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Teachings of Christ

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:43-44 ESV)

Scripture

September 16, 2018
Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost
Sunday After the Exaltation of the Cross
- Matins: Luke 24:36-53 (Gospel 6)
- Liturgy: Galatians 2:16-20, Mark 8:34b-9:18

Eighteenth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: Ephesians 4:25-32, Luke 3:19-22
- Tuesday: Ephesians 5:20-26, Luke 3:23-4:1
- Wednesday: Ephesians 5:25-33, Luke 4:1-15
- Thursday: Ephesians 5:33-6:9, Luke 4:16-22
- Friday: Ephesians 6:18-24, Luke 4:22-30
- Saturday: 1 Corinthians 15:39-45, Luke 4:31-36

September 23, 2018
Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: John 20:1-10 (Gospel 7)
- Liturgy: 2 Corinthians 9:6-11, Luke 5:1-11

Nineteenth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: Philippians 1:1-7, Luke 4:37-44
- Tuesday: Philippians 1:8-14, Luke 5:12-16
- Wednesday: Philippians 1:12-20, Luke 5:33-39
- Thursday: Philippians 1:20-27, Luke 6:12-19
- Friday: Philippians 1:27-2:4, Luke 6:17-23
- Saturday: 1 Corinthians 15:58-16:3, Luke 5:17-26

September 30, 2018
Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: John 20:11-18 (Gospel 8)
- Liturgy: 2 Corinthians 11:31-12:9, Luke 6:31-36

October 1, 2018
Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God
- Vespers: Genesis 28:10-17, Ezekiel 43:27-44:4, Proverbs 9:1-11
- Matins: Luke 1:39-49, 56
- Liturgy: Hebrews 9:1-7, Luke 10:38-42; 11:27-28

Feasts & Fasts

September
1 - Liturgical New Year (7526)
4 - Labor Day (USA & Canada)
8 - The Nativity of our Most Holy Lady, the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
14 - The Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross

October
1 - The Protection of our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
8 - Columbus Day (USA), Thanksgiving Day (Canada)
15 - Sunday of the Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council

Please pray!

"They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword...." (Hebrews 11:37a)

Please lift up in prayer all those who are persecuted and deprived of liberty, everywhere in the world. Please especially remember the peoples of Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Niger - the whole Middle East and Africa - who are literal martyrs for Christ. Also the peoples of Ukraine. They are our brothers, for all are one in Christ.

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Exaltation of the Cross

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (Troparion - Tone 1)

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

Willingly lifted up on the Cross, O Christ God, * bestow Your compassions upon the new commonwealth that bears Your name. * By your power grant joy to Your Church, * granting her victory over her enemies. * May she have your Cross as the weapon of peace * and the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on September 14th.

Random Proverb

"Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her." (Proverbs 8:10,11 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

"And when his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. And for three days he could not see." (Acts 9:9)

By no means would he [Saul] have been able to see well again unless he had first been fully blinded. Also, when he had rejected his own wisdom, which was confusing him, he could commit himself totally to faith. Since he had not believed that the Lord had conquered death by rising on the third day, he was now taught by his own experience of the replacement of three days of darkness by the return of the light.

Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles from the Venerable Bede