Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

July 14, 2019
Sunday of the Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils

Vladimir John 17:1-5 - When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed." 

For the Glory of God the Father - In asking to be glorified, Jesus is asking his Father not to give him glory so much as He is seeking to reveal the honor the Father had already given Him. The Son's willing obedience and his glorious deeds reflect back on the Father. They are then passed onto us as the gift of salvation we receive through faith.

The Gospel recounting the High Priestly Prayer is placed on this Sunday because today we also celebrate the memory of the Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils at which the divinely inspired Church Fathers put down in writing our theological teachings.

Scripture Readings: 

  • Vespers: Genesis 14:14-20, Deuteronomy 1:8-11, 15-17, Deuteronomy 10:14-21 (for the Council Fathers)
  • Matins: Luke 24:12-35 (Gospel 5)
  • Divine Liturgy: Hebrews 13:7-16, John 17:1-13 (For the Council Fathers), Romans 10:1-10, Matthew 8:28-9:1 (For the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost)

Upcoming Feasts

The Icon is of Holy Great Prince Vladimir, Equal to the Apostles, Enlightener of the Slavs (July 15)


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Feasts & Fasts

March
1 First Sunday of the Great Fast (Sunday of Orthodoxy)
7 Second All-Souls Saturday
8 Second Sunday of the Great Fast (St. Gregory Palamas)
14 Third All Souls Saturday
15 Third Sunday of the Great Fast (Veneration of the Cross)
21 Fourth All-Souls Saturday
22 Fourth Sunday of the Great Fast (St. John of the Ladder)
24 Canon of St. Andrew of Crete
25 Annunciation to the Mother of God
28 Akathistos Saturday
29 Fifth Sunday of the Great Fast (St. Mary of Egypt)

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"They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword...." (Hebrews 11:37a)

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Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life, drive away from me the spirit of despondency, carelessness, love of power, and idle chatter. (Prostration)

Rather grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humility, patience, and love. (Prostration)

Yes, O Lord and King, grant that I may see my own faults and not condemn my brother; for You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen. (Prostration)

Random Proverb

"Hear, O sons, a father's instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching." (Proverbs 4:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

No one on this earth can avoid affliction; and although the afflictions which the Lord sends are not great men imagine them beyond their strength and are crushed by them. This is because they will not humble their souls and commit themselves to the will of God. But the Lord Himself guides with His grace those who are given over to God's will, and they bear all things with fortitude for the sake of God Whom they have so loved and with Whom they are glorified for ever. It is impossible to escape tribulation in this world but the man who is giver over to the will of God bears tribulation easily, seeing it but putting his trust in the Lord, and so his tribulations pass.

Archimandrite Sophrony