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Feasts & Fasts

November

8 - Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the Other Bodiless Powers
9 - Veterans' Day (USA), Remembrance Day (Canada)
8 - Nativity of the Mother of God
15 - Nativity Fast
21 - The Entry of the Most Holy Mother of God into the Temple
27 - Thanksgiving Day

December

6 - St Nicholas the Wonderworker and Archbishop of Myra in Lycia
9 - The Conception of the Most Holy Mother of God by the Righteous Anna
14 - Second Sunday Before Christmas (Holy Forefathers)
21 - Suday Before Christmas (Holy Fathers)
25 - The Nativity of our Lord God and Savior, Jesus Christ
26 - Synaxis of the Most Holy Mother of God
28 - Sunday after the Nativity: Commemoration of the Holy Righteous David the King, Joseph the Betrothed, and James the Brother of the Lord

 

Thanksgiving

O Lord, we, Your unworthy servants, * are grateful for Your great benefits bestowed upon us. * Glorifying You, we praise and bless You, * we give You thanks and we sing and magnify Your tenderness of heart. * As servants, we cry out to You with love: * "O our Benefactor and Savior, glory to You!" (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.

O Master, we, as Your unworthy servants, * having been freely made worthy of Your benefits and gifts, * diligently run to You to offer thanksgiving according to our strength, * and we cry out glorifying You as our Benefactor and Creator: * “Glory to You, O All-Compassionate God!” (Kontakion, Tone 3)

 

 

This Week's Scripture

Sunday, November 23, 2014
Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: Mark 16:1-8
- Liturgy: Ephesians 2:14-22, Luke 12:16-21

Twenty-Fifth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: 2 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Luke 17:20-25
- Tuesday: 2 Thessalonians 1:10-2:2, Luke 17:26-37 (& 18:8)
- Wednesday: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12, Luke 18:15-17, 26-30
- Thursday: 2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5, Luke 18:31-34
- Friday: 2 Thessalonians 3:6-18, Luke 19:12-28
- Saturday: Galatians 1:3-10, Luke 10:19-21

November 30, 2014
Twenty-Fifth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: Mark 16:9-20 (Gospel 3)
- Liturgy: Ephesians 4:1-6, Luke 13:10-17 (Slavs), Luke 18:18-27 (Greeks)

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Our distresses are notorious, even though we leave them untold, for now their sound has gone out into all the world. The doctrines of the Fathers are despised; apostolic traditions are set at nought; the devices of innovators are in vogue in the Churches; now men are rather contrivers of cunning systems than theologians; the wisdom of this world wins the highest prizes and has rejected the glory of the cross. Shepherds are banished, and in their places are introduced grievous wolves hurrying the flock of Christ. Houses of prayer have none to assemble in them; desert places are full of lamenting crowds. The elders lament when they compare the present with the past. The younger are yet more to be compassionated, for they do not know of what they have been deprived. All this is enough to stir the pity of men who have learnt the love of Christ; but, compared with the actual state of things, words fall very far short....

Saint Basil the Great
(Letter 90)