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NOV 12 & 13: 26TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST & COMMEMORATION OF ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM & ST. MATTHEW APOSTLE – EVANGELIST

St-John-ChrysostomNOV 12: SUNDAY VESPERS – 3:00 PM (ST. NICHOLAS MISSION PARISH); NOV 13: 0700 – MATINS (ST. NICHOLAS MISSION PARISH), 10:00 AM – DIVINE LITURGY, 2:30 PM – SPANISH LITURGY.

On November 13th we commemorate Saint John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople, one of the Three Hierarchs (the other 2 being Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzus). He is best known for his sermons and commentaries on the Scriptures, fearless leadership as a chief hierarch and shepherd of the Church, selfless care for the poor and sick, and for the Liturgy that bears his name. He died in the city of Comene on September 14th in the year 407 on his way to a place of exile, having been condemned by the intrigues of the empress Eudoxia because of his daring denunciation of the vices ruling over Constantinople. The last words on his lips were, “Glory be to God for all things!”

The Gospel Reading is Luke 10:25-37 and John 10:9-16. Luke 10:25-37, is The Parable of the Good Samaritan. “The Samaritan is the one who recognizes that when it comes to the question of who is our neighbor, there are no rules. Our neighbor is anyone in need. This parable teaches the impossibility of earning one’s salvation. The standard, which is perfect love, holds up a moral level for which to strive and it attacks racial prejudices.

In the Gospel Reading John 10:9-16, Jesus proclaims “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” We learn in essence that the fullness of the Christian life is open to all. Christ has no favorites, places no restrictions, makes no exceptions. No one, then, need think regretfully that this fullness is beyond their reach.

We also commemorate on November 16th, The Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew, was also named Levi; he was one of the Twelve Apostles and was brother of the Apostle James Alphaeus. He was a publican, or tax-collector for Rome, in a time when the Jews were under the rule of the Roman Empire. When Matthew heard the voice of Jesus Christ: “Come, follow Me”, left everything and followed the Savior. Christ and His disciples did not refuse Matthew’s invitation and they visited his house, where they shared table with the publican’s friends and acquaintances. Matthew, acknowledging his sinfulness, repaid 4-fold anyone he had cheated, and distributed his remaining possessions to the poor, and followed after Christ with the other apostles. He was attentive to the instructions of Jesus, beheld His innumerable miracles, & went with the Twelve Apostles to preach. He was a witness to the suffering, death, and Resurrection of the Savior, and His glorious Ascension into Heaven. Having received the grace of the Holy Spirit, which descended upon the Apostles on the day of Pentecost, St Matthew preached in Palestine for several years. At the request of the Jewish converts at Jerusalem, the holy Apostle Matthew wrote his Gospel describing the earthly life of the Savior, before leaving to preach the Gospel in faraway lands. In the order of the books of the New Testament, the Gospel of Matthew comes first. .

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