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Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 12/08/2016

Apodosis of the Presentation of the Theotokos into the Temple
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Epistle Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5

Gospel Reading: Luke 18:31-34

Apodosis of the Presentation of the Theotokos into the Temple; Catherine the Great Martyr of Alexandria; Mercurius the Great Martyr of Caesarea in Cappadocia

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The Sunset Hymn

Gladsome Light of the holy glory that shines from the immortal, heavenly Father, the holy, the blessed Jesus Christ! In that we have come to sunset, now that we see the evening light, we sing the praise of  Father and Son and Holy Spirit, one God! Worthy are You to be praised at all times with voices meet for holy song, O Son of God, the Giver of life, for which cause, all the world does give glory to You!

The Prayer At The Approach Of Sundown

Vouchsafe, O  Lord, to keep us this evening without sin.  Blessed are You, O Lord God of our Fathers, and praised and glorified is Your Name forever. Amen.   Let Your mercy be upon us, O Lord, even as we have set our hope on You.  Blessed are You, O Lord, teach us Your commandments.  Blessed are You, O Master, make us to understand Your commandments. Blessed are You O Holy One, enlighten us with Your commandments.  Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever, do not despise the works of Your hands.  To You belongs praise, to You belongs song, to You glory belongs:  To the Father, Son and Holy 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

Our soul is like a heavenly bird; the Devil, a wicked fowler, seeking to devour souls. As the bird, flying up to heaven, thus saves itself from the fowler, so likewise we, when we see the enemy - the Devil - striving to catch our soul by means of earthly things, must immediately forsake these things with all our heart, and must not for a moment attach ourselves to them, but must fly up in our thoughts to Jesus Christ, our Saviour, and thus we shall easily be delivered 'from the snare of the fowler' (Ps. 91:3).

- St. John of Kronstadt, from My Life in Christ: Part 1, Holy Trinity Monastery pg. 104

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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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