Friday, August 18, 2017 UTC

DEC 26: SYNAXIS OF THE THEOTOKOS; COMMEMORATION OF DAVID, JOSEPH & JAMES; & VESPERS FOR ST. STEPHEN

Christ, Panagia and St_ Joseph 2DEC 26: VESPERS & DIVINE LITURGY – 6:30 PM.

Today’s Gospel Reading, Matthew 2:13-23, is The Flight of the Holy Family to Egypt. Joseph is warned in a dream to flee with the infant Jesus and his mother to Egypt in order to escape Herod’s continuing plots to destroy him. After Herod’s death, Joseph, once again in obedience to a dream and in fulfillment of prophecy, goes to reside in Nazareth of Galilee.

The day after most major feasts in our calendar is dedicated to the person who is in the “2nd role” in the action of the Feast. In this case, although Christmas is clearly about Christ, His Blessed Mother has the next place of honor. A synaxis is an “assembly,” and indeed we come together on this day after Christmas to continue our glorification of our Lord’s birth, and today, in a special way, of his mother, the Theotokos and ever Virgin Mary .

The feast day commemorates the “relatives of the Lord”, particularly Saint Joseph, husband of Mary; Holy Apostle James, the brother of the Lord, first bishop of Jerusalem; and King David, prophet and our Lord’s direct ancestor.

 

 

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