Meatfare Sunday

February 4, 2018

Sunday of the Last Judgment
Last Judgment Matthew 25:31-46 - "When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left. Then the King will say to those at his right hand, `Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' Then the righteous will answer him, `Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink? And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee? And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?' And the King will answer them, `Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.' Then he will say to those at his left hand, `Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.' Then they also will answer, `Lord, when did we see thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to thee?' Then he will answer them, `Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.' And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."

The Cross brings Life – The Lord does not say that the coming kingdom is compared to this or that, as He has been speaking previously, but now openly shows Himself to be the Son of man, who “shall come in his glory.” If He has up to now appeared in a condition of dishonor, now he appears in a different role. He reproaches. He confronts. He sits upon his throne of glory. And he continually mentions glory. For his cross was drawing near, a thing that seemed to be a matter of reproach. So he lifts his hearers up and brings before their sight the judgment seat, with all the world gathered around him. (St. John Chrysostom)

Scripture

  • Matins - Mark 16:1-8 (Gospel 2)
  • Divine Liturgy - 1 Corinthians 8:8-9:2, Matthew 25:36-41

The icon is a detail of the Last Judgement. By custom, Meat-Fare Sunday is the last day we eat meat until Pascha, the feast of the Resurrection.


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Scripture

April 15, 2018
Third Sunday of Pascha: Myrrh-bearing Women
- Matins: Mark 16:9-20 (Gospel 3)
- Liturgy: Acts 6:1-7, Mark 15:43-16:8

Third Week of Pascha
- Monday: Acts 6:8-7:5, 47-60, John 4:46-54
- Tuesday: Acts 8:5-17, John 6:27-33
- Wednesday: Acts 8:28-25, John 6:35-39
- Thursday: Acts 8:26-39, John 6:40-44
- Friday: Acts 8:40-9:19, John 6:48-54
- Saturday: Acts 9:19-31, John 15:17-16:2

April 22, 1018
Fourth Sunday of Pascha: Paralytic
- Matins: Luke 24:1-12 (Gospel 4)
- Liturgy: Acts 9:32-42, John 5:1-15

Fourth Week of Pascha
- Monday: Acts 10:1-16, John 6:56-69
- Tuesday: Acts 10:21-33, John 7:1-13
- Wednesday: (Mid-Pentecost) Acts 14:6-18, John 7:14-30
- Thursday: Acts 10:34-43, John 8:12-20
- Friday: Acts 10:44-11:10, John 8:21-30
- Saturday: Acts 12:1-11, John 8:31-42

April 29, 2018
Fifth Sunday of Pascha: Samaritan Woman
- Matins: John 20:1-10 (Gospel 7)
- Liturgy: Acts 11:15-26, 29-30, John 4:5-4:2

Fifth Week of Pascha
- Monday: Acts 12:12-17, John 8:42-51
- Tuesday: Acts 12:25-13:12, John 8:51-59
- Wednesday: Acts 13:13-24, John 6:5-14
- Thursday: Acts 14:20-27, John 9:39-10:9
- Friday: Acts 15:5-34, John 10:17-28
- Saturday: Acts 15:35-41, John 10:27-38

May 6, 2018
Sixth Sunday of Pascha: Blind Man
- Matins: John 20:11-18 (Gospel 8)
- Liturgy: Acts 16:16-34, John 9:1-38

Feasts & Fasts

April
1 - Pascha - Feast of the Resurrection of Christ (Easter Sunday)
1-8 - Bright Week
8 - Second Sunday of Pascha (Apostle Thomas)
15 - Third Sunday of Pascha (Myrrh-Bearing Women)
22 - Fourth Sunday of Pascha (Healing of the Paralytic)
25 - Mid-Pentecost
29 - Fifth Sunday of Pascha (Samaritan Women at the Well)

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Christ is risen from the dead * trampling down Death by death, * and upon those in the tombs bestowing life! (Troparion)

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

Although You descended into the tomb, O Immortal One, * You destroyed the power of Hades; * You arose as the victor, O Christ God, * proclaiming to the myrrh-bearing women: “Rejoice!” * And granting peace to Your Apostles, * O, You, Who gives resurrection to the fallen. (Kontakion)

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

As long as the flesh is in full health, let us observe abstinence at all times and in every place. When it has been tamed (which I do not suppose is possible this side of the grave), then let us hide our accomplishment.

St. John Climacus, "The Ladder of Divine Ascent,
STEP 14: On That Clamorous Mistress, the Stomach