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Feasts & Fasts

January

1 - Circumcision of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, Feast of St. Basil the Great, New Year's Day (Civil)
6 - Theophany of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ
18 - Sunday of Zacchaeus
19 - Martin Luther King Day (USA)
22 - March for Life
25 - Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee
30 - Synaxis of the Ecumenical Teachers and Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom

February

1 - Sunday of the Prodigal Son
2 - Encounter of Our Lord with Simeon and Anna
7 - First All-Souls Saturday
8 - Sunday of the Second Coming of Christ (Meat-Fare)
15 - Forgiveness Sunday (Cheese-Fare)
16 - Beginning of the Holy Forty Days Fast
22 - Sunday of Orthodoxy
28 - Second All-Souls Saturday

Publican and Pharisee

Let us bring to the Lord the sighs of the Publican * and, as sinners, let us fall down before Him as Master; * for He desires the salvation of all mankind. * He grants forgiveness to all who repent. * For us, He took flesh - though He is God co-eternal with the Father. (Kontakion, Tone 3)

Prodigal Son

When I foolishly ran away from Your fatherly glory, * I squandered in evil deeds the riches you had given to me. * Wherefore, I bring to you the voice of the Prodigal: * “I have sinned before You, O compassionate Father! * Receive me repentant and make me as one of Your hired servants.” (Kontakion, Tone 3)

This Week's Scripture

Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
- Matins: John 21:15-25 (Gospel 11)
- Liturgy: 2 Timothy 3:10-15, Luke 18:10-14
    
Week of the Prodigal Son
- Monday: 2 Peter 1:20-2:9, Mark 13:9-13
- Tuesday: 2 Peter 2:9-22, Mark 13:14-23
- Wednesday: 2 Peter 3:1-18, Mark 13:24-31
- Thursday: 1 John 1:8-2:6, Mark 13:31-14:2
- Friday: 1 John 2:7-17, Mark 14:3-9
- Saturday: 2 Timothy 3:1-9, Luke 20:45-21:4

Sunday of the Prodigal Son
- Matins: Matthew 28:16-20 (Gospel 1)
- Liturgy: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20, Luke 15:11-32

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The hour of death will come upon us, it will come, and we shall not escape it. May the prince of this world and of the air (cf. John 14:30; Eph. 2:2) find our misdeeds few and petty when he comes, so that he will not have good grounds for convicting us. Otherwise we shall weep in vain. 'For that servant who knew his lord's will and did not do it as a servant, shall be beaten with many stripes' (cf. Luke 12:47).

St. Hesychius the Priest