Twenty-Third Week after Pentecost

October 13-19, 2008

Apostle Luke

Luke 9:18-22 - Now it happened that as [Jesus] was praying alone the disciples were with him; and he asked them, "Who do the people say that I am?" And they answered, "John the Baptist; but others say, Eli'jah; and others, that one of the old prophets has risen." And he said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" And Peter answered, "The Christ of God." But he charged and commanded them to tell this to no one, saying, "The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised." (RSV - Reading for Monday of the Fifth Week of Luke) 

Who do you say Jesus is? – When the disciples had said, “Some, John the Baptist, and others Elijah, and others, that some prophet of those in old time has risen up,” He said to them, “But you, who do you say that I am?” Oh! How full of meaning is that word you! He separates them from all others, that they may also avoid the opinions of others. In this way, they will not conceive an unworthy idea about Him or entertain confused and wavering thoughts. Then they will not also imagine that John has risen again, or one of the prophets. “You,” He says, “who have been chosen,” who by my decree have been called to the apostleship, who are the witnesses of my miracles. “Who do you say that I am?” (St. Cyril of Alexandria)

Scripture

  • Monday - 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5, Luke 9:18-22
  • Tuesday - 1 Thessalonians 1:6-10, Luke 9:23-27
  • Wednesday - 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Luke 9:44-50
  • Thursday - 1 Thessalonians 2:9-14, Luke 9:49-56
  • Friday - 1 Thessalonians 2:14-19, Luke 10:1-15
  • Saturday - 2 Corinthians 8:1-5, Luke 10:1-15
  • Sunday - Matthew 28:16-20, Ephesians 2.4-10, Luke 16:19-31 (Slavs) or Luke 8:26-39 (Greeks)

Calendar

  • November 8 - Feast of the Archangel Michael and All the Heavenly Hosts
  • November 15 - Beginning of the Christmas Fast (Philip's Fast)
  • November 21 - Feast of the Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple
  • November 27 - Thanksgiving Day (USA)

The icon of is the Holy Apostle Luke, whose memory is celebrated on October 18th. 


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Transfiguration

You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God, * showing Your glory to Your Disciples as far as they were able to bear it. * Through the prayers of the Mother of God, * let Your everlasting Light shine also upon us sinners. * O Giver of Light, glory to You! (Troparion - Tone 7)

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

You were transfigured upon the mountain, O Christ God, * and Your Disciples beheld Your glory as far as they could receive it, * so that when they would see You crucified, * they would understand that You suffered willingly; * and they would preach to the world * that You are truly the radiance of the Father. (Kontakion - Tone 7)

Dormition

O Mother of God, in giving birth you preserved virginity; * and in falling asleep you did not forsake the world. * You are the Mother of Life and have been transferred to life, * and through your prayers you deliver our souls from death. (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.

Neither the tomb nor death could detain the Mother of God, * who is unsleeping in her prayers and our unfailing hope in her intercession; * for He Who dwelt in her ever-virgin womb, * transferred to Life the Mother of Life. (Kontakion - Tone 2)

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"My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you." (Proverbs 3:1,2 ESV)

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

In two things then was Abraham victorious: that he killed his son although he did not kill him and that he believed that after Isaac died he would be raised up again and would go back down with him. For Abraham was firmly convinced that He Who said to him, 'through Isaac shall your descendants be named,' was not lying.

St. Ephrem the Syrian, Commentary on Genesis