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Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 10/9/2012

James the Apostle, son of Alphaeus
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James the Apostle, son of Alphaeus; Andronicus & his wife Athanasia of Egypt; Poplia the Confessor of Antioch; The Righteous Patriarch Abraham and his nephew Lot

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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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"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

Thanksgiving for the benefits received from God is made acceptable by humility and not looking down on those who lack them. It is rendered unacceptable, however, by being conceited, as if those benefits resulted from our own efforts and knowledge, and by condemning those who have not received them.

- St. Gregory Palamas, from The Homilies Vol. 1: Homily Two Para. 8; St. Tikhon's Seminary Press Pg. 13.

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This year, Holy Pascha was celebrated on April 16th. In 2018, Holy Pascha will be celebrated on April 8th.

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