Monday, August 21, 2017 UTC

AUG 26 & 27: 12TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

192812_xAUG 26: SUNDAY VESPERS – 3:00 PM; AUG 27: MATINS – 7:00 AM, DIVINE LITURGY – 10:30 AM.

The Gospel this Sunday is Matthew 19: 16-26 which talks about Christ and the Rich Young Ruler. In this passage we are introduced to a self-righteous man who thought that he had kept the commandments, but knew that he did not have eternal life.  He knew that he lacked something very important in his life.  The Lord Jesus dealt with him in a very skillful way by showing him using the law (commandments). Though the man followed the laws, Jesus asked him to do something he should do to be whole in his life.  Unfortunately, this man was not ready for salvation.  His first need was himself and his earthly things. We learn the requirement for salvation is much more than simple faith in Jesus Christ.  We learn that salvation requires fulfilling the demands of discipleship by giving up one’s possessions, giving money to the poor, and forsaking all to follow Christ.

 

 

 

AUG 29: FEAST OF THE BEHEADING OF JOHN THE BAPTIST (SIMPLE HOLY DAY)

tumblr_lqoiuskE511qkynm4 AUG 29: DIVINE LITURGY – 11:00 AM.

The Beheading of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John. This feast commemorates the martyrdom and mourning of John the Baptist. Because John had denounced Herod Antipas for putting away his own wife and marrying the wife of his brother Philip, Herod imprisoned John. At a feast in honor of Herod’s birthday, his stepdaughter Salome danced for him. Herod promised her anything; her mother Herodias told her to ask for the head of John on a platter.

Day of Strict Fast until Sundown, Thursday 29 August. Traditionally, nothing is eaten which is naturally spherical or round in form, and nothing is served on a plate or platter.

 

AUG 30: DEPOSITION OF THE CINCTURE OF THE THEOTOKOS

0831deposition-of-mpoy-robe0012 AUG 30: DIVINE LITURGY – 6:00 PM.  On Thursday, August 31, we commemorate the Feast of the Placing of the Cincture of the Theotokos. According to Sacred Tradition, 3 days after the Most Holy Theotokos was reposed, she rose from the dead and ascended bodily to the heavens. During her ascension, she gave her Holy Belt to the Apostle Thomas. Thomas & the rest of the Holy Apostles, opened up her grave and didn’t find her body. The Holy Belt was proof of her Resurrection and bodily ascension to the heavens. The Holy Belt was made by the Blessed Virgin Mary herself with camel hair. Originally kept in Jerusalem and later in Constantinople. During the reign of Emperor Arcadius (395-408), the Belt was brought from Zela of Cappadocia to Constantinople, and placed in the Church of the Theotokos in the section of Chalcopratia. In 458 it was transferred by the Emperor Leo VI the Wise to the Blachernae church. The Empress Zoe, wife of Leo VI the Wise, out of gratitude for a miraculous cure, embroidered the Belt with gold thread, as it is found today, but divided it in 3 pieces. During the 12th century under Manuel I Komnenos (1143-1180) an official holiday for the Belt was established on August 31st. Parts of the holy Belt are in the Vatopedi monastery on Mt. Athos, in Trier monastery, and in Georgia.