Epistle: Colossians 3:12-16
Gospel: Luke 18:18-27
Schedule of Services:
-Saturday, January 22nd, Great Vespers at 4pm.
-Sunday, January 23rd, Divine Liturgy at 10am. Hours begin at 9:40am.
-On Wednesday, February 2nd, we will celebrate the Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Meeting of Our Lord at 10am.
-On Saturday, February 26th, we will celebrate a Memorial Divine Liturgy (Soul Saturday) for departed loved ones and parishioners at 10am.
-We will continue to offer Great Vespers on Saturdays at 4pm.
-Self-serve coffee will be available today.
-Next Sunday is our Annual Parish Meeting (Jan. 23rd) following Divine Liturgy. Snow date is scheduled for Sunday, January 30th.
-If you can help out today, we will be taking down the Christmas decorations and Christmas tree. Thank you
-The reports for the Annual Parish Meeting have been distributed. Please take a good look at them in case you may have any questions in preparation for next Sunday.
-Thank you, Corrado, for offering a homily today. Archbishop Michael has blessed Subdeacon Corrado to offer homilies in the parish. Corrado will offer a homily approximately every six to eight weeks.
-We also give glory to God for the installation of the second phase of our iconography project in the altar.
Please pray for:
Living: Stella, Melissa, Helen, John, Darlette, Departed: Donna
Steven, Janet, Teresa, Irina, Leonty, Alla, Jeffery
Words for the Day
Temptations come so that hidden passions may be revealed and so that it will be possible to fight them, and so that the soul may be rid of them. They are also a sign of God's mercy. So give yourself with trust into God's hands and ask his help, so that he will strengthen you in your struggle. God knows how much each one can bear and allows temptations according to the measure of our strength. Remember that after temptation comes spiritual joy, and that the Lord protects them that endure temptations and suffering for the sake of His love.
(St. Nektarius of Aegina, The Path to Happiness, 4)
A certain monk lived in a monastery, and he was always angry. He decided, "I will leave this place and dwell by myself as a hermit, and then I will no relations with anyone, and the passion of anger will leave me." Leaving the monastery, he settled in a cave. One day, having taken up a pitcher of water, the monk set it one the ground, and it tipped over. Again he drew the water, and the pitcher tipped a second time. The he drew it again, and it fell a third time. The brother got angry, picked it up and broke it. When he had come to himself, he understood that the devil had triumphed over him and said, "Behold, I have gone away into seclusion, and I am conquered! I will go back to the monastery, for patience and the help of God are necessary everywhere!" And he returned to his previous place.
(Ancient Patericon, 7.38)
Next Week’s Readings:
Epistle: 1 Timothy 1:15-17. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
Gospel: Luke 18:35-43. As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. And hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” And he cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped and commanded him to be brought to him. And when he came near, he asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me recover my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Recover your sight; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.