Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost

November 16, 2014

Holy Apostle PhilipLuke 10:25-37 - And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you read?" And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself." And he said to him, "You have answered right; do this, and you will live."

But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him, an departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion, and went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, `Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.' Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?" He said, "The one who showed mercy on him." And Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise." (RSV – Gospel for the Eighth Sunday of Luke)

If you do not love your neighbor you do not love the Lord – The Lord teaches that the man going down was the neighbor of no one except of him who wanted to keep the Commandments and prepare himself to be a neighbor to everyone that needs help. This is what is found after the end of the parable, “Which of these three does it seem to you is the neighbor of the man who fell among robbers?” Neither the priest nor the Levite was his neighbor, but – as the teacher of the law himself answered – “he who showed pity” was his neighbor. The Savior says, “Go and do likewise.” (Origen)

The icon of is of the Holy Apostle Philip, whose memory is celebrated on November 14th.

Philip's Fast / Advent began at sundown on Friday, November 14th. Forty days until Christmas!


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Scripture

November 18,2018
Twenty-Sixth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: Luke 24:1-12 (Gospel 4)
- Liturgy: Ephesians 5:9-19, Luke 12:16-21

Twenty-Seventh Week After Pentecost
- Monday: 1 Timothy 5:1-10, Luke 17:20-25
- Tuesday: 1 Timothy 5:11-21, Luke 17:26-37 (& 18:8)

November 21, 2018
The Entry of the Most Holy Mother of God into the Temple
- Vespers: Exodus 40:1-5, 9, 10, 16, 34, 35, 1 Kings 7:51; 8:1, 3-7, 9-11, Ezekiel 43:27-44:4
- Matins: Luke 1:39-49,56
- Liturgy: Hebrews 9:1-7, Luke 10:38-42; 11:27,28

- Wednesday: 1 Timothy 5:22-6:11, Luke 18:15-17, 26-30

November 22, 2018
Thanksgiving Day USA
- Liturgy: 1 Corinthins 1:3-9, Luke 17:11-19

- Thursday: 1 Timothy 6:17-21, Luke 18:31-34
- Friday: 2 Timothy 1:1,2,8-18, Luke 19:12-28
- Saturday: Galatians 5:22-6:2, Luke 10:19-21

November 25, 2018
Twenty-Seventh Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: Luke 24:12-35 (Gospel 5)
- Liturgy: Ephesians 6:10-17, Luke 13:10-17 (Slavs), Luke 18:18-27 (Greeks)

Twenty-Eighth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: 2 Timothy 2:20-26, Luke 19:37-44
- Tuesday: 2 Timothy 3:16-4:4, Luke 19:45-48
- Wednesday: 2 Timothy 4:9-22, Luke 20:1-8
- Thursday: Titus 1:5-2:1, Luke 20:9-18
- Friday: Titus 1:15-2:10, Luke 20:19-26
- Saturday: Ephesians 1:16-23, Luke 12:32-40

December 2, 2018
Twenty-Eighth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: Luke 24:36-53 (Gospel 6)
- Liturgy: Colossians 1:12-18, Luke 18:35-43

Twenty-Ninth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: Hebrews 3:5-11, 17-19, Luke 20:27-44

December 6, 2018
Feast of Saint Nicholas of Myra
- Vespers: Composite 2 - Proverbs 10, 3, 8, Proverbs 10:31-11:12, Wisdom of Solomon 4:7-15
- Matins: John 10:9-16
- Liturgy: Hebrews 13:17-21, Luke 6:17-23

- Tuesday: Hebrews 4:1-13, Luke 21:12-19
- Wednesday: Hebrews 5:11-6:8, Luke 21:5-7, 10-11, 20-24
- Thursday: Hebrews 7:1-6, Luke 21:28-33
- Friday: Hebrews 7:18-25, Luke 21:37-22:8
- Saturday: Ephesians 2:11-13, Luke 13:18-29

December 9, 2018
Twenty-Ninth Sunday After Pentecost
The Conception by Righteous Anna of the Most-Holy Mother of God
- Matins: John 20:1-10 (Gospel 7) (and for the Feast: Luke 24:36-53)
- Liturgy: Colossians 3:12-16, Luke 17:12-19 (Slavs), Luke 13:10-17 (Greeks) (and for the Feast: Luke 8:16-21, Galatians 4:22-31, Luke 8:16-21)

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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
22 - Thanksgiving Day (USA)

December
6 - St Nicholas the Wonderworker and Archbishop of Myra in Lycia
9 (8) - The Conception of the Most Holy Mother of God by the Righteous Anna
12 - Our Lady of Guadalupe
17 - Second Sunday Before Christmas (Holy Forefathers)
23 - Sunday Before Christmas (Holy Fathers)
24 - Christmas Eve
25 - The Nativity of our Lord God and Savior, Jesus Christ
26 - Synaxis of the Most Holy Mother of God, Boxing Day (Canada)
27 - First-Martyr and Archdeacon Stephen
28 - 20,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia
29 - 14,000 Infants (the Holy Innocents) Slain by Herod at Bethlehem
30 - Sunday after Christmas: Commemoration of the Holy Righteous David the King, Joseph the Betrothed, and James the Brother of the Lord

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Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple

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