Epistle: 1 Timothy 1:15-17
Gospel: Luke 18:35-43
Schedule of Services:
-Saturday, January 29th, Great Vespers at 4pm.
-Sunday, January 30th, 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.
-Today is our Annual Parish Meeting. All are welcome who consider St. Gregory Palmas Orthodox Church their spiritual home.
-Thank you to those who helped take down our decorations last week!
-Today is Stella’s last day at our parish. She is moving to Florida. We will, indeed, miss Stella and Johnathan. It is also Stella’s birthday! God grant you both many blessed years!
-Pierogi are still available. Please see Nellie if you are interested in having some more. Thank you.
Please pray for:
Living: Stella, Melissa, Helen, John, Darlette, Departed: Thaddeus,
Steven, Janet, Teresa, Irina, Leonty, Alla, Jeffery. Alexander, Donna.
Words for the Day
Do not undertake to explain the Gospels or the other books of Holy Scripture yourself. The Scriptures were not expressed arbitrarily by the prophets and apostles, but by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. How
mindless then is it to explain them arbitrarily? The Holy Spirit, having expressed the Word of God through the prophets and apostles, explained it through the Holy Fathers. Both the Word of God and its explanation are a gift of the Holy Spirit. The holy Orthodox Church and its true children accept only this patristic interpretation!
(St. Ignatius Brianchaninov, On Reading the Gospel)
Sometimes Japanese protestants come to me and ask me to clarify some place in the Holy Scriptures. "You have your own missionary teachers," I tell them, "Go ask them. What do they say?" "We have asked them. They say: understand as you know how. But I need to know the real thought of God, not my own personal opinion." ... It's not like that with us. Everything is clear, trustworthy and simple, since we accept Holy Tradition in addition to the Holy Scriptures. And Holy Tradition is a living, unbroken voice of our Church from the time of Christ and His Apostles until now, and which will exist until the end of the world. In it all the meaning of the Holy Scriptures are preserved.
(St. Nicholas of Japan, Diary, January 15, 1897)
Next Week’s Readings:
Epistle: 1 Timothy 1:15-17, Hebrews 13:7-16. 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. Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them. We have an altar from which those who serve the tent have no right to eat. For the bodies of those animals whose blood is
brought into the holy places by the high priest as a sacrifice for sin are burned outside the camp. So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured. For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
Gospel: Matthew 15:21-28, 5:14-19. And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon.” But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying out after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” And he answered, “It is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table.” Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly. And Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.