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Feasts & Fasts

July

1 - Canada Day (Canada)
4 - Independence Day (USA)
13 - Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils
20 - Holy, Glorious Prophet Elijah

August

1-14 - Dormition Fast
6 - Transfiguration of Our Lord
15 - Dormition of the Mother of God
20 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist

Troparion of the Resurrection

When You descended to death, O Immortal Life, * You slew Hades with the lightning of Your divinity. * And when You raised the dead from the depths of the earth, * all the heavenly Powers cried out: * “O Giver of Life, Christ our God, glory to You!” (Troparion)

This Week's Scripture

July 20, 2013
Sixth Sunday After Pentecost
Feast of the Holy Glorious Prophet Elias
    
- Vespers: Composite 12 - 3 [1] Kings 17:1-23, Composite 13 - 3 [1] Kings 18, 19, Composite 14 - 3 [1] Kings 19:19, 20, 21; 4 [2] Kings 2:1,6-14 (Feast)
- Matins: Luke 24:36-53 (Sunday), Luke 4:22-30 (Feast)
- Liturgy: Romans 12:6-14, Matthew 9:1-8 (Sunday), James 5:10-20, Luke 4:22-30 (Feast)

Seventh Week After Pentecost
- Monday: 1 Corinthians 5:9-6:11, Matthew 13:54-58
- Tuesday: 1 Corinthians 6:20-7:12, Matthew 14:1-13
- Wednesday: 1 Corinthians 7:12-24, Matthew 14:35-15:11
- Thursday: 1 Corinthians 7:24-35, Matthew 15:12-21
- Friday: 1 Corinthians 7:35-8:7, Matthew 15:29-31
- Saturday: Romans 12:1-3, Matthew 10:37-11:1

July 27,2014
Seventh Sunday After Pentecost

- Matins: John 20:1-10 (Gospel 7)
- Liturgy: Romans 15:1-7, Matthew 9:27-35

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Even a pious person is not immune to spiritual sickness if he does not have a wise guide -- either a living person or a spiritual writer. This sickness is called _prelest_, or spiritual delusion, imagining oneself to be near to God and to the realm of the divine and supernatural. Even zealous ascetics in monasteries are sometimes subject to this delusion, but of course, laymen who are zealous in external struggles (podvigi) undergo it much more frequently. Surpassing their acquaintances in struggles of prayer and fasting, they imagine that they are seers of divine visions, or at least of dreams inspired by grace. In every event of their lives, they see special intentional directions from God or their guardian angel. And then they start imagining that they are God's elect, and often try to foretell the future. The Holy Fathers armed themselves against nothing so fiercely as against this sickness -- prelest.

Metropolitan Anthony Khrapovitsky