Thursday, October 1, 2020 UTC

OCT 23 & 25: COMMEMORATION OF JAMES – APOSTLE & BROTHER OF THE LORD & 21ST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

LazarusRichMan008587WM__18323_1380317590_1280_1280 OCT 25: CONFESSION – 8:30AM, DIVINE LITURGY – 9:00 AM (STREAM-LINED ON FACEBOOK).

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

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

This Sunday’s Gospel is Luke: 16: 19-31, the parable about The Rich Man and Lazarus. The Parable begins “There was a certain rich man” – note, the rich man doesn’t have a name.  No name is provided in this parable because such a man is not worthy to be remembered by God. The Lord says, through the prophet, “nor will I make remembrance of their names through My lips.” “On the other hand, the Lord mentions the poor man by name, for the names of the righteous are inscribed in the book of life.”  The greatest value of this story is to teach us about mercy and the value of suffering. “The Lord, then, fashioned this story to teach those who show no mercy and give no alms what punishments await them, and to teach those who are suffering what good things they will enjoy on account of the sufferings they patiently endure in this life.”

On October 23rd we commemorate James – Apostle and Brother of the Lord. James was the son of Righteous Joseph the Betrothed of the Most Holy Theotokos. After the Ascension of the Lord, Saint James was the first bishop of Jerusalem, gaining the great esteem not only of Christians, but also among Jews. He wrote an epistle which is part of the New Testament. St. James is commemorated on October 23; on December 26 and also on the first Sunday after the Nativity, along with David the King and St. Joseph; and on January 4 among the Seventy Apostles.