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Feasts & Fasts

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

 

Hoy Fathers

Great are the accomplishmets of faith: * three holy youths rejoiced in the source of the flame * as though on the waters of refreshment; * and the Prophet Daniel appeared to be a shepherd of the lions, as of sheep. * Through their prayers, O Christ God, save our souls. (Troparion, Tone 2)

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

You did not honor a hand-depicted image, O thrice-blessed ones, * but, defended by the undepicted Being, you were glorified in a trial by fire. * And, standing in the midst of unbearable flame, you called upon God: * “Hasten, O Compassionate One, and speed to our help, * for You are merciful and You can do whatever you will.” (Kontakion, Tone 6)

This Week's Scripture

December 14, 2014
Second Sunday Before Christmas
- Matins: Luke 24:12-35 (Gospel 5)
- Liturgy: Colossians 3:4-11, Luke 14:16-24

Twenty-Eighth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: 2 Tim 2:20-26, Mark 8:11-21
- Tuesday: 2 Tim 3:16-4:4, Mark 8:22-26
- Wednesday: 2 Tim 4:9-22, Mark 8:30-34
- Thursday: Titus 1:5-2:1, Mark 9:10-16
- Friday: Titus 1:15-2:10, Mark 8:33-41
- Saturday: Galatians 3:8-12, Luke 14:18-29

December 21, 2014
Sunday Before Nativity: Holy Fathers
- Matins: Luke 25:36-53 (Gospel 6)
- Liturgy: Hebrews 11:9-10, 17-23, 32-40, Matthew 1:1-25

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Seek, my child, the nobility of the soul, for it is truth; that of the body is false. Do not seek honor from men, for this injures one; but rather, seek heavenly glory . . . . You are to be sympathetic with all the brethren and help them as much as possible; and, you are to minister to them that are unable or weak. Do not desire to live by another's labors . . . . Never ridicule anyone, and especially when they are in misfortune. When you hear that a certain brother is disorderly, supplicate God to correct his life. Visit and help the sick, and serve the brethren as their servant; so you might be a friend of Christ Who, for your sake, became a servant and minister. Always heed, my child, not to fall into temptations. However, if it happens that you should fall, immediately rise up and amend yourself with repentance, and again hasten to prayer. In this manner, live your life, my child, and God shall always come to you and help you in soul and body.

St. Theodora of Alexandria, "The Lives of the Spiritual Mothers: An Orthodox Materikon of Women Monastics and Ascetics