Saturday, August 17, 2019 UTC

JULY 13, 14 & 17: SUNDAY OF THE FATHERS OF THE SIX ECUMENICAL COUNCILS (5TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST)

  JULY 13: CONFESSION – 3:00 PM, DIVINE LITURGY (SN) – 4:00 PM, VESPERS (SUBDEACON TIM)- 5:30 PM FOLLOWED BY A YOUNG ADULT SOCIAL AT AMF SOUTH HILLS LANES (BUCK JONES RD.); JULY 14: DIVINE LITURGY – 10:00 AM;  JULY 17: CONFESSION – 9:00 AM, DIVINE LITURGY – 10:00 AM, CONFESSION AFTER LITURGY.

 

The Gospel Reading for this Sunday’s Gospel reading is from Matthew 8:28 – 9:1. In the reading, Jesus Restores Two Demon-Possessed Men & cast the demons into the Pigs. In this reading Jesus is now in His public ministry and encountered humans who are “demon-possessed”, because the demons took control of their faculties and tormented and twisted their lives out of control. But when Jesus came to their area, He brought deliverance for them from the powers of darkness. During the confrontation, the demons begged Jesus to send them into a herd of pigs that was nearby. These powerful evil spirits are in a panic, afraid of Christ, worried their days are coming to an end, knowing that a judgment is appointed for them. The news quickly spread to the town about what happened, but the amazing thing is that when they saw Jesus they pleaded with Him to leave their region because of their fear for themselves, for this was no ordinary prophet in their midst, but one who casts out evil. This Gospel record is one in which though Christ leaves when asked, He is always willing to help those who receive and asks for them to spread “the Good News.”

The 2nd Gospel reading is John 17: 1-13, in which Jesus concludes His time alone with His Disciples by praying to His Father. During this reading we see Jesus pray for himself and pray for His disciples as He prepares Himself for His death and resurrection.

Also, on this day we commemorate the Fathers of the 6 Ecumenical Councils. “An Ecumenical Council is the Church’s supreme authority and resolves major questions of church life. An Ecumenical Council is comprised of archpastors and pastors of the Church, and representatives of all the local Churches, from every land from all over the world. The First Ecumenical Council (Nicea I) (May 29, and also on seventh Sunday after Pascha) was convened in the year 325 against the heresy of Arius, in the city of Nicea in Bithynia under StConstantine the Great, Equal of the Apostles. The Second Ecumenical Council (Constantinople I) (May 22) was convened in the year 381 against the heresy of Macedonias, by the emperor Theodosius the Great. The Third Ecumenical Council (Ephesus) (September 9) was convened in the year 431 against the heresy of Nestorius, in the city of Ephesus by the emperor Theodosius the Younger. The Fourth Ecumenical Council (Chalcedon) (July 16) was convened in the year 451, against the Monophysite heresy, in the city of Chalcedon under the emperor Marcian. The Fifth Ecumenical Council (Constnatinople II) (July 25) “Concerning the Three Chapters,” was convened in the year 553, under the emperor Justinian the Great. The Sixth Ecumenical Council (Constantinople III) (January 23) met during the years 680-681, to fight the Monothelite heresy, under the emperor Constantine Pogonatos.” (taken from http://orthochristian.com/47851.html)