February 13-19, 2017

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.


Teachings of Christ

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." (John 10:10 ESV)

Feasts & Fasts

October
1 - The Protection of our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
9 - Columbus Day (USA), Thanksgiving Day (Canada)
15 - Sunday of the Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council

November
8 - Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the Other Bodiless Powers
11 - Veterans' Day (USA), Remembrance Day (Canada)
15 - Nativity Fast (Philip's Fast also known as Advent)
21 - The Entry of the Most Holy Mother of God into the Temple
23 - Thanksgiving Day (USA)

Exaltation of the Cross

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (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.

Willingly lifted up on the Cross, O Christ God, * bestow Your compassions upon the new commonwealth that bears Your name. * By your power grant joy to Your Church, * granting her victory over her enemies. * May she have your Cross as the weapon of peace * and the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on September 14th.

Random Proverb

"One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want." (Proverbs 11:24 ESV)

This Week's Scripture

October 1, 2017

Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God
Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: Luke 24:36-53 (Gospel 6)
- Liturgy: 2 Corinthians 6:16-7:1, Luke 6:31-36
For the Feast:
- Vespers: Genesis 28:10-17, Ezekiel 43:27-44:4, Proverbs 9:1-11
- Matins: Luke 1:39-49,56
- Liturgy: Hebrews 9:1-7, Luke 10:38-42; 11:27-28

Eighteenth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: Ephesians 4:25-32, Luke 6:24-30
- Tuesday: Ephesians 5:20-26, Luke 6:37-45
- Wednesday: Ephesians 5:25-33, Luke 6:46-71
- Thursday: Ephesians 5:33-6:9, Luke 7:17-30
- Friday: Ephesians 6:18-24, Luke 7:31-35
- Saturday: 1 Corinthians 15:39-45, Luke 5:27-32

October 8, 2017
Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: John 20:1-10 (Gospel 7)
- Liturgy: 2 Corinthians 9:6-11, Luke 7:11-16

Nineteenth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: Philippians 1:1-7, Luke 7:36-50
- Tuesday: Philippians 1:8-14, Luke 8:1-3
- Wednesday: Philippians 1:12-20, Luke 8:2225
- Thursday: Philippians 1:20-27, Luke 9:7-11
- Friday: Philippians 1:27-2:4, Luke 9:12-18
- Saturday: 1 Corinthians 15:58-16:3, Luke 6:1-10

October 15, 2017
Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council
- Vespers: Genesis 14:14-20, Deuteronomy 1:8-11, 15-17, Deuteronomy 10:14-21
- Matins: John 20:11-18 (Gospel 8)
- Liturgy: 2 Corinthians 11:31-12:9, Luke 8:5-15 (19th Sun), Hebrews 13:7-16, John 17:1-13 (Fathers)

Twentieth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: Philippians 2:12-16, Luke 9:18-22
- Tuesday: Philippians 2:17-23, Luke 9:23-27
- Wednesday: Philippians 2:24-30, Luke 9:44-50
- Thursday: Philippians 3:1-8, Luke 9:49-56
- Friday: Philippians 3:8-19, Luke 10:1-15
- Saturday: 2 Corinthians 1:8-11, Luke 7:1-10

October 22, 2017
Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: John 20:19-31 (Gospel 9)
- Liturgy: Galatians 1:11-19, Luke 16:19-31 (Slavs) or Luke 8:26-39 (Greeks)

Pray Without Ceasing

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