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Feasts & Fasts

July

1 - Canada Day (Canada)
4 - Independence Day (USA)
13 - Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils
20 - Holy, Glorious Prophet Elijah

August

1-14 - Dormition Fast
6 - Transfiguration of Our Lord
15 - Dormition of the Mother of God
20 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist

Troparion of the Resurrection

When You descended to death, O Immortal Life, * You slew Hades with the lightning of Your divinity. * And when You raised the dead from the depths of the earth, * all the heavenly Powers cried out: * “O Giver of Life, Christ our God, glory to You!” (Troparion)

This Week's Scripture

July 20, 2013
Sixth Sunday After Pentecost
Feast of the Holy Glorious Prophet Elias
    
- Vespers: Composite 12 - 3 [1] Kings 17:1-23, Composite 13 - 3 [1] Kings 18, 19, Composite 14 - 3 [1] Kings 19:19, 20, 21; 4 [2] Kings 2:1,6-14 (Feast)
- Matins: Luke 24:36-53 (Sunday), Luke 4:22-30 (Feast)
- Liturgy: Romans 12:6-14, Matthew 9:1-8 (Sunday), James 5:10-20, Luke 4:22-30 (Feast)

Seventh Week After Pentecost
- Monday: 1 Corinthians 5:9-6:11, Matthew 13:54-58
- Tuesday: 1 Corinthians 6:20-7:12, Matthew 14:1-13
- Wednesday: 1 Corinthians 7:12-24, Matthew 14:35-15:11
- Thursday: 1 Corinthians 7:24-35, Matthew 15:12-21
- Friday: 1 Corinthians 7:35-8:7, Matthew 15:29-31
- Saturday: Romans 12:1-3, Matthew 10:37-11:1

July 27,2014
Seventh Sunday After Pentecost

- Matins: John 20:1-10 (Gospel 7)
- Liturgy: Romans 15:1-7, Matthew 9:27-35

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

For to despise the present age, not to love transitory things, unreservedly to stretch out the mind in humility to God and our neighbor, to preserve patience against offered insults and, with patience guarded, to repel the pain of malice from the heart, to give one's property to the poor, not to covet that of others, to esteem the friend in God, on God's account to love even those who are hostile, to mourn at the affliction of a neighbor, not to exult in the death of one who is an enemy, this is the new creature whom the Master of the nations seeks with watchful eye amid the other disciples, saying:"If, then, any be in Christ a new creature, the old things are passed away. Behold all things are made new" (2 Cor. 5:17). 

St. Gregory the Great