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Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 10/8/2012

Monday of the 4th Week
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Pelagia the Righteous; Pelagia the Virgin-martyr of Antioch; Taisia the Harlot of Egypt; Phillip, Bishop of Gortyna

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Midnight Office/Nocturnes

Behold the Bridegroom comes in the middle of the night, and blessed is the servant whom He shall find watching and again unworthy is he whom He shall find heedless. Therefore, O my soul, beware, unless you be weighted down with sleep, unless you be given over to death and be shut out from the kingdom.  Rouse yourself, and cry: Holy, Holy, Holy, are You, O God: through the Birthgiver of God have mercy on us.

Meditating on that terrible day, watch, O my soul keeping your lamp lit and filled with oil; for you do not know when the voice will come saying to you: "Behold the Bridegroom!" Therefore, my soul, beware, unless you fall in slumber and be left outside, knocking as the five virgins; but wakefully watch that you may dome to meet Christ with good oil, and He shall bestow on you the divine chamber of His glory.

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The Meaning of Holy Week

Having fulfilled Forty Days... we ask to see the Holy Week of Thy Passion." With these words sung at Vespers of Friday, Lent comes to its end and we enter into the annual commemoration of Christ's suffering, death and Resurrection. It begins on the Saturday of Lazarus. The double feast of Lazarus' resurrection and the Entrance of the Lord to Jerusalem (Palm Sunday) is described in liturgical texts as the "beginning of the Cross" and is to be understood therefore, within the context of the Holy Week. The common Troparion of these days explicitly affirms that by raising Lazarus from the dead Christ confirmed the truth of general resurrection. It is highly significant that we are led into the darkness of the Cross by one of the twelve major feasts of the Church. Light and joy shine not only at the end of Holy Week but also at its beginning. All those familiar with Orthodox worship know the peculiar, almost paradoxical character of Lazarus Saturday services. Read more...

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"When you pray, try to let the prayer reach your heart; in other words, it is necessary that your heart should feel what you are talking about in your prayer, that it should wish for the blessing for which you are asking.... Observe, during prayer, whether your heart is in accord with that which you are saying." - St. John of Kronstadt

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Sayings From The Church Fathers

Fasting is acceptable to God when abstention from food is accompanied by refraining from sins, from envy, from hatred, from calumny, from vainglory, from wordiness, from other evils. He who is fasting the true fast `that is agreeable' to God ought to shun all these things with all his strength and zeal, and remain impregnable and unshakeable against all the attacks of the Evil one that are planned from that quarter. On the other hand, he who practices abstention from food, but does not keep self-control in the face of the aforesaid passions, is like unto one who lays down splendid foundations for a house, yet takes serpents and scorpions and vipers as fellow-dwellers therein

- St. Photios The Great, from Sermon on Wednesday of Cheesfare Week

Orthodox Calendar

This year, Holy Pascha was celebrated on May 1st. In 2017, Holy Pascha will be celebrated on April 16th.

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