Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

November 19, 2017

Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple

Luke 12:16-21 - And [Jesus] told them a parable, saying, "The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; and he thought to himself, `What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?' And he said, `I will do this: I will pull down my barns, and build larger ones; and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, be merry.' But God said to him, `Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?' So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." (RSV – Gospel for the Ninth Sunday of Luke)

Do you love God? Or do you love your stuff? – It is true that a man’s life does not come from his possessions or from have an overabundance of them. He is who is rich toward God is very blessed and has glorious hope. Who is he? Evidently, one who does not love wealth but instead loves virtue, and to whom few things are sufficient (see Luke 10:42). It is one whose hand is open to the needs of those in poverty, according to his means and the utmost of his ability. He gathers in the storehouses that are above and lays up treasures in heaven. Such a man will find the interest of his virtue and the reward of his right and blameless life. (St. Cyril of Alexandria)

The Icon is of the Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple (November 21st). According to Holy Tradition, Saints Joachim and Anna were childless, and vowed to the Lord that if a child were born to them they would dedicate the child to His service. Their prayers were answered and Mary was born. When the Holy Virgin reached the age of three her parents fulfilled their vow and brought Mary to the Temple. It was feared that Mary would not have the strength to climb the fifteen steps to the sanctuary (where only the high priests could enter) but when she was put on the first step the Lord gave her strength and she was able to quickly climb all fifteen steps. The High Priest, at the leading of the Holy Spirit, led her into the Holy of Holies, where only he entered once a year to make a sacrificial blood offering. Mary’s relatives and friends – and all those in the Temple – were astonished.

On November 14th, at the conclusion of the Feast of the Holy Apostle Philip the Church began "Philip's Fast" (also known as "Nativity Fast" and "Advent"). Praying through 40 days!


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Scripture

August 5, 2018
Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: John 21:15-25 (Gospel 11)
- Liturgy: 1 Corinthians 9:2-12, Matthew 18:23-35

August 6, 2018
Transfiguration of Our Lord
- Vespers: Exodus 24:12-18, Exodus 33:11-23; 34:4-6, 8, 1 Kings 19:3-9,11-13, 15,16
- Matins: Luke 9:28-36
- Liturgy: 2 Peter 1:10-19, Matthew 17:1-9

Twelfth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: 2 Corinthians 5:10-15, Mark 1:9-15
- Tuesday: 2 Corinthians 5:15-21, Mark 1:16-22
- Wednesday: 2 Corinthians 6:11-16, Mark 1:23-28
- Thursday: 2 Corinthians 7:1-10, Mark 1:29-35
- Friday: 2 Corinthians 7:10-16, Mark 2:18-22
- Saturday: 1 Corinthians 1:26-29, Matthew 20:29-34

August 12, 2018
Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: Matthew 28:16-20 (Gospel 1)
- Liturgy: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, Matthew 19:16-26

Thirteenth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Mark 3:6-12
- Tuesday: 2 Corinthians 8:16-9:5, Mark 3:13-19
- Wednesday: 2 Corinthians 9:12-10:7, Mark 3:20-27
- Thursday: 2 Corinthians 10:7-18, Mark: 3:28-35
- Friday: 2 Corinthians 11:5-12, Mark 4:1-9
- Saturday: 1 Corinthians 2:6-9, Matthew 22:15-22

August 19, 2018
Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: Mark 16:1-8 (Gospel 2)
- Liturgy: 1 Corinthians 16:13-24, Matthew 21:33-42

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

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"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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Transfiguration

You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God, * showing Your glory to Your Disciples as far as they were able to bear it. * Through the prayers of the Mother of God, * let Your everlasting Light shine also upon us sinners. * O Giver of Light, glory to You! (Troparion, Tone 7)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Upon the mountain You were transfigured, O Christ God, * and Your Disciples beheld Your glory as far as they could receive it, * so that when they would see You crucified, * they would understand that You suffered willingly; * and they would preach to the world * that You are truly the radiance of the Father. (Kontakion, Tone 7)

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Our Lord Jesus Christ..., who came to liberate mankind, in which both males and females are destined to salvation, was not adverse to males, for He took the form of a male, nor to females, for of a female He was born. Besides, there is a great mystery here: that just as death comes to us through a woman, Life is born to us through a woman; that the devil - defeated - would be tormented by each nature, feminine and masculine, since he had taken delight in the defection of both.

St. Augustine of Hippo, Ca. A.D. 397, Christian Combat 22, 24 in The Faith of the Early Fathers (Jurgens, Liturgical Press) 3:50, no. 1578