Friday, August 18, 2017 UTC

OCT 22 & 23: 23RD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST & COMMEMORATION OF DEMETRIUS – GREAT MARTYR

st_demetriosOCT 22: VESPERS – 7:00 AM (ST. NICHOLAS MISSION PARISH); OCT 23: MATINS: 7:00 AM (ST. NICHOLAS MISSION PARISH),  DIVINE LITURGY – 10:00 AM; AGAPE: 11:30 AM, SPANISH LITURGY – 2:30 PM.

Today’s Gospel Luke: 16: 19-31 is the parable about The Rich Man and Lazarus. The Parable begins “There was a certain rich man” – he doesn’t even have a name.  The Lord gave no name to the rich man in this parable because such a man is not worthy to be remembered by God by name. As the Lord says, through the prophet, ‘nor will I make remembrance of their names through My lips.” But the Lord mentions the poor man by name, for the names of the righteous are inscribed in the book of life. The enduring 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.”

We commemorate St. Demetrius on October 26th. He was born in Thessalonica of noble and devout parents & was their only son, thus raised and educated with great care. His father was a commander in Thessalonica. When his father died, Emperor Maximian appointed Demetrius as commander. As he appointed him, Maximian, an opponent of Christ, recommended he persecute and exterminate the Christians in Thessalonica. Demetrius disobeyed & openly confessed and preached the Lord Jesus Christ in the city of Thessalonica. The emperor  became furious and questioned him about his faith. Demetrius openly acknowledged his Christian Faith and also denounced the emperor’s idolatry. Maximian cast him into prison. Knowing what was awaiting him, Demetrius gave all his goods to his faithful servant Lupus to distribute to the poor. An angel of God appeared to him in prison, saying: “Peace be to you, O sufferer of Christ; be brave and be strong!” After several days, the emperor sent soldiers to the prison to kill Demetrius. Christians secretly took his body and honorably buried it. Healing myrrh flowed from the body curing many of the sick. Soon, a small church was built and there miracles and healings occurred.  As the protector of Thessalonica, St. Demetrius has appeared many times, and on many occasions has saved Thessalonica from great calamity. His miracles are without number.

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