aquinas.scranton.edu | Sara Myers | Faith Editor

University professors and visiting priests will host Byzantine divine liturgies weekly in the Byzantine chapel in Ciszek Hall starting on Nov. 7. Since it was built in 1988 and until last year, there were at least weekly Byzantine liturgies in the chapel in Ciszek Hall.

The Rev. Thomas Sable, S.J., a former theology professor, retired from The University last year. Prior to his retirement, Sable, a biritual priest had been celebrating the divine liturgy each week in the chapel.

This year, some interested professors and students, including Steven T. Dougherty, Ph.D. of the math department and Patrick Clark, Ph.D. of the theology department, decided to start the liturgies up again. After contacting priests in the community and with the support of Campus Ministries, they were able to make arrangements so that every Monday at 6:30 p.m. liturgies can be celebrated in Ciszek Hall. The main focus of the liturgies, Clark explained, is the students.

“We are focusing it toward the students — those who are of that tradition and those who would like to learn more about it,” Clark said.

Read More | Related Article on Walter Ciszek: Chained, but Free: How Walter Ciszek gained spiritual liberation in Lubyanka prison by John Levko, S.J. (2013)


Teachings of Christ

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12 ESV)

Pentecost

Blessed are You, O Christ our God, * Who has shown the fishermen to be all wise, * by sending down to them the Holy Spirit, * and through them You have caught the whole world in Your net. * O Lover of Mankind, glory to You. (Troparion - Tone 8)

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

When the Most High descended, confusing tongues, * He divided the nations; * but when He distributed the tongues of fire, * He called all to unity; * and, with one voice, * we glorify the Most Holy Spirit. (Kontakion - Tone 8)

Saints and Martyrs

Adorned with the blood of Your Martyrs throughout the world, * as with purple and fine linen, * Your Church cries out to You through them: * "Send down Your compassions upon Your people. * Grant peace to Your commonwealth and great mercy to our souls." (Troparion - Tone 4)

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

As the first-fruits of nature to the Planter of Creation, * the whole world offers to You, O Lord, the God-bearing martyrs. * Through their prayers and the intercession of the Mother of God * preserve Your commonwealth, the Church, in profound peace, O Most Merciful One. (Kontakion - Tone 8)

Random Proverb

"Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live." (Proverbs 4:4 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

For to despise the present age, not to love transitory things, unreservedly to stretch out the mind in humility to God and our neighbor, to preserve patience against offered insults and, with patience guarded, to repel the pain of malice from the heart, to give one's property to the poor, not to covet that of others, to esteem the friend in God, on God's account to love even those who are hostile, to mourn at the affliction of a neighbor, not to exult in the death of one who is an enemy, this is the new creature whom the Master of the nations seeks with watchful eye amid the other disciples, saying:"If, then, any be in Christ a new creature, the old things are passed away. Behold all things are made new" (2 Cor. 5:17). 

St. Gregory the Great