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Feasts & Fasts

January

1 - Circumcision of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, Feast of St. Basil the Great, New Year's Day (Civil)
6 - Theophany of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ
18 - Sunday of Zacchaeus
19 - Martin Luther King Day (USA)
22 - March for Life
25 - Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee
30 - Synaxis of the Ecumenical Teachers and Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom

February

1 - Sunday of the Prodigal Son
2 - Encounter of Our Lord with Simeon and Anna
7 - First All-Souls Saturday
8 - Sunday of the Second Coming of Christ (Meat-Fare)
15 - Forgiveness Sunday (Cheese-Fare)
16 - Beginning of the Holy Forty Days Fast
22 - Sunday of Orthodoxy
28 - Second All-Souls Saturday

Publican and Pharisee

Let us bring to the Lord the sighs of the Publican * and, as sinners, let us fall down before Him as Master; * for He desires the salvation of all mankind. * He grants forgiveness to all who repent. * For us, He took flesh - though He is God co-eternal with the Father. (Kontakion, Tone 3)

This Week's Scripture

Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
- Matins: John 21:15-25 (Gospel 11)
- Liturgy: 2 Timothy 3:10-15, Luke 18:10-14
    
Week of the Prodigal Son
- Monday: 2 Peter 1:20-2:9, Mark 13:9-13
- Tuesday: 2 Peter 2:9-22, Mark 13:14-23
- Wednesday: 2 Peter 3:1-18, Mark 13:24-31
- Thursday: 1 John 1:8-2:6, Mark 13:31-14:2
- Friday: 1 John 2:7-17, Mark 14:3-9
- Saturday: 2 Timothy 3:1-9, Luke 20:45-21:4

Sunday of the Prodigal Son
- Matins: Matthew 28:16-20 (Gospel 1)
- Liturgy: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20, Luke 15:11-32

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

While the Bridegroom tarried, they slumbered and slept: Give ear, ye prudent, to our Lord's parable, for it is all light. All of them slept, both the foolish and the wise -- Which signifies that the good and the wicked die until the resurrection. The same sleep comes upon the ten of them, which is as much as to say, That death is the same for all creation without distinction. One was the sleep of the wise and of the foolish, For one is death, both of the righteous and of sinners. The good die, as the wise virgins slept; And the bad die, as the foolish also slept. Behold, all creation looketh for the coming of the Bridegroom, Christ, Who cometh at the end with His angels. But since He hath tarried, all generations slumber and sleep with the sleep of death, while looking for when He cometh.

A Homily on the Ten Virgins by Mar Jacob, Bishop of Serugh