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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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The Lenten Triodion: Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee

Thursday, February 22, 2024

The Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee is the first Sunday of a three-week period prior to the commencement of Great Lent. It marks the beginning of a time of preparation for the spiritual journey of Lent, a time for Orthodox Christians to draw closer to God through worship, prayer, fasting, and acts of charity. It is also on this day that the Triodion is introduced, a liturgical book that contains the services from this Sunday, the tenth before Pascha (Easter), to Great and Holy Saturday. Read more...

 

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O Christ the True Light, which enlightens and sanctifies every one coming in to the world, let the light of Your countenance be signed on us, that in it we may see the unapproachable Light: and guide our steps to the doing of Your commandments, through the prayers of Your most pure Mother and all Your saints.  Amen.

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Prayer is truly a heavenly armor, and is alone can keep safe those who have dedicated themselves to God. Prayer is the common medicine for purifying ourselves from the passions, for hindering sin and curing our faults. Prayer is an inexhaustible treasure, an unruffled harbor, the foundation of serenity, the root and mother of myriads of blessings

- St. Nectarios of Aegina, from Modern Orthodox Saints, St. Nectarios of Aegina", Dr. Constantine Cavarnos, Institute for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, Belmont, Massachusetts., 1981., pp. 154-187


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