Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 05/26/2023
Matins Gospel Reading:
St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 4:6-15
Third Finding of the Precious Head of St. John the Baptist; Carpos and Alphaeus, Apostles of the 70; Alexandros the New Martyr of Thessaloniki; George the New of Sofia; Augustine, Archbishop of Canterbury
Grandpa Dobri of Bulgaria - 1914 - 2018: A Saint?
In Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria, stands one of the largest Orthodox Churches in the world – St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. It is not only the cathedral church of the Patriarch of Bulgaria but a national shrine, symbol of the Bulgarian nation and a main tourist attraction. If you visited the cathedral between the approximate years of 2000 – 2018 you would have been greeted by a poorly dressed, elderly man, holding a plastic cup who seemed to be just another homeless beggar. This man was Dobri Dobrev, sometimes called “Elder Dobri” or “Grandpa Dobri”. This simple man walked 12 miles each day from the village of Bailovo to the cathedral to beg money. Read more...
"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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This year, Holy Pascha was celebrated on April 16th. In 2024, Holy Pascha will be celebrated on May 5th.
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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.
Sayings From The Church Fathers
The real and true life then is the Father, who through the Son in the Holy Spirit pours forth as from a fountain His heavenly gifts to all; and through His love to man, the blessing of life eternal are promised without fail to us men also. We must not disbelieve the possibility of this, but having an eye not to our own weakness but to His power, we must believe; for with God all things are possible.
- St. Cyril of Jerusalem , from Catechetical Lectures: Lecture 18 no. 29
Occupy yourself with reading with a calm spirit, so that your mind may be constantly raised up to contemplation of the wondrous acts of God, lifted, as it were, by some hand outstretched to it. " Abba Evagrius
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