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Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 11/24/2022

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Epistle Reading:

1 Thessalonians 5:1-8

Gospel Reading:

Luke 13:1-9

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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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Prayer to Our Lord by Monk Antiochus of Pandectis

Grant us, O Master, repose of body and soul as we go to sleep, and preserve us from the gloomy sleep of sin and from every dark and passionate pleasure of the night.  Quell the attacks of the passions; quench the fiery darts of the veil one which are treacherously directed against us.  Put down the rebellions of our flesh, and lull to sleep our every earthly and material thought.  And grant us, O God, a wakeful mind, a chaste thought, a sober heart, and gentle sleep, free from every satanic fantasy.  Raise us up at the hour of prayer, confirmed in Your commandments and having with ourselves a steadfast remembrance of Your judgments. Grant us to hymn Your glory all the night long, that we may sing, bless and glorify Your most honorable and majestic Name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever.  Amen.

Sayings From The Church Fathers

In the beginning Adam was free and without sin and violence; yet of his own free will he obeyed the enemy and was deceived by him and transgressed God's commandment. So we have been born again in Holy Baptism and have been released from slavery and become free, so that the enemy cannot take any action against us unless we of our own will obey him.

- St. Symeon the New Theologian, from The Discourses, V: On Penitence no. 10; Paulist Press pgs. 101-102


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