Friday, September 20, 2019 UTC

JUNE 15 & 16: SUNDAY OF ALL SAINTS (FATHER’S DAY POTLUCK AFTER TYPIKA ON SUNDAY)

AllSaints JUNE 15: TYPIKA (SN) – 4:00 PM, GREAT VESPERS – 5:30 PM (SUBDEACON TIM); JUNE 16: TYPIKA – 10:00 AM, FATHER’S DAY POTLUCK TO FOLLOW.

The first Sunday after the Feast of Holy Pentecost is observed as the Sunday of All Saints.  This day has been designated as a commemoration of all of the Saints, all the Righteous, the Prophets, Apostles, Martyrs, Confessors, Shepherds, Teachers, and Holy Monastics, both men and women alike, known and unknown, who have been added to the choirs of the Saints and shall be added, from the time of Adam until the end of the world, who have been perfected in piety and have glorified God by their holy lives. The icon of the Sunday of All Saints depicts our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ seated above the throne of heaven surrounded by the Saints.

The Gospel reading for today is from Matthew 10:32-33, 37-38, 19:27-30, focuses on how we can become holy. We are all called to be Saints. This is the purpose of Christianity and the church – to guide people towards sanctity and holiness – to become Saints. The scriptures today are instructions about how to become a Saint. We must have true, living faith – not merely belief in something. We must demonstrate this not just by what we say, but by what we do and who we are. We, therefore, must  “take up our cross” and “run with patience the race that is set before us”.