativity of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John
29 - The Holy Glorious and All-Praised Leaders of the Apostles, Peter & Paul

Ascension

You ascended in glory, O Christ our God, * granting joy to Your disciples by the promise of the Holy Spirit; * through this blessing they were assured * that You are the Son of God * the Redeemer of the world! (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.

When You fulfilled the divine plan for us * and united things on earth with things in heaven, * you ascended in glory, O Christ our God, * in no way departing from us but remaining inseparable, * and crying out to those who love You: “I am with you, and no one is against you.” (Kontakion, Tone 6)

Random Proverb

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

This Week's Scripture

May 21, 2017
Sixth Sunday of Pascha (Blind Man)
- Matins: John 20:11-18 (Gospel 8)
- Liturgy: Acts 16:16-34, John 9:1-38

Sixth Week of Pascha
- Monday: Acts 17:1-15, John11:47-57
- Tuesday: Acts 17:19-28, John 12:19-36
- Wednesday: Acts 18:22-28, John 12:36-47

May 26, 2017
Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord
- Vespers: Isaiah 2:1-3, Isaiah 62:10-63:9, Zechariah 14:1,4,8-11
- Matins: Mark 16:9-20
- Liturgy: Acts 1:1-12, Luke 24:36-53

- Friday: Acts 19:1-8, John 14:1-11
- Saturday: Acts 20:7-12, John 14:10-21

May 28, 2017
Seventh Sunday of Pascha (Sunday of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council)
- Vespers: Genesis 14:14-20, Deuteronomy 1:8-11, Deuteronomy 10:14-21
- Matins: John 21:1-14 (Gospel 10)
- Liturgy: Acts 20:16-18, 28-36, John 17:1-13

Seventh Week of Pascha
- Monday: Acts 21:8-14, John14:27-15:7
- Tuesday: Acts 21:26-32, John 16:2-13
- Wednesday: Acts 23:1-11, John 16:15-23
- Thursday: Acts 25:13-19, John 16:23-33
- Friday: Acts 27:1-44, John 17:18-26
- Saturday (All Souls Saturday): Acts 28:1-31, John 21:15-25

June 4, 2017
Pentecost - Feast of the Descent of the Holy Spirit
- Vespers: Numbers 11:16,17,24-29, Joel 2:23-32, Ezekiel 36:24-28
- Matins: John 20:19-23
- Liturgy: Acts 2:1-11, John 7:37-52; 8:12

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

It was said about John the Little that one day he said to his older brother: "I want to be free from care and not to work but to worship God without interruption." And he took his robe off, and went into the desert. After staying there one week, he returned to his brother. And when he knocked at the door, his brother asked without opening it: "Who is it?" He replied: "It's John, your brother." The brother said: "John has become an angel and is not among people anymore." Then he begged and said: "It's me!" But his brother did not open the door and left him there in distress until the next morning. And he finally opened the door and said: "If you are a human being, you have to work again in order to live." Then John repented, saying: "Forgive me, brother, for I was wrong."

Sayings of the Desert Fathers