Wednesday, October 27, 2021 UTC

JULY 18: SUNDAY OF THE FATHERS OF THE SIX ECUMENICAL COUNCILS (8TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST)

ecumenical_councils JULY 18: CONFESSION – 8:30 AM, DIVINE LITURGY – 9:00 AM (LIVE-STREAMED), DIVINE LITURGY – 11:00 AM.

PROPERS: 07-18-21_Sunday_Council_Fathers_DL

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 14:14-22, The Feeding of the 5000.  The story concerns Christ’s feeding five thousand with five loaves and two fishes. Breaking bread together is a communal and sacramental act that we hear 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.”

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.