Epistle: Hebrews 9:1-7, 2 Corinthians 6:16-7:1
Gospel: Luke 10:38-42; 11:27-28, Luke 6:31-36
Schedule of Services:
Saturday, October 7th, Great Vespers at 4pm.
Sunday, October 8th, Divine Liturgy at 10am. Hours begin at 9:40am.
-Many years to Vinni, Caroline, Tyler, and Aubrey, as we celebrate their reception into the Holy Orthodox Church! Many years, also, to their sponsors, Bill, Nellie, Subdeacon Vasya, and Stephanie!
-Many thanks to the Sisterhood for hosting the luncheon today.
-Please text Robert Fisher at (609) 306-4714 if you would like to visit or are able to bring him to church. He is now residing at 47 Lincoln Ave., Lambertville, NJ.
-Thank you to the Cordasco’s for hosting the annual parish picnic yesterday. We were all blessed by your generous hospitality!
-Next Saturday, October 7th, we will pray a Panikhida for Robert Bell at 3:40pm.
Departed: Sonya, Walter
Living: Nicholas, Nicholas, Karen, Steven, Paul, Archpriest Paul, Melissa, Stephen, Michele, Janet, Teresa, Irina, Victor; Vinni, Caroline, Tyler, and Aubrey, Nicole, Rachel, and Alexa, Metropolitan Onuphry and the faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church; the suffering people and innocent victims of the Ukrainian/Russian war and those being persecuted; the suffering people of Yemen, Syria and Turkey, and Palestine.
Words for the Day:
Do not try to decide a difficult matter by means of disputing, but that which is enjoined by the spiritual law, namely patience, prayer, and thoughtful hope.
(St. Mark the Ascetic, Homilies, 1:12)
If we weave by day and undo at night, nothing gets woven. If we build by day and destroy by night, nothing is ever built. If we pray to God and do evil before Him, then nothing is woven, and a house for our soul is not built.
(St. Nicholas of Serbia, Thoughts on Good and Evil)
Next Week’s Readings:
Epistle: Hebrews 13:7-16, 2 Corinthians 9:6-11. Brethren, 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. The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. As it is written “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.
Gospel: John 17:1-13, Luke 7:11-16. When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed. “I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. Soon afterward he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. As he drew near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Then he came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited his people!”