Sunday, October 25, 2020 UTC

JULY 19: SUNDAY OF THE FATHERS OF THE SIX ECUMENICAL COUNCILS (7TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST)

ecumenical_councils JULY 19: DIVINE LITURGY – CANCELLED.

TYPIKA AT HOME JULY 19: TYPIKA AT HOME_ JULY 19 2020

Propers for Divine Liturgy can be found below.  https://mci.archpitt.org/sheetmusic/2020/07-19-20_Sunday_Council_Fathers_DL.pdf

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

There are 2 Gospel readings on this Sunday. The first Gospel Reading is Matthew 9:27-35, in which Jesus heals two blind men and a mute man, thus showing His compassion. The healing of the 2 blind men and mute was based on the faith they expressed in Jesus. Jesus’ power was used to show His compassion and care to heal and restore.  Matthew reminds us that to follow Jesus requires us to obey His commands. Jesus is all about teaching and showing compassion. Blending these two is the art of faithful Christian service.

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.”

On this Sunday, the Church venerates the Holy Fathers of the Ecumenical Councils because Christ has established them as “lights upon the earth,” guiding us to the true Faith. “Adorned with the robe of truth,” the doctrine of the Fathers, based upon the preaching of the Apostles, has established one faith for the Church. The Ecumenical Councils, are the highest authority in the Church. Such Councils, guided by the grace of the Holy Spirit, and accepted by the Church, are infallible.