Tuesday, January 22, 2019 UTC

HOUSE BLESSINGS

article_12030It is customary, to invite your Priest to bless your home with the Holy Water sanctified on Theophany (the feast which commemorates the Baptism of the Lord in the Jordan River).

PLEASE SCHEDULE WITH FATHER MARK DURING THE MONTH OF JANUARY. Please organize yourselves in groups based on location: i.e North Raleigh, Cary, South of Cary, etc and pick a date.  Email the date and which families are participating to the church email so a schedule can be drawn up. Ss. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church <[email protected]>.  Fr Mark is available Thursday and Friday evenings as well as Saturday afternoons until 3 pm. If you are unsure who might live close to you, respond to this email and we can help figure out what group you can join.  Also, if you don’t live close to anyone else, email your preference for a date and we will work on scheduling the house blessing for you.

(When a priest visits, there is a pious custom in some places that the family makes a donation to the priest for gas and other expenses. This is appreciated, but it should not be thought of as a requirement. The scripture tells us “Freely you have received, freely give”. The priest comes to the home because he wants God’s blessing to be upon it, and to know those in his flock better and to be available to them. )

 

JAN 19, 20 & 22: 35TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

 JAN 19: 4:00 PM – VESPERAL DIVINE LITURGY (SN), 5:30 PM – CONFESSIONS, ; JAN 20: 10:00 AM – DIVINE LITURGY; JAN 22: 11:00 AM – 6TH HOUR & CATECHISM.

This Sunday’s Gospel reading is Luke 18:18-27, The Rich Young Ruler. This story of the rich young ruler reveals how, in spite of the fact that he came to Jesus and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus told him to give up everything and follow him. This he couldn’t do, since wealth possessed him and he couldn’t part with it. It is a difficult thing for a self-sufficient person to realize his or her need and come to Jesus, but the things which are impossible with men are possible with God. He wanted salvation on his terms and not God’s, so he went away in great sorrow.

JAN 25: COMMEMORATION OF GREGORY THE THEOLOGIAN BISHOP

 On Jan 25th we commemorate St. Gregory the Theologian (also known as Gregory of Nazianzus), Archbishop of Constantinople, a great Father and teacher of the Church, was born into a Christian family of eminent lineage in the year 329, at Arianzos (not far from the city of Cappadocian.) He is widely considered the most accomplished rhetorical stylist of the time. He made a significant impact on the shape of Trinitarian theology among both Greek- and Latin-speaking theologians, and he is remembered as the “Trinitarian Theologian”. Much of his theological work continues to influence modern theologians, especially in regard to the relationship among the three Persons of the Trinity.  In the Eastern Catholic Churches he is revered as one of the Three Holy Hierarchs, along with Basil the Great and John Chrysostom.