Tuesday, December 11, 2018 UTC

JULY 21, 22 & 24: 9TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (BLESSING OF VEHICLES AFTER EACH LITURGY) & COMMEMORATION OF BORIS & GLEB MARTYRS (JULY 24)

JULY 21: VIGIL DIVINE LITURGY – 4:00 PM & BLESSING OF VEHICLES AFTER LITURGY; JULY 22: DIVINE LITURGY & BLESSING OF VEHICLES AFTER LITURGY – 10:00 AM; JULY 24: DIVINE LITURGY & CATECHISM – 11:00 AM.

The Gospel reading this Sunday is Matthew 14: 22-34, which is about Jesus Walks on Water. In this Gospel we learn of the story of Jesus walking on water and then the story of Peter walking on, then sinking into, the same water. This Gospel teaches us the importance and the nature of faith. How strong is your faith?

On July 24th we commemorate the holy, glorious and right-victorious Martyrs Boris and Gleb. They were the sons of the great Prince Vladimir, the baptizer of the Russian people. They became known as Passion-bearers,  since they did not resist evil with violence. Boris and his brother Gleb are commemorated together and were the first Russian saints glorified by the Russian and Byzantine Churches. Their voluntary sacrifice for the sake of averting the suffering of others and preserving the Christian ideal, had a profound effect on the subsequent development of Christianity in Russia.