Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God

October 1, 2020

Protection of the Mother of GodLuke 10:38-42 - Now as they went on their way, [Jesus] entered a village; and a woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving; and she went to him and said, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me." But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; one thing is needful. Mary has chosen the good portion, which shall not be taken away from her." (RSV)

Are you sitting at the Lord's feet? - Mary came and sat at his feet. This was as through she were sitting on firm ground at the feet of him who had forgiven the sinful woman her sins (Luke 7:38). She had put on a crown in order to enter into the kingdom of the Firstborn. She had chosen the better portion, the Benefactor, the Messiah himself. This will never be taken away from her. Martha’s love was more fervent than Mary’s, for before He had arrived there, she was ready to serve him. “Do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone?” When He came to raise Lazarus to life, she ran and came out first. (St. Ephreim the Syrian)

Why does the Church place this Gospel reading about Martha and Mary (a different Mary than Mary, the Mother of God) before us on the Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God? Because it’s all about discipleship. Mary, the Mother of God, is the first and foremost disciple of Christ.

Scripture Readings:

  • Vespers: Genesis 28:10-17, Ezekiel 43:27-44:4, Proverbs 9:1-11
  • Matins: Luke 1:39-49,56
  • Divine Liturgy: Hebrews 9:1-7,  Luke 10:38-42; 11:27,28

 

Respect Life Sunday - Sunday October 4th

"The love of God does not distinguish between the newly-conceived infant still in the mother's womb, the baby, the youth, the grown adult or the elderly because in each of them He sees the sign of His own image and likeness." (Pope Benedict XVI)

Forty Days for Life - Join with your parish and community and witness the value of life. Websites: Christ Our Hope - Respect Life Month | Forty Days for Life

The Icon commemorates the Protection of the Mother of God. October 1st remembers this historic occasion in the 10th century in which the Mother of God appeared in the Blachernae Church in Constantinople while the city was under attack and joined in prayer with the faithful, saving them from destruction.


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Feasts & Fasts

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

November
8 - Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the Other Bodiless Powers
11 - Veterans' Day (USA), Remembrance Day (Canada)
15 - Nativity Fast (Philip's Fast also known as Advent)
21 - Entry of the Most Holy Mother of God into the Temple
26 - Thanksgiving Day (USA)

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Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple

Today is the prelude of the goodwill of God * and the heralding of the salvation of mankind; * the Virgin appears clearly in the temple of God * and foretells Christ to all. * Let us also with a mighty voice cry out to her: * “Rejoice, O Fulfillment of the Creator’s divine plan.” (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.

The most pure Temple of the Savior, * the most precious Bridal-Chamber and Virgin, the sacred Treasury of the glory of God, * is brought today into the house of the Lord, * bringing with her the grace that is in the Divine Spirit. * The angels of God praise her in song: * “She is the heavenly tabernacle.” (Kontakion - Tone 4)

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"Hear, O sons, a father's instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching." (Proverbs 4:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Why do you increase your bonds? Take hold of your life before your light grows dark and you seek help and do not find it. This life has been given to you for repentance; do not waste it in vain pursuits. 

St. Isaac the Syrian