"'And [Naaman] dipped himself . . . seven times in the Jordan' [2 Kgs. 5:14]. It was not for nothing that Naaman of old, when suffering from leprosy, was purified upon his being baptized, but [this served] as an indication to us. For as we are lepers in sin, we are made clean, by means of the sacred water and the invocation of the Lord, from our old transgressions, being spiritually regenerated as new-born babes, even as the Lord has declared: `Except a man be born again through water and the Spirit, he shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.'"
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Teachings of Christ
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God." (Matthew 5:9 ESV)
July 22, 2018 Ninth Sunday After Pentecost - Matins: John 20:19-31 (Gospel 9) - Liturgy: 1 Corinthians 3:9-17, Matthew 14:22-34
Tenth Week After Pentecost - Monday: 1 Corinthians 15:12-19, Matthew 21:18-22 - Tuesday: 1 Corinthians 15:29-38, Matthew 21:23-27 - Wednesday: 1 Corinthians 16:4-12, Matthew 21:28-32 - Thursday: 2 Corinthians 1:1-7, Matthew 21:43-46 - Friday: 2 Corinthians 1:12-20, Matthew 22:23-33 - Saturday: Romans 15:30-33, Matthew 17:24-18:4
July 28,2018 Tenth Sunday After Pentecost - Matins: John 21:1-14 (Gospel 10) - Liturgy: 1 Corinthians 4:9-16, Matthew 17:14-23
Eleventh Week After Pentecost - Monday: 2 Corinthians 2:4-15, Matthew 23:13-22 - Tuesday: 2 Corinthians 2:14-3:3, Matthew 23:23-28 - Wednesday: 2 Corinthians 3:4-11, Matthew 23:29-39 - Thursday: 2 Corinthians 4:1-6, Matthew 24:13-28 - Friday: 2 Corinthians 4:13-18, Matthew 24:27-33,42-51 - Saturday: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Matthew 19:3-12
August 5, 2018 Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost - Matins: John 21:15-25 (Gospel 11) - Liturgy: 1 Corinthians 9:2-12, Matthew 18:23-35
Feasts & Fasts
July 1 - Canada Day (Canada) 4 - Independence Day (USA) 15 - Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils 20 - Holy, Glorious Prophet Elias
August 1-14 - Dormiton Fast 6 - Transfiguation of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ 15 - Dormition of the Mother of God
"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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Blessed are You, O Christ our God, * Who has shown the fishermen to be all wise, * by sending down to them the Holy Spirit, * and through them You have caught the whole world in Your net. * O Lover of Mankind, glory to You. (Troparion - Tone 8)
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.
When the Most High descended, confusing tongues, * He divided the nations; * but when He distributed the tongues of fire, * He called all to unity; * and, with one voice, * we glorify the Most Holy Spirit. (Kontakion - Tone 8)
"When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom." (Proverbs 11:2 ESV)
Pray Without Ceasing
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Wisdom from the Church Fathers
Humility is the only thing we need; one can still fall having virtues other than humility -- but with humility one does not fall.