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

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’" (Matthew 7:21-23 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

"My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; keep my commandments and live." (Proverbs 7:1,2 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

What purposelessness, oh the deceit of life; truly in vain does each man vex himself, and truly blessed and thrice-blessed are those who have left everything for the Lord, that they may attain the good things announced in the Gospels. For what profit will it be for a man to enjoy the whole world, but lose his soul, to which the whole universe is not equivalent? All the splendor of man is like the blossom of grass. For the grass departs and the blossom dies, but the word of the Lord abideth for ever.

St. Nicon "Repent Ye"