Wednesday, July 18, 2018 UTC

JULY 14 & 15: SUNDAY OF THE FATHERS OF THE SIX ECUMENICAL COUNCILS, 8TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST & COMMEMORATION OF GREAT PRINCE VLADIMIR< EN-LIGHTENER OF RUSSIA

orthodoxy-icon-feeding-5000JULY 14: VIGIL DIVINE LITURGY – 4:00 PM; JULY 15: DIVINE LITURGY – 10:30 AM.

The first Gospel Reading is Matthew 14:14-22, The Feeding of the 5000, in which the passage of story concerns Christ’s feeding five thousand with five loaves and two fishes. Breaking bread together is a communal and sacramental act that echoes through the scriptures. Sharing a meal is a primary means of creating and maintaining community. When Christians gather to break bread together, we remember and repeat Jesus’ words and actions. In this sacred meal Christ satisfies our deepest hungers, heals our brokenness, binds us together as if one body, and strengthens us for service in the world.

The 2nd Gospel Reading is John 17:1-13, Jesus Prays for Himself and for His Disciples, in which “through Jesus’ resurrection and ascension He returns to the heavenly glory that God prepared for him in love, and Jesus prays that his followers will one day join him in the Father’s presence to share in this glory and love.”

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