Wednesday, April 21, 2021 UTC

JAN 3 & 4: SUNDAY BEFORE THEOPHANY & SYNAXIS OF THE 70 HOLY APOSTLES (JAN 4)

tumblr_nhmu69msve1ttd2hgo1_500 JAN 3: CONFESSIOIN – 8:30 AM, DIVINE LITURGY – 9:00 AM (LIVE-STREAMED ONLY – NO IN PERSON ATTENDANCE).

Streaming via Facebook Live.  https://www.facebook.com/saintscyrilandmethodius/

Parishes live-streaming in the Diocese can be found here: https://www.eparchyofpassaic.com/livestream

The Fore-feast of Theophany – January 2 to 5 (from 1995-2016 Melkite Eparchy of Newton): Doc4TheForefeastofTheophanyJan2to5

The Gospel Reading for Sunday, January 3rd, is Luke 3:1-18, in which John the Baptist Prepares the Way. In this reading, we are introduced to John the Baptizer. St. John is a prophet who warns the people about God’s coming judgment by proclaiming the “good news”. He calls the people to be just when they interact with one another and to repent.

On January 4th we commemorate the 70 Disciples and Apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. They are those of whom Jesus chose in addition to the Twelve and sent forth to do the work of preaching. With time, others were added to their number by the Holy Apostles, who with the assistance of the 70, were preaching the Gospel of Christ in various lands. Although their number eventually exceeded 70, they were referred to as “of the Seventy” out of reverence for the number of Apostles which the Lord chose. Note: Each of the seventy apostles also has individual commemorations scattered throughout the liturgical year.