Saturday, June 23, 2018 UTC

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

JULY 21: VIGIL DIVINE LITURGY – 4:00 PM; JULY 22: DIVINE LITURGY – 9:30 AM; JULY 24: DIVINE LITURGY & CATECHISM – 11:00 AM.

The Gospel reading this Sunday is Matthew 12: 22-34, which is about Jesus and Blind and Dumb Demoniac. A man is brought to Jesus who is possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and Jesus heals him, so that the blind and dumb now spoke and saw, but as Jesus is more admired for His miracles, the Pharisees’ become more vile for Him.

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.

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