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Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 01/25/2023

Gregory the Theologian, Archbishop of Constantinople
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Matins Gospel Reading:

John 10:1-9

Epistle Reading:

St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 7:26-28; 8:1-2

Gospel Reading:

John 10:9-16

Gregory the Theologian, Archbishop of Constantinople; Kastinos, Archbishop of Constantinople

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Becoming Like Holy Water: A Homily for Theophany

Sunday, January 15, 2023

The focus of this great feast is the Lord’s baptism in the river Jordan by St. John the Forerunner. Another name for the feast is Theophany, for it is shown—it is revealed at Jesus Christ’s baptism—that He is the Son of God. Indeed, the Holy Trinity is revealed at His baptism, for the Father says, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased,” and the Holy Spirit descends upon Him in the form of a dove. Read more...

 

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O Lord, Who sent down Your most holy Spirit upon Your Apostles at he third hour; take Him not from us, O Good One, but rather renew Him in us who pray to You.

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O Sovereign God, the Father Almighty, O Lord, the Only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, and You, O Holy Spirit, one Godhead, one Power, have mercy on me, a sinner  , and by the judgments which You know, save me, Your unworthy servant: for You are blessed forever and ever.  Amen.

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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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