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Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 2/10/2013

16th Sunday of Matthew
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Matins Gospel Reading: Mark 16:9-20

Epistle Reading: St. Paul's Second Letter to Timothy 2:1-10

Gospel Reading: Matthew 25:14-30

16th Sunday of Matthew; The Holy Hieromartyr Haralambos; Anastasios, Patriarch of Jerusalem; Porphyrios & Baptos the Monk-martyrs

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Ninth Hour Prayer

O Master, Lord Jesus Christ, our God, Who are long suffering toward our transgressions and have led us even to this hour, in which, You while hanging on the life-giving Tree, made the way for the entry into Paradise of the grateful thief and by death destroyed death: cleanse us, Your sinful and unworthy servants; for we have sinned and committed iniquities and are not worthy to lift up our eyes and look to the height of heaven, because we have forsaken the path of Your righteousness, and have walked dafter the desires of our hearts.  But we beseech Your boundless grace: Spare us, O Lord, according to the multitude of Your mercy, and save us for the sake of Your holy name; for our days are wastes away in vanity.  Rescue us from the hand of the adversary and forgive us our sins, and mortify the presumption of our flesh, that putting off the old man, we may put on the new one, and live for You, our Master and Benefactor; and that following in Your commandments, we may attain to eternal rest, wherein is the  dwelling place of all who are glad.  For You are indeed the true joy and gladness of those who love You, O Christ our God, and to You we send up glory, with Your Eternal Father, and Your most Holy Good and Life-creating Spirit, now and ever and forever.  Amen.

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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

Wrath is a reminder of hidden hatred, that is to say, remembrance of wrongs. Wrath is a desire for the injury of the one who has provoked you. Irascibility is the untimely blazing up of the heart. Bitterness is a movement of displeasure seated in the soul. Anger is an easily changeable movement of one's disposition and disfiguration of soul.

- St. John Climacus, from The Ladder of Divine Ascent,” (Boston: Holy Transfiguration Monastery, 1978), Step 8: On Freedom From Anger and On Meekness

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

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