Epistle: 2 Corinthians 6: 16-7:1
Gospel: Luke 8: 5-15
Schedule of Services:
-Saturday, October 23rd, Great Vespers at 5pm.
-Sunday, October 24th, Divine Liturgy at 10am. Hours begin at 9:40am.
-Thank you Nellie for hosting our coffee hour today.
-Thanks in advance to Jan and Nellie for cleaning the church this week.
-Please sign-up for working at the pierogi making sessions on Oct. 22 and 23. Sign-up sheet is on freezer, or let Nellie know you will be coming.
-Council Meeting today.
-We have requested 5 seminarian families for the St. Nicholas project. The church will fill the requests of one family, as will the Sisterhood. We have three additional families who will each buy gifts for a seminarian family. Please stay tuned to the wish list, from which you can pick a gift to purchase, wrap and return. If you cannot shop, please see Mila, who will do the shopping for you!
-Remember to bring either non-perishable items or supermarket gift cards for the food pantry.
Please pray for:
Living: Stella, Melissa, Helen, John, Darlette, Departed: Lidia, Robert, Steven, Janet Evan, Sharon
Words for the Day:
Whoever prays for those who hurt him lays the demons low; but he who opposes his affronter is bound to the demons.
(St. Mark the Ascetic, Homilies, 1.45)
Whoever does not fight the one who despises him, neither in word not in thought, has received true knowledge and demonstrates a firm trust in God.
(St. Mark the Ascetic, Homilies, 2.119)
On Forgiveness of Insults, we have such a law: If you forgive, it means that God has forgiven you; but if you do not forgive your brother, it means that your sin remains with you.
(St. Silouan the Athonite, Writings, VII.9)
We all have to die, beloved brethren, and it will be hard for us if, while we are in this world, we do not love each other, if we are not reconciled to our enemies, whom we have offended, and if one has grieved another, if we do not forgive him. Then we will not have eternal blessedness in that world, and the heavenly Father will not forgive our sins.
(St. Peter of Cetinje, Letter to Radulovichs, 1805)
The forgiveness of insults is a sign of true love, free from hypocrisy. For thus the Lord also loved this world.
(St. Mark the Asceticf, Homilies, 2.48)
Next Week’s Readings:
Epistle: 2 Corinthians 9:6-11. 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: Luke 16:19-31. “There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man's table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores. The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried, and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’ And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father's house— for I have five brothers—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’”