Meatfare Week

January 29 - February 4, 2018

Last Judgment Mark 14:43-52 - While [Jesus] was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, "The one I shall kiss is the man; seize him and lead him away under guard." And when he came, he went up to him at once, and said, "Master!" And he kissed him. And they laid hands on him and seized him. But one of those who stood by drew his sword, and struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his ear. And Jesus said to them, "Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. But let the scriptures be fulfilled." And they all forsook him, and fled. 

And a young man followed him, with nothing but a linen cloth about his body; and they seized him, but he left the linen cloth and ran away naked. (RSV - Reading for Wednesday) 

He waits for us to come to Him – How magnificent is the endurance of evil by the Lord who even kissed his own traitor, and then spoke words even softer than a kiss! For He did not say, O you abominable one, or traitor, is this what you do in return for great kindnesses? He simply says, “Judas,” using his first name. This is in the voice of one commiserating with another or who wished another to come back to him, not the voice of anger. (Dionysius of Alexandria)

The icon is a detail of the Last Judgement. The Gospel of the Last Judgment (Matthew 25:31-46) will be read next Sunday. By custom, Meatfare Week is the last week meat is allowed as we prepare for the Holy Forty Days Fast. Also, the Byzantine Lectionary prescribes the reading of the Passion according to Mark this week.


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“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God." (John 3:16-18 ESV)

Scripture

January 20, 2019
Thirty-Fifth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: Mark 16:1-8 (Matins Gospel 2)
- Liturgy: Colossians 3:12-16, Luke 18:18-27 (Slavs), Luke 14:16-24 (Greeks)

Thirty-Sixth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: Hebrews 11:17, 27-31, Mark 9:42-10:1
- Tuesday: Hebrews 12:25-26, 13:22-25, Mark 10:2-12
- Wednesday: James 1:1-18, Mark 10:11-16
- Thursday: James 1:19-27, Mark 10:17-27
- Friday: James 2:1-13, Mark 10:23-32
- Saturday: Colossians 1:3-6, Luke 16:10-15

January 27, 2018
Thirty-Sixth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: Mark 16:9-20 (Gospel 3)
- Liturgy: 1 Timothy 1:15-17, Luke 18:35-43

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
13 - Sunday After Theophany
21 - Martin Luther King Day (USA)
30 - Synaxis of the Ecumenical Teachers and Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom

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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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Theophany

When You were baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, * worship of the Trinity was revealed, * for the Father's voice bore witness to You, calling You His “beloved Son”, * and the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of these words. * O Christ God, * Who appeared and enlightened the world, glory to You! (Troparion, Tone 1)

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

You have appeared to the whole world today, * and Your light, O Lord, is signed upon us, * who with knowledge praise You in song: * "You have come, and You have appeared, O Unapproachable Light." (Kontakion, Tone 4)

Theophany is a Greek word meaning "manifestation or appearence of God".

Random Proverb

"My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding, that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge." (Proverbs 5:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The man who follows Christ in solitary mourning is greater than he who praises Christ amid the congregation of men. 

St. Isaac the Syrian