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Feasts & Fasts

September

1 - Liturgical New Year (7522)
1 - Labor Day (USA & Canada)
8 - Nativity of the Mother of God
14 - Exaltation of the Cross

Exaltaton of the Cross

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance. * Grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect your people by Your Cross. (Troparion)

Willing raised upon the Cross, O Christ God, * You bestow Your mercies upon a new people who are called by Your Name. *  May Your Church rejoice in Your strength. * Give her victory over every enemy. * May she have Your help as the weapon of peace, * the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion)

This Week's Scripture

September 14, 2014
Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross

- Vespers: Exodus 15:22-27, Proverbs 3:11-18, Isaiah 60:11-16
- Matins: John 12:28-36
- Liturgy: 1 Corinthians 1:18-24, John 19:6-11,13-20,25-28,30-35

Fifteenth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: Galatians 2:11-16, Mark 5:24-34
- Wednesday: Galatians 3:15-22, Mark 6:7-13
- Thursday: Galatians 3:23-4:5, Mark 6:30-45
- Friday: Galatians 4:8-21, Mark 6:45-53
- Saturday: 1 Corinthians 4:17-5:5, Matthew 24:1-13

September 21, 2014
Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Sunday After the Feast of the Exaltation    

- Matins: Luke 24:1-12 (Matins Gospel 4)
- Liturgy: Galatians 2:16-20, Mark 8:34b-9:1

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

We truly love God and keep His commandments if we restrain ourselves from our pleasures. For he who still abandons himself to unlawful desires certainly does not love God, since he contradicts Him in his own intentions. . . Therefore, he loves God truly, whose mind is not conquered by consent to evil delight. For the more one takes pleasure in lower things, the more he is separated from heavenly love.

St. Gregory the Great