Sunday, November 19, 2017 UTC

FEB 18 & 19: SUNDAY OF MEAT FARE (SUNDAY OF THE LAST JUDGMENT)

 FEB 18: CONFESSION – 3:00-3:45 PM, DIVINE LITURGY – 4:00 PM (ST. N.); FEB 19: MATINS – 7:00 AM, DIVINE LITURGY – 10:00 AM, AGAPE REPAST (PLEASE BRING YOUR MEATIEST DISH TO SHARE).

Reading from the “Journey Through the Great Fast” – Sunday of Meatfare: SundayofMeatfare

Reading for Sunday of Meat Fare: PRELentenReadingFEB19SundayofMeatfare

Meatfare Sunday commemorates the Sunday of the Last Judgment.  On this day, focus is placed on the future judgment of all persons who will stand before the throne of God when Christ returns in His glory.

This is the last day that meat products can be eaten before the Lenten fast.

Today’s Gospel is from Matthew 25: 31-46,  the Parable of The Sheep and the Goats. In the Parable , we are looking at man redeemed and saved, and man condemned and lost. The “sheep” acted charitably, giving food, drink, and clothing to the needy. The “goats” showed no charity. The core message is that God’s people will love others. Good works will result from our relationship to the Shepherd. Followers of Christ will treat others with kindness, serving them as if they were serving Christ Himself. The unregenerate live in the opposite manner. While “goats” can indeed perform acts of kindness and charity, their hearts are not right with God, and their actions are not for the right purpose – to honor and worship God.

 

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