"'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
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40 ESV)
This Week's Scripture
November 12, 2017 Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost - Matins: Matthew 28:16-20 (Gospel 1) - Liturgy: Ephesians 2.4-10, Luke 8:26-39 (Slavs), Luke 8:41-46 (Greeks)
Twenty-Fourth Week After Pentecost - Monday: 1 Thessalonians 2:20-3:8, Luke 14:12-15 - Tuesday: 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 14:25-35 - Wednesday: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12, Luke 15:1-10 - Thursday: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-8, Luke 16:1-9 - Friday: 1 Thessalonians 5:9-13,24-28, Luke 16:15-18,17:1-4 - Saturday: 2 Corinthians 11:1-6, Luke 9:57-62
November 19, 2017 Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost - Matins: Mark 16:1-8 (Matins Gospel 2) - Liturgy: Ephesians 2:4-22, Luke 12:16-21
Twenty-Fifth Week After Pentecost - Monday: 2 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Luke 17:20-25
November 21, 2017 Feast of the Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple - Vespers: Exodus 40, 3(1) Kings 7,8, Ezekiel 43:27-44:4 - Matins: Luke 17:26-37 - Liturgy: Hebrews 9:1-7, Luke 10:38-42, 11:27-28
- Tuesday: 2 Thessalonians 1:10-2:2, Luke 17:26-37, 18:8 - Wednesday: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12, Luke 18:15-17, 26-30 - Thursday: 2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5, Luke 18:31-34 - Friday: 2 Thessalonians 3:6-18, Luke 19:12-28 - Saturday: Galatians 1:3-10, Luke 10:19-21
November 26, 2017 Twenty-Fifth Sunday After Pentecost - Matins: Mark 16:9-20 (Gospel 3) - Liturgy: Ephesians 4:1-6, Luke 13:10-17 (Slavs), Luke 18:18-27 (Greeks)
Feasts & Fasts
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)
December 6 - St Nicholas the Wonderworker and Archbishop of Myra in Lycia 9 (8) - The Conception of the Most Holy Mother of God by the Righteous Anna 12 - Our Lady of Guadalupe 17 - Second Sunday Before Christmas (Holy Forefathers) 24 - Sunday Before Christmas (Holy Fathers) / Christmas Eve 25 - The Nativity of our Lord God and Savior, Jesus Christ 26 - Synaxis of the Most Holy Mother of God, Boxing Day (Canada) 27 - First-Martyr and Archdeacon Stephen 28 - 20,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia 29 - 14,000 Infants (the Holy Innocents) Slain by Herod at Bethlehem 31 - Sunday after Christmas: Commemoration of the Holy Righteous David the King, Joseph the Betrothed, and James the Brother of the Lord
"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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Today is the prelude of the goodwill of God * and the heralding of the salvation of mankind; * the Virgin appears clearly in the temple of God * and foretells Christ to all. * Let us also with a mighty voice cry out to her: * “Rejoice, O Fulfillment of the Creator’s divine plan.” (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.
The most pure Temple of the Savior, * the most precious Bridal-Chamber and Virgin, the sacred Treasury of the glory of God, * is brought today into the house of the Lord, * bringing with her the grace that is in the Divine Spirit. * The angels of God praise her in song: * “She is the heavenly tabernacle.” (Kontakion - Tone 4)
"My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding, that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge." (Proverbs 5:1,2 ESV)
Pray Without Ceasing
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Wisdom from the Church Fathers
Why do you beat the air and run in vain? Every occupation has a purpose, obviously. Tell me then, what is the purpose of all the activity of the world? Answer, I challenge you! It is vanity of vanity: all is vanity.