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Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 5/5/2013

Great and Holy Pascha
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Epistle Reading: Acts of the Apostles 1:1-8

Gospel Reading: John 1:1-17

Great and Holy Pascha; Irene the Great Martyr; Neophytos, Gaius, & Caianus the Monk-martyrs; The Righteous Martyr Ephraim the Younger

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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

Beware of limiting the good of fasting to mere abstinence from meats. Real fasting is alienation from evil. ‘Loose the bands of wickedness.' For give your neighbor the mischief he has done you. Forgive him his trespasses against you. Do not ‘fast for strife and debate.' You do not devour flesh, but you devour your brother. You abstain from wine, but you indulge in outrages. You wait for evening before you take food, but you spend the day in the law courts. Woe to those who are ‘drunken, but not with wine.' Anger is the intoxication of the soul, and makes it out of its wits like wine.

- St. Basil the Great, from Homilies on the Holy Spirit

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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