Wednesday, October 27, 2021 UTC

NOV 21: FEAST OF ENTRANCE OF THE THEOTOKOS (SOLEMN HOLY DAY), 26TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST & VISIT BY MOST REVEREND KURT BURNETTE, BISHOP OF THE EPARCHY OF PASSIC

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NOV 21: DIVINE LITURGY – 9:00 AM (OUTDOORS WEATHER PERMITTING) (LIVE-STREAMED). NOTE: Most Reverend Kurt Burnette, Bishop of the Eparchy of Passic, will join us to celebrate the Divine Liturgy outdoors, weather permitting. There will be only one Liturgy today.  More details will be forthcoming as plans are finalized. 

NOTE: Cary’s State of Emergency declaration, effective August 18, 2021 at 5 p.m., requires masks in all public and private indoor spaces within Cary’s town limits. This includes citizens over the age of five, regardless of vaccination status.

PROPERS:

Streaming via Facebook Live.  https://www.facebook.com/saintscyrilandmethodius/

Parishes live-streaming in the Diocese can be found here: https://www.eparchyofpassaic.com/livestream

GOD WITH US ONLINE CATECHETICAL RESOURCES FOR 26TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST & FEAST OF THE ENTRANCE OF THE THEOTOKOS:

The Feast of the Entrance into the Temple of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary is celebrated on November 21 each year. The Feast commemorates when as a young child, the Virgin Mary entered the Temple in Jerusalem. The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple signifies her total dedication to God and her readiness for her future vocation as the Mother of the Incarnate Lord. This is a feast of anticipation.

There are 2 Gospel Readings today, Luke 12: 16-21 and Luke 10:38-42 & 11:27-28. The 1st Gospel Luke 12: 16-21 is about a Certain Rich Man. We are taught – thoughts that exclude God; thoughts so centered in self, in self-ambition and self-enjoyment, leave God out. This kind of person is laying up treasure for himself, “and is not rich toward God.” To be rich toward God means – whatever you have, or do not have . . . you do have God in your life, with all the attending blessings of fellowship with Him, through Jesus Christ. Whether you have worldly success or financial ease or not – you can be rich toward God.”

The 2nd Gospel Reading is Luke 10:38-42 & 11:27-28, in which Jesus is “At the Home of Martha and Mary.” We read how Martha busy’s herself to prepare the home and meal, while Mary listens to Jesus attentively. Martha complains to Jesus about Mary, but Jesus responds: “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her”. Do you know the “better part?”  In our culture, we are busy and pulled in different directions, but all these activities may leave us no time to hear God’s word, attend church, be kind, serve others, or share joy with others.  Thus, for a vital Christian life, we need to listen and be “nourished” by God’s Word first!