Week Before the Sunday of the Last Judgment

Meat-Fare Week
February 10-16, 2016

Last Judgment "I assure you, as often as you neglected to do it to these least ones, you neglected to do it to me."

As we prepare for the Great Fast we are confronted with the words of the Gospel (Matthew 25:31-46).  Jesus Christ can be found in the poor, the needy, the sick, the suffering and the outcast among us.  Let us minister to Him while we can lest we exclude ourselves from His Kingdom.  

The Judge is at the Door

A Liturgical Hymn

Alas, black soul!
How long will you continue in evil?
How long will you lie in idleness?
Why do you not think of the fearful hour of death?
Why do you not tremble at the fearsome judgment-seat of the Savior?
What defense, then, will you make, or what will you answer?
Your works will be there to accuse you;
Your actions will reproach you and condemn you.
O my soul, the time is near at hand!
Make haste before it is too late!
Cry aloud in faith: I have sinned, O Lord, I have sinned against You!
But I know your love for man and Your compassion.
O Good Shepherd, in Your mercy deprive me not of a place at Your right hand.
(From the Vespers of the Sunday of the Last Judgment)

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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Teachings of Christ

“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26 ESV)

Feasts & Fasts

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)

Please pray!

"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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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

"The wage of the righteous leads to life, the gain of the wicked to sin." (Proverbs 10:10 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Do not seek the perfection of the law in human virtues, for it is not found perfect in them. Its perfection is hidden in the Cross of Christ.

St. Mark the Ascetic