Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council

Eighteenth Sunday After Petecost
October 13, 2019

Apostle LukeLuke 8:5-15 - "A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold." As he said this, he called out, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."

And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, he said, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but for others they are in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience. (RSV)

How deeply is the Lord rooted in you? – This good seed is worthy of admiration. Rich and well-productive land brings froth fruit a hundredfold. They say that the best soils sometimes under cultivation produce a hundredfold, so this is a mark of every fertile and productive spot. One of the holy prophets said from the mouth of God, “And all nations shall congratulate you because you are a desirable land.” (Mal 3:12) When the divine word falls upon a pure mind skillful in cleansing itself from things hurtful, it fixes its root deeply and shoots up like an ear of corn. It brings its fruit to perfection being strong in blade and beautifully flowered. (St. Cyril of Alexandria)

Readings:

- Vespers: Genesis 14:14-20, Deuteronomy 1:8-11, 15-17, Deuteronomy 10:14-21
- Matins:Luke 24:36-53 (Gospel 6)
- Liturgy: 2 Corinthians 9:6-11, Luke 8:5-15 (18th Sun) and Hebrews 13:7-16, John 17:1-13 (Council Fathers)

The Icon is of the Apostle Luke, whose day in the calendar is October 18th.


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Feasts & Fasts

May
3 Fourth Sunday of Pascha (Healing of the Paralytic)
6 Mid-Pentecost
10 Fifth Sunday of Pascha (Samaritan Women at the Well)
11 Saints Cyril & Methodius, Apostles to the Slavs
17 Sixth Sunday of Pascha (Man Born Blind)
21 Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ
24 Seventh Sunday of Pascha (Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council)
25 Memorial Day
30 Fifth All-Souls Saturday
31 Pentecost - Descent of the Holy Spirit

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1 Feast of the Holy Trinity
7 All Saints Sunday
8-28 The Apostles' Fast
24 Nativity of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John
29 The Holy Glorious and All-Praised Leaders of the Apostles, Peter & Paul

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Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Good and God-loving men accuse people of something bad when they are present, but when they are absent they not only refrain from accusing them, but do not permit others to do so when they attempt to speak of them.

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